The deciding factor of The Walking Dead is ultimately down to one thing; the talking. If you're happy to get fully immersed in brilliant story telling, genuinely forming bonds with the characters and caring for your new found child 'side-kick', then the talking won't stop you. If you're not big on talking and would rather get down and gritty with zombies -- play Left 4 Dead.
In Episode 1: A New Day, you take on the role of Lee Everett, a man who may or may not be a killer, and your first introduction to him is in the back of a cop car, handcuffed and oblivious to the zombie apocalypse that's kicking off as he's escorted to prison.
As you sit in the back of the cop car, talking with your chaperone, the games is happening concurrently with the comic book series, so as Lee's story kicks off at the start of the zombie apocalypse, Rick, the protagonist of the comics and TV show, is lying comatose in his hospital bed. This gives way to a whole new group of survivors, although expect a few familiar faces to pop up along the way.
It's not all talking, however, there are plenty of action sequences (a lot, actually), but whilst they're gore packed, Zombie smashing fun; they have the added effect of being very panic driven, and tie into the deep story remarkably well, but you'll spend the majority of your time making decisions and living with the consequences.
It's extremely powerful stuff, and that's added to some of the choices you'll have to make. Think picking who lives and who dies will be easy? Think again. A solid example of this is on Hershel's farm. You have to decide whether to save Hershel's son, Sean, or your new acquittance Fred's much younger son, Duck. Did we mention Sean saved you earlier?
In a split second, you have to decide who you save, knowing full well that either action is going to have dire repercussions, and even cause you guilt.
There are the odd goof-ball moments, not mentioning anything specific, but you'd think a grown person would know to put batteries in a radio...
The Walking Dead is off to a great start, with outstanding game mechanics, immersing story and a genuine feel of characters. The bad part is waiting for Episode 2...