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The Walking Dead : All That Remains (PC) Review

 
The Walking Dead-Season 2 Telltale
The Walking Dead-Season 2 Telltale
The Walking Dead-Season 2 Telltale

 
At a Glance...
 

Formats: PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and iOS
 
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Final Score
8.0
8/ 10


User Rating
1 total rating

 

We liked?


  • Still looks fantastic
  • Rolls in your choices from Season 1
  • Wonderful story setup and voice work
  • Immediate (re)attachment to Clementine

Not so much?


  • Light on the whole adventuring aspect
  • Few niggles with action element controls
  • Length feels a little short even for episodic content


Final Fiendish Findings?

The Walking Dead Season 2: All That Remains is a solid start for the franchise return. You immediately reconnect with Clementine and find her vulnerable and engaging. Several times throughout the episode you think you know how things are going to play out and Telltale pull the rug out from under you in sometimes brutal ways. The relatively short run time might put you off a little and the lack of any real adventuring is a disappointment.

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Posted December 18, 2013 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

The Walking Dead Season 2, Episode 1: All that Remains is one hell of a long title… possibly longer than the entirety of the first instalment of this season. But the length of these Telltale crafted gems has never been the focal point, what has is the story they tell.

Following any successful title is tricky. The dodgy second album, the rushed movie sequel or the cut and past game iteration. Every medium has it’s own version. Following something as ground breaking and genre re-defining as the original The Walking Dead season has to be nigh on impossible to get right… yes?

Telltale treated us to a small re-visit to The Walking Dead game universe with the interim 400 Days dlc. This was a nice stop-gap that allowed us a larger look at the world than we’d previously had with Clementine and Lee. But now they have to move on with the main story arc and All That Remains doesn’t shy away from the brutal truths – Lee is dead, almost everyone Clementine has come to know or trust is dead and she’s alone.

A concern with placing the player in the position of controlling a young girl (although Clem has grown up a few years since last season) is that some of the scraps and vulnerable positions that you faced as Lee might not be so palatable with a young female lead. Telltale do their absolute utmost to prove they have no qualms with hitting a young girl or putting her in harms way. Over and over Clementine is pushed to the limit not just as a character but as a funnel for your involvement in the game. Several moments literally turned my stomach.

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The look of All That Remains follows the lead from the previous The Walking Dead series. Aspects have been improved in so far as animation seems smoother, environments more detailed. I did have a weird slow response time on my mouse cursor which resulted in several action sequences being frustrating but that could just have been my laptop – perhaps a mouse cursor speed option might be in order Telltale?

Voice work, as with the original season, is impeccable. Clementine’s voice work carries things beautifully in much the same way that Lee’s did. Incidental characters and new companions alike are all crafted with astonishingly rich voice work. Some of the characters feel a little shallow though which is unusual for recent Telltale titles – one hopes that these will be fleshed out over the coming episodes. At the moment bonds are not as strong as they were with the cast after the first episode of the original season.

The story is intriguing enough to push you through the relatively shall 90 – 100 minutes of playtime. There is plenty of learning and growing that the player does through Clementine and you soon reattach that protective bond to the little girl you found in that tree house. The “game” element though is sorely lacking. There is minimal adventuring to be done here. It’s mostly wander around a small space, pick up and use one of a couple of items, cut scene, move on to next area. This is then repeated several times throughout the play through. These elements are peppered with quite a few action sequences – never a strong point of the first season. Once again they’re handled well enough but act more as a frustration than anything else. Especially coupled with the slow mouse cursor issue I had. What this all boils down to is a 90-minute interactive story more than a game. You keep waiting for some more game like elements to appear only to suddenly move on to the next section – oh and the end of episode just sort of happens with little ceremony or much cliffhanger tension.

Whilst we’re levelling some criticism it also has to be said that there were more than a few clipping and level geometry issues throughout that, whilst not spoiling the game, made things feel a little rough around the edges.

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I do wonder how much someone coming fresh to the series and starting with All That Remains will connect with the world and characters though. Without that pre-attachment to Clem would we feel so protective?

All That Remains continues to super lineage of the previous TWD Telltale titles. It’s a fresh take through Clementines eyes – no longer are you the muscular and ready to fight Lee. You’re a young girl trying to survive a world where death is imminent.

Final Thoughts

The Walking Dead Season 2: All That Remains is a solid start for the franchise return. You immediately reconnect with Clementine and find her vulnerable and engaging. Several times throughout the episode you think you know how things are going to play out and Telltale pull the rug out from under you in sometimes brutal ways. The relatively short run time might put you off a little and the lack of any real adventuring is a disappointment.

As a series fan I’m more than pleased with how All That Remains has turned out and it gives me every confidence in the team to pull this off over the next four episodes. Series newcomers please go start with Season 1! The game will fill in choices from Season 1 for you but nothing beats carrying your choices from the first season through with you to this one.

In summation – I can do nothing but heartily recommend All That Remains as a solid start to the new The Walking Dead season. I really can’t wait for episode 2!


Zeth

 
Zeth is our EU ninja and Editor in Chief. He's been writing about video games since 2008 when he started on BrutalGamer. He's pretty old and has been a gamer since he played Space Invaders as a young boy in the 80's. His genre tastes lean towards platformers, point-and-click adventure, action-adventure and shooters but he'll turn his hand to anything.