This article will discuss Seasons 1 of The Walking Dead by Telltale Games. It will contain heavy spoilers and my thoughts on the series. First, for those that haven’t played the games, a spoiler free synopsis.
The first game of theirs I played was Back to the Future in 2011, just before the last chapter was released. I had a blast playing it and it brought me back to my youth when I played games like King’s Quest, Monkey Island and Grim Fandango. It also continued the story of BttF after the trilogy of movies. Hearing that Telltale was going to be releasing a point and click game based on The Walking Dead was wonderful news to me! I had enjoyed the first season of the AMC show and read the first 100 or so issues of the comic. I didn’t end up playing Season 1 until the first 4 chapters had been released, but I was in no way, shape or form disappointed. It was a familiar setting: Georgia at the beginning of the plague that turned humanity into lifeless husks that craved the flesh of the living.
You follow the story of Lee Everett, a convicted killer. On his way to prison, he escapes custody and finds his way to the house of a young girl named Clementine. Lee realizes that Clem’s parents went on vacation to Savannah and were most likely dead, but she wants to find them. Lee agrees to travel with her in her search. That is the major plot of Season 1. Along the way, you meet many other survivors, get into harrowing scenarios and are forced to make decisions that determine who lives and who dies. The game is dynamic, and changed depends on how you interact with other characters and the choices you make. It is, in all honesty, one of the best stories I’ve ever seen in a game. Some of the moments are a little over the top, but overall, this story will pull at your heartstrings and make you question your own morality at times. You will grow with Lee and Clementine and their fellow travelers. I can’t recommend this game enough. It’s currently on sale via Steam.
At this point, the rest of this article is going to full of spoilers. If you’ve played Seasons 1, feel free to continue. I’ll try and keep it broken down by Episode, so even if you’ve played some of Season 1, but not all of it, you can read my thoughts.
I will be writing a pretty in depth article about The Walking Dead by Telltale Games tomorrow. This is just a teaser to get the juices flowing. I just finished Season 2 Chapter 5 for the second time and chose a few different options. I may beat it one more time just to see the last ending that a friend described to me.
There will, of course be MAJOR SPOILERS discussed, so if you haven’t played the games, DO NOT READ MY ARTICLE. SERIOUSLY.
If you’ve listened to any of the Mediafile Podcasts with me on them, you’ll notice that we mention a lot that I am not from Rhode Island/New England. This is strange for anyone living in New England as they mostly don’t seem to notice that there’s a world outside of their corner. (Sorry, guys, I gotta get my jokes in where I can…)
The thing about being from the South is that yeah, people tend to be a little more narrow-minded when it comes to, well, everything. That’s okay though because there are also some amazing people from the South, too.
In the studio this week, we welcomed a new person to the lineup, which included:
Today, we ‘enjoyed’ the Bud Light with Lime Apple-ahh-Rita, and we discuss our experience with one of our films featued in the Rhode Island International Film Festival, everyone’s hatred of Seinfeld, the nature of spoilers and Kevin Spacey in Call of Duty (including delving into the idea of video games as legit art, etc…)
The guys at Aperture Chat have completely revamped their programming this week. Rather than one long podcast style video each week, the new format focuses on having 5 daily segments, each focusing on what was one part of the podcast previously.
News Keeping you up to date.
Product Previews and Reviews
The More Money Than Brains Club
The Two-Way A weekly discussion and debate.
News Redux Because news comes more than once a week.
Games and Challenges
The new format begins with Episode 15: Welcome to the New Format. This much more easily digestible format, which they make light of as “daily chunks that you can watch while you eat your breakfast,” is generally 15-18 minutes in duration. Even if you’re not the least bit interested in photography, they are fairly entertaining, and it’s generally not too nerdy.