Positive: 3 out of 3
Mixed: 0 out of 3
Negative: 0 out of 3
Average User Score: 8.6Dec 29, 2013Not entirely sure what the PC critic reviewers were playing, but clearly it wasn't this...
TWD S1 remains one of the best gaming and storytelling experiences of all time, offering the first true example of multi-threaded narrative defined by player choice. So many games claim to do this, but offer a hollow imitation and choices that really mean nothing to the player. TWD is an emotional rollercoaster and one of the only games to ever make me shed a tear for the characters.
TWD: S2E1 is a fitting return to the series. The pacing is a lot slower than the end of S2 as you would imagine after a change of protagonists, the story needs time to set up new characters and situations. Despite a sometimes slowed down pace, you are never far from an action-packed scene of tension and horror. This is an episode that doesn't shy from cringeworthy violence or "OMG" hand-over-the-mouth moments of horror. Clementine makes a wonderful protagonist and her development from the end of S1 is marked and genuine.
The game's interface has been redesigned and improved, making use of the fantastic control system from Telltale's other absolute gem, "The Wolf Among Us". This results in interactions and conversational responses which are much faster and more fluid than they were previously. Unfortunately, TWD:S2E1 is plagued by the same technical issues that have hounded its predecessor and TWAU as well... the frame-rate is extremely choppy at times and loading screens break the tension and interaction every minute or so. I really hope that Telltale will somehow work out how to rid their games of these issues as this would make them 10 star experiences in my opinion.
In short, The Walking Dead: Season 2 Episode 1 is a fitting return to one of gaming's most surprise gems and features everything you'd expect from the next iteration of 2012's GOTY (and indeed, one of gaming's pinnacle achievements of all time). Don't delay in getting hold of this excellent experience, and be sure to pick up a Season Pass while you're at it for a discount on the future episodes believe me, you won't want to miss them!… Expand
Average User Score: 8.1Dec 29, 2013A truly outstanding game it takes the formula that made games like Mario huge successes "back in the day" and modernises them to be 100 times what they were. The graphics are absolutely 1080p jaw-droppingly stunning. Level design is massively varied and the most creative I have ever seen in a game. The soundtrack sits on par with this creativity, featuring some truly exceptional musical delights. There is plenty of motivation and competition to keep the game feeling fresh freeing all Teensies in a level; collecting enough golden lums to get the gold medal and unlock a host of alternate character skins; completing 100% of a world to get the elusive diamond cup... and much more! For a collectible-hunting, challenge-loving guy like me, this game is absolute heaven.
The number of times you will smile during this game is ridiculous. Ingenious level designs are a joy to experience. Sure, there are levels and boss battles that will frustrate the hell out of you, requiring 100 repetitions to complete (though these are very rare!) but it doesn't stop this game from making you feel positively joyful. Don't make the mistake of writing this off as being a "kids game" it is far more than that and will reward any player who delves into its beautiful levels.
I could go on, but all that really needs to be said is that this is not a game to be missed by any gamer who prizes beauty, style, creativity, fun and joy in their gaming. An absolute treasure and a fitting part of the current generation's swan-song.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.4Dec 29, 2013An absolutely fantastic first episode Telltale have definitely done it again! The story and characters are fantastic and voice acting is top drawer. There is a CSI style investigative element to this episode which is very satisfying and fits the P&C interface well. On the subject of the interface, Telltale have made some significant improvements from TWD: Season 1 this is the most capable and competent P&C interface since the golden days of Broken Sword et al. The graphical style is unique and looks more "comic-y" than TWD, but it suits the game perfectly. The only real downside to the game, much like TWD, is the bevy of technical issues that plague the experience. The frame rate is highly unstable and there seem to be long loading scenes every thirty seconds which punctuate the flow of the experience. That said, this is such an outstanding piece of gaming and storytelling that most of these issues are countered by the quality of the game itself.
If Telltale can get these massive technical issues under wraps, their games will be a definite 10. But don't let this stop you from playing what is, in about an hour or two's gameplay, one of the very best games of 2013.… Expand