E3: The Walking Dead

E3: The Walking Dead

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Telltale sheds some light on its darkest game yet.

While Telltale wasn't showing off any actual gameplay from The Walking Dead at E3, they did spill some details about what gamers can expect from the zombie apocalypse title. As an avid fan of Robert Kirkman's long-running comic series, I've been anxiously awaiting new details about this game since it was announced. Finally, I feel like I have a better idea of what to expect, and I'm really happy about it.

While many gamers may be familiar with AMC's Walking Dead TV show, the game is treating the comic like the Bible, and everything in the game will happen within Kirkman's canon. However, it won't follow Rick Grimes and his ragtag group of survivors, which I think is a good thing. It would have been far too difficult to appease comic fans while trying to cover the gruesome events of the book perfectly; instead, Telltale's Walking Dead puts the player in the role of Lee Everett, who finds an abandoned 7-year-old girl named Clementine early in his travels. Like Rick, Lee has woken up to the zombie apocalypse after a crash, and doesn't even have time to process what's going on before he has to start fighting to survive. Instead of trying to get into Atlanta, like Rick originally was, Lee is trying to get the hell out.

Just because Rick isn't the star of the game doesn't mean that players won't be treated to any familiar faces. The developers have promised a few cameos, but only in situations where it would actually make sense. For example, as Lee is making his way out of Atlanta, he'll run into Glenn running in for supplies. It's the same world, just seen from a different perspective, which I personally think is the best way to approach this game.

I was told that The Walking Dead is probably the darkest game that Telltale has ever done, which was a little jarring after just having seen a demo of their upcoming Jurassic Park, in which two characters get mauled to death by dinosaurs. It makes sense, though; The Walking Dead is often disturbing, heart-wrenching, gory, and has actually given me nightmares in the past after a marathon trade-reading session. I'm glad the developer isn't going to shy away from the tone of the story, which has no happy endings and no black-and-white decision. Everything is shades of gray, and I'm curious to see how the choices the players can make will affect the gameplay.

When you hear that even Robert Kirkman himself is happy with Telltale's video game approach to The Walking Dead, it's hard not to get excited for what's coming next. In addition to the episodic series, Telltale is also launching a Walking Dead Facebook game later this year that will tie into the main game in some way. I wish I had gotten to see the game in action, but after being tentatively excited about Walking Dead when it was announced, I'm even more convinced now that this series is in the right hands.

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Huh, well that's cool.
However, Telltale really needs to invest in a new engine. It looks good for the cartoony Back to the Future games but is starting to age badly with the Jurassic Park games, from what I've seen.

But more ambigious decisions during a zombie invasion is nothing but good things.
Means more training for when it happens...

Well, i'm intrigued at any rate. Could be awesome.

I hope it's good, but the engine telltale uses doesn't seen right for this sort of game, though everything else sounds good and it should be a good game.

I'm very excited by this!

I am a huge fan of both the comics and the TV Show, so I'm anxcious to try this universe in game form.

They bettter stick to the original cannon, or this could go south real fast.

I'm pretty happy I get to play from a completely new and fresh perspective rather than playing through a story in which I know what happens and feel the need to complain when things just aren't right.

As soon as i read the title, my reaction was, "oh, HELL no."

but now that I know it takes place in the same universe and isn't simply recycling the cast and events, I feel much better. I can't wait for some footage.

HankMan:
They bettter stick to the original cannon, or this could go south real fast.

Your puns always make me laugh =D

OT: Sounds interesting, will look into this closer to when it comes out.

Also a huge fan of the comic book and AMC series... I cant wait to get my hands on this!!!

Hmmm... I posted, and then... nothing.

Ok, I will try to say again, lol..

I am a huge fan of the comic series and the AMC show, and I cannot wait to get my hands on this!

*edit* Yeah, NOW you post the first post!

Could they please stop making zombie apocalypse games and game modes?
Seriously, this is getting REALLY old.

Very good news. These guys seem to know how to take a popular franchise and make it a game. It seems like they have the perfect blend of familiar and unfamiliar so it will be entertaining without seeming like a cash-in.

I can dig it.

Urazel:
Could they please stop making zombie apocalypse games and game modes?
Seriously, this is getting REALLY old.

no it isn't, I'm sick of people saying that something is getting old just because the the idea has been done before, every zombie game I've seen so far has had very different stories and game play styles and this one, I'm sure, will be no different. on top of that the walking dead is possibly the best depiction of a post-apocalyptic in any industry, which has proven to transition well to other mediums.

I'm...honestly surprised that no one is all-out-raging about the fact that this game is going to be more of a Heavy Rain-esque Interactive film, than a traditional action-oriented Zombie game.....

Urazel:
Could they please stop making zombie apocalypse games and game modes?
Seriously, this is getting REALLY old.

Could you please stop bitching about zombie apocalypse games and game modes?
Seriously, this is getting REALLY old.

If you don't like a game or game type, don't buy it it's rather simple. Instead of trying to force your opinion on the rest of the gaming world, just worry about yourself. You may not be alone in your thinking, but there are still people who enjoy these game, enough to make it profitable for companies to keep making them. So stop trying to ruin everyone's fun and go play a game you like instead of bashing games other people like.

GrizzlerBorno:
I'm...honestly surprised that no one is all-out-raging about the fact that this game is going to be more of a Heavy Rain-esque Interactive film, than a traditional action-oriented Zombie game.....

Can you please provide your source for this?

artanis_neravar:

GrizzlerBorno:
I'm...honestly surprised that no one is all-out-raging about the fact that this game is going to be more of a Heavy Rain-esque Interactive film, than a traditional action-oriented Zombie game.....

Can you please provide your source for this?

I think it was this.


could be wrong. I heard it SOMEWHERE for sure.

GrizzlerBorno:

artanis_neravar:

GrizzlerBorno:
I'm...honestly surprised that no one is all-out-raging about the fact that this game is going to be more of a Heavy Rain-esque Interactive film, than a traditional action-oriented Zombie game.....

Can you please provide your source for this?

I think it was this.


could be wrong.

Technically he just said Heavy Rain-esque quick time events, but either way I, personally, don't care I liked Heavy Rain

Could be cool depending on what type of game it is. Will it be standard Telltale point and click, or will they try a new genre? Personally I think they could do either, but I'd definitely rather they try something other than a point and click.

artanis_neravar:

GrizzlerBorno:

artanis_neravar:

Can you please provide your source for this?

I think it was this.


could be wrong.

Technically he just said Heavy Rain-esque quick time events, but either way I, personally, don't care I liked Heavy Rain

He said it was similar to the Jurassic park game, and the few gameplay videos I've seen of THAT portray it to be a very cinematic, structured game, so...

And I didn't play Heavy Rain, but I want to, sometime. I'm interested in the concept. Maybe that will change when I actually play it XD

I'm glad they are sticking with the comics. The show just didn't do the series justice.

I want to buy this for my cheap vista. The quality looks good enough for me to run it just fine.

I saw the series. Hopefully the player will be discouraged from fighting the zombies, using cover and distraction to move through, basically a zombie-stealth game. :>

I'm glad we're starting to see some details about it. Now if we can just get some word about the Fables game...

 

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