The Walking Dead

Quick note: I’m talking about the game here, not the show or the comics.

So I just finished the final episode of the first season, and holy shit. Telltale Games knocked this one straight out of the park. I almost hesitate to call it a game as such, because it really feels like an interactive television series. It has some old point-and-click adventure characteristics, but it has more in common with a Choose Your Own Adventure book than any game. This is not in any way meant to be a negative. In fact, I’d say it’s much to the advantage because the style allowed them to focus heavily on the characters in a way that is uncommon in a more typical game.

Speaking of the characters, I was invested in them at a higher level than any other game I can think of. I’m a sucker for a good character-driven drama, and this delivered in spades. Every decision was agonizing because of this character investment, and Telltale did a great job of setting it up so that there is no right answer to a situation. Every choice is going to suck, so you just need to go with your gut and try to figure the best way out of terrible situation after terrible situation.

It’s on sale right now for less than the price of a decent dinner. Buy it if you haven’t already.

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