SPOILER ALERT: This review contains HUGE spoilers for the Walking Dead Season 1. Season 2 has one important spoiler that is hidden under a spoiler tab so don't click that. I'm not responsible for what you see and you have been warned.
Telltale Games' The Walking Dead was a game more for the experience and adventure rather than its gameplay. Lee's adventure through the zombie apocalypse back in 2012 was exciting, devastating and shocking all into one game. Now, continuing his legacy, Clementine continues the adventure in a fantastic new perspective that will hit you more that ever. Telltale definitely doesn't fail to impress.STORY:
I going to try this without spoiling too much, although Season 1 will be spoiled here, you have been warned once again. Before Lee's death, at the end of Season 1, he tells Clementine to find Omid and Christa. Once Lee dies, you arrive at a field and see two figures in the distance. And that's where the game ends/starts. Season 2 begins with a change in perspective as you probably know, as you play as Clementine. From the beginning, you are already faced with depressing and shocking events and quickly things go down hill. Playing as Clem is a huge change from Lee. I find it interesting that because you play as a kid, its different on how you go through events throughout the story. What I'm trying to say its different from playing as Lee and you can tell by playing. That's probably the best I can put it. Your Clementine can be all nice and caring while mine can a bad ass and be all serious. Throughout the story, meeting and losing people is something that, IMO plays a much bigger role in this game. Although in the first season, you felt sad for losing people and going with others. In Season 2, it seems like a much different story. Clem's is more about trust this time around. You WILL find people you like a lot and people that you want to stab the **** out of them. Your final outcome in episode 5 will be your most hardest choices in the entire series.
and they will make you think and feel whether or not you made the right choices. My Clementine's ending legit made me tear up and was probably one of the roughest things I had to do in gaming ever. The story doesn't disappoint. I will say that the game is much more enjoyable playing it yourself than watching a Youtube Let's Play and then playing the game. I wasn't planning on getting the game the day Episode 5 came out so I saw an ending before I even got Season 2 Episode 1 (Shoutout to TrueAchievements and DaveKinetic for giving me a copy from that contest we had when Episode 5 came out). Although I still had tears, watching a Lets Play made me less surprised and was expecting a lot of the events of the game.GAMEPLAY:
If you played The Walking Dead: Season 1 or any Telltale game for that matter, you know this game is a point and click adventure game. Moving the cursor (or whatever it is) brings up tasks you can do with certain objects, "Press A give _____ this or press X to talk to _____," that sort of matter. Choices and dialogue are a huge thing in the game. During conversations, dialogue boxes appear and you can make choices based on what you say. You don't even have to say anything and you can remain silent. I used this feature a lot more than the first season and its not a bad thing to use. They are points in the game where you walk around finding things or running away from a zombie with the LS, which is great as old Telltale games, you had to click to move to that location. They are quick time events that actually fit very well in to the game. Failing these can make you die or, instead of respawning, can affect someone or something else immensely. This includes shooting a zambie (intentional, whoever understands this get a cookie for dern sure), missing a hit, trying to save someone from someone else. PRESENTATION:
Graphically, this game looks very good. The art style is based well on the comics, where the entire series started in the first place. It matches very with the tone of the game. It can be light or dark whenever it wants to. Sounds and music as give the game that post-apocalyptic feel. Zombies, gunshots, and voices are spot on. They are just 2 things I had with for the presentation, if they are considered to be in here. 1 only happened once but might as well mention it. I had Clem reappear for a second while the game was loading a cutscene. No big deal. But something that just bugs me a little bit was the loading. Depending on the situation, the game will take from 1 second to 15 seconds to load. Small things like shooting a zombie and the game loading for 2 seconds to load a cutscene. Others being a act to act from one setting to another can take up to what feels like 15 seconds to load, but I might be exaggerating. The Walking Dead Season 1 also had this problem. These two things are things you can get by very easily though and doesn't ruin any of the game at all. Other people have said that the framerate drops, but unless I'm dumb and that's was it is above, i personally didn't experience any drop of the frames.MISC.:
Now the achievements. Each episode contains 8 Achievements for 100 gamerscore, 6 10G, 1 15G, and 1 25G. You WILL master each episode as all achievements are story based and none are missable. No choices affect achievements at all. The game is great for people who need 500G. The price for the first episode I believe is $5 (sorry for other territories that I don't know your prices) as well as each individual episode. You can buy the season pass for $15. I bought mine for $10.04 when is was on sale, so you can wait for a sale but at the time of writing this, one just happened so you might have to wait. I feel the price is definitely worth the price.FINAL THOUGHTS:
The Walking Dead Season 2 is one of the best story out there. The game doesn't fail to disappoint. I personally can't wait to see what my Clementine does in Season 3.
FINAL SCORE: 9.75/10
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