#1 – The Walking Dead: Season One
The Walking Dead was the game-changer for Telltale Games, pushing them into the spotlight and winning over 90 Game Of The Year awards in the process.
The game followed the story of Lee Everett and 8-year-old Clementine, as they embarked on a quest for survival within the zombie-infested, comic-inspired universe. Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead featured some of the best characters and writing in video game history, and it would arguably rival some of the finest TV and film creations out there, too.
This game was the first Telltale project to introduce the idea of Player Choices, forcing you to make split-second decisions with no second chances, such as which character to save from death. This no-turning-back concept turned the game into an even more engaging experience, forcing every decision to be a crucial, game-changing moment. Importantly, The Walking Dead made you feel emotionally connected to the two main characters, and the amount of people that shed a tear-or-two at the game’s heartbreaking finale was an indication of how captivating the experience really was.
This was much more than just a game. It was an industry changer that reignited the story-driven game genre, was the catalyst for the future of Telltale Games as a company, and will be talked about for years to come as an important milestone for the industry. It’s their best game to date, and it’ll take a mammoth effort to beat it.
So, that’s our top 10! What would you pick as your #1? Let us know in the comments.