'The Walking Dead Season 2: Episode 1'
Windows PC (PS3, Xbox 360)
$24.99 Download for Entire Season
ESRB rating: Mature
Review rating: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
As a big fan of "The Walking Dead" TV series, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the adventure game. While it doesn't feature the same characters as the TV show, it still tells a great story. Now "The Walking Dead Season 2: Episode 1 -- All That Remains" has been released, and it sets up another great season of desperate people trying to survive a zombie apocalypse!
For anyone new to this series, it's a classic point-and-click adventure that focuses much more on story and character development than fast-paced action. It has some intense fight scenes, but making moral choices and living with the consequences can be more difficult than battling flesh-eating zombies! Fortunately, the combat found in season 2 is more dynamic than the last season.
Episode 2 begins with Clementine, who is the young girl from the first season, as she goes around alone in a dangerous world. Similar to Carl from the TV series, Clementine has now lost her innocence and has hardened into a true survivor. She encounters a new band of humans, and now she must forge friendships and convince them to accept her as one of the group.
Although many of the decisions I made in season 1 carry over to season 2, I can't help but feel like episode 1 mostly exists to set up the new characters for season 2. As a result, there are only a few important decisions to be made, and the game play seems too linear. For example, when locked in a garage, the story won't advance until I escape. The option to stay put doesn't exist.
Nevertheless, "The Walking Dead Season 2: Episode 1 All That Remains" retains the strong focus on story and choices that the series is known for.