Game Reviewed: The Walking Dead: Michonne Ep. 1
Release Date: February 23rd, 2016
Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games
Platform: [Reviewed: PlayStation 4], Xbox One, PC
Genre: Graphic Adventure, Interactive
Rated: M for Mature
We fell in love with Telltale’s concept of storytelling regardless if it was through Borderlands, Game of Thrones, Wolf Among Us or the GOTY remake of AMC’s biggest show, The Walking Dead. We fell in love with the bond Lee and Clementine had and shed a tear through the most heartfelt moments only Telltale could create.
This installment of the Walking Dead we find ourselves visiting Michonne, the first character in the real show to play the protagonist in an episodic series. Yes we’ve seen Glenn and Hershel appear in the series, but never in the forefront. How does the woman of a few words do her talking? With a machete and blades. Welcome to episode one of this three part series, In Too Deep.
The story begins with Michonne being haunted by two girls and their toys, fighting with the ultimate decision she made. Time then fast forwards to a boat ride sometime after under the care of Pete, leader of a small crew that’s simply looking to survive. It’s his will to save lives that drives himself and Michonne to the Mobjack, a ferry that just may lead them to saving more survivors and an opportunity to save and salvage their ship, “The Companion.”
As you’d expect there’s a reaction to every decision and the story indeed climaxes inside the Mobjack. Every decision matters as character remember everything you do and say throughout. Will you be the Michonne that cares for no one or will compassion step in and force you to care yet again.
Indeed that was the biggest struggle in The Walking Dead, playing as Michonne and living with certain consequences and decisions you’re unsure if she’d agree with. This episode didn’t draw me in as much as the previous installments, but hopefully this was Telltale tactics to introduce everyone to Michonne. By no means does it disappoint however, just expect more.
Controls are simplistic to where anyone can pick up and play right away. The QTE felt nearly as complicated as previous stories involving Lee and Clementine. There were also a small handful of clippings to where the machete went through a characters body and so forth, but it didn’t negatively affect the overall experience.
Episode One did a good job with delivering Michonne’s story while also sharing her backstory. As anticipated, you’re given hard choices to make and live with in just minutes of starting. However, knowing the level of detail Telltale can deliver it felt more like the first episode was meant to be a filler rather than enticing.
Replay Value: 2.75/5