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Fans of “The Walking Dead” television series on AMC know that even though the show is about a zombie Armageddon, the show itself is more about the characters than the zombies.
At first, that threw me off and made me less willing to watch, but once I understood that it’s not about the undead, it’s about those attempting to survive, I started getting more into the show.
Those who pick up the new “Walking Dead” video game (downloadable on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or PC) might be expecting another “Resident Evil” or “Left 4 Dead,” but those people would be greatly disappointed.
Like the actual television show, this game isn’t about mowing through massive numbers of zombies with lawn mowers like in “Dead Rising,” it’s more about the character you play, his interaction with the other survivors, and making important decisions to keep himself and his newfound friends alive.
The entire game is broken down into five episodes. Only the first is available at the moment, and believe me, at the end of your experience with the first episode, you’re going to absolutely crave the next.
As the game begins, you find your character, Lee Everett, in the back of a police cruiser heading out of Atlanta just as all heck breaks loose.
To avoid spoiling anything, Everett is being transferred to prison after a quite dubious crime that he may or may not have committed. You’ll unveil a bit of the story during this car ride, as the officer driving begins to ask him questions, all the while ignoring the scores of police and fire rescue personnel rushing toward Atlanta.
Of course, Lee and his transport officer run into some undead trouble, and before Lee knows it, he has to fight through a wave of zombies to stay alive
Since this game is very story-driven, as people talk to you, you’ll have several choices of how to quickly reply. If you don’t make a fast choice, Lee remains silent.
Because of this, you always have to be on your toes when playing this game, because each thing you say or do will greatly affect the outcome. The story changes after every decision you make.
Early on, you’ll choose which of your survivor friends to save, how much of your back story to give up or who you side with in arguments. While the first episode only takes an hour or two, you’ll want to play through a few more times to see how much you can change the outcome. And with three game save slots, you can easily do that, and have three very different situations going into the next episodes.
Even if you’re disappointed knowing you won’t be mowing through zombies, give this game a go, especially if you’re a fan of the show or graphic novel.
You won’t regret it.