Warning: There are spoilers within this article about The Walking Dead: Season One video game series by Telltale Games.
The Walking Dead began as a black and white comic book series by Robert Kirkman published by Image Comics. This is an ongoing comic book series that evolved into a television series. The first season of AMC’s The Walking Dead aired in 2010. Later in 2012, Telltale Games created an interactive episodic video game. This video game series is available on several platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Playstation Vita, and Kindle Fire HDX. There is rumoured to be an Ouya version to be released in 2014. The ‘Game of the Year’ disc edition will be released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in July 2014.
The season begins with the introduction of Lee Everett, a former university professor from Macon who was convicted of murdering his wife’s lover, a state senator. The story follows the survival of Lee, who becomes responsible for Clementine, an 8-year-old who is found hiding in the treehouse. Later you find out that she contemplated dropping a hammer on his head, but luckily she doesn’t do such a thing.
In your adventures you end up with a small crew of people:
- A couple, Kenny and Katjaa, and their son, Duck.
- Journalist, Carly.
- IT Technician, Doug.
- Father and his Daughter, Larry and Lilly.
- Highschool Student, Ben.
- Former Air Force member, Mark
- Another couple, Christa and Omid
The characters are written in such a way that you cannot help but like them or hate them. They become an emotional investment where it becomes difficult to make the tough choices. Within the first episode you have to decide between a man and a boy who to help save. You are forced to kill your reanimated brother before having to decide who should live, a man or a woman.
The tough choices and plot twists keep coming. Cannibals, the choices of life or death, where to go, who to talk to, how to respond and so many actions impact Clementine. How will you show her to survive? Your decisions are important and will affect the rest of the game.
One of the darkest moments I found was the death of Duck. Do you make his parents end his life or do you do it for them? It was almost heart-breaking to do it for them and to find out Katjaa could not live without him. The derailing of Kenny’s sanity as he tries to survive and deal with the death of his son and his wife.
Another is the death of Lee. Do you get Clementine to shoot him? Do you leave him behind? How do you say goodbye to you main character? It isn’t an easy task and the script is beautifully written. The voice actors of Clementine (Melissa Hutchison) and Lee (Dave Fennoy) bring it to life. It brought tears to my eyes.
The season ends with the death of Lee, and a distraught Clementine walking alone through the countryside. She takes a rest on a log and sees a silhouette of two figures in the distance. Should she call out or remain silent?
The additional 400 Days DLC allows you to follow the story of five characters outside of the main cast in Season 1, making decisions for Vince, Wyatt, Bonnie, Russell and Shel. Some of these characters appear later on in Season 2. It all entwines, though you might not see it all right away. Another article for Season 2 will follow once it is concluded later this year.
Didn’t get 10/10 solely because the episodes were sometimes just not long enough.