'All That Remains' Kicks Off Season Two Of Telltale's 'The Walking Dead'

December 17, 2013

Last year, Telltale Games shattered all kinds of expectations with the release of the five episodes that constituted The Walking Dead Season One. From proving that episodic games can be as engaging as traditional titles, to establishing a video game extension of The Walking Dead brand that was truly worthy of the name, Telltale's series came out of nowhere and impressed everybody. Season One garnered countless accolades (including the VGA for Game of the Year) for it's immersive story, innovative gameplay, and heart-wrenching acting, that affected gamers in ways that no one expected. The team at Telltale are back with Season Two, which picks up shortly after the events of the last story arc, and continues to tell Clementine's tale, as she struggles to stay alive while enduring the twisted world of Robert Kirkman's zombie apocalypse.

Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games

Telltale Games have spent most of their existence establishing themselves as the premiere studio for episodic, point-and-click, action-adventure games, and it has clearly paid off. Their illustrious history includes titles featuring some of gaming's most beloved franchises and characters like Tales of Monkey Island, Sam & Max, and Strong Bad. In addition to The Walking Dead Telltale have also ventured into the realm of making games for big name properties that don't include zombies as a central plot device, including Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, and Wallace & Gromit.

As Season Two of The Walking Dead kicks off, Telltale is also working on releasing episodes for The Wolf Among Us, another series that is based on the Bill Willingham series Fables. As if that isn't enough to keep one studio busy, at VGX Telltale announced a partnerships with Gearbox Studios for a new series set in the Borderlands universe, aptly named Tales from the Borderlands, as well as a series based on HBO's Game of Thrones.

All That Remains is the opening episode of Season Two, and this time around players are in control of Season One's most famous face, Clementine. Set some time after the unfortunate events in Savannah, Clem starts off on the road with Christa and Omid, when things take a tragic turn. Without spoiling much of the story, Clementine eventually ends up fending for herself before meeting up with a new group of survivors.

If you played any of Season One then your choices will carry through the Season Two, as the game continues to build on the reality and relationships that you've already created. Little else has changed between Season One and Season Two; the look and feel of the game are the same, as are the controls. One thing to look out for are the increased interactions during action sequences, where players have to perform more quick time events to survive. Other than that, All That Remains is simply the next chapter in Clementine's story.

For any newcomers that are considering jumping into The Walking Dead series with All That Remains you should keep in mind that a knowledge of Season One is helpful, but necessarily not required. The game includes a recap of the biggest events from Clementine's story so far, and if it is devoid of any previous save data it randomizes the choices that you would have made last season. After that, the game starts up, and throws you right into the thick of it. You won't have the same emotional connection to Clem or any of the other characters that return, but the way the episode plays out, you'll have to have ice running through your veins not to be affected by the opening events of this season.

If Season One is any indication, Season Two will be out on just about every platform that welcomes Walkers. Season Two kicks off on Steam, Xbox 360, and PlayStaytion 3 this week, with other platforms like iOS following suit shortly thereafter. Ultimately, you'll eventually see All That Remains on Macs, PCs, Vitas, and maybe even Ouyas as well.

After this initial release of Episode One, Telltale will follow a very similar release schedule to Season One, where new episodes released every 4 - 6 weeks.

When the studio that bested Mass Effect 3, Journey, Borderlands 2 and Dishonored for top honors in 2012 releases a follow up to their critically acclaimed title, it's probably something you play. All That Remains sets itself up as the next chapter in an emotional rollercoaster that puts Clementine in danger at every turn, and continues down the already proven path of its predecessors. Stepping away from many of the mainstream video game conventions, these Walking Dead games from Telltale repeatedly drive home one thing - expect the unexpected. Well that, and if you don't watch your back, you're probably going to die. That's what makes these titles great: they hold true to the source material's universe, while blazing a new and engaging chapter that any Walking Dead fan can appreciate.