First thing’s first: if you loved the first season of The Walking Dead as much as everyone else did you may as well not even read this review. The Walking Dead Season 2 features the same style of gameplay and story as seen in the first season, and it’s probably even better than it was before. If you’re already a fan, then you should just go and play it right now. If you want to keep reading anyway, let me explain what I mean and I’ll try be as spoiler free as possible.
Season 2 picks up not long after the emotionally draining ending of Season 1 and puts you in the role of cute-as-a-button Clementine. Things are fast paced right from the word go. Throughout the entirety of the episode, there’s very little downtime or time to contemplate what’s happening. There’s always some action going on or a decision to make. The decisions themselves start off as relatively minor but quickly turn into important choices that will surely affect the outcome of future episodes.
I’ll be honest and say I was wary going into Season 2. After five episodes of getting to know the ins and outs of the characters from the first season, it was somewhat intimidating to have to start fresh. Luckily, Telltale still have their knack for creating great, compelling characters and have introduced another cast full of believable actors. My favourite part of the characterization, however, is the personality that has been injected into Clementine. In the first season, Clem served as someone to care about and to protect but she never managed to stand on her own without Lee. With this episode, however, she really comes into her own. You get to see her become a survivor and take charge of situations, and this is really good to see after everything she went through in the first season (and this episode).
Episode One of Season 2 is actually better than the first episode of Season 1. Not to say that the very first episode was bad – it wasn’t – but that it had a slow setup as it introduced us to this style of gameplay and the world of The Walking Dead. All That Remains (the title of this episode) manages to avoid that and jumps right into the new story. We already know who Clementine is and what she has to deal with so Telltale is free to hit us with the emotional moments The Walking Dead has become known for, and they certainly don’t pull any punches.
Telltale has done it again. The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode One is a step up up from the rather disappointing 400 Days and returns to the incredible heights established by The Walking Dead Season 1. As a continuation of the story established in the first season, All That Remains is everything we could have hoped for and a very promising start to the second season. I’m excited to see what comes next, and you should be too.
Title: The Walking Dead Season 2
Developer & Publisher: Telltale Games
Release Date: December 17th, 2013
* Telltale Games provided Slimgamer with a copy of The Walking Dead Season 2 for review purposes.