The reception that season 1 of ‘The Walking Dead Game’ received was surprising and deserved. The game was adorned with such achievements as Best Adapted Video Game and Best Downloadable Game. So as you can imagine, expectation and hype for season 2 was high and with the game taking a clear risk by having the protagonist of the story be an 11 year old girl there was also some trepidation.
I think everyone will be happy to see that Telltale didn’t let us down with season 2. Playing as Clementine has added a whole new feel to the game, where before you were a six foot man who could contend with the best of foe you now have to completely rethink how you are going to play out a scenario. This new dynamic to the gameplay has now refreshed the gameplay and definitely upped the fear factor. One thing that still unfortunately persists with the gameplay is some fidgety controls that are time sensitive and if you miss one of these quick time events then it will of course result in the death of Clementine and you going back a few seconds before the event. Despite these sometimes problematic controls the game doesn’t suffer from moving you forward to the next event too much.
The strongest point of The Walking Dead Season 2: Episode 1 is Clem herself and the story that she is very much thrown into headfirst. With this season having its character being an 11 year old girl, I stupidly expected this season to not be as intense or gut wrenching, I find it important to say now that this new season does not hold back at all and within the first few minutes of starting the episode, you as the player are very much slapped with the hardship of the world that Clementine inhabits and the hardships you as a player will be playing through.
Now at this point it’s important to add that this game doesn’t come as the perfect package. This is a Telltale game and with that means some unfortunate technical issues that seem to plague the game throughout. Too often did I find myself encountering screen tearing or jolty loading issues that too often took me out of the experience, these technical issues that so many of Telltales games seem to be plagued with (The Wolf Among Us, The Walking Dead Season 1) is becoming concerning. If it wasn’t for these issues, The Walking Dead Season 2: Episode 1 would be brilliantly crafted experience.
Now it’s important to note that the game can still be played and enjoyed and I would very much recommend this game to anyone who is a fan of the first season of the game but it would certainly be a much smoother experience without these jarring technical issues.