This week the much-anticipated Season 2 of Telltale’s hit game series The Walking Dead made its debut with Episode 1: All The Remains. I’m going to briefly discuss my experience with the first episode of Season 2 as well as a short recap of the narrative below which is bound to include some spoilers, so read on at your own risk.
The episode begins with a little recap of what happened in the first season which includes the choices you made (if you played the first season on the same platform as you are playing the second) and then jumps right into the story. We see out beloved Clementine with Omid and Christa, who is now visibly pregnant, as they make a pit stop at an abandoned gas station. Things get bad pretty quick and Omid is killed, leaving Christa and Clem on their own.
The story jumps ahead sixteen months from that incident and we see Clem and Christa have stuck together. Obviously things never stay that calm for very long and as Christa is out making a run for fire wood Clem overhears some men cornering Christa. You have to choice to either run away silently and leave Christa on her own or distract the men and tell Christa to run. I distracted the men but it seems like Christa dies either way since you hear a gunshot and she is not seen again for the rest of the episode.
From here Clem is on her own and all sorts of crazy stuff happens like Clem getting attacked by a dog and almost killed by zombies before some strangers save her. It’s good stuff! I found the entire episode to be absolutely enthralling. I really loved seeing Clem back in action and playing as her gives me the feeling of a surrogate Lee, as the player and am protecting her through making wise choices.
I do feel like there were fewer real choices to be made in this episode when compared to those in the first season, but I think that may just be because it’s the first episode and they probably wanted to establish some cemented stuff. The gameplay was slightly improved upon from that of Season 1, it felt a lot like The Wolf Among Us as far as action sequences went but obviously was still very much The Walking Dead. Honestly I think it’s just as amazing as Season 1 so far and I really can’t wait to see what is in store for Clem. She has become quite a strong young lady and has managed to keep that hair short, even when she’s all alone and kicking zombie ass.
Overall I really loved experiencing the first episode of Season 2. It really left me on the edge of my seat in anticipation for Episode 2. If you had the chance to play this over the past week, what are your thoughts and predictions? Be sure to spill it all in the comment section below!