If the first episode was the intro to hell, episode two of The Walking Dead game is surely the first time we meet up with the devil. What do you do in a world where you have to worry about Zombies, deranged psychopathic people and each other?
If I had to compare the first two episodes currently of The Walking Dead, I would say that the first is basically a tutorial, like trying to learn how to play poker at Party Casino. You learn the ins and outs of the world, how to communicate and interact and that you will have to make big decisions when the time comes. Well, episode two puts you right into that mold.
Episode two, Starved For Help, starts with the introduction of another character, David Parker, who kind of takes over Glen’s role from the first game. The game jumps three months from the first episode, so a lot of what happens is told through the chatter of the characters. I honestly don’t want to talk about more from the front scene without spoiling it, but I will say this: the world begins to explain its rules. You also find out that it’s not only the dead you have to worry about, but the living as well.
Everything about the game feels more atmospheric than the first episode. A lot that starts in the first episode kind of feels disjointed, as you knowingly go from point to point. In the second episode, however, it felt more fluid in its transitions. Every scene seemed to mix and tell a coherent story without taking you out of the moment. The tense scenes in the episodes have an eerie feel to them – not knowing what’s going on at a given moment.
What puts the cherry on top of this episode are the decisions you make. From the start, there are a number of different scenarios that are extremely important. They range from deciding who will eat, to very difficult decisions that need to be made for everyone’s sake. Unlike the first episode, however, every choice you make has a very valid and meaningful consequence.
Words can’t explain how awesome this episode turned out. Having been a fan of the comic and the television series, episode two of The Walking Dead game has been, by and large, my favorite experience with the franchise. Whether it’s the fantastically written dialogue or the chilling atmosphere of the game, The Walking Dead has you gripped and ready to see more of the series. If episode three manages to be better than two, then you are looking at one of the best gaming experiences you can find.