'The Walking Dead Episode 3: Long Road Ahead'
Windows 7/Vista/XP (Xbox 360, PS3)
$5 digital download
ESRB rating: Mature
Review rating: 3.5 stars
Season 3 of "The Walking Dead" TV show begins in just a few weeks, but who wants to wait until then to satisfy their demented zombie cravings? I'm afraid I'll get symptoms of withdrawal if I don't see innocent people become zombie carpaccio soon, so I'll play "The Walking Dead Episode 3: Long Road Ahead" to ... ahem ... maintain good health!
Although this point-and-click adventure is set in the same world as the graphic novel and TV show, it follows a different cast of characters. Players take on the role of Lee, a man with a troubled past who's forced to make difficult decisions just to survive! This is by far the most shocking and tragic episode so far, and it results in some major cast changes for episode 4.
"The Walking Dead" series is known for creating realistic reactions and consequences to the choices players make. Everything from creating alliances to who gets to eat can have a major impact on the rest of the game. In retrospect, some choices seem meaningless, but the choices made in this episode will have the most dramatic effect of them all!
Episode 3 also offers more action sequences than any other episode, which is both good and bad. I enjoyed the ability to finally use a rifle against the undead, but it's frustrating when there's no option to invert the aim (or remap any controls for that matter). Another action sequence is overly difficult because the collision detection is off, and yet a third one has a timer and is easily failed by simply hitting the wrong interaction button.
With only two more episodes to go, I can't imagine how much more disturbing the series can become after witnessing the events found in "The Walking Dead Episode 3: Long Road Ahead!"