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Archive for the month “February, 2014”

The Walking Dead Game Season 1 Part 6: 400 Days (Steam Store)

A woman seeks to recruit a group of refugees for her survival camp.  Will she succeed or will their inability to trust others prove to be an obstacle she can’t overcome?

You’d think season 1 would have ended with the fifth episode but there’s a whole epilogue you need to play if you want the whole story.  In this episode, you see another cast of characters whose lives were affected by the walkers.  Each one has their own story to tell and you’re the one that decides how it plays out.  What choices you make affects the storyline for season 2.

The game play is the same as the entire series with one exception.  You select pictures on a bulletin board to decide which character’s story you want to play through first.  After you’ve played every one of them, you take on the role of Tavia and use dialogue choices to recruit the characters.

This game is addictive and intriguing.  I give it 7 out of 10; a worthy epilogue to The Walking Dead Game Season 1.

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The Walking Dead Game Season 1 Part 5: No Time Left (Steam Store)

Someone’s kidnapped Clementine and a walker bit Lee.  Can Lee save Clementine before he becomes another undead monster?

This is the episode where the first season ends.  Who you take with you depends on your choices in the previous episode.  I don’t want to give anything away, so I’ll keep in brief.  Remember when you took food from a truck at the end of episode 2?  Now you get to see the consequences of your decision.  Oh, and if you don’t get choked up at the end, you have no heart.

This episode is played the same way as the previous ones were.  You explore various scenes to collect items for your inventory.  You also pick the dialogue options and make choices throughout the game.  What choice you make strongly affects the storyline.

The game is heartbreaking and addictive.  I give it 9 out of 10; I choked up at some parts.

The Walking Dead Season 1 Part 4: Around Every Corner (Steam Store)

When the group finally arrives at their destination, they focus on finding a boat.  Unfortunately, a man is stalking them and communicating with them on the radio.  They also have to go to a town called Crawford, a place so focused on survival that children, the sick and the elderly are shot on sight.

This is when we see just how far some citizens are willing to go to survive.  Partway through the game the characters have to go to Crawford and, spoiler alert, everyone there is dead.  It shows that you can’t create the perfect survival race and when going through Crawford we get an idea of how the citizens must have lived.  One part I really liked were the doctor tapes where he tries to convince a pregnant woman to abort her baby by telling her that she’ll be kicked out if she doesn’t.  We also discover the back-story of a new character named Molly.  What I don’t get is why the doctor would film such incriminating evidence against himself (if you play the game you’ll understand).

This game is not simplistic with anything and that includes cowardice.  The character of Ben is not well liked and I was once of the same sentiment.  He has a tendency to make bad decisions.  When he and Clementine were surrounded by walkers he ran.  After reading the character articles on tvtropes.org, I realized that I was being too hard on him.  Remember my Rule of Rose review where I called the main character, Jennifer, timid?  You may think I hated her but I thought her character was well-written and very realistic.  She was a little orphan girl who didn’t have the emotional capacity to stand up to the people tormenting her and it had disastrous results.  Ben is a guy too old for a guardian to handle the situation, unlike Clementine and Duck, and too young for the emotional maturity to handle it himself, unlike Lee and Kenny.  Yes I am aware that Molly is younger than Ben and able to handle herself with the walkers but she had people depending on her.  Ben doesn’t have anyone that needs him.  I know that many of us that watch the series fantasize that we’re going to be like Darryl or Michonne but the reality is, if we were put into a situation like this, more likely we’re turn out to be Ben.

The game play is the same as it’s always been.  You go through the storyline and make choices throughout the game.  You can explore the scene and gather items to use later.  During fighting scenes, you have to press the right button to survive.  At this point I wonder if I shouldn’t just copy/paste this paragraph instead of writing it out each time.

This game is intriguing and addictive.  I give it 8 out of 10; a fine addition to the episodic video game.

Silent Nights: Children’s Orchestra Beta Test

What was supposed to be a night of a mother watching her children perform in a concert turns into a race against time to save them from a kidnapper.  Can the mother save her children from certain doom?

There’s actually more to the plot like science experiments and the magic of music.  Since this is just a beta test, I can’t really say a whole lot about it.  What I can say is that the plot was so intriguing that I didn’t want the game to end prematurely.

This is your typical hidden object game.  You go from scene to scene collecting items to add to your inventory.  Some items require you to participate in a hidden object sequence.  You will have to use the items you gather to advance throughout the game.  If you’re stuck, use a hint.  You can also use the map to go to various locations you already discovered.  Like Dark Parables, you can also collect items that serve no purpose other than discovering the story little by little.  The only original aspect about this game is that you can collect music notes to conquer various obstacles throughout the game.

This game is addictive and intriguing.  I will definitely purchase the full version.

Burger Island (Gamehouse.com)

When Patty’s shipwrecked on a deserted island, she takes a job at a burger place.  Unfortunately, the natives don’t take well to someone overthrowing their business.  Can Patty convince the natives of the island to work with her?

The plot’s not really all that deep so I won’t be saying anything about it.  The game play is another story.  During each level, you make burgers, fries, or shakes.  Be sure to make it before the customer gets angry and leaves.  If you please every customer in a level, you get the perfect goal.  The only way to advance through the game is to met the minimum requirement for each level.  In between levels you can purchase more recipes to get more variety from the game.

This game is simplistic and addictive.  I give it 7 out of 10; fun for the whole family.

The Walking Dead Game Season 1 Part 3: Long Road Ahead (Steam Store)

After escaping a horrible death, the group returns to the motel.  Unfortunately, they’re divided by whether it’s time to leave or if they should stay.  If that wasn’t enough, some of their supplies have gone missing and a member of the group’s to blame.

Anyone who knows The Walking Dead is aware that no one ever stays in perfect harmony.  You can imagine that after the last episode the group is even more on edge than they were before.  Not only do they have to worry about walkers but they can’t trust humans anymore either.  I would say that this episode is the climax of the season because Lilly loses her hold on the group and the surviving members decide to leave the motel.  This is also the episode where Lee has to face certain truths about their situation.  One of them being that if he wants Clementine to stay alive, he’ll have to teach her how to fight.

The game play is the same as the last one.  You walk around and examine various items.  You can also make dialogue choices for Lee and make decisions at crucial moments.  You will have plenty of quick time events where you have to press the right button if you want to survive the walkers.

This game is addictive and intriguing.  I give it 7 out of 10; a good follow-up to the second episode.

The Walking Dead Game Season 1 Part 2: Starved for Help (Steam Store)

After making their way out of the drug store alive, Lee and the surviving members of his group are struggling with very little food at an abandoned motel.  When a couple of strangers offer to let them stay at their farm, it seems like the group’s luck has changed.  Have they finally found a home or is there more to this simple country family than meets the eye?

The answer to that last question is obvious if you remember one simple fact, if something is too good to be true than chances are it actually is.  I don’t want to give too much away but the plot is similar to Fievel Goes West when the cats trick the mice in New York to move to Utah by making them believe that cats and mice live in harmony there.  Instead, the cats use the mice as willing slaves and plan on eating the mice when they’ve outlived their usefulness, the mice never suspecting a thing.  In this game, many of the characters are suspicious of the farmers.  This episode is one of my favorites because it stays true to its source material by having the humans be more frightening than the walkers.

The game play is the same as it was in the last episode.  You explore various locations as Lee and collect items.  You also pick what Lee says and have to make difficult choices at certain points in the game.  During action scenes, make sure to press the right button if you want to get out of the game alive.

This game is frightening and addictive.  I give it 10 out of 10; a perfect demonstration of don’t fear the dead, fear the living.

The Walking Dead Season One Part 1: A New Day (Steam Store)

The zombie apocalypse has just begun and it’s up to you to survive.  Play as Lee Everett as you make difficult choices and fight through hordes of zombies just to stay alive for one more day.

A New Day

On the way to prison, Lee Everett discovers that the world has gone to hell.  Not only does he have to keep himself alive, he also has to become a surrogate parent for a lost little girl.  In other words, he finds himself out of the frying pan and into the fire.

With The Walking Dead gaining so much popularity it’s not surprising that Telltale would make a video game based off it.  This is the prequel to the series except with characters that are entirely original.  A few characters from the series do make cameos in the game, such as Herschel and Glenn, but other than that entirely original.  The plot is nothing more than an introduction to the characters and they do not disappoint.  Each character brings something unique to the group.

The game play is unique in that it’s not about killing zombies.  You talk to people and sometimes you have to make difficult choices.  One example is that two characters will be in trouble and you have to pick which one to save.  There are fighting scenes but all you have to do is press the right thing at the right time.  Sometimes you will have to move around in order to explore your surroundings.

This game is addictive and unique.  I give it 7 out of 10; a good introduction to the game.

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