WOTH: Platinum #13 – The Walking Dead (PS4)

In this episode of the Well Overdue Trophy Hunt…

Telltale Games, the makers of The Walking Dead game, certainly know how to tell a gripping story. When this first came out, there were doubts whether this really was a game at all, instead of simply a set of dialogue choices and quicktime events.

To me, it doesn’t matter what the classification is. Many more games have been released since The Walking Dead’s first season, and quite a few of them have had even less interactivity than Telltale’s dialogue heavy games. What it tells us, is that fictional experiences sit on a spectrum, and there’s a place for everything. Movies, TV and books fall on the passive side, then as you include more player/reader involvement, you come across Visual Novels, Dialogue-tree style games, your free-to-move FPS or Action-Adventure games, then finally games which rely solely on the user to make up stories, like Minecraft.

So as an experience, The Walking Dead is an incredible one. Protagonist Lee stumbled across little girl Clementine, both scared and confused of the new zombie-addled world they’ve found themselves in. As they move along, they come across other survivors, and try to determine a plan for survival.

All the characters you meet are amazing, and are fleshed out quite well. It makes it all the more difficult, then, when you must make difficult choices regarding who you side with, or even who lives and who dies. Trust me, when things go wrong and it’s because of a seemingly innocent choice you made earlier, it hurts.

The choices you do make throughout the 5 episodes have long lasting impact, too. Saved someone at the cost of another? They will still be actively involved several episodes in, and add to the story in very different ways, depending on who’s still around. And when you’ve tried to say something innocently only for a notification to pop up saying “X will remember that”, you worry just how much impact your statement has made.

Regarding the platinum trophy, there isn’t really anything to be said. It’s one of the easiest to obtain, simply because one playthrough is needed. No trophies are miss-able, except for a couple in the DLC which aren’t needed for the platinum. I had played this on the PC, but I enjoyed it even the second time around on PS4, just to see the impact of different choices I could make.

Still on the platinum list:

  • Dark Souls III (PS4)
  • Split/Second (PS3)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PS4)
  • The Wolf Among Us (PS Vita)

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