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The Walking Dead (2012): The Best Video Game Ever Played

Arslan is from Pakistan with high ambitions to achieve his goals in life. He is a freelance writer. Writing articles is his passion.

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Life is short, but sometimes it becomes hard to kill loneliness when there is nothing to do. I have been a big fan of the gaming industry since my childhood. I remember playing games on arcade machines. I was probably 7 or 8 when I started to play video games. The time flowed continuously, and technology got upgraded. I have played a lot of video games on PC and PlayStation. I have played countless games I don’t even remember. But one game I can’t forget is “The Walking Dead (2012)”. Before that game, I had never played any interactive story game in my whole life. It was a completely new experience for me. This game is based on the graphic novel of the same name, “The Walking Dead.” Telltale Games produced it. You will play Lee Everett, the main protagonist of the game. He is a convicted criminal who has been given a chance at redemption. Clementine, an innocent little girl, is also a playable character in this game. This game will explore different locations and experience some tragic events.

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The most precious thing about this game is that it tells us about the behavior of humans. From time to time, everyone becomes selfish and greedy without any feeling left. It is astounding how quickly human nature can change. However, people don’t change; they show their true colors. This video game is a beautiful journey of emotions in a dark world. Zombie games are fantastic as they make us see the world how it can be. Despair, sorrow, and loneliness are a reality. The world is in chaos as zombie breakout happens. All humanity is gasping for help in this toxic environment. Lee Everett, a convicted murderer, founds a lonely little girl “Clementine,” and he has to protect her at any cost. As the game progresses, both have to face complex challenges, such as their search for food and safe places. It is a five-episodic story interactive adventure video game followed by three more seasons.

"Eghh... Part of growing up is doing what's best for the people you care about, even if sometimes, that means hurting someone else."

— Lee Everett

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Story Review (Spoiler Alert)

The game's first episode starts with Lee Everett in the police car, who has been taken to jail. Suddenly, the car crashes and goes down the hill in a forest, and the story begins. First, Lee sees some horrible creatures, and sensing danger, he runs into a house. He meets a little girl, clementine, and they try to find a safe place. Then they meet some people and try to make good relationships to stay alive. The second episode is about finding food and starvation. Indeed episode's name is "Starved for help." Lee, Clementine, and their group meet some farm people who are cannibals and eat human flesh in this gruesome environment.

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The third and fourth episodes are about running from zombies and finding the parents of clementine in Savannah. These two episodes are about hope and survival. There will be sorrow and unexpected twists in the story. These two episodes will completely change the progression of the story and will challenge you to make some difficult decisions. The final episode of this game is one of the most emotional moments in gaming history. It's the best episode of the whole Telltale series. A zombie bites Lee, and Clementine is lost. All members of the group are gone. Lee is alone and slowly starts to turn into a zombie. It was a heartbreaking and emotional experience for me. It was the most depressing episode I ever played.

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My Final Thoughts

I enjoyed every moment of this game. The story is full of twists and takes some sharp turns you can’t even imagine. The game progresses as you make your own choices. Your made choices affect the progressing story. So you have to be careful in making choices because they can change the attitude of other characters in the game. As these choices significantly impact your game, another essential thing in this game is your dialogue selection. Carefully choose your dialogues on the screen to create good relationships. This video game defined the decade as it was one most popular games of 2012. It gained massive popularity among gaming fans and loved the Lee-Clementine relationship worldwide. It has been a long time since I played that game. Eight years ago, this game was released, and its remastered versions have also been released. It was a phenomenon as the series ended with the final season in 2018.

It was released for multiple platforms like Xbox Series, Microsoft Windows, and PlayStation Series. It was also made available for Nintendo Switch.

© 2020 Arslan Khan

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