Originally Posted by Crash44
So everyone gets 1GB? Good stuff as my Skyrim and GT5 saves are getting gigantic.
Anybody have an opinion on Walking Dead? I tried Sam & Max and they weren't worth the time to download. Somebody convince me to spend my HDD space
I really am enjoying the Walking Dead (been playing on my Macbook). I haven't seen the TV series, but I've read the comics up through about issue #80 or so.
The games capture the right tone of the comics. Like the comics, the focus is very much on the interpersonal conflicts rather than on fighting zombies. For me, the Walking Dead does what Mass Effect
never did well: your choices matter and affect the story as it proceeds. Mass Effect always felt too much like Mad Libs with your answers being obviously "plugged in" at key moments. But in the Walking Dead, it all gets integrated seamlessly. And more importantly, even while characters might treat you differently based on your choices, they always remain true to their personalities. Mass Effect always bugged me because characters would often act out of character just to accommodate some choice you made. In the Walking Dead, there is no stupid "morality" system or RPG-like "point value" assigned to relationships. You can't spit in someone's eye (minus 5pts) and then expect them to like you again just because you give them some money (plus 1pt per gold). Characters act consistent with their character. And there's no clear right or wrong. You just act in a way as best (and as quickly!) as you can. Love it.
But the big payoff to me in the Walking Dead comes from the split-second decision making. If you turn off the indicator that tells you when a dialogue choice is game-changing, it all feels wonderfully organic. I let the game play out with the choices I make without feeling the need to go back and make the "best" decision. It all just feels right. It's both similar to and utterly different from Heavy Rain
. Mostly because it isn't as ambitious, but more importantly because the Walking Dead is much, much better written and acted.
It's got some funky old adventure game issues (finding item x by aligning yourself in just the right position, otherwise you totally miss it). But on the whole, I'm really enjoying the experience and can't wait for Episode 3. I've never been into Tell Tale's games because they always felt like poor imitations of the classic PC point-and-click games. But this series finally gets it right. It feels faithful to the genre, faithful to the comics, and still manages to do push both the genre and the comics forward
Also, fair warning: the payoffs don't really start coming until Episode 2. The first one is more an "epilogue" or "proof of concept." But in Episode 2 you start to really care about the characters and storylines. And it very much feels like your
story since it's filled with details and directions that you've
set in motion.
If you can't tell, I highly recommend it.Edited by confidenceman - 8/17/12 at 12:48pm