The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season - PlayStation 4

Release Date:

October 14, 2014

Also on:

PS4 Xbox One

Viewing USA:

Also on UK.


The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season puts players in the middle of a zombie apocalypse based on the popular comic and television show of the same name. Gamers take control of accused murderer Lee Everett as he fights for survival, solves puzzles, meets familiar characters like Glenn and Herschel, and makes decisions that affect the fate of others, including a young orphan named Clementine. Players have a limited amount of time to make agonizing decisions, and their choices have permanent, lasting effects.

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by Telltale Games
Release Date: 10/21/2014


  • Developer(s):
    • Telltale Games
  • Publisher(s):
    • Telltale Games
  • Release Date(s):
    • October 14, 2014
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  • ESRB Rating:
  • Player(s):
  • Online Player(s):
    • N/A
  • Series:
    • The Walking Dead

Technical Information

  • DualShock Compatible:
    • DualShock 4
  • Required Disc Space:
    • 4.1 GB Minimum
  • Supported Video Output:
    • 1080p
  • Game Format:
    • Blu-ray Disc
  • Average Playing Time:
    • 15 Hours
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'The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season' is a compilation of all the episodes that Telltale Games released in their 'Walking Dead' choose-your-own adventure type videogame. Released for the PlayStation 4, we finally got our hands on the entire collection. Originally we played alongside the episodic releases and, much like the television show, this kept us hooked and always wanting more. But it also made us greedy. So when we heard that the complete first season was coming, in a compilation, we couldn't wait to dig it out for our PS4 in order to play through it all at once. We decided to go into this latest playthrough as if it were our first time picking up the title. Keep on reading to see if you should go on the adventure soon yourself!

Consisting of five different episodes, the developers at Telltale Games must have known that they'd have a compilation on their hands down the road. The episodes started releasing back in 2012 over the span of seven months. The episodes released for pretty much every system that you could think of, thanks to the popularity of the television show of the same name (though different story). People were starving to get their hands on more of the world that writer Robert Kirkman had envisioned. And, honestly, the guys at Telltale Games were the right people to get their hands on the job of developing it.

Telltale Games has a long history of success when it comes to episodic releases of tightly wound narrative games. You can go back to 2007 to see titles such as 'Wallace & Gromit' or 'Sam & Max' and you can look at just this past year to see that they got their hands on another MASSIVE franchise: 'Game of Thrones'. So, yes, if there was someone out there that was capable of developing a story driven game, it was always going to be Telltale Games.

Looking past how great Telltale is as a company will allow us to dive into what is so great about 'The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season'. As with the comic books, television show, and announced spin offs, we should start with the story. Since the game is guided by player choices we can't give you a complete overview. Experiences will change depending on how you decide to play the game.

The title starts out with a man by the name of Lee Everett on his way to prison, in Atlanta Georgia. Not a great way to start your day. But things quickly get worse. The car that is transporting Lee ends up crashing into a Walker (Or Roamer, or Biter, or..) and ends up careening off of the road. The officer is dead on impact and we are given our first taste of the brutality, and tension, that the guys at Telltale managed to imbue into their title. We immediately get pushed into a quick time event with no instructions on what to do. A damaged walker is creeping toward us when a selection box shows up. We frantically mash buttons until we end up hitting the right sequence. Lee manages to escape, and he ends up taking shelter in a nearby house. There he meets Clementine, who had been hiding in her treehouse, trying to evade being eaten while looking for her lost parents. And that's how the game starts: a convict and an orphaned child just trying to make sense of the world around them.

What follows is a tense series of content that leaves you gasping for breath as if you were gut punched by the choices that you make. Lee and Clementine journey deeper and deeper into this new world of madness and along the way some truly awful stuff happens. You run into notable characters from the television show (Hershel makes an appearance, with his living family still in tow). Before long you and Clementine are on the run from walkers and humans alike. We don't want to reveal too much more of the story as it is the singular reason that you will play this game over, and over again. Not knowing how cut throat this series is will make every choice impact you that much more.

And that is what we loved about Telltale Game's adaptation of the series. We got put into a world full of flesh eating zombies and for once didn't really have the company pull their punches. Nobody feels like they are protected by 'plot armor' or 'toughness' in this world. You will see innocent young people snapped away in an instant from walkers. You will face life and death choices. You will sometimes have to choose who you want to leave behind. It is heart breaking and gut wrenching but it is so visceral and entertaining that you can't stop. You won't. This isn't the kind of game that lets you push it away.

The game itself is gorgeously rendered out in Telltale Games signature style. A mesh of comic book and cel shaded art styles bring the characters to life before our eyes. The colors are unique and they serve to make every single frame an actual painting. Finding glorious screenshots to share with your friends is as easy as taking a picture.

The second most important aspect of the game, outside of the story itself, is how the acting works. In what is essentially a longform audio/visual novel you have to be on board with the casting choices. Just like any other movie or television show. Fortunately everyone that has been selected couldn't have been more perfect. Clementine quickly becomes one of our favorite fictional characters and we hope that she will somehow be added to the television show.

The game itself is essentially easy to play. The worst moments of stress occur when you are forced to suddenly make a decision, with time ticking away in the real time event sections. But we loved the pressure and instead found ourselves relishing those decisions.

'The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season' is one of the best narrative driven games that we have ever played and it deserves a spot in any PS4 library.

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