Few games come around with the sheer weight of expectation that Telltale’s The Walking Dead had on its shoulders. Following on from the success of Robert Kirkman’s much lauded comic series and the snowballing popularity of TV show, The Walking Dead was perfectly timed to make it huge or collapse under the pressure. Fortunately, it was most definitely the former, providing us with one of the most engaging adventure games seen in the last decade, this was the moment Telltale truly stepped up the plate as master storytellers. This title was full of more revelatory storytelling moments than we can think of in the medium, pushing boundaries of what to expect from gaming experiences.
For many, The Walking Dead series has done for adventure games what Half-Life did for first-person shooters. It single-handedly revitalised a flagging genre and created meaningful new ways to tell first-rate stories to a grateful audience. Telltale was always lurking near to greatness with many of its previous releases but this is its first release that truly knocked the ball out of the park, delivering a first-rate adventure game that matched and in some ways exceeded its source material.