by Jessica Ham
I used to be terrified of zombies. If anything zombie-related came on to the screen I couldn’t look. But then I was on YouTube and saw that someone was playing a game called The Walking Dead. I was curious, so I clicked and I’ve been hooked ever since. I realized zombies weren’t scary. There was no reason to be scared of them, ‘cause a zombie apocalypse would never happen. Ever since then, I’ve been obsessed with zombie-related things and The Walking Dead game is at the top of my list.
Now when most people think of The Walking Dead they think of the TV show or the comic book series. Well, the game is set in the same universe as the show and the comics but with completely different characters. Robert Kirkman, the creator of the comics, was on board with Telltale Games when they said they wanted to make a game in The Walking Dead universe with different characters. Everyone knows Rick Grimes’s story, so let’s tell a story about other people now.
The Walking Dead game is a choice-based episodic game. This means that it has five episodes, or parts. An episode comes out and it’s about two to three hours long, then in another couple months another episode comes out, until the season is done. Then you wait for the next season. It’s kind of like a TV show, but you get to be involved and play it instead. You make choices in the game and the game is different based on how you play. Your actions determine who lives and dies and which characters like you or not. I love it. You get to be personally involved in how the game turns out.
Season One of The Walking Dead game stars Lee Everett, a mid-thirties African American man on his way to jail for murdering a state senator who was sleeping with his wife. On his way to jail the cop car crashes while trying to avoid hitting a person. Turns out that the person is a zombie and the zombie apocalypse has been slowly but surely starting. Lee, on his travels through town, comes across an abandoned house and goes there looking for food and help. There he meets the other central character, Clementine, an eight-year-old African American girl who’s home alone: her parents went on vacation and never came back because of the apocalypse. You play the game as Lee and try to help Clementine find her parents.
This game is my favorite game in the whole world. There has now been a Season Two and they are working on a Season Three right now. I recommend that everyone play this game. It is a great emotional journey that you will surely love.
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