'The Walking Dead Episode 2: Starved For Help'
ESRB rating: Mature
Review rating: 4.0 stars
After one look at the plethora of U.S. citizens meandering around in their cellphone/iPad/Kindle-induced daze, visitors from a foreign land might think the zombie apocalypse has already begun! I know better, but if I see one more "bath salts leads to cannibalism" headline, I'm going to sharpen my katana. Until then, I'm content to play "The Walking Dead Episode 2: Starved For Help" to learn more emergency survival tips.
Although this point-and-click adventure series is set in the same world as the graphic novel, it follows different characters. Players take on the role of Lee, a man with a troubled past who must make difficult choices to ensure his own safety. Episode 2 begins with Lee and a band of survivors taking shelter in a barricaded motel parking lot, and they soon discover that the living can be as dangerous as the undead!
After the food supply dwindles away, survivors become desperate and begin to take sides. I find it ironic that the survivors are starving while simultaneously trying not to become a meal themselves. Lee is forced to decide who gets to eat and who has to wait, which strengthens some friendships while straining others. Eventually, players must make difficult choices based on Lee's needs rather than his morals.
Episode 2 has more of a focus on the story and less on game play. Unlike the first episode, there are no puzzles in the sequel and very few action sequences. The biggest challenge comes from adapting to the control scheme, which still isn't customizable. This alienates some players. All it would take is some extra coding to make the game accessible to everyone.
Action fans may find "The Walking Dead Episode 2: Starved For Help" lacking, but anyone who likes an engaging story will find plenty to sink their teeth into!