Tis the season of next-gen remakes and remasters. So far the biggest and most popular has been The Last of Us Remastered, but there have been others, like Sleeping Dogs and Tomb Raider, for example. I quite like remastered games, but there often has to be more than just ‘better graphics’ to entice me to splash my cash. Grand Theft Auto V, for instance, is a game that I’ll be getting on the Xbox One, despite already owning it on the Xbox 360. That’s partly down to the better graphics (1080p and 30fps), but it’s also because of the extra content on offer, as well as the new first person mode. I’ll also probably pick up the Halo: The Master Chief Collection, just because I never got around to playing the first two Halo games. That brings us to Telltale’s The Walking Dead, Seasons 1 & 2, which, when first released, were gaming experiences like no other. Both seasons were incredible, and I loved playing through the episodes from start to finish. But whether or not that warrants purchasing them again is another matter, especially when nothing new has really been added.
I must admit, when I first thought about writing this article, I was considering trying to convince you all that buying The Walking Dead Seasons 1 & 2 on the PS4 and Xbox One was a good investment. That’s mostly down to the fact that I absolutely love these games, and I’m in awe of what Telltale has achieved through them. But, truthfully, I’m not sure if it is a good investment. Both seasons have been released at a time of the year which is going to be rammed with new games and, if you’re a little strapped for cash, there are definitely other things to spend your money on. Not only that, but there’s very little extra, (other than better graphics and the inclusion of the 400 Days DLC), on offer. They may be incredible games but, if you’ve already played them before, I’d have my work cut out for me to convince you that it’s worth spending another £40 to own them again.
For the people that missed either both seasons, or one season, of Telltale’s The Walking Dead, I honestly couldn’t recommend this game enough. In fact, it’s actually cheaper to buy both seasons for £20 each on the next-gen than it is to download them individually on the last-gen. Also, you’ll be getting the 400 Days DLC if you buy Season 1 for free, which is a great deal for someone who is yet to play either. If you’re yet to play either of the seasons, then I really recommend picking them up, or at least spending £20 on Season 1, just to test the water. Telltale’s adaptation of The Walking Dead is a… different… gaming experience. It’s different because it’s relatively hands off. You control the main character, true, and you do get to aim a gun now and then, but most of the game is focused on selecting dialogue. It’s not a conventional video-game, and I guess it’s more like an interactive TV Show, where you control the action and make the key decisions. That’s probably the best way to describe it, and it’s definitely an experience worth having. Each episode is incredibly emotionally charged and packed to the brim with action. The graphics and art-style are both very impressive, the writing is superb and the voice acting is sensational. If anything, the voice acting makes the game. So, overall, if you’ve never played it before, it’s definitely a game worth picking up. Plus, at £40 for two video-games and a chunk of DLC, you can’t really go wrong.
For those of you that have already played it on the last-generation, I think you’d struggle to see the value of buying these games again. If you’re one of those people that refuse to reboot your old console, or you’ve sold it to fund the extortionately priced next-gen video games and consoles, and you really want to play these games again (and you’ve got a little extra cash about), then you won’t be disappointed with your re-purchase. The improved graphics do make the game a little prettier, and it also runs much smoother on my Xbox One, with no noticeable frame-rate drops, so I guess it does look a little different, plus it’s the exact same game; so if you loved it the first time, you’ll love it again. But, if you’ve not got that drive to play through the episodes again, or you’re a little tight on cash, or you still have them on one of the old consoles, the PC or your tablet, you should probably just ignore this remastering. Sure, they’re fantastic games, and they’re relatively inexpensive, but the differences are so slight that you could comfortably just play them again on the last-gen, and you wouldn’t be missing out on anything.
I purchased Season 1 again because I had a spare £20 after trading in a few games, and I was curious to see the changes in the remastered version… plus I really wanted to play that season again. Since booting up the first episode of Season 1, I’ve loved every second. Would I love every second had I just restarted from the beginning on my Xbox 360? Yes, indeed I would.