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The Walking Dead is a point and click adventure role-playing game developed by Telltale Games. It consists of five episodes and includes original characters not featured in the show. The game has been immensely successful. By the end of 2012, more than 8.5 million individual episodes were sold worldwide.
The game puts an emphasis on story and character development rather than action scenes that are seen in other zombie games. You play as Lee Everett, a convicted murderer, who works with an unkempt group of survivors. Your actions and decisions greatly influence the outcome of events. Unlike other RPGs where your decisions are categorized as either good or bad, the choices you make within the game have obscure results, affecting the attitude of NPCs towards you. In each episode, there are five points where you must make an important decision. There are two available options, and Telltale's servers keep track of how many players chose a specific option, allowing you to compare your choice to that of the rest of the players.
The Walking Dead revolutionized the adventure game genre. The developers have done an amazing job polishing the game's plot, characters and overall gameplay. The Walking Dead has received over 80 Game of the Year awards—solid proof that this game is one of the best in recent years.
Are you looking for games that are driven by player's decisions and features a storyline that provokes your emotions? If yes, then here are games like The Walking Dead which you are surely going to enjoy.
5 Games Like The Walking Dead
- Heavy Rain
- Fahrenheit (Indigo Prophecy)
- To the Moon
- Katawa Shoujo
- Alpha Protocol
1. Heavy Rain
Heavy Rain is an interactive drama action-adventure game developed by Quantic Dream exclusively for the PlayStation 3. The story of the game is so well-designed—immersing you in an experience filled with suspense and emotion. As of March 2011, the game has sold over two million units, greatly exceeding the developer's pre-release estimates.
There are four playable characters in Heavy Rain. You play as a different one in each chapter of the game. The game begins with a man named Ethan Mars spending time with his family. At a busy mall, he loses his son, Jason. Jason is then found outside on the street. Upon seeing his father, he rushes back to Ethan, unaware of an oncoming car. Ethan tries to save Jason, but Jason gets hit and dies. Ethan also gets injured, falling into a coma for six months. A couple of years after the accident, Ethan suffers from depression, causing his wife and his son, Shaun, to become distant with him. Another tragedy soon unfolds as Shaun goes missing while they are at a park. The disappearance of Shaun is linked to the Origami Killer, a criminal who kidnaps young boys, drowns them and leaves an origami animal figure in their hands and an orchid on their chests. Ethan receives instructions on how he can rescue his son, but the trials ahead of him lead some to suspect him as being the Origami Killer.
Heavy Rain has a genuinely emotional story, one which will not fail to touch your heart. It is not just an interactive film; it retains game elements that will keep you hooked with the game as the compelling story slowly unfolds before your eyes.
2. Fahrenheit (Indigo Prophecy)
Fahrenheit (Indigo Prophecy) is an interactive drama action-adventure game developed by Quantic Dream. It has been considered as one of the best video games of 2005, earning numerous awards and receiving high praise for its story and gameplay. The developers have said that they prefer that the game be called the first truly interactive film instead of labeling it as an action, third-person game.
The story of the game revolves around a mystery looming over New York City. Ordinary people are becoming possessed, driving them to kill strangers in public. You take on the mission of uncovering the mystery and putting an end to the dreadful murders. The game effectively showcases how cinematic gameplay should be. The unique gameplay mechanics sync perfectly with the onscreen action. You take part in everything that happens in the game, using your analog sticks or gamepad to perform the necessary actions. The controls are very simple and unobtrusive, allowing you to focus on the game's vast cast and captivating environment. What will keep you hooked is the compelling story. You will also certainly find yourself attached to the game's characters.
Fahrenheit takes the adventure genre to a new level and presents how amazing an interactive film could be. The innovative gameplay mechanics are simple yet enough to make you inextricably hooked with the game.
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3. To the Moon
To the Moon is a role-playing adventure game developed by Freebird Games. The game has been nominated for the Best Story award by numerous gaming websites. While playing this game, make sure you have a tissue box with you, as To the Moon has one of the saddest stories ever told in a video game.
The story of the game tells of a technology that allows one to create artificial permanent memories. Sigmund Corp. uses this technology to implant memories into people on their deathbed as a form of wish fulfillment. Dr. Eva Rosalene and Dr. Neil Watts seek to fulfill the dream of the dying Johnny Wyles. Johnny has always wanted to go to the moon, but he doesn't know the reason behind his wish. The two doctors decide to delve into the past of Johnny and figure out what brought him to his current position in life. They plan to insert his desire to go to the moon during childhood, hoping that Johnny will create a new life based on that desire. But the plan goes awry as the doctors realize that Johnny's life is full of complex twists and turns, and they must do whatever they can to take him to the moon.
To the Moon will make you laugh and make you cry. The extremely captivating storyline will stick with you for a long time, and despite the game's sad story, you will certainly find it highly enjoyable.
4. Katawa Shoujo
Katawa Shoujo is a visual novel created by Four Leaf Studios. Like most visual novels, Katawa Shoujo has very little gameplay, but it has many positive aspects to keep you interested. It is important to note that the game has some adult content, but you can disable it in the options menu.
In this game, you take on the role of Hisao Nakai, a boy with a heart condition who seeks to start life anew at Yamaku High School for disabled children. Depending on the choices you make, the story of the game branches into different forks, leading to a romantic relationship with one of the five female characters. You are going to spend most of your time reading text, but the game's visuals and cutscenes are stunning enough to keep you entertained. The lack of voice acting may not appeal to all, but the story is so well-written that you are going to enjoy reading all the text. Another great aspect of Katawa Shoujo is its amazing soundtrack. The music effectively emphasizes the mood of every scene.
Katawa Shoujo is absolutely worth checking out. This game is very relaxing—a good break from the action-packed sequences usually seen in most games. It is also free to download, so there is no reason not to try it out.
5. Alpha Protocol
Alpha Protocol is an action role-playing stealth game developed by Obsidian Entertainment. This is a must-play game if you like to experience the adventures of a field agent with the option to choose from the personalities of three famous J.B.s; Jason Bourne, James Bond and Jack Bauer.
The game chronicles the adventures of field agent Michael Thornton, a member of the clandestine service known as Alpha Protocol. You play the game from a third-person perspective. The combat system revolves around stealth. Being a CIA operative, you are equipped with various spy gadgets and a variety of firearms. You are also well-trained in hand to hand combat. You can earn Advancement Points which can be used to upgrade any of your ten skills. These skills allow you to use certain weapons and give you different abilities to aid you in combat. For instance, there is an ability called Chain Shot which allows you to scan a group of enemies in slow motion before revealing yourself and shooting each enemy at a faster pace than you are normally capable of. The game also has an interesting dialogue system. You are given a limited amount of time to respond to conversations, and your decisions heavily influence the outcome of events.
Alpha Protocol has garnered mixed reviews. Many critics say that the technical issues are outweighed by the game's positive aspects. The concept of the game is highly commendable, and fans are anxiously awaiting the sequel to this exciting stealth game.
What Do You Think?
I hope this list has provided some useful insight into some immersive and interactive games like The Walking Dead. Have any of these games piqued your interest, or have you played them all already? Let me know in the comments below!
© 2013 Caleb Melvern
kipli popona on December 01, 2014:
Play Broken sword buddy if you see this
Samuel Franklin on October 14, 2014:
Heavy Rain and Back to the Future are my favourites.
Redx on August 02, 2014:
Where is The Wolf Among Us ?