Rated M for Mature by ESRB.
The critically acclaimed Walking Dead video game series is back for its second season, picking up a little bit of time after the events of what happened in the first season. This time around, you play as Clementine, the little girl Lee took care of all throughout the first season. The game does take into account your choices from the first season, and will incorporate them throughout the season. Clemetine isn’t Lee, she isn’t as strong, she’s young, afraid, and still growing up in this dark world. The game begins with Clementine travelling in a group with Omead and Christa, characters from the previous season. For the sake of the review, and keeping everything a surprise to those who want to play the game, I won’t reveal what happens in the story itself. The game’s story does revolve around Clementine proving that she can be trusted and take care of herself. It’s an interesting perspective, but since she is a kid, and now the zombie infestation has been going on for a long time, it’s probably fair to see why people would be so doubtful of people’s trust in this cruel world. Season 2 plays the same as Season 1, you pick from one of four dialogue boxes and are given a time limit to make your choice. There are still quicktime events where you’ll have to press certain buttons rapidly to run away from zombies or do other certain acts. Visually, Season 2 looks much more crisp and detailed than the first. The visuals look much less bland and cel shaded, and appears more life-like than before.
Season 2 still very much so retains its style from Season 1, but just presents itself in a much crisper and clearer way. The Walking Dead Season 1 was very well received and won a ton of awards, and from the look of things, it looks like Season 2 is going to do the same. It starts off on an extremely dark note, and tries to present little glimmers of hope and happiness, but then takes them away from you and casts you back into darkness. It’s cruel, but supremely engaging and emotional. Season 2 is episodic so we are going to have to wait a few months in-between each episode until the next one is ready, and the wait is as painful as ever. I’m intrigued by Clementine’s story and how much differently she plays than Lee. While the characters right now may not seem quite as memorable, I’m sure they’ll develop more as the episodes carry on. The Walking Dead Season 2 is looking to be an excellent story and fantastic game, and is a must-buy for fans of story-based games or the first season of The Walking Dead.
Written by Emma Hu