Episode 2 of The Walking Dead: The game has finally hit the Playstation Store 2 months after the first episode was released. The first episode of the game introduced players to the main characters of the game and gave us a taste of the zombie skull bashing action. We saw the relationship between Clem and Lee begin and we learned about Lee’s dark past.
Episode 2 of The Walking Dead: The Game picks up where the previous entry left off and keeps you in the shoes of Lee Everett. This episode deals more with the tension of survival rather than the on the run feeling of the previous episode. So was the second episode of the game worth the extra month of waiting time? Or did the extra month end up dooming it? Here are the Hots and Nots for The Walking Dead: The Game – Episode 2: Starved for Help.
Continues the Amazing Story
As I mentioned above, Starved for Help picks up three months after the events of the first episode. You get a glimpse of what transpired in that time and all of that is based on the decisions made in episode 1. After all of that, you are introduced to the most gruesome scene that you will see in the entire episode, which I will not spoil here. Episode 2 takes the focus off of the zombies and shifts it over to the concept of man’s inhumanity to man. You will be forced to make decisions that will tug at your moral fibers such as the decision of who gets the rations of food for that day. You will find yourself wondering whether you are making your choice based on who your favorites are or who you think needs them the most.
At one point you will be greeted by a new group of survivors from the St. John’s Dairy Farm who want to trade you food for gas and you have to ask yourself if these people are worth trusting at all. Episode 2 focuses more on building up suspense rather than the faster pace of the previous episode and that made the story even better for me. There are still no real puzzles so it is once again more like an interactive graphic novel. It is also worth noting that the game plays exactly as it did in the previous episode so I won’t go into detail on that subject in this review. If you want more details on how the game plays, then you can check out the review for episode 1 here.
Cel-Shading Still Looks Wonderful
It is good to see that the graphics didn’t take a hit during the extra month of waiting time. The game still looks like an interactive graphic novel and you will still feel as if you are playing one of the comics rather than a downloadable game. There are a few minor hiccups here and there that can pull you out of the experience, but these are few and far between and don’t make the game unplayable.
Voice Work Is Still Solid
Just like the graphics, the voice work is just as superb as it was in the previous entry of the series. The characters are engaging and the voice work does an excellent job of keeping you into the moment. However, there are a few minor issues with the sound that I will go into detail on in the Nots section.