I’m just going to get this out of the way as soon as possible… Do NOT read this article if you haven’t played through the entirety of the Walking Dead season 1 as there will be SPOILERS.
The day is finally upon us! The start of the new season of Telltale’s hit game has finally arrived! So what did we think of the continuation of New England Gamers last Game of the Year victor? Does it live up to the hype?
Season 2 starts you off in truckstop bathroom as the young, well-mannered Clementine from the past season. Though she’s still her usual quiet self, you can tell that she’s still upset and saddened with the death of her friend and father-like figure, Lee from season 1. It’s obvious by her size that she’s aged a little and although you are still playing as a young girl, don’t think that Telltale tones down the danger at all. Clementine is just as likely to be attacked or hurt by humans as she is walkers… As well as a few other surprises. Playing as fan-favorite Clementine opens up a whole slew of possibilities. Especially since it seems Telltale isn’t afraid of getting Clem a little dirty.
Not only is Clementine visibly older looking, but her attitude has changed quite a bit. She has definitely taken a page out of the badass book of Lee Everett. There’s no doubt that she’s gotten wittier with her responses, smarter with her survival decisions, and quicker with her actions. This most certainly makes fan-favorite Clementine a much more interesting character. A beat up, hardened, and more self-sufficient Clementine was just what this season needed and Telltale nailed it.
The opening “previously on the Walking Dead” cutscene is a little unclean and they’re not strung together all that well. The cuts between scenes are a bit choppy and have some framerate issues. But this is something just about every episode to date has suffered from. It’s something many players have grown accustom to.
With this new installment you’re able to load your decisions from the previous season. At the moment though, the only thing it appears to do is determine which of the characters accompany Clementine to the first area of the episode. But it’s quite possible that in future episodes your decisions in the previous season will affect the story a bit more heavily.
Telltale has changed the HUD a bit but ultimately the game still looks and plays the same and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. From the start to the very end, this episode will keep you on the edge of your seat with fast-paced cutscenes and gut-wrenchingly difficult decisions. Even still though, the episode is not very long. The episode will probably take you anywhere from hour to and hour and a half.
To put this simply, Episode 1 has truly reached a crescendo in both storytelling and action. The episode has it’s flaws and though there weren’t too many new features added it’s still a brilliant start to this season and worth every cent of it’s five dollar price tag. The Walking Dead season 2, episode 1 is out now on PC, PSN, XBLA, and iOS. You should definitely download it if you haven’t already.
This episode was reviewed using a retail copy for the Xbox 360.