Telltale’s The Walking Dead game is truly revolutionary and will stand the course of time for being one of the best story-driven adventure titles. Rarely has a game been so intertwined with player decisions and deep storylines for each decision made. Unfortunately, my personal gameplay experience was different than most.
Experiencing a game-ending glitch during a death sequence, my save was ruined and though I tried to go back and play on a different save choosing the same decisions: the same problem recurred. Maybe, my choices just weren’t meant to lead to a continuable storyline.
What happened was that I was unable to complete the second episode of Telltale’s The Walking Dead due to a dialog prompt not being available during my gameplay session. This forced me to not be able to continue when I attempted to go through the same story playthrough a second time.
SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't finished the first game yet, STOP READING.
ESCAPED THE BEAR TRAP
Continuing the Grand Storyline - The first episode of Telltale’s Walking Dead finished with a spectacular battle ending the episode with multiple life & death decisions leaving the gamer to save one person or another at each occurrence. The second episode picked up a few months after the first and the crew is still stuck at the motel, barely surviving day by day. During normal daily tasks, a few characters that remained around run into another group of people and immediately you are put into a life & death situation.
Making one decision or another, the story continues at the pacing that many hardcore Walking Dead fans expected of the TV show: plenty of action and less drama. The character drama seems to stay hidden here while remaining relevant to what happens in the action sequences. The story sequences pick up at the end giving the gamers the chance to get excited for the third episode of the first season. Honestly, it’s difficult to describe how through the writers were with the second episode without unwrapping the plot.
Great Gameplay - Continuing in the real-time gameplay experience, there really isn’t much new from the second episode compared to the first. The core mechanics of the gameplay give players a tough experience, struggling through the hordes instead of the arcade gameplay that you’ll see in games like Left 4 Dead and Zombie Nation. Each combat experience gives players a chance to possibly lose their life even if they should be an easy skirmishes on the surface.
CAUGHT UP ON THE DOORMAT
Game Ending Glitch - The one previously mentioned ended my personal game experience. I’ll explain more: The glitch in the game will impact the review and overall score opposing to other’s reviews because my personal experience of the game was different than the majority of those who played the second episode.
To try finish the story, I read online to match my decisions with another players to find my true ending giving me the chance to feel like I finished the game. During one of the very important death sequences at the farm, I attempted to save a character from another. Through research after going through the bug a few times, I discovered where a dialog prompt was to appear preventing the death screen giving me the chance to continue playing.
Unfortunately when the time was right and I had the mouse in the correct spot, there was no prompt to be seen, giving me only one result no matter what I attempted to do to create a deviation from the inevitable Game Over screen to appear. I wanted my story to continue with the decisions I’ve made, the sacrifices I had made during the episode but it looks like I’ll have to start all over again with different choices if I want to continue my ‘personal’ adventure.
The first episode was great and Telltale didn’t let up on the newest episode. The second episode had true promise but drove this zombie fan away from future episodes and the recently announced next episode due to this hiccup. Fans of the game that don’t encounter any issues with the game should continue playing because it’s such a wonderful game! I was going to score the second episode nine out of ten but because of the glitch I lowered the score to seven.
*This review was based on the PC version of the game with a review code provided by the publisher.*