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GAME STATUS: Clementine is safe…for now?
TROPHIES EARNED: All 49 of them! Platinum Baby!

For my original review of The Walking Dead click HERE

From a prisoner in the back of a police car to his horrific end in Savannah, only Clementine is the ultimate survivor in Lee Everett’s epic tale. Actually, Omid and Christa are still out there, and it looked like Clem may have seen them walking on the horizon. Will Clem catch up with them? Are they walkers as well? Are these people other survivors of the zombie apocalypse? I can’t wait for Season 2!

The Walking Dead had me running on all emotions from the highs of safety to the sad lows of watching key characters psychologically breakdown or fall to their death. I felt Lee’s pain as every tough decision I made had it’s unfortunate consequences. I had to figure out who to trust and who to ignore. I even had to tread the relatively thin line that separates life and death. Most importantly was how I had to explain my actions to Clementine, and see how she responds. Surprisingly, in my playthrough she actually took it quite well.

Other than Lee, the one character I really enjoyed was Kenny. Throughout my journey I always sided with the redneck probably because I know so many people in my real world travels that are like him. Kenny always cut to the chase in key moments and was even a bit cutthroat at times as well when it came to Lily and Ben. Speaking of Ben, I hated that guy. I tried to help him, but whiny ass Ben always caused problems. When shit started getting bad…it was Ben’s fault. In key moments he even froze up in fear. My group had no need for fear, or his bullshit, so I had no problem showing my cold side and letting him die at the school. He deserved it even though he went out as sort of a hero buying time for my group’s escape from the walkers.

As for the episodes, I really enjoyed the second episode “Starved For Help.” Sure those St. John’s sounded nice and peaceful, but who knew that they had a Hannibal Lecter streak in them as they feasted on human meat. What a plot twist! I sure didn’t see that shit coming. There’s also that moment at the end of the episode when I took the supplies from the what I thought was an abandoned station wagon. I had no clue that this key decision would eventually lead up to the first season’s amazing conclusion as the vehicle’s owner and Lee would come face to face with Clementine’s fate hanging in the balance. You want to talk about psycho. That guy takes the cake.

Finally, there’s the gripping ending. I really wanted to see Lee take on the fatherly role, and take care of young Clementine through the dangers of the zombie apocalypse, but we all know that The Walking Dead is no place for happy endings. It was a sad moment when Clementine took up the gun and had to pull the trigger so Lee wouldn’t turn into a walker himself. If there’s one thing Lee did well it would be that he helped make Clementine strong enough to cope with the challenges that lie ahead of her.

AM I WILLING TO FACE THE HORRORS OF THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE AGAIN?

Season 2 may be quite awhile away, but I do see another playthough in the near future. I’d like to see how Lee would react if I changed certain situations like not listening to Kenny or siding with Lily. However, Ben still has to die because he’s a whiny ass bastard. In the end it’s all about Clementine.

Overall, I really enjoyed playing The Walking Dead. What else can I say about a game that is already considered as one of the greatest of all time? Amazing story, well thought out characters, amazing story, walkers, oh and an amazing story. I think you get the point. Congratulations to the team at Telltale Games. This was an amazing experience.

For Clementine.

Developer: Telltale Games
Platform: Playstation 3
Players: 1
Price: $4.99 per episode (6 episodes)

Well it’s that time of year once again. The holidays are coming to an end and it’s once again time for me to pick the best games of the year. I’ve played a lot of games this year. Some of which I finished, and some which I’m still battling through. There are the games that are from franchises that I’m familiar with, and there are those sleeper games that flew under the radar and surprised me. It’s been a good gaming year. Now it’s time to see what were some of my favorite games I played this year, and what game takes home the honor of Game of the Year.

5. Spec Ops: The Line

Sure it plays like a generic third person cover based shooter, and it’s multiplayer is garbage, but it’s the twisted story that kept me playing Spec Ops: The Line. I wanted to see what happened next in the sands of Dubai. Who knew that Captain Walker was just fucked up in the head? By the time I reached the climactic ending and chose how I wanted the game to end I felt more than satisfied with the outcome. Then I went back and experienced the other three endings. Honestly, down the road I would like to see more games like this where the hero is not really the hero at all. It’s the grey line that blends the actions of heroism and villainy thats worth traveling.

4: Transformers: Fall of Cybertron

No Bayformers here. These are the adventures of the G1 Transformers that I grew up with here. High Moon Studios once again hits the ball out of the park with another amazing story as the civil war between the Autobots and Decepticons continues. There were some great moments that took place in this game including one scene that was straight from the Transformers: The Movie that hit my nostalgia block. The additions of the Combaticons (forming Bruticus) and Grimlock helped make the game become more than just a transforming shooter. Multiplayer was still “meh” to me, but creating my own unique Transformer was pretty cool. Now I eagerly look forward to seeing what the studio has up it’s sleeve for the next game especially due to the cliffhanger ending.

3. Borderlands 2

I didn’t think it was possible, but Gearbox Software was actually able to improve on everything that made the original Borderlands awesome. A better storyline, improved enemy AI, and an arsenal of weapons that absolutely kick even more ass than ever before. However, Marcus still doesn’t give out refunds. Characters including Claptrap, the hilarious Tiny Tina, and the main villain Handsome Jack really stand out in this game. The four player co-op once again is a huge plus leading to lots of fun (as well as a few cheap shots for shits and giggles), and the DLC so far has been pretty good. Once again my gun porn addiction continues especially when Gearbox is so generous by handing out all those Golden Keys lately.

2. The Walking Dead

Telltale Games once again takes a popular property and turns it into one of the best stories of all time. Based on the comic book series, The Walking Dead took me on an emotional roller coaster while experiencing a full scale zombie apocalypse in the process. Key decisions throughout the game led to moments where I had to decide on who lives and who dies. Then there were the consequences that followed which really weighed heavy on not just my character, Lee Everett, but also on myself as I questioned whether I made the right choice. Of course I had another mission and that was to protect the young Clementine who just wants to find her parents. How do I tell here that her family is nothing more than just a couple of undead zombies? Better yet, do I give her a candy coated and “Disneyfied” answer of “Don’t worry. They’re just fine.” Choices, choices. Something this game has well executed.

Now It’s time for my pick for the 2012 Game of the Year. Now before I give that honor let me share what games won my pick of Game of the Year in the past:

2006: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
2007: Bioshock
2008: Fallout 3
2009: Batman: Arkham Asylum
2010: Red Dead Redemption
2011: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

And now it’s time…

2012 GAME OF THE YEAR
Halo 4

Five years. Five years I waited. Now 343 Industries has delivered to fans like myself the next big Halo game. Not only was it a new Halo game, but it was a sequel that marked the return of the iconic Master Chief along with a new threat that makes the Covenant look rather weak. Bungie has handed the proverbial torch and 343 Industries ran with it. Improved visuals, improved enemy AI, better weapons, a smart story, addicting gameplay, and awesome co-op and competitive multiplayer made Halo 4 not only the best Halo game (topping the original Halo: Combat Evolved), but the best first person shooter of all time. Halo 4 has now set the standard for where all future FPS games will be judged.

Honorable Mentions go out to:

Assassin’s Creed 3
Dishonored
Far Cry 3
Forza Horizon
Trials Evolution

So there you have it. My personal favorites of 2012. A new year is now on the doorstep and that means new games for me to tackle. I’m looking forward to 2013 to see what I’ll be playing and reviewing. Until then…Game on!

So my experience with The Walking Dead has mainly been with the television series on AMC. I know that the series is based on the comic book series, but I really don’t read comics. As for zombies, well my experience with them dates back to when I was a young zombie slayer through my ever expanding imagination from reading books and watching movies. Yes, I had cool parents who let me watch Rated “R” movies. Currently, I get my zombie fix from the first two seasons of the television series on Blu-ray, but when I learned that The Walking Dead (based on the comic books) was coming to Xbox 360 I really got excited. Then there was the part where I found out that there were five episodes with one releasing each month. I thought that sucked, because I’m sure the anticipation to see what happens next drove everyone crazy. Well I decided to wait until all five episodes were available so I can just play them all without the agonizing wait in between. Well let me tell you that the long wait was worth every minute.

PROS:

Lee Everett
From a convicted felon to a near father figure for young Clementine, my experience playing as main protagonist Lee Everett was amazing. Probably the best character I’ve ever played due to the fact that all his actions and decisions were based on my choices. Like a choose your own adventure book, I helped shape what Lee would eventually become, and I’m quite satisfied with the results whether I wanted to be somewhat of a good man or a complete asshole and not give a shit. This is the zombie apocalypse by the way. Making friends, along with trusting others, can be a little tough especially considering that I’m taking care of a little girl who just wants to get back to her family.

For Clementine
Other than Lee, Clementine plays such a key role in the actions I chose to partake in. She may be a little girl that I’m protecting, but when you think about it she can also be quite impressionable. Killing the “Walkers” or even certain people can come at a price especially if Clementine is around when it happens. For example: I took a hammer and beat the former babysitter’s head in a few times and Clementine watched in horror as it happened. The screen said that she will remember it. This sort of had me second guessing about how I choose to kill, because I surely didn’t want to scar her for life. Then again it is the zombie apocalypse right? For me it was all about keeping Clementine alive, and I did just that through my adventure.

The Story And Overall Atmosphere
I really liked the point and click style of storytelling that Telltale Games uses. Coming from some of their previous games I played including Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures and Sam and Max Save the World, The Walking Dead was more of a shock to me. I never thought I’d see Telltale make a game on a more “mature” angle, but they pulled it off perfectly. Sure the graphics may resemble something on the lines of a Saturday morning cartoon, but the game’s theme is far from it especially with moments where I blew a cop’s head off with a shotgun, and watching Walkers devour people piece by piece. The best part is that Telltale Games kept to the series’ dark-sided roots. I also liked how they incorporated new characters to the series like they were always there as well as seeing a few regulars along for the ride including Hershel Greene and Glenn.

Decisions, Decisions
What makes this game so unique is the tough decisions I had to make. Who do I choose to align myself with? This determines how characters reacted to me. The most important decision was the tough choice deciding on who lives and who dies? That decision alone shapes the overall course of the game. I always wondered whether I was making the right choices, because I could really feel the weight of the decision and the pain that Lee Everett suffers through. Later on, when an episode ends, I get to see a board with the overall community’s decisions just to see if other people agreed with me. Now I wonder what happens if I went in the other direction. I smell replay value.

CONS:

Easy Achievements
I’m really disappointed with the overall easiness of earning achievements in this game. Just completing each episode gave me all the available achievements. Sure the achievement whore in me is quite happy as I add another game to the completion list, but I what I really wanted was some sort of extra challenge on some of the achievements making that “Achievement Unlocked” tone more worthy of attaining. Hopefully Telltale Games works on that for Season 2.

The Long Wait For Season 2
I now understand the anticipation that gamers had when anxiously awaiting new episodes every month. I waited for five months just to get all the episodes, and now I have to wait even longer for the next season to come along just to see where the story goes next. I feel your pain everyone, because waiting sucks.

IN CONCLUSION

Sure it’s a point and click game, but The Walking Dead feels like it’s so much more. Left 4 Dead it is not. The Walking Dead is a game filled with amazing storytelling, character development, intense drama, and tough decision making. Basically what this boils down to is an amazing experience that should not be missed by anyone. I enjoyed my time with this game and I plan on revisiting the drama and horror again and again. The Walking Dead is a definite must buy for any fan of the series whether it’s the comic books or the television series. Maybe it’s time for me to read those comic books as well.

Developer: Telltale Games
Platform: Xbox Live Arcade
Players: 1
Price: 2000 Microsoft Points ($25.00)