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PopWrapped Reviews: Telltale's The Walking Dead Season 2, Episode 1: All That Remains

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12/18/2013 9:55 pm
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PopWrapped Reviews: Telltale's The Walking Dead Season 2, Episode 1: All That Remains
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Whitney Pierce Staff Writer

After waiting for what felt like a lifetime the second season of Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead was finally released yesterday. Of course I was all over that as soon as I left work! The first game, or season one, received absolutely amazing reviews upon it’s release in 2012 and has since then won over 90 “Game of the Year” awards. For those of you that aren’t familiar with the game, I suggest you get familiar. If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead either in the sense of the comics or the television show then you should be playing this. It is not based on Rick Grimes nor do you play Rick Grimes. You play as a different group of survivors however you may see some familiar faces from the books as well as the show. The game isn’t the type of spam clicking or button mashing zombie fighting game that you see our there, this game is more based on the story of the characters and allows you to make different choices that will affect how the rest of the game plays out for you. And while the game isn’t necessarily the most challenging in controls or combat, it’s very challenging in the emotional sense. Telltale has developed characters that you will undoubtedly get attached to and sympathize with. They’ve also created a story that will make you laugh, make you rage and inevitably make you cry. It will happen. And that’s all in the first season! I suggest that right now, if you haven’t played the game, you go and do it now. It’s available on Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Mac and basically any and all platforms. And before we continue and discuss season two, I just want to make it clear that there will be a few spoilers throughout this regarding things that happened in season one. So if you don’t want to read those then turn back now! As the episode, “All That Remains” begins, you see that you are now playing our young heroine Clementine and picks up fairly soon after we left her in a season one, perhaps only a few months have passed since she lost Lee.
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Just as the first season did, there is action right from the beginning. You get a few relaxed minutes of exploring to reacquaint you with the controls, which have changed a bit since the first one but then you’re thrown right back into the action of making choices to save not only yourself but perhaps anyone that you are with during the apocalypse. The violence and gore in this one seems to have been kicked up a notch since the first one. While playing the first one I didn’t really feel too uneasy until about episode three where you had to cut a man’s leg off but in this one it starts in the first episode. I’ll just say that there is a very emotionally hard and scene involving an animal and then another one involving stitches and both are quite difficult to get through. As far as the graphics and style are concerned, those things are the same as the first time around. The game setting and characters aren’t displayed realistically like that of Skyrim or Call of Duty, it’s more of a vector based art that is cel-shaded like that of the style in of the Borderlands games. This is a style that Telltale Games seems to use in their games and it is a style that I’m very fond of. It’s unique and I don’t think it takes away from the game at all, perhaps even adds to it.
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Story wise you don’t get terribly far into it, the episode basically ends after you’ve met some survivors that are staying in a cabin. We’ve learned a little about some of them but not much yet, however, from the previews for the next episode it looks like you will be running around with this lot for quite some time if not the entire game. The episode ends with you having to make your first major life and death decision in the game and I thought it was a great way to end it. Of course, now I can’t wait for the second episode to be released so I can move on with the story and see what happens to Clem and what kind of horrors, other than walking dead people, are out there waiting for us! On a scale of 1-5 I would give this first episode a 4.6. The story is really moving in a great and dramatic direction, Clementine has so many different layers to her personality and is fantastic to play, the new characters seem to be very interesting and complex which is setting this up to be another award winning and epic series. Episode two of the Telltale game has yet to be announced however they are really busy Game of Thrones, The Wolf Among Us and the recently announced Tales from the Borderlands so I would expect to see it in a few months! http://www.Twitter.com/PopWrapped https://pop-wrapped.tumblr.com http://www.SoundCloud.com/PopWrapped http://www.Facebook.com/PopWrapped http://www.Instagram.com/PopWrapped http://www.Pinterest.com/PopWrapped http://www.YouTube.com/PopWrapped https://pop-wrapped.wordpress.com http://www.PopWrapped.com

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