Developer: Telltale Games
Release Date: 6/29/2012
For Fans Of: Zombies, Creepy Farms, Moral Choices
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The Good: Expands character’s personalities, some really heavy choices, great pacing
The Bad: Puts zombies on the back burner, not as many shocking moments as the first episode, not as gameplay heavy
The first episode was just amazing and had some shocking moments. I have been waiting for this episode, but I feel a little let down this time around. Lee and the gang need to find food because they ran out at the motel they are holding down. You go to try to find food and wind up on a dairy farm, but the food isn’t exactly what you think it might be. There aren’t as many shocking moments and they don’t come as surprising as in the first episode. The big moments are more dialog choices than actual gameplay which is disappointing. One moment does have you chopping off a guys leg stuck in a bear trap, but other than that the other moments are pretty typical like yanking a gun out of a guys hand. In fact, there aren’t even really that many zombies in this episode, they kind of take a back seat for the internal struggle on the farm.
The game plays out exactly the same, but there are less exploring segments, and even less puzzle solving. In fact, this mainly felt like an interactively animated episode more than an adventure game. Not to say that is bad, but fans of the first episode may find it disappointing. There are some more important choices you have to make and that is probably the biggest switch from the first episode. Some changes actually determine the lives of a few characters you probably got attached to. Episode 2 does what this series is doing best and that’s slowly drawing the characters personalities out and constantly making you question how you feel about them.
The game isn’t so much as tense gameplay wise, but story wise. The whole time I was surprised when something did happen. You are thrown important choices and need to make decisions quick at times when you least expect them and they really make you think. Almost every choice I had such a hard time picking because some times the right thing to do isn’t the best thing to do. A lot of times I wonder how that would affect me later on in the series.
Overall, Episode 2 doesn’t have as much action or surprising moments, but it expands the character’s personalities and gives you some seriously heavy situations that force you to make big decisions. The episode also puts zombies on the back burner for the problems on this farm and the group so be prepared for that.