I am someone is who is getting Walking Dead fatigue. I have watched the show since the very beginning, and I have never believed it to be anything above a mediocre show. I proceeded to read the comics because everyone online was touting how much better the comics are (which is very very true) Telltale's previous game, Jurassic Park, had been a major disappointment, and Back to the Future was so-so. So when it was announced that they were making a Walking Dead game, I couldn't care less. If Telltale couldn't make fantastic games based around 2 of my favorite movie franchises of all time, how could they take a mediocre show and a "pretty good" comic and make anything worth playing?
Thankfully, I was very wrong.
Around the time episode 2 of season 1 came out, my friends wouldn't shut up about how great this game way, so I decided I could put down $10 for the first two episodes and give them a try. Long story short, Season 1 of Walking Dead is one of the best stories in video game history. I loved the characters, the deaths were more impactful than any in the show or comic, and its the only Telltale game I revisit frequently. Season 2 was okay, had too many new characters that I did not care for, and in turn, the character deaths didn't do anything for me. Walking Dead: Michonne just didn't offer anything of substance. No real good characters, and the fact that you play as one of the more popular characters from the comic/show, felt like I needed to say and act as Michonne does, and now how I wanted to. With all of these post-season 1 "meh" Telltale Walking Dead experiences, and the main writer having moved on from Telltale (to write Firewatch, check it out!) I was not confident that Telltale had any more worthwhile stories to tell.
I am glad to say that (so far) I am wrong again. I absolutely loved episodes 1 and 2 of this season. Even though we are introduces to a ton of new characters, I love almost all of them and genuinely want them to make it through alive. The time-jumps and flashbacks give great opportunities for character development and help add to the mystery of what is going on with these characters and the New Frontier. Walking Dead has always been great about characters being shades of grey, rather than black/white. Episodes 1 and 2 continue this trend, many of the protagonists have to do bad things to survive, and some of the villains show restrain and kindness amongst their caution and need to survive. Both episodes ended with a bang, to where I wanted to play the next episode immediately. Unfortunately, episode 3 is not out yet, but if their latest game (Batman) is any indication, these episodes will come out relatively quickly, and I cannot wait! Check them out if you like, you do not need to have played earlier seasons, though I highly recommend it, especially Season 1.