Publisert: 3. juli
The Walking Dead is an episodic interactive story adventure developed and published by Telltale Games based on The Walking Dead comic book series. The game consist of five separate chapters which we released spread out across 2012.
The game takes place shortly after the start of a zombie apocalypse in the US state of Georgia. Most of the characters are all unique to the game. You play the role of a university professor, who is also a convicted murderer. You rescue and care for a little called called Clementine.
Very much unlike other adventure games, there is hardly any puzzle solving to be found in The Walking Dead; it focuses mainly on the story and character development and relationships. The story is heavily effected by dialogue choices and actions taken during quick time events - these choices will often lead to game altering changes such as a character being killed off etc. All of the choices and events from one episode are carried over onto the next. I have also leaned since completing the game; that Telltale actually tracked the choices made too, and helped them to influence their writing in later episodes in the story.
You play the game mainly in a third person perspective and the camera changes depending on the scenery and objects around the player. You are constantly in communication with the rest of your group of survivors; you will build friendships, enemies and you will bond with most of the characters in someway. You will be emotionally attached to them, especially the young child, Clementine. While most of the game is also based around the dialogue, there are a number of quick time events throughout the series, normally I am not a huge fan of QTEs, but these are required in the story in order to get their point across and to at least keep you conscious of your surroundings when playing.
Graphics do not play a huge role in this game; it is by far the least important aspect to be seen. Saying that; the art style is nice and many developers should learn from this that having top of the range graphics isn't always the be all and end all for when creating a game.
The story is probably the best I have ever seen/heard in a video game; you will be drawn in from the minute you start interacting with different characters, learning about their backstory, building bonds. There are so many twists and turns in the story to keep you guessing too. By the end, if you are like me, you'll be a complete and utter emotional wreck with that the cast have gone through. This is one of the only games that has almost brought me to tears.
Since the game doesn't resolve around fast paced action other than the QTEs, there isn't any real difficulty; there is no "wrong" choice when it comes to dialogue, you are free to let the story develop however you choose.
Each of the chapters level design are so well thought out; there are tons of objects to interact with, pick up and use with you in future situations. If it is of any interest; then you will be able to do something with it. The art style really gets across how doomed the civilized world is in the ruined remains of cities and towns.
I have run through The Walking Dead two times now; my first play through was back when it originally came out during the sporadic release of the episodes, and just recently when I played through them all in a big binge. It is very rare that I want to play through a game again a second time; and The Walking Dead offers exactly the same excitement the second time around; you make different choices allowing the story to change and adapt to them. The whole game takes about fourteen hours to get through all of the chapters; so you are looking at a really good length game/story too.
The game can be played using a controller too - which is a nice touch given that this is the perfect sort you could play while sitting back on the sofa and soaking up the story. I also had no other technical problems while playing.
Most people already have The Walking Dead; and most will probably have already played it given it's age now. But this is a genre defining game that has brought the adventure games right back to the forefront of PC gaming. You need to experience this heart wrenching tale. Even if zombies aren't your thing; you will get emotionally hooked from the get go. Do your self a favor and play this masterpiece.
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