The true beauty of The Walking Dead game is the interactive plot. Unlike other recent zombie games like Left 4 Dead, the story is far from linear. Instead of being shown a cutscene and then dropped into the middle of an action sequence, most of the gameplay involves your choices as you branch conversation paths with your comrades. Telltale skillfully captures the complexity of human interaction as seemingly innocent statements result in unexpected responses and dire consequences.
The magnitude of your conversational choices is amplified by the limited response time you are given for your choices. With only a few seconds to read and decide which option to choose, it feels like you are constantly putting your foot in your mouth. In the zombie apocalypse, this is no minor faux pas — choosing the wrong option could result in a weakened relationship with another survivor, distrust towards your character, or potentially the unintended death of someone close to you.
The ingenuity of Telltale's implementation of interactive features in their rendition of The Walking Dead continues to create a compelling gaming experience in Episode 3 "Long Road Ahead." Despite some lackluster action sequences, the episode as a whole is the best one yet in what is sure to be one of the most successful zombie franchises ever made.
The Walking Dead is rated M (Mature) by the ESRB for Strong Language, Blood and Gore, Intense Violence. This game can also be found on: Xbox 360, PS3 and iOS.