If you’re not sick of zombies yet, you might as well check out the debut trailer for Telltale’s upcoming videogame adaptation of The Walking Dead television series.
The more pedantically uptight among you might be tempted to point out that The Walking Dead upon which Telltale’s new game is based actually began life as a comic book, to which I would respond that you are correct, but you didn’t see anyone rushing to make it into a videogame until the television series became a big hit. So let’s just skip all that and get to the part where I don’t really care either way, because the whole zombie thing is already a little overdone for my liking. But a lot of other folks obviously dig it, so let’s have a look and see what’s what.
Telltale’s YouTube page says the game will follow the “untold story” of Lee Everett, a convicted criminal “given a second chance at life in a world gone to hell.” What ol’ Lee was convicted of is a mystery, but his road to redemption sees him charged with protecting an orphaned girl named Clementine from the horrors of the ravenous undead. “Experience events, meet people and visit locations foreshadowing the story of Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes in this extension of Robert Kirkman’s award-winning universe,” it says.
The trailer looks like pretty standard zombie fare: scared people in the American midwest, yelling, shooting and bashing putrid brain-suckers in the head with axes. Not that there’s anything wrong with that – it’s been the bread and butter of one of the most enduring supernatural horrors of all time, after all – but I’m still not seeing anything that makes me think that there’s any kind of original twist on the whole undead thing here. On the other hand, it’s bound to be better than Telltale’s Jurassic Park train wreck, right?
The first episode of the five-part Walking Dead videogame will be out later this year. To learn more, check out thewalkingdeadgame.com.