It’s hard to believe that we’re coming to the end of The Walking Dead series of games. For those who have stuck with Clementine for all these years, it’ll be sad to see the series finally end. In terms of The Walking Dead series as a whole, I stopped watching the television series a long time ago, but continued on with the games mainly because I found them to be more interesting. Clementine’s story just seems more compelling considering how young she was when the series started and we’ve been able to watch her grow as time went on. With The Walking Dead: The Final Season, I believe this to be the best of the bunch right now as well as the most emotional due to the fact that a majority of the main characters this time around are mostly kids.
After years on the road facing threats both living and dead, a secluded school might finally be Clementine’s chance for a home. Clementine has become a leader while watching over AJ, an orphaned boy and the closest thing to family she has left. In the aftermath of an explosive plan to save her friends, Clementine must now lead her flock of lost children back home. A herd of walkers, the vengeful raiders, and AJ’s troubled mind all stand in her way. Can she be the savior they need her to be?
If you’ve been playing any of the previous, The Walking Dead games, you’ll be very familiar with the gameplay here. In fact, not much has really changed. As you play, you’ll have to make decisions along the way that will affect the story as your progress. Some choices might be better then others but all choices will progress the story to pretty much the same outcome, give or take a few living or dead companions and their feelings. This is very much like an interactive story where you decide what goes on. Much of the action will require simple button presses or quick time elements, but it’s nothing too difficult for casual players. Again, fans of the previous games will find this all too familiar.
Art style here is also very similar to previous games. The animations themselves have gotten much better and are a bit more realistic, but they still features the same type of cell shading art the series is known for. It still looks very good and consistent for the series. The series is still very moody and dark and the art style really reflects that.
As much as I’d like to say that gameplay and art style matter in this game, the real reason you play The Walking Dead: The Final Season is for the story. If you’ve been with Clementine since the beginning, you’ll want to be with her until the end. Her journey up to this point has been way more interesting then a lot of what’s been on the TV series and this last chapter in her adventure is no different. It’s an emotional roller coaster for sure but what makes this one so different from the previous ones is that it involves a lot of kids.
The Walking Dead: The Final Season features more kids than adults and watching how they handle a zombie apocalypse is both fascinating and tragic. I really don’t want to give anything away, but there are plenty of “oh sh*t” moments in this game.
This is a must play game for fans of the series. If you’ve never played any of these, I highly suggest going back and playing all the previous games, in order, before playing The Walking Dead: The Final Season. All the decisions you make in those games will affect each game after that and same goes for this final game. With that said, this has been a great series as a whole and I’m kind of sad now that it’s all over.
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