Title: The Walking Dead: Season 2 (Episode 1)
Platform: Playstation 3 (Reviewed), Steam, iOS, XBox 360
Publisher & Developer: Telltale Games
Rating: [4 out of 5]
Review by: Matt Peters
There is a moment near the end of The Walking Dead Season Two’s first episode that will bring you to the stunning realization that Clementine has more guts than any other child featured in a video game. There’s one line delivered with such passion that any doubt you may have had about her headlining this game being a good decision will instantly vanish. Play this game.
Picking up shortly after the events of the first season of Telltale’s surprisingly enjoyable The Walking Dead, players are put in the shoes of Lee’s former ward Clementine. Driven apart by circumstances beyond their control, Clem joins other survivors Omid and Christa as their unit simply tries to survive.
Little touches that may have been overlooked serve to enhance the overall experience. For instance, the HUD looks slightly different than Lee’s. This may have been a design decision, but it also makes it seem like different characters in the universe view the world differently. It also shows that Telltale has learned their lessons from the previous season and the recent release of The Wolf Among Us. The controls are very responsive, and I never had the issue of “I pushed that!” happen.
I took the PS3 version for a test drive, and there were some notable issues. Lag can happen at the most inopportune moments, particularly after seeing the “game over” screen. Stuttering wasn’t the strangest issue. In a game that’s supposed to induce cringeworthy moments, nothing shook me as hard as seeing Christa levitate off of the ground suddenly. There’s no doubt that these are problems that can be patched. Hopefully this happens sooner than later as they can take you out of the moment.
Hyperbole aside, this season of The Walking Dead has the potential to be better than the first. Given the lag issues and the fact that we’ve only seen the first chapter, I’m hesitant to give it a “5 out of 5” right out of the gate, but I will keep you posted as the journey continues. That being said, do not sleep on this one. It will make you laugh, cry, and everything in between.