The Walking Dead Episode 2: Starved for Help Review
CAUTION: This review contains spoilers of the first episode. If you have not played it, instead read our review of Episode 1: A New Day here.
The second ‘monthly’ episode of Telltale Games The Walking Dead series, Starved for Help, has finally made it onto all platforms and, I gotta say, the wait was well worth it. Continuing three months after the events of the first episode, the choices you’ve made are already evident. All of the decisions you have made so far are reflected in the attitudes and conversations with the other characters.
Tough choices are no stranger to Telltales series and Starved for Help is no different. Starting out on a hunting trip to gather food, Lee, Kenny, Clementine, and newcomer Mark find a small group of people in the woods. One of the group is injured, his leg caught in a bear trap, and the others are frantic with worry. With walkers closing in fast, you have to make the decision to save him or leave him behind for the zombies, both of which are gory in their own right.
After leaving Hershel’s farm, the group has found a new home at the Motor Inn. You’ll remember it as the place that Glenn had to be rescued from in the first episode. Tensions are high as the group is quickly running out of food. The character you control, Lee, is under fire for having brought another person into the group. Depending on your choices throughout the first game you could have several enemies throughout the camp. Your first chance to either strengthen bonds or increase the scorn from your enemies comes very early in the game. After making your way back from the hunting trip, you’re greeted by Lilly who wants you to hand out the days rations, which are four pieces of food that need to be doled out to four of the ten people in the group.
Taletell has managed to create yet another unforgettable experience in the The Walking Dead series. Starved for Help continues the first episodes tradition of putting you in memorable situations and forcing you to make tough decisions. With a branching story line that revolves around the decisions and interactions you make, The Walking Dead is one of the most replayable games out there. It does have a few issues, such frame rate issues, however.
Nizulo rates it 9/10.
The Walking Dead Episode 2: Starved for Help is currently available for download on Xbox 360, PS3, Windows PC, and MAC. Unfortunately it is not available in Europe for the PS3 system, but TellTale promises it will be soon.