[PS4] The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series Collection Review
The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series Collection brings together all episodes from the series. Learn more in our The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series Collection review!
For those of you who are new to the series, or to Telltale Games’ new development style, The Walking Dead marked a change in how the studio handled adventure games. It used to be that they worked on “pure” point and click adventure game, the kind that stuck to the old-school way of things – think Maniac Mansion or The Secret of Monkey Island. After The Walking Dead, Telltale Games focused on 3D release in which you control a character to explore each location for some light puzzle solving, with a heavy focus on the story and the choices you make – and how they affect how other characters feel about you and how the story unfolds. They struck gold with this formula, so they’ve stuck with it ever since.
They’ve given us their take on comic book properties such as Fables (The Wolf Among Us), Batman and Guardians of the Galaxy, popular TV shows like Game of Thrones and video games such as Borderlands (Tales from the Borderlands) and Minecraft (Minecraft: Story Mode), and are currently working on a new season for The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us while wrapping up their second season of Batman (Batman: The Enemy Within).
The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series Collection brings together, in a single download or retail disc, the recent third season, The Walking Dead: A New Frontier, along with the first and second season in the series, the 400 Days DLC for the first season which bridges the gap between the first and second season, as well as the Michonnne mini-series. The latest season is still fresh in our minds, and launched on PlayStation 4, but the content of the rest of the collection was first developed for PlayStation 3 and originally ported to PlayStation 4. What is different in this collection? Season One, Season Two, the 400 days DLC and the Michonne mini-series have been visually enhanced – as in, hundreds of hours of extra work.
What this means is that the textures applied to character models have been greatly improved, giving them a crisper yet grittier look. Lighting, and how it is handled has also been changed around, and you’ll notice this all over the place as you once again take the series for a new spin. Along with this, scenes now feature more objects, new textures and changes to the overall geometry, giving each area a more lively feel – even if due to the nature of the story there aren’t many humans to interact with in the first place. The bump in graphics, lighting, models, and scenery is more apparent in the first season of the game since it’s the oldest one in the bunch, but Season 2, 400 days and Michonne all show some extra work here and there.
All seasons have one thing that ties them together: Clementine’s journey. Sure, you’ll meet several memorable characters, but they’re all there for you to experience Clementine’s story and how she gets to grow up in a world gone mad. This new world has done a number on everyone, but Clementine has managed to make the most of her situation, meeting new people and losing friends along the way, all to set up what is currently being billed as the final season in Telltale Games’ take on The Walking Dead universe.
The Walking Dead Collection includes a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy, but it’s something that might rub trophy hunters the wrong way. This is a collection of three full seasons and a mini-series, so you wouldn’t be wrong for expecting separate trophy lists for each game and a Platinum at the end of the road for each adventure. It’s not a deal-breaker since the collection is $49.99 and cheaper than buying all content separately (each season is available for $24.99, and the Michonne mini-series is up for $14.99), but it’s definitely something you need to know before diving in. At least it’s a trophy list that is separate from all stand-alone seasons/DLC/mini-series, so when all is said and done you’ll get 52 new trophies for your collection – and none of them are missable!
The one complaint I have about the collection is that there aren’t any extras included in it. There is no making of documentary, no behind the scenes look, no interviews with the development team or with those who provided their voices for each of the beloved characters in the series. I do think that’s a missed opportunity, but considering the collection weighs in at almost 45 GB as is, it would have needed a separate download or its own disc at retail, and would have probably driven the price up as well.
If you’re new to Telltale Games’ take on The Walking Dead, or if you’re ready to revisit previous seasons ahead of the release of the final season next year, then The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series Collection is a great option. The revamped graphics (models, textures, lighting, geometry, scenery), as well as the new lighting, bring everything to life, giving us the definitive version of the first three seasons, the 400 Days DLC content and the Michonne mini-series. The price is also great since its equal to the cost of buying two seasons, so this collection gives you more bang for your buck. Trophy hunters won’t dig that the collection only has one trophy list with a single Platinum trophy, but at least it’s a different list from the lists for each season.
This The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series Collection review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Telltale Games.