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.

Click here to buy The Walking Dead, Episode 1: A New Day

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We are only a couple months away from the milestone 100th issue of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead. If you have been to this site in the past, then you know that it is my favorite ongoing comic and while most titles get worse with age, The Walking Dead has consistently been an entertaining edge of your seat thrill ride and a character study of normal people coping with the end of the world. It spawned one of the best shows on television (and the highest rated Cable series ever), although as good as the show is, it does not hold a candle to the comic.

Now might be a good time to go back and reread the first issue of the series and thanks to Image Comics, you can legally read The Walking Dead issue 1 (and issue 49) online for free. If you are a fan of the television version of The Walking Dead, I highly (HIGHLY) recommend checking out the first issue and considering ordering the trades online. If you have never heard of The Walking Dead before reading this post, it is a comic series in which a Sheriff deputy and family man, Rick Grimes, wakes up from a coma in a hospital to discover that the world has been overrun by zombies.  Not knowing how long he was out cold, he must regain his strength and fight through hordes of the undead to find and protect his family. Along the way he runs into a lot of different survivors and finds out that some or much worse than the zombies.

Click here to read The Walking Dead issue 1 online and click here to read The Walking Dead issue 49 online.

Tonight, just in time for Halloween we can get scared with an all new episode of The Walking Dead at 9pm on AMC. Official Description: “Save the Last One” The group await Shane’s return, unaware that he’s trapped in a school surrounded by zombies; Daryl and Andrea scour the woods for a missing person.

Last week’s episode airs before the new one at 8pm with an encore at 10pm and Talking Dead at 11pm. This week’s guests on Talking Dead  include The Guild star/creator Felicia Day, comedy actor Jon Heder and Dead executive producer (and big time movie producer) Gale Anne Hurd. Thankfully AMC Network was smart enough to already give the greenlight to the zombie series for a third season, although the pick up announcement was lacking an amount of episodes ordered. I will watch for as long as the series airs.

Also new tonight:

8PM

ABC: Once Upon a Time (fairy tale drama)
CBS: Amazing Race 19 (reality competition)
FOX: The Simpsons/Allen Gregory (animation)
NBC: Sunday Night Football (sports)
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9PM

ABC: Desperate Housewives (drama)
CBS: The Good Wife (drama)
FOX: Family Guy/The Cleveland Show (animation)
FOOD: Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs (reality competition)
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10PM

ABC: Pan Am (period drama)
CBS: CSI: Miami (crime drama)
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What will you be watching tonight? Let us know in the comments!

Posted on October 30th, 2011 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (2)
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Spoiler Alert: (If you DVRed the ABC network finale for All My Children and have not watched it, or were planning to watch it this week via Hulu, than skip down to the Talking Dead news…) After 41 years of storytelling in the fictional city of Pine Valley on ABC, the network sends the show off in a depressing way. Sure, the series *might* be continuing online thanks to Prospect Park, but it will be a very different show with lots of new faces in the mix. I look forward to seeing how the show changes and grows online in ways broadcast TV held it back.

But lets focus on the finale and the fact that it ended on a cliffhanger. Who in their right mind thought that would be a good idea? After 41 years of stories, I think the audience deserves an actual finale. This is where the characters are as we close this chapter of their lives. We did not need a “Who did JR shoot?” mystery to cap off the series. Nor did we need  unresolved issues of who is the mystery woman that David Hayward brought back to live, or will Erica and Jackson make up? The ending felt rushed, choppy, and worst of all, incomplete. I truly hope that Prospect Part treats All My Children with the proper respect that it deserves, because ABC has not done that in the past few years.

I love The Walking Dead. I’ve followed the comic since close to the beginning and I dig the series (even thought I feel like the season finale was a major miss step in an otherwise awesome season). But I honestly have no desire to watch a bunch of people sit around and talk about the episodes. AMC has announced The Talking Dead, a live talk show hosted by Chris Hardwick that will feature people talking about the episode of the show that just aired. Um… okay. Instead of wasting money on useless things like this, it would have been nice for AMC to not slash The Walking Dead‘s budget down or push out showrunner Frank Darabont. Please just focus on the show and making it as good as possible instead of trying to milk the brand for any pennies that you can get out of it.

Posted on September 24th, 2011 by ThePit | Comments Off on TV Bits: All My Children, Talking Dead
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Lie to Me
Tim Roth’s crime procedural Lie to Me has not gotten a back nine order and will finish out its current 13 episode season. While not officially canceled, this means that FOX is just waiting to see how its new shows do before closing shop. The series is currently in its third season and has been struggling in the ratings department. Roth stars as Dr. Cal Lightman, an expect in telling if people are telling the truth.

The Walking Dead
The first season of The Walking Dead has come to a close and has set Cable ratings records with more than 6 million viewers. As a comparison, the critically acclaimed and Emmy darling Mad Men gets less than half the viewers of the zombie series. While I was surprised by the finale, I was also a bit disappointed in the episode. It was the weakest of the six episode season and I hate the fact that they tried to explain the zombies and confirm that they aren’t human anymore. And that they have no memory or idea of what they once were. I would have preferred the ending of the first graphic novel, “Days Gone Bye.” Regardless of the weak ending, I still very much enjoyed the season and I’ll be waiting on the edge of my seat for season 2. I just hope they decide to air it well before the rumored start date of October 2011.

Chuck
My favorite show on TV, Chuck, might be on a six week break, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop watching the show. Twelve episodes are up online to watch for free, along with a bunch of Web Exclusives. I can’t wait to see what happens next with Linda Hamilton and Timothy Dalton’s characters, both of which have been great additions to the already awesome cast.

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Posted on December 9th, 2010 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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An all new week has begun, welcome to The Pit!

  • The first season of The Walking Dead has already ended! It feels like it had just begun… well, it had. The short six episode season pulled a lot from the comic and did a lot right. The season finale took a big diversion from the comic and tried to offer the audience and characters some explanation about how the zombies rise. It also did something that the comic never did by showing us a flashback of what happened to Rick in the hospital. Have you enjoyed the first season? Looking forward to more?
  • Campbell Scott and Julianne Nicholson have joined the new Spider-Man movie as Peter Parker’s parents, In the main Marvel Comic comic they were revealed to be spies before their death, while in Ultimate Spider-Man Peter’s father was a scientist that helped develop the Venom symbiote. It will be interesting to see if they are seen in flashbacks, or if we’ll see Peter as a young child before their death. It might be a bit much to have them die and Martin Sheen’s Uncle Ben also die.  Irrfan Khan and Annie Parisse have also joined the movie as a villain and his wife. Khan’s character is Nels Van Adder, an Oscorp employee who is used as a test subject by Norman Osborn when he is testing his Goblin formula. The incomplete formula turns Adder into a red goblin like monster. Does this mean that Norman Osborn will be in the new film? Sure seems like it. This seems to point a little towards the reboot following Ultimate Spider-Man. I just wish Mary Jane was gonna be in the movie.
  • Hawkman, Stargirl, and Black Canary return in this Friday’s Smallville! We had Aquaman two episodes ago, Lionel in the last episode and before the season ends we’ll have Booster Gold, Blue Beetle, and other DC Comics characters. I think this has easily been the best season of Smallville. It is a shame that it is its last.
  • Looking for a good Holiday gift? You should think about getting wine delivery for friends. It makes an awesome gift.
Posted on December 6th, 2010 by ThePit | Comments Off on The Pit: Walking Dead, Spider-Man, & More!
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I’m feeling nostalgic today, so I decided to use our original logo for “The Pit” column. I’d like to take a moment to thank our regular visitors for their continued support of the site and welcome new visitors.  As always, I’d love to hear your comments and opinions on articles and the news we post.

  • We have one more episode left of the first season of The Walking Dead and things have started to veer away from the comic book. Rick Grimes and the camp have changed route and have arrived at the CDC (Center for Disease Control). The preview for next week leads us to believe that they might find out something about the origin of the zombie outbreak (something we have never gotten in the series). It also looks like a certain character (*cough*Shane*cough*) might be sticking around a bit longer than he did in the comic.  If you are a fan of the show, but haven’t read the comic at all, than you should head over here, where you can read the first issue of The Walking Dead for free.
  • Showtime has renewed Dexter for a sixth season. I honestly didn’t know where the show would go in its current season after the powerful and shocking forth season, but with the additions of Julia Stiles as Lumen Ann Pierce, a survivor from a brutal kidnapping, and Jonny Lee Miller as Jordan Chase, a motivational speaker with a dark secret, this season has had an energy most shows in their fifth season can’t match. The show is just as creative as it has always been and they really know how to keep viewers on the edge of their seat. I really hope that Julia Stiles joins the regular cast next season.
  • Thankfully Chuck‘s ratings have bounced back with the latest episode, “Chuck vs the Leftovers“, but they aren’t nearly as good as the show deserves. Chuck is easily one of the most enjoyable and entertaining shows on television. The series has an incredible cast, with action, romance, drama, and of course comedy. I mean seriously, if you don’t watch Chuck, please leave a comment and tell me why…
  • I picked up Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 issue #39 late yesterday, and I’m sad to say (spoiler) that one of the best characters from the series is killed in Buffy’s final battle with Twilight. I really thought that they wouldn’t kill off someone so major, but I was wrong.
Posted on December 3rd, 2010 by ThePit | Comments Off on The Pit: Walking Dead, Dexter, Chuck, & Buffy!
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