Imagine living in a world overrun by the zombie apocalypse where your parents are dead, and the only other friends you had are gone too. That’s the fate for Clementine, the young girl who is the star of the Walking Dead: The Game Season 2. The original Walking Dead game let you control Lee, and care for Clementine, while Season 2 puts you in the shoes of Clementine. The storyline picks up where the original left off, and gets the ball rolling on another adventure full of tough decisions, a fight for survival, and an ever growing population of the undead. Episode one of the this five part series is now available, and there’s a great feature that can grab your save game file from the first game, and use it as the basis for Season 2.
Walking Dead: The Game was an enthralling experience, and one of the only drawbacks is that it came to an end far too quickly. Having a second season is nothing but good news, and TellTale has continued to learn from their past efforts to enhance their current projects. Season 2 of the Walking Dead game doesn’t change the formula much from the original, and as the saying goes, “don’t mess with success”. They definitely haven’t, and instead have offered new decisions, new characters, and new environments. The most noticeable difference is that a similar 3D moving comic style remains, but the 3D graphics engine has a much higher fidelity.
The storyline is the most compelling part of Walking Dead: The Game, and that hasn’t changed in Season 2. Once you get started, you want to keep going until the completion, and you will be completely immersed throughout. Episode One lasts about 2 hours depending on your pacing, and there’s the similar interactive movie style where you perform a few actions here and there to progress the story. The game is well made for touch with various tap and swipe actions, although you have to be deliberates with your swipes in sequences of intense action. One problem with the iOS version is that there are a few slowdowns from time to time, which are a bit disappointing.
The main drawback of Season 2 is that it’s so similar to the first game, and there are a lot of similar ideas at work. If you played through all of the original, the 400 Days extension, TellTale’s The Wolf Among Us, then you have a pretty good feel for what to expect. The Walking Dead decisions are relatively familiar as you need to deal with Walkers, discuss potential bitten allies, and argue with other survivors who are strangers. TellTale didn’t reinvent the wheel, or introduce anything ground breaking in Season 2, and it would be nice to see more than just the new story. It is nice to play as Clementine providing a unique perspective that also changes the way other characters interact with you.
Even though there’s nothing dramatically different, you will still completely enjoy Season 2. The decisions are more thought provoking, and will take you a bit longer with that countdown ticking. It also seems like your decisions will have a greater impact in episodes 2-5, and TellTale once again does a great job of leaving a cliffhanger for you to be anxious for the next episode. There’s also a higher level of emotional attachment to the characters introduced this time around, and you can just tell how TellTale is setting you up for a fall when something happens to one of them. The world as a whole is an even darker place then the original as it seems there’s less hope for all involved. No matter how you slice it, Season 2 is a memorable experience that you will value of every minute of to the point that you don’t want it to end. There’s just so much to appreciate as you have sequences that can get your heart racing, and others that tug at your heart strings.
Walking Dead: The Game Season 2 ($4.99, Universal) gives us more of a great thing with greater refinement to the aspects that made the game stand out in the first place. It’s a must buy that offers such valuable entertainment.