The Walking Dead: Season Two




Riveting zombie adventure but definitely not for kids.
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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. 


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.  

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


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
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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


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


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

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?


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
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Telltale Games
Release date:December 17, 2013
ESRB rating:M for Intense Violence, Blood and Gore, Strong Language

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Teen, 13 years old Written bytexasbbqisgreat February 21, 2014


I am writing this review on what season 1 was like seeing as i've only played the first part of season 2. First of all i'd like to say this is a really good game. Most people would think its all about killing zombies, but it's really not. Its how people deal with each other, how they survive, how they cope with loss, how it has turned people crazy- although obviously you do kill zombies. However, it has some swearing in. The zombies can be considered scary and it's gory. I can't remember too much on drinking or smoking but it's only minor. Some people could get upset over some characters dying, depends on the person. There are a few jump scares in this game. To me, Lee from season 1 was a great role model , and Clementine could turn out to be a good role model. **If you look at it the right way** **The zombies on the show might give you the wrong impression, the ones in the game are along the same lines but not as real. Im not sure on how to rate age but i'd say 12/13/14 years old. (Mature for age and not scared easily) I would say if you've seen the tv series you will be fine with the game. Note: At the start I said I was rating this on season one, but it is for season two as well. I would be hard to do a full review on season two because theres isnt as many episodes.
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Teen, 14 years old Written byMrRaz0r21 August 5, 2014

Amazing Game!!!

This game is amazing awesome story line so far, it's very violent, not just violence but also blood and gore, in one particular scene you witness a guy smashing someone face with a crowbar 17 times, an arm being chopped off and a person's face cut off. Swearing is frequent, drug use is hardly any. Positive messages are that people need to work in groups and trust each other in times of need. Only a few role models, some that sacrifice themselves and Clem the main character who is strong as keeps persisting.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Teen, 15 years old Written bySalsander March 8, 2014

Much Tamer than the Previous Season

Chances are, you have probably played the first season of the Walking Dead before picking up this installment. This is a continuation of the previous story line, and due to the game's focus on plot and characterization, you will need to have played the first game. That being said, those who have already played the first season will find that the content is no more disturbing than it was before. It is still a bleak world, but the environment for a large portion of the campaign feels secure. You are originally on the run but are able to find a cabin with survivors and food. Eventually in the second episode, you find an area with electricity and an abundance of supplies. In addition, you now play the role of Clementine, which is much less stressful than playing as Lee. He always needed to protect Clementine above all costs for redemption of past sins, but now the situation feels less dire in her control because she currently doesn't have anything to live for, or at least doesn't know yet. The violence is just about the same level as the last game. Most of it revolves around the killing of zombies with guns, knives, and plant objects. The scenes seem very fast paced this time around, making the action scenes more intense, but less noticeably gory. On occasion you may dismember a limb of a zombie, but these scenes flash quickly making it hard notice the gore. In a painful scene, you must stitch a gaping dog bite on your arm without anesthesia. This lasts for about a minute and you must control the needle. Other notable acts of violence include a dog attacking Clementine (and later being put down), an innocent man being shot accidentally, a hostage situation with a few hostages shot, a man breaking another mans fingers, and multiple scenes of zombie dismemberment (although this happens very fast during scenes of action). The language is the amounted found in most R-Rated movies (f word, sh-t, and others) although it never is overused. Amidst the violent scenes, a majority of the time is spent developing the characters through dialogue in secure areas. If you were ok with the first season of the Walking Dead, the second season is no different in mature content (if not less). On for teens in high school. Iffy for those in late middle school.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing


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