Throwback Thursday Review – The Walking Dead Season 1 PS3

If I’m being completely honest, then I have to say that at first I had absolutely no interest to play this game. At the time I wasn’t a fan of The Walking Dead and I had no interest in playing a game about it or yet another zombie game. Thanks to my PS+ subscription I was given the first two episodes for free, and figured what the hell, I might as well try this out. Here’s what I thought about the game.

Story is a big part of any game. It’s the thing that keeps you interested and invested so that you continue to play. I’ve played a lot of games that had great stories, but this game has one of the best stories told in video games.

You play as Lee, a guy getting hauled off to jail when all of a sudden the zombie apocalypse hits. After a few minutes of wandering around alone and trying to figure out what the hell to do, you’ll meet Clementine. Clem is a scared little girl who is alone in her tree house. From then on it’s Lee and Clem basically against the world as they form this tight bond in such a short period of time, and Lee essentially becomes Clem’s primary caregiver. You’ll meet and interact with a bunch of different people, some will like you and some won’t, as you try to accomplish the one goal of surviving in this new world.

This is one of those games that you can truly get immersed in and forget about just about everything else as you go on this adventure with Lee and Clem. All of the surrounding characters are fully developed and have a story of their own to tell. Some of them will survive and some won’t, but they all play a pretty important part in the game as a whole. Not to mention that Lee is not only highly likable but also highly relatable as a character. He’s flawed and has done some pretty horrible stuff, but is now trying to redeem himself in a way by doing what’s right for Clem.

One of the biggest parts of this game, and what keeps it truly interesting, is all of the moral choices that you have to make as Lee. Each and every choice you make is relevant to the game as a whole and your choices truly do matter. The surrounding characters will remember what you say and do and then form their opinions about you. This causes them to change how they view you and could possibly cause them to turn against you. Right or wrong, your choices aren’t clearly laid out in a good or bad structure type so it’s up to you how you play Lee.

The playability of this game isn’t the greatest. In fact, it’s pretty damn bad. Movements are clunky and awkward, they also feel stiff and unnatural. The game lags during loading screens and trophy pops. During this time, the game comes to an almost standstill making you think the game froze. On top of that there are various different bugs and glitches. All of this really takes away from the game which truly sucks because the game is pretty damn awesome.

The graphics on this game are pretty cool. It felt like playing a live action comic book. I really liked the style that was used as well as how much detail was put into the graphics. When I first started playing this I thought the graphics were going to be complete crap, but was pleasantly surprised.

There are a total of 49 trophies for this game including the DLC trophies as well as a platinum trophy. The trophies for the main game are super simple to get. All you have to do is play the game. Play through all 5 episodes and you’ll add a nice platinum trophy to your collection. If you’re going for the 100%, then the DLC requires you to do a few specific tasks but nothing too hard that will keep you from getting your trophies.

Overall I give this game a 5 out of 5

What’s Great:
+ Amazing story.
+ Likable and relatable characters.
+ Cool graphics
+ Not your typical zombie game.

What’s Not So Great:
Playability is not so great.
Laggy and glitchy play

Do not pass up the chance to play this game or the DLC that is offered for this game. If you don’t play this game you’ll seriously regret it. I definitely count this game as one of the best games that I ever played.

Join me next week when I review my fifth platinum Dragon Age II. I’m going to say right now that I’m a little biased when it comes to Dragon Age since I’ve played it well over 10+ times and loved every single minute of it.


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