Growing up in the zombie apocalypse would suck. We all know the most obvious reasons as to why this would be such a gruelling change of life but let’s think about all the other reasons why. A lot of people have abandoned physical media so good luck listening to Nirvana’s Unplugged in New York record on Spotify. Want to play video games? Those developers servers went down a long time ago! This is just the tip of the iceberg but thankfully there is no apocalypse to hold us back from playing the long-awaited Final Season of The Walking Dead!
Ok, first and foremost I want to make sure we cover all the bases from the get-go. Did you, the gamer, play the first 3 seasons of Telltales The Walking Dead? No? Then you outta stop reading this now and go spend a week to catch up with the rest of us!
These past 7 years have been a wild ride for us as well as Clementine. Though I don’t believe we are ever given her age in The Final Season, she was 8 years old in the first season. I think it is safe to assume she is around 15-16 years old and has been playing the parental role to AJ. All we know is that it has been around 3 years since the events of A New Frontier. Clementine has found herself in another situation in which she meets a group and the craziness of the world around her, via the zombies or man, has crept up and is knocking on her front door. It is a bittersweet moment to have played part in Clementine’s story. After The demise of Tell Tale, I was nervous that we would never get the conclusion to the series that was so expertly crafted over the years. I appreciate Kirkman’s company “Skybound” stepping in to ensure that we would see the end. I want there to be no hint as to what happens at the end of Episode 4, but I can say that it is bittersweet.
If you are new to the series and didn’t heed my message about playing the first 3 seasons then I will give a basic idea of what playing the game is like. The Walking Dead games are a graphic adventure game that are the videogame version of “Choose Your Own Adventure”. Artistically they look like Robert Kirkman’s novels. The player controls Clementine as she struggles to survive in the wake of a zombie apocalypse. The player can move Clementine around the environment to get clues as to how to progress in the story. You will have conversations with other characters that can be helpful or detrimental to Clementine and her friends. You will also pick up items that move the story along as well. Don’t worry though, this isn’t a case like Skyrim where item management is something you will have to worry about.
Seeing how this is the final game of the series, we really do see how past decision came back to haunt Clemintine, even decisions that were made fairly early in the first game! As someone that has played the games several times, not only does this feel rewarding to the player for that kind of attention to detail, but it also puts that uncomfortable pit in your stomach when you realize that one of those big decisions you made back then really come back to bit you in the ass.
There have been multiple instances in the series where there have been action scenes, but nearly as much as there are in the Final Season. There are multiple scenes in which you have to fight against groups of walkers. I went into these scenes with the wrong mentality as I was trying to fight them like I was playing Resident Evil. News Flash pal, you are not Claire Redfield, you are a 15-year-old Clementine! If you get more than a few walkers near you, you WILL die. These encounters are simple in nature. You can stun the walkers by kicking their knees out like Bobby Brown delivering an illegal kick to Danny LaRusso and escape, or go for the immediate kill. Each situation in the game will call for different actions. Other than that though, there seems to be more action related scenes with humans. It is in these encounters where you will be encountering Quick Time Events. Thankfully, I found these QTE’s to be very forgiving with the time allotted.
*Code kindly provided by the publisher for review*