Everyone knows how bad most video game adaptations suck. 80% of them are games that stay dusty on shelves, have laughable gameplay mechanics, and are either forgettable or an abomination.
Such is not the case with Telltales The Walking Dead. You can tell they put effort into it, you can tell this wasn't just some plaything that was made in only a couple of months just to promote the TV series or the comics. The devs cared for this.
I have to admit, when I first heard of this in game informer, I was skeptical. I had read the comics, seen some episodes of the TV series, and liked them. But I thought they would just make the game a first person shooter, which is the exact opposite of what makes The Walking Dead engaging. And considering that Telltale had made the below average Jurassic Park game, I had even more reason to fear for the adaptation. But it exceeded my expectations.
I played episode 1, and it was amazing. I felt like I was in the story, I had felt bad if I screwed up, and most importantly, I liked the story. Its the core opposite of Shaun Of The Dead
, it doesn't make fun of its story, it takes itself seriously and wants you to judge it.
However, I wouldn't call it game of the year. Why? Its not really a game, its more of an interactive cutscene that has some interesting, if easy, puzzles. And it works almost perfectly.
A strong contender for video game art, along with Red Dead Redemption
. Buy it, and I recommend reading the comics and checking the TV series out.