The Walking Dead

Telltale's adaptation of the zombie apocalypse comic-book is a bleak adventure game with a human heart.

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Telltale's take on The Walking Dead was always good in spite of its zombies, not because of them. Early in its first season we're given a none-too-subtle parable about how man is the real monster, a shrug-worthy observation that gets repeated umpteen times throughout the ongoing franchise. The titular walkers stopped being interesting ages ago: their purpose laid bare as a malleable plot device that could force our would be heroes into various uncompromising situations. With the gears of such a lazy, clichéd threat so readily transparent, it's a testament to Telltale that the developer manages to keep its human drama captivating among its resilient, war-torn leads.

The Walking Dead next-gen retail release dated for October

The Walking Dead next-gen retail release dated for October

The Wolf Among Us to follow in November.

Telltale has confirmed on Twitter that both seasons of The Walking Dead will be hitting retail on PS4 and Xbox One in October.

Additionally, Season Two will arrive in retail form on PS3, Xbox 360 and Vita. Season One already did just that last year.

Telltale also revealed that The Wolf Among Us is coming to retail in November on PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360.

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The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us confirmed for PS4, Xbox One

The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us have been confirmed for PS4 and Xbox One releases later this year, Telltale has announced.

This will include both seasons of The Walking Dead and these will be available as retail releases, as previously rumoured.

Additionally, retail versions of The Wolf Among Us and The Walking Dead Season Two will be coming to retail on PS3 and Xbox 360, just as the first season of The Walking Dead did last year.

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The Walking Dead: Season Two gets its first full trailer

The Walking Dead: Season Two gets its first full trailer

Reveals a new returning character.

The first episode of The Walking Dead: Season Two, All That Remains, has received its debut more-than-a-teaser trailer.

This time around players will assume the role of Clementine, the orphaned little girl we were tasked with protecting in Season One. Several months have passed since we last saw Clementine, and while her outward appearance hasn't changed a whole lot, she's had to grow up fast in this crazy, zombie-infested world.

Most of the cast of Season Two appears to be fresh faces, but returning characters Christa and Omid can be seen briefly in the new trailer.

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The Walking Dead: Season Two details revealed, due this year

The Walking Dead: Season Two details revealed, due this year

Oh my darling, oh my darling, oh my darling Clementine!

Telltale Games has finally spilled the beans on its highly anticipated second season of its rendition of Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead comic book series.

Due to premiere later this year, this latest season will put players in the role of Clementine, the precocious nine year old girl we struggled so hard to take care of in Season One. Based on the screenshots and teaser trailer below, it doesn't look like much time has passed since we saw her last.

The Walking Dead: Season Two will be coming to PC, Mac, "home consoles," iOS, and "additional platforms to be announced." So pretty much everything then. In fact, the PC and Mac versions are already available for pre-order on Steam and Telltale's online store where a Season Pass is 10 per cent off at $22.49 rather than the full-priced $24.99.

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The Walking Dead infects Ouya this year

Episode One will be free.

Telltale's excellent adaptation of Robert Kirkman's zombie-apocalypse survival drama The Walking Dead has been ported to almost everything, but that's not going to stop it from spreading to the youngest of current platforms, the android-based console Ouya.

Telltale's The Walking Dead: 400 Days DLC detailed in new trailer

Telltale's The Walking Dead: 400 Days DLC detailed in new trailer

Due on iOS, PC, PS3, Vita and Xbox 360 this summer.

Telltale Games has revealed a first look at The Walking Dead's 400 Days DLC, due this summer. It's a final piece of storytelling to bookend its excellent first season of episodic content.

400 Days includes five chapters, each of which follows a new character throughout the first year-and-a-bit of the series' global apocalypse.

Each new face (some of whom have been teased already) will at some point encounter an old Georgia truck stop, where story threads will overlap. Each chapter can be played in any order, however.

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Telltale Games releases new The Walking Dead teaser

UPDATE: Katjaa glimpse of a third fresh character.

UPDATE #2: A third character from the upcoming Walking Dead season 2 has been teased. This time it's a man named Russell, who, by the looks of it, seems to be a recent grad. Let's hope he studied medicine, engineering, or botany, because I don't know how much that comparative literature degree will help in the zombie apocalypse.

Watch the BAFTA Game Awards live on Eurogamer

UPDATE: Dishonored takes top honours, but Journey scoops up five awards.

UPDATE: The 2013 BAFTA winners are in and they're a doozy. Dishonored took top honours, winning best game overall, which is odd as it didn't win in any other awards. Conversely, Journey received a whopping five awards in various other categories.

Hard Choices

It's not the size, it's how you use it.

SPOILER WARNING: Be warned - this week's soapbox contains spoilers for the ending of Walking Dead, so please don't read on unless you've played through Telltale's game in its entirety, or unless you really, really want the whole thing RUINED for yourself.

The Walking Dead sells by the morgue-load

The Walking Dead sells by the morgue-load

Plenty coffin up cash for Telltale's hit series.

The Walking Dead episodes have done the business for Telltale, totalling more than 8.5 million sales.

There being five episodes inflates the number of actual people playing somewhat, and there being varying platforms and prices means calculating a sum of money earned is hard.

On Steam the entire season costs £21, although it's half-price at £10.49 today - quick!

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Every year or so a game comes along that makes me recalibrate my notion of how the medium can tell stories. Uncharted 2 proved to me that the traditional model of cut-scene-gameplay-cut-scene actually can work if both parts are expertly crafted and don't outstay their welcome; Demon's and Dark Souls proved to me that a cohesive, yet mystifying world can work as well as any conventional plot' and The Walking Dead proves to me that the choose-your-own-adventure-movie format can actually work for a full-length game.

Telltale's The Walking Dead: Episode One free on iOS for a limited time

Loads of other Telltale games $0.99 until the New Year.

If your year has been anything like mine you've probably spent a good deal of it trying to convince people who don't ordinarily play games to give Telltale's The Walking Dead series a shot. If your friends are anything like mine, they probably politely nodded then never bothered. That's subject to change now - for the iOS wielding crowd at least - as The Walking Dead Episode One: A New Day is now free on iOS for a limited time.

The Walking Dead: Season One review

RecommendedThe Walking Dead: Season One review

An episodic epidemic: looking back on the full season.

There's a deliberate and sad irony to the title of The Walking Dead. On the surface, it refers to the shambling undead that have overrun the American South (and for all we know, the rest of the world besides); the survivors call them "walkers". But in the unflinching vision of a zombie apocalypse outlined by writer Robert Kirkman and artists Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard in their comic-book series - now adapted for TV as well as into this episodic adventure game by Telltale Games - it also applies to the survivors themselves.

They're alive but not living, ghosts haunting an empty purgatory, delaying the inevitable. They're doomed more by their mistrust of each other than by the zombie threat. Only the very faintest glimmer of hope illuminates this bleak world - a trait it shares with the best post-apocalyptic fiction, from Cormac McCarthy's The Road back to John Wyndham's Day of the Triffids. This also sets it apart from the thematic tidal wave of zombies which has overwhelmed pop culture in the past decade or so, most of it not much more than a grisly backdrop for standard action and adventure.

Perhaps the best thing you can say about Telltale's The Walking Dead - which spins its own yarn, rather than following the comic as the TV show does - is that it never loses sight of this. Sure, you'll click on zombies' heads to stove them in and hammer buttons in desperate quick-time events. But these sequences are about as relevant as the cut-scenes are to most action games. This is never a game about battling zombies. It's about negotiating human relationships when they're strained to breaking point - and making the impossible, horrifying decisions that a survivor has to.

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The Walking Dead Collector's Edition is a GameStop exclusive

The Walking Dead Collector's Edition is a GameStop exclusive

Contains the first 48 issues of the comic.

Telltale Games announced a GameStop exclusive Collector's Edition of its The Walking Dead retail bundle set for PS3 and Xbox 360 on 4th December in North America.

Available for pre-order only, the Collector's Edition retails at $69.99 and contains a Compendium consisting of the first 48 issues of The Walking Dead comic series as well as unique box art by series' artist Charlie Adlard.

The Compendium in and of itself retails for $59.99, though it can be purchased for much less. Sill, it's not a bad value for people who don't already own the game or the comics and like having physical copies of their media.

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