The Walking Dead: Episode 1 “A New Day” Review [Xbox 360/PC]

02 May
May 2, 2012

I’ll admit it, when I first heard Telltale Games was taking the first shot at making The Walking Dead game, as a fan, I was worried. I felt the game needed to be an adventure game, not just a point and click, like Telltale is known for. I’m happy to say that all my fears were put to rest when I finally got my hands on The Walking Dead: A New Day.

You take on the role of Lee, an Ex-University of Georgia Professor convicted of a crime he may, or may not have committed. As Lee is being transported to a prison outside of Atlanta, he crashes head first, into the walking dead. Right from the get go, I got the feeling I was reading the latest comic of the Walking Dead, familiar surroundings and people showed up to make it even more believable that this was in fact a Walking Dead game I was playing. With the beautiful cell-shaded art style, I knew I was in for a treat.

The most intriguing thing to me about The Walking Dead was the choices you’re given. In a world filled with danger at every turn, trust is more important than ever. The problem is getting people to trust you, this is where being careful in the conversations you have comes in. You can easily say the wrong thing and end up not being trusted by someone who could possibly have an impact in saving your life in a time of crisis. You’re also given the freedom to actually walk around and examine things, as well as have conversations with fellow survivors and get a little back story on them, or find out useful information that may come in handy in the future.

You also have to make the hard choices, in a sense at moments the game lets you play god. While both giving you a powerful decision that has to be made and also questioning whether you can you live with the guilt that comes along with letting someone else turn in to zombie food. In some situations, only one person can be saved, and these come when you least expect it. After I made my first difficult decision, I knew I had to play again to see how making opposite choices would change the future.

The Walking Dead: A New Day, is the perfect appetizer to get me excited for the next episode of The Walking Dead. I can’t wait to see how the choices I made in this episode affect the next. The game gives you that sense of fear and survival that every zombie fan is looking for in any zombie movie, game or comic. PC Gamers who enjoy using a controller will be happy to know The Walking Dead comes with controller support, which I found I enjoyed more than using a mouse and keyboard. For those of you interested in achievements, you’ll be happy to know they come quit easy and are all story based. My only issues with the first episode was the length, as you’ll only spend a few hours completing A New Day the first time. Of course if you’re like me, you’ll definitely want to jump back in for a second or third time and see how other choices you make affect the outcomes of different situations. For only $5 for the first episode on Xbox LIVE or $24.99 on Steam for the entire season, you can’t go wrong.

Rating: ★★★★½

*A copy of The Walking Dead Episode 1 was provided by the publisher for review.

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