The Walking Dead Essay

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The Walking Dead: Michonne is a choose-your-own-, point-n-click adventure game presented as a three part mini-series developed and published by Telltale. It serves a side-story featuring an entirely different cast than the one found in Telltale's main Walking Dead series. It focuses on the trials and tribulations of Michonne, a prominent character in both the graphic novel and in AMC's tv series. Does The Walking Dead: Michonne stand up to scrutiny on its own, or does it feel like an unnecessary detour from the main series?

A fair warning: since Telltale games are particularly sensitive to spoilers, I will do my utmost to refrain from divulging any specifics, and give fair warning if I am about to do so.

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The Walking Dead: Michonne allows the player to participate actively in murder, dismemberment, and torture. The narrative tackles themes of oppression, discrimination, and alludes to sexual assault. In my opinion, Telltale haven't been able to depict the bleak, downtrodden, and devoid of hope world of The Walking Dead so effectively before, and it mirrors Michonne's disposition well. The last section of this paragraph comes with a spoiler warning, and I encourage you to skip to the next one to remain unspoiled. One of the more prominent themes in The Walking Dead: Michonne is suicide; the first decision you are faced with in the game revolves around whether or not Michonne should end her own life. As the story progresses, Michonne comes across NPCs discussing the suicide of a former comrade. Their matter-of-factly discussion of the topic, where they almost position it as the logical thing to do, sold the horrors of the world they inhabit gutwrenchingly well. Being able to see how a character's suicide has affected the people close to her also resonated with me. Telltale should be commended for their subdued, honest, and poignant portrayal of something so…show more content…
At several junctions in the story, Michonne and her cohorts will be attacked by zombies and/or humans. In order to ensure survival, you will be tasked with performing quick time events utilizing the left stick, face buttons, and, in some instances, R2. Arrows displayed on the screen indicate the direction you have to flick the stick, and pictograms of the face buttons inform which one needs to be pushed before the, rather generous, timer runs out. The Walking Dead: Michonne doesn't penalize failure harshly, though, and will simply reload the last save should you happen to miss a button prompt - Telltale still prioritizes the pacing of the narrative over the gameplay's challenge. The Walking Dead: Michonne shows just how far Telltale has come in the visual presentation of combat. This is the most fluid incarnation to date, where deceptively subtle camera work sells the visceral brutality of each blow. Other cinematic techniques like temporary slow-down, dolly shots, and quick pans brings the skirmishes to life like never before in a Telltale game. However, as is the case with the aforementioned conversational cutscenes, combat does still boil down to extended quick-time events - although, the best-presented ones to
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