Throwback Thursday Review – The Walking Dead Season 1 (PS Vita)

So this was another Black Friday deal that I picked up last year. I had really enjoyed the first season on the PS3 and decided why the hell not get it for the PS Vita especially since it was on sale. When I first got it I wasn’t really sure what it was going to be like, but was excited to see the differences from the PS3 version. Here’s what I thought about Season 1 on the PS Vita.

Of course the main story of the game is the same. You’ll play as Lee who not only has to survive a zombie apocalypse, but who also has to look out for Clementine. Both of them are alone and as much as Clem depends on Lee to take care of her, Lee depends on Clem as well. Depending on the choices that you make along the way people you meet, even Clem, will react differently towards you. You’ll make friends and enemies along the way and make some pretty life altering decisions while playing.

No matter how many times I’ve played this game, I’ve always been totally immersed in it when I was playing. Each time after the first, I knew the story, knew the characters, and knew how it would end but it didn’t matter. This is one of those games that has a very well told story no matter the decisions that you make along with an amazing cast of characters that you’ll either love or hate. I actually liked playing this game again because it made me see characters differently the second time around. I didn’t think of Lilly as just a bitch, but someone who was scared on the inside and just like everyone else was trying to survive. One of the good things about waiting for the disc version of this game was that I didn’t have to wait until each episode came out. If I felt like playing another episode it was right there for me to play.

While the PS3 version of this game had glitchy controls, I found the PS Vita version much easier to play. The shooting scenes became easier when all I had to do was tap the zombies or whoever on the head with the Vita’s touch screen. I really enjoyed the use of the touch screen and was able to enjoy the game a little bit more on the Vita because the playability was just flawless. I recommend using the controls to walk and then the touch screen for everything else. Of course there was the usual lag when loading and unlocking the trophies that occurred in the PS3 version.

The graphics on the game were the same as the PS3 version just smaller to fit the PS Vita screen. Even on a smaller screen the comic book style of graphics really works for this game. Sometimes scaled down to that size makes a lot of graphics just absolute crap, but that doesn’t happen with this game making the graphics enjoyable not only on a big screen but on a small one as well.

There are a total of 49 trophies for this game including the 8 trophies you’ll get from the DLC. If you waited for the disc version you’ll get the DLC included with your purchase which is a nice little bonus. All of the trophies are easy. Play the game and you’ll get a new platinum by the time the last trophy pops. There are only two missable DLC trophies but you can always replay those scenes with ease to go back and get them. I like that you don’t have to do specific things to get the trophies for this game. If you had to make certain decisions for certain trophies to pop it would really ruin the story that Telltale is trying to tell with this game.

Bonus points for no multiplayer. I have to say that I’m always glad when Vita games do not have multiplayer attached with them. For some reason I always have the most difficult time with any game on the Vita that requires multiplayer.

Overall I give this game a 5 out of 5

What’s Great:
+ Telltale really knows how to tell a story in their games and this is one of the best.
+ Interesting main and supporting characters that are memorable.
+ Nice use of the Vita controls
+ Cool comic book style graphics that are fitting for the game.

What’s Not So Great:
The usual lag with loading and trophy pops.

While I enjoyed this version and really had no problem other then the usual lag when loading and trophies, I still recommend the PS4 version with the Vita version coming in at a really close second. I had a lot of fun playing this game the three times that I did and I can’t wait to see what’s to come with this series.

Join me next week when I review my first Lego game ever. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. At first I have to say that I scoffed at all Lego games. I thought they were child games that should be played by children not adults. I couldn’t believe so many adults on my friends list were actually playing these games so I just had to see what all the fuss was about.


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