Busting Zombies

Posted in Fan Service, Gadgets, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, My Stuff, The Walking Dead, TV, Uncategorized, Zombie Games on October 3rd, 2013 by thelonegamer

MythBusters take on Walkers this month.

I LOVE Mythbusters. It’s one of the few shows I really really really watch, and man, I’d totally be on board for an all-MB channel! Anyways, the show is currently on hiatus I think, but will continue later this month. And apparently their debuting episode this coming October 17 will be a Zombie Apocalypse Special! Yep, Jamie, Adam and the Build Team will be taking on Walkers for an hour of splattery fun. Walking Dead actor Michael Rooker is going to make an appearance as well. This is yet another ep where the Mythbusters have crossed paths with another TV show- in the past they’ve done stuff with shows like Deadliest Catch and the recently-concluded Breaking Bad.

Anyways, that’s in a couple of weeks time. I love all things zombie, though sadly I’ve been remiss in some of the more popular bits of the genre- I haven’t been watching The Walking Dead, nor have I been playing Plants VS Zombies 2 (my time got hijacked by Kingdom Rush Frontiers and then Infinity Blade III). Maybe seeing the Mythbusters Zombie Special will spark a return to the shuffler scene for me. I DO want to get State of Decay when it comes out on Steam eventually, as well. Hmmm.

FINALLY Played The Walking Dead: The Game…

Posted in Comics, DLC, Gadgets, Game-related Events, Gaming, iGaming, iPad, Mobile Games, My Stuff, The Walking Dead, Zombie Games on January 3rd, 2013 by thelonegamer


The Walking Dead’s protagonists: Lee Everett and Clementine.

… and wow, that was pretty fantastic.

Yeah, yeah, I’m a bit late to the party. This game’s been out for months and months and already won a gazillion game awards, including Game of the Year from several game sites. Truth be told, I made it a point to get this game once all the episodes were available, but even then, while I already owned it for quite a while, the opportunity to actually PLAY it didn’t come till recently. I really don’t think The Walking Dead is a game (or perhaps an experience?) you can just pick up and play. You have to be ‘ready’ for it; you have to commit to playing/digesting it, and once that’s in, it’s just like watching an extension of the TV series.

I’ve so far only played the first episode, “A New Day”, and well, it’s certainly impressed me. I have the iPad version, which runs great and looks fabulous. The touchscreen controls are very intuitive and easy- moving protagonist Lee around and interacting with things is quick and painless. The atmosphere and tone is perfect, the artwork (which is based more on the comics) is great. Anyone expecting a Resident Evils shoot ‘em up or action game will be a bit disappointed- this is a slower, more deliberate title, an adventure game more in line with Point-and-Click classics.
This isn’t so much about surviving zombie attacks as it is about interacting with the other, live humans around you. It doesn’t hold your hand in these interactions either- you mold the game as you play, mostly via dialogue choices that will affect how other characters look or treat you. Off the bat I played Lee like myself- mostly honestly, and that earned me a stern talking-to that cautioned that I’d better be a better liar. Yikes! At certain points though, your choice will majorly affect the game, and you’ll have to live with the consequences.

After playing through Episode 1, I’m still digesting the experience, and building up the ‘mood’ to continue. Episode 2′s already on the Pad and ready to play. One problem is that it takes so darn long to download new eps, and the darn DL can’t be paused or continued if something botches it up. But I’ll get to playing this through to the end eventually. Hopefully before next year? We’ll see…