The Walking Dead Episode Two: Starved for Help is the second chapter in the episodic series based on the comics by Robert Kirkland. As a fan of the show and comics, I was excited to get my hands on this second episode. I reviewed The Walking Dead Episode One and loved it for the situations and decisions that it forces you to make. With The Walking Dead Episode Two, I am hoping that it continues those situations and progresses them even further. Does this episode maintain all of those features and more? Read our review to find out!
The Walking Dead Episode Two takes place three months after the initial zombie outbreak and features the group holding up shack at a motor inn. Before this episode begins, you will be shown cutscenes prior to playing. The scenes will recap the events and remind you of the choices that you made prior in episode one. This is great for people that have problems remembering past events like myself.
The group now has a new member named Mark, who supplies the group with food. However, throughout a time span of three months and many mouths to feed, you will have eventually run low on food. Zombies do not starve but living people do. This causes a lot of inner turmoil within the group as food has to be rationed. You become engulfed in the decision making process as you have become the one that has to decide who eats and who does not. However, this is not the most difficult situation that you will witness. The series is known for having over the top graphic scenes and this add-on is no different. In the beginning of the game, you are hunting for food for the group and stumble upon a number of individuals that are in trouble. One of individuals is caught in a bear trap that has no release mechanism and your only choice of the many, is to chop off his leg with an axe. It is absolutely one of the best moments that this game has to offer and boy, there are many.
The gameplay in episode two is just the same as you remember in the first episode. The choices that you made in the first one affects the outcomes that happen in the second one. The only difference in The Walking Dead Episode Two is that there are more unique situations that you will put into question, including your own humanity. Situations such as, dividing food rations between 10 people shows the type of human being you have become in this zombie apocalypse. The Walking Dead comic and television show are notorious for the blunt and frankly grotesque scenes. Even though it is disgusting and awesome at the same time, I could not help but to want more of it in this game.
The presentation in The Walking Dead is still one of the best. Three months after the initial breakout and you can tell that, the world has gone insane. Areas are destroyed and people have changed, relying on self-preservation to get them through the ordeal they are in. The Walking Dead: Starved for Help takes you to a farm which might be familiar to those that have watched season two of the hit AMC show. Although it’s not Hershel’s farm, it maintains that same safe haven feel. The game can become very ominous at times and this adds to the fear factor in the game. Not knowing what to expect around bends and turns, really makes a game like this special. Dialogue is very refreshing as it helps understand more of what is going on in the characters brain. If you were hoping for some change to the control scheme however, you are going to have to keep on waiting. It is the same game with the same controls, which is honestly helpful. A month after playing the game everything comes back to you as easy as pie. Health conscious individuals like us love pie! The only downfall to the presentation is something that was prevalent in the first episode. The transitions between screens are a bit choppy and sometimes it takes a while to catch up with what is actually going on in the story.
The Walking Dead Episode Two: Starved for Help maintains the magnificent narrative that us fans have become accustomed to in the comics and AMC’s hit show. Whether you are chopping off someone’s leg with an axe or trying to care of the group, you cannot help but continue on this emotional awe-inspiring roller coaster.