watch a buddy playthrough 'The Walking Dead: The game - Season 1"
over all I would give this a 7/10.
The game its self plays more like a visual novel with some interactive shooting parts; mostly on rail. I don't have a problem with this type of game play and it adds a much more cinematic quality too the game. The voice acting is alright; the set pieces are pretty solid; the one thing I didn't understand until later is why its cell shaded...I will get to that with spoilers.The game, that I saw at least has three different shooter aspects; full first person but almost like an arcade shooter, first/third person point and click on targets, and on rails. The story was pretty good through out the game and the characters were well written.....certainly MUCH better than the show; and everyone isn't covered in 45 miles of plot armor.
The bad things.....well mainly its construction and simplicity; it plays like a puzzle game 85% of the time, a stealth game 5% of the time, and 10% of the time its a shooter. The problem I have with this is that the puzzles were just mind numbingly easy..now I understand it is supposed to be a more realistic game so they cant have all these wacky puzzles; but even something in the realm of resident evil's "find X key to get Y key, but before that you have to move things out of your way with z thing". One last gripe I have with this game; and its the main one, the engine or what ever thats running this was fairly poorly optimized on consoles and everyone time you would make a move or even start a cut scene it would always freeze up right when you selected it, sometimes getting him killed....other than this I'm not really sure what to say.
Try the game, its worth it in my opinion. The game doesn't fall into the hilariously stupid pitfalls the show does and the characters are genuinely likable...well most of them; but you get to deal with them later. The writers on Season one urgently need to replace the writers on the show...because the game outshines it like a mag-light versus a flickering candle.
SPOILERS! DON'T READ UNLESS YOU WANT TO CRY LIKE A BABY!
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Okay...the reason why I believe this game SHOULD be cell-shaded...and why it was smart they did. Good lord; this game was fairly dark....not incredibly but fairly; until near the end of the first season where is just nails you in the gut with a mack truck hauling bricks. You find a house...yadda yadda yadda, you check the house, someone might have bean attacked in the house, you find them, they are staring at the decrepit and malnourished...he starved to death; you find the zombie body of like a six year old boy that starved to death twisting on the attic floor. You then have the choice of making the person who found him( in my friends case a man that his entire family died about two hours ago in story) or your self to kill him. Have that...IT MAKES YOU F*&KING BURY HIM IN A GRAVE HIS DOG WAS IN! I'm not talking a "select the grave, and it does it" Were talking it makes you take each shovel of dirt and throw it over the pathetic and just gutwrenchlingly sad body in the ground. Then...later in the story; the main character has to cut his own arm off and rescue a little girl he was caring for from a kidnapper before he turns into a zombie. so yeah....it gos from 0 to suicide blues from out of nowhere. After watching this I thought to me self "if this were realistic.......this would be the most terrifying and darkest thing in gaming history".
so yes, I give 'The Walking dead: The Game - Season 1' a 7/10, its not perfect...but it was damn good.