Lee Everett, convicted of murder, is on his way to incarceration when his ride hits someone - or something - on the highway. When he recovers, he discovers the world isn't what it once was, now that the undead are trying to hunt him down at every turn.
Seeking refuge in a suburban home, he meets Clementine, a young girl who's parents are likely never coming back. Together, they seek to survive the zombie apocalypse with new friends against new enemies, both living and undead, in a world full of commendable or horrifying choices that are neither good or bad - it's up to you, the player, to decide.
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If you've been following the blog, you'll know that I've been playing this game, and I just finished the last episode. Yeah. This game comes in episodes. And while I'm not the heavy gamer I used to be, of the ones I have played, I'm stamping this with my official approval seal-thingy. It's heartfelt, scary, and puts your morality to the test.
I'll give you an example (spoiler alert): You're held captive in a meat locker with fellow survivors. One of them has a heart attack. In this world, if you die, you become a zombie, whether you're bitten or not. The man's daughter asks you to help her save him while your new best friend argues that they have to smash his head in or become zombie food themselves. And that, my friends, is the tamest of many gut-wrenching choices you have to make throughout this game.
You also don't do very much - it's like watching a choose-your-own-adventure movie with zombies, which means great replay value. Even then, there are moments that make you angry, chill you to the core, warm your heart, and make you sob like a baby (I cried like a mama's boy at the end - don't judge me). My only miniscule complaint was I thought the language was a bit over the top, or rather, it makes up for the language you don't hear in the TV series. At the same time, there's little to no sensuality in the game, unlike the TV series. What do both have? Nothing short of gnarly zombie-fighting action.
So, unlike games like Halo, this single-player survival fest is rated M for a reason. I wouldn't recommend it for chill'ns, young or teen, but if you have nerves of steel and the constitution of Thor, then by all means, hammer into The Walking Dead. Be sure to choose wisely ...
I'm David, and for Clue #7, find a fallback spot on "higher ground."