The Walking Dead: Season Two

Common Sense Media says

Riveting zombie adventure but definitely not for kids.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The story strives to deliver an authentic apocalyptic experience marked not by the number of zombies you kill but rather the decisions you make to survive. Players are frequently forced to make hard moral and ethical choices as they decide whom to trust, what to tell people, whom to save, and, sometimes, whether to kill. All of these decisions have realistic consequences.

Positive role models

The game's star, a young girl named Clementine, is no action hero. Her goal is simply to survive and to earn her life, which many of her adult friends paid for with their own. She runs from danger whenever possible but also shows courage in dealing with scary situations and cleverness in coming up with novel solutions in tight spots. Parents certainly wouldn't want their kids to go through what she goes through or do what she has to do, but they'd probably be proud of how she acquits herself.

Ease of play

Most of the game simply involves choosing responses in dialogue. All players generally need to do in action sequences is follow on-screen cues. Quick reflexes are key. Some puzzle-like scenes require players to examine objects within the environment and figure out how to use them, but the solutions are generally pretty clear. 

Violence

The player's character only infrequently engages in violence, but she often finds herself present in violent situations. Zombies are destroyed in a variety of ways, from gunshots to bludgeoning. A few people die, too, shot with guns or bitten by zombies. Dark blood typically gushes from wounds and can be seen smeared on clothing and around the environment. Players see an animal impaled and have the choice of putting it out of its misery.  

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Spoken dialogue includes occasional utterances of words including "f--k" and "s--t."

Consumerism

This game is a spin-off of the comic books of the same name, which also gave birth to the popular The Walking Dead TV show.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

No privacy or safety concerns.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know The Walking Dead: Season Two is an episodic adventure game set in a near future in which the dead have risen from their graves and are laying waste to the human world. There are many very tense and scary sequences, some of which involve brutal destruction of zombies or the deaths of humans, often with dark blood gushing from wounds. Though dark and sometimes terrifying, the narrative is filled with moral questions that make players question what they would do under similar circumstances. Often there is no right answer but instead simply a choice between the lesser of two terrible outcomes. This game stars a child, but it's definitely not for kids. (Common Sense Media will update this review as necessary as additional episodes in Season Two are released.)

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles

What Kids Can Learn

The Walking Dead: Season Two wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles

The Walking Dead: Season Two wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chad Sapieha

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

THE WALKING DEAD: SEASON TWO picks up where the first season of this critically lauded adventure series left off, with young Clementine trying to make her way through a world of living corpses after her protector, Lee, gave his life to save her. It begins with Clem joining up with a pair of kindly strangers she meets on the road, but things swiftly go awry, leaving the girl on her own once more. A series of thrilling and sometimes emotionally moving sequences follow, including an interlude with a wandering dog and Clem's discovery of a house full of survivors in the forest. As in the first season, combat appears sparingly. The focus is on the interactive story, in which players make dialogue choices that impact how the rest of the game plays out. When the action does start, it's a matter of following on-screen cues to run, dodge, or take a swing at a zombie with a weapon. Expect each episode to run a couple of hours, with replayed episodes potentially resulting in very different situations, depending on the choices players make.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

As with the first season of this episodic adventure series, The Walking Dead: Season Two isn't about accumulating kills or mastering stylish attacks but instead about the characters who star in the game. It's about what ordinary people do under extraordinary circumstances in which their lives are in almost constant danger. Do you give strangers the benefit of the doubt? Do you trust a dog that seems to be looking for a friend but with whom you'll likely need to share your food? Do you find strength and solace in a group or try to go it alone? In a life and death situation, whom do you save: The good man who's mortally wounded and sure to die soon regardless of what you do right now or the morally questionable man you don't necessarily trust but who could go on to live a long life?

There are few games like The Walking Dead. Depending on how you choose to play -- whether you really try to place yourself in the shoes of the lead character -- you may end up learning something about yourself and what you would do in stressful situations. It’s definitely not for kids, but older teens and adults looking for something substantial and evocative in their interactive entertainment won’t be disappointed.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how to handle stressful situations and make hard decisions. Not all choices in life are clear-cut. What are some ways to prepare yourself for making big decisions that will impact your life or those of others but that don't have straightforward answers?

  • Families also can discuss the story's main character, Clementine. What do you think is the purpose behind making a young girl the star of a decidedly grown-up tale set in a world of death and destruction? 

Game details

Platforms:Mac, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Windows, Xbox 360
Price:$14.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Telltale Games
Release date:December 17, 2013
Genre:Adventure
ESRB rating:M for Intense Violence, Blood and Gore, Strong Language (Mac, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Parent Written bydanielraph9 December 15, 2014
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

For 'nice' kids only!

First of all, the R-18 rating here seems rather over the top. This game is no doubt a masterpiece, and also on occasion frightening, with choices being more scary than their results. However, any child over the age of 13 who is intelligent enough to know the difference between games and real life will have no problem differentiating the two here. My GOTY and would recommend it to 13/14 year olds as long as they have been brought up well. 10/10 P.S: This game can actually improve your kid's decision making, as well as making them realize the value of decisions! They should love it.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Teen, 14 years old Written bydoctorwhoiscool October 14, 2014
AGE
12
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Awesome :)

I'm still heartbroken from the first one! this is an amazing game, not as good as the first but then again you cant get any better than the walking dead season 1, I played this last year and I was 12 and i played the first one when i was 11 so I think its fine! swearing is just words and the violence is animated so its good as well, I don't get nightmares so I dont know about that one. Warning: do not go into this game thinking everyones safe! if you cant deal with deaths of charaters that you feel realy conected to then do not play this game! I am still crying from those games :'( overall its a really good story, abit short but a very good game!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Adult Written byVice City September 19, 2014
AGE
16
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Walking Dead.

See this game wouldn't be good for kids but if you are a fan of the walking dead, even if you aren't a fan of video games definitely try this one out. You play as a girl named clementine who was split up from her parents in the zombie apocalypse. Even though she isn't that old she definitely can still fight. Its an interactive game so you can be in control of how she talks to the people she runs into. Definitely recommend buying season 1 first or else the story might be a little confusing to you. But overall this game is really good but not for children under 16. 16 and up should be fine playing this though.
What other families should know
Easy to play/use

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