In my opinion, Telltale Games has been on a roll. I enjoyed the Back to the Future series of games. I also enjoyed the Jurassic Park series released last Fall, which I wrote a review for. Now they have turned to The Walking Dead, a show I really don’t like, into an enthralling experience rich and full of possibilities. Our reviews editor Chris Scott wrote a review of the first episode (found here) but Telltale was showing off the first 20 minutes of Episode 2.
Based on choices made throughout the game, your experience in The Walking Dead as a series could (and probably will be) drastically different than any of your friends’. Even the most minor decisions have some sort of consequence, and Telltale kept reinforcing the fact that it isn’t a matter of choosing between a good or bad choice. Instead, it usually comes down to all of the decisions given are bad, all of which have some sort of penalty. It’s this game mechanic, coupled with the slick, artistic graphics that make The Walking Dead such a potent package.
Without spoiling plot points, it was pointed out early on that decisions you made in the first episode change your experience as soon as episode two. That said, decisions you make in the beginning of episode two have ramifications shortly afterwards, too. Telltale is doing a fine job of crafting a game that is not only personalized to some degree, but also compelling. The Walking Dead Episode 2 is looking at launching very soon, though no specific date has been announced.