That may be where the difference lies - I loved the characters. Well, I didn't really like Kenny and family (warmed to Kenny though). I thought that Ben, and Clementine were well done. I do understand the dying aspect - but for me that made it more exciting. Literally didn't know what to expect from one minute to the next.
I'm going to replay this weekend, and we'll see if it's as good going through a second time (without all the suspense).
Current Specs: TV | Xbox | Controller | Pillow | Floor | Two Hands | Two Eyes | Tea-Making Facilities | Assorted Snacks.
I think the game gets most of those tropes. Very strong emotional reactions is I believe one of the main appeals. The point and click gameplay comes second to seeing all the horrible things that happen to the characters and how/if they overcome them. And of course, being a part of the decision process and actually being responsible for some of their failures and successes.
Know that if you allow someone to take advantage of you, they might make it a habit.
The game forgets it's a game, and becomes a bunch of dialogue and movie sequences. That you can't skip.
They both have their strengths - the gameplay in Max Payne 3 is probably a lot better than Walking Dead, and the dialogue in Walking Dead is probably a lot better than Max Payne 3.
Telltale Games' games are always "interactive stories" Kind of niche video games. For example, I liked Jurassic Park and Back to The Future games a lot, but most didn't.
I've never played either. I thought I remembered some debacle about Back to the Future not being released on consoles, or the 360 at least. That (and the AMAZING Michael J Fox soundalike) are the only things I've heard about the game.
Well, hopefully that Walking Dead action title can appeal to both types of players - the ones craving a good story, and the ones clamoring for more gameplay. I very much doubt it, but I'd like to be surprised.