The Walking Dead - Season 2 Episode 4
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Game Reviewed: The Walking Dead - Season 2 Episode 4
Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games
Platform: PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PS3, iOS
ESRB Rating: M
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The Walking Dead is a popular franchise of zombie apocalypse stories, as I’m sure you already know. It started as a comic, got adapted (loosely) into a television show, and has been brought to the video game world by master storytellers, Telltale. Also, Survival Instinct happened, but we try not to talk about that. Just typing its title physically hurt me.
Telltale’s take on the series brought its setting and themes to a new cast of characters, and did so with excellence. The first season was a tour de force in emotional interactive storytelling, putting the player in charge of a young girl and presenting them with numerous choices about how to live in a lawless world, and what example they will set for her.
Now, the players control this girl directly, and decide what effect their efforts will have.
It’s an intense experience, and one not intended for the faint of heart. It’s unlikely, therefore, that it’s for your kids. But let’s go over the content to be sure.
What Parents Need to Know
Despite the comic-style visuals, this is still a zombie story, which is not exactly a clean topic. All sorts of gore are present in this game. Characters are eaten by throngs of the undead, zombies are hacked and stabbed in numerous ways… outlining each instance of violence would be excessive and unnecessary. Just be aware that death is all around in the world of The Walking Dead, in a visceral and graphic way.
Similar to the violence, there’s not much point in quantifying the language used in The Walking Dead. It is constant, it is strong, and it is used by most characters. I wouldn’t call it tasteless—compared to many action movies or something, these characters are certainly in situations befitting the intensity of their speech—but it is a pervasive part of the dialogue.
It is implied that two characters have sex, but nothing even remotely sexual is seen.
No spiritual content to speak of.
As always, there are difficult moral choices to be made in The Walking Dead. This episode includes an opportunity to steal medicine, and various characters who think differently about the situation.
As expected, this episode is excellent, to say the least. Telltale’s vision of The Walking Dead remains one of the most engaging, challenging, and meaningful stories I’ve ever experienced. Of course, it also remains a very violent and generally mature one, with content and themes only adults are meant to handle. I think it’s safe to say your child should stay far away from this, but I highly recommend that you play it, and when you deem your child mature enough, pass it along to them.