The Walking Dead is a multi-pronged franchise, the comic book has been breaking new grounds for years and the TV show, whether you like it or hate it, pulls in the ratings. Telltale Games is infamous for its point-and-click adventures, and astounding adaptation IPs, including games based on the illustrious Back to the Future franchise, as well as a game based on the Jurassic Park franchise.
Telltale is also famous for releasing their games in episodic format, with about two hours of content in each new episode’s release, with a full game including about five through six episodes. With The Walking Dead and Telltale teaming up to release The Walking Dead: A New Day, all signs point to showstopper.
In The Walking Dead: A New Day you play as Lee Everett, a man who is on his way to jail at the start of the game. I won’t spoil much more about the game’s plot, but the game gives you a nice little bit of knowledge on Everett himself as it progresses, so that when you make conversational and reactionary choices, they feel more organic.
A New Day is a game that seeks to make you feel like your choices matter, and for the most part, it works. In 90% of the other games that give you choices, the outcome would result in a few different dialogue choices, or maybe a different color suit of armor, but that’s where A New Day changes things up. It’s this change that separates A New Day from the other games in its path, in that it tries its hardest to make choices that aren’t strictly black-and-white, good-and-bad, or righteous-and-evil. A choice to save one person might come back and bite you in the ass when you’re locked in the room with the father of the person you chose not to save.
Perhaps the biggest criticism one could give the game is that it feels too short. Sure, it’s a $5 game, but at times I feel like I’m rushing through it and it saddens me because the plot is comparable to the better parts of the comics. Other than that, the only other thing that really takes me out of the game is the voice-acting which can range from “Large Ham” territory to generally heartwarming.
All that said, The Walking Dead: A New Day manages to make itself more than worth the $5 price-tag and wait. If you want some great episodic zombie horror, then this is where you should start. But if you want more action than talking, well head back to Day Z or Left 4 Dead, this boat’s made for plot.
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