|System: PS3, Xbox 360, PC*|
|Dev: Telltale Games|
|Pub: Telltale Games|
|Release: August 26, 2014|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language|
But there is something profoundly real about this violence and brutality. The constant panic and willingness to hurt others to help yourself, the inability to look at the big picture, instead making rash and dangerous decisions for a tiny bit of pleasure in the now, the constant mistrust of everyone who in turn do not trust you, and the feeling as if no one in the world will listen to you, or each other, and they are just spiraling toward a pile of hurt and chaos because of it, ALL of this feels like the human condition. The choices and mistakes that people make in The Walking Dead feel real. The characters feel like people, doing what people do, and what people do is screw up. People are not perfect. People are not heroes or villains. People try to do what’s best for themselves and the people they care about and even then, people get hurt. People die. Sometimes there’s just nothing you can do about it.
The Walking Dead: Season 2 Episode 5 hurts you, and it is unapologetic about it. It rips the things that are important to you from your fingers. It makes your well-intended actions bring misery to the people around you. It forces you into making some of the worst decisions of your life and makes you regret them instantly. But it also warms your heart. It shows you what people are like when they get along. It shares happy memories with you around a campfire. It reminds you what you are fighting for, why you want to survive. Episode 5 was the first episode of The Walking Dead in a long time that actually made me smile.
And that’s what the game is trying to do. The Walking Dead is and always has been a showcase of humanity, the good and the bad.
You can end up in a lot of different places at the end of The Walking Dead: Season 2 Episode 5. I’m not entirely sure how this could possibly transition into a season 3 because of it. However, that’s exactly why you should play this game. Play it and make different decisions. Play the whole season over and examine how you got here. Play season 1 again and look at how your Lee raised Clementine. Just play the game, don’t stop playing, because it makes you look at humanity in a different way with each play through, not just the harsh and unforgiving humanity that exists in the zombie apocalypse, but the harsh and unforgiving humanity that exists around us in the world we live in now.
Angelo M. D'Argenio
Date: August 26, 2014