Last Sunday AMC kicked off the second half of The Walking Dead season 3 with the episode "The Suicide King" which picked things up where we left off on the obligatory pre-mid-season-break-cliffhanger in Woodbury. I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about the episode, as it definitely seems like the show goes in cycles of around four episodes of build up that are just OK with two episodes following that are really awesome. (As a former Lost fan, I can't believe I'm faulting a show for too much build up.) Regardless, I totally recommend checking the show out. If you're like me, and have pulled the proverbial plug years ago, the first two seasons are on Netflix with the third available on iTunes.

It turns out that if you own an iOS device (which is presumably why you're reading TouchArcade), you're in an awesome place as a Walking Dead fan as you can experience everything the universe has to offer right on your iPhone or iPad from the comfort of your own couch. Additionally, once you do experience all these things, you can ascend to the position of "that guy who has strong opinions" in regards to which is better- The comics, the show, or the video games. To kick things off, it'd make sense to start by reading The Walking Dead [Free] comics. It's a free download, and you can check out the very first issue before diving into a variety of purchasing options to snag the rest of the issues. Whole volumes are available for $10, or individual issues for a buck.

From there, it probably makes sense to move on to The Walking Dead: Assault [$2.99] which is a squad-based survival game which actually feels way closer to the comics books than even the actual show or other video game. Per our review, gameplay can be a little frustrating at times but otherwise Assault is a decent little tie in.

My personal favorite, however, is Telltale's Walking Dead: The Game [Free]. Like most Telltale games, you'd be hard pressed to find someone who managed to play through it (on any platform) without some kind of weird technical glitch, but Walking Dead is video game story telling taken to a whole new level. With its own spin on The Walking Dead universe, each player will have a unique experience through the adventure. The first episode is free, and everyone with a capable device should play it. If you need something further to push you over the edge, check out our glowing review.

So, with that all out of the way, I'm curious what the Walking Dead fans among us thing is the best of the three pillars of The Walking Dead universe? (Well, I suppose four if you count Assault.) Don't get me wrong, I like the show, and the comics, but I think the Telltale game is the best thing to come out of Walking Dead. Conversely, I have friends who can make compelling arguments that the comics are the best and everything else is secondary.

...Is there anyone out there who thinks the show is the best?

  • http://gamefocus.ca/ Michael Dulson

    The show is great, I enjoy it but Telltale made their game more enjoyable than the show for me haha.

    • deadclown

      Does the game spoil the plot of the show? Or can I play the game before watching it?

  • http://gamefocus.ca/ Michael Dulson

    The show is great, I enjoy it but Telltale made their game more enjoyable than the show for me haha.

  • UnSurreal

    Has TellTale given they ability to invert controls yet? I deleted episode 1 once I realized there wasn't an option to invert.

  • UnSurreal

    Has TellTale given they ability to invert controls yet? I deleted episode 1 once I realized there wasn't an option to invert.

    • JBRUU

      Your (huge) loss.

    • http://twitter.com/cellphonegaming Nick G.

      Invert for a point and click game? If you look UP, wouldn't you just press, oh I don't know UP. That makes WAY to much sense, I know calm down. It's not a flight stick, it's not a flight simulator.

      You missed out then on a great game. Accept the fact it's not a flight sim and get on with your life.

      thx bro, now have good feels.

      • natedogg213

        Funny how you end up coming across as the butthurt doche

      • http://twitter.com/NicholasGolden Nick G.

        Did you even read? He missed out on the game, I enjoyed it. The comment you are making, comes across as a "douche". Let's see what you come up with next.

  • Allanon

    I wouldn't say it's the "best" show ever or even on TV right now but it's definitely up there. I keep finding more and more people who watch it but not many who read the comics. I've read all the comics up to date and feel strongly that it's important to read them to understand character arcs In the show (regardless of how many differences there are), especially with Rick losing his mind, it's a very important part. I hope the show goes 8+ seasons because the prison is so early on in the comic, it's not even near the climax of the story.

    • ImJPaul

      Game of Thrones!!!!!

      • http://matt-curtis.me/ Matt Curtis

        Exclamation points!!!

      • Allanon

        Great show but even better books!
        The Wheel of Time series and the Shannara series are MUCH better though and deserve a TV show more than GOT.

  • Bool Zero

    The comics are still king to me, though I really do enjoy the shows interpretation of things. The games I count as completely different experiences as they both serve a different purpose and both do an excellent job at the what they try to achieve in presenting TWD universe. So I guess it could be said that the show is the weakest link in my opinion, but that's like arguing over what's the better steak when you are a steak lover! And I do love steak and The Walking Dead, so its all good!

  • jamarohn

    For me, the tt game is at the top. It's the most effective in drawing you into the universe at the emotional level. You get to "experience" the world, where the other mediums still present a disconnect. Your just watching the story unfold onto characters that are projected behind a glass.

    The tt game presents you with a choices where there are no right or wrong paths. Instead, they are all wrong, which makes it all that more difficult to make on an emotional level.

  • ImJPaul

    Telltale made my all time favorite game last year on any console. Yes. I liked it more then Reckoning, Skyrim and Halo 4....combined. It's that good.

    • Onikage725

      I'm being nitpicky here, I realize, but Skyrim is a 2011 title.

  • JordanC07

    Now the show and video game come from the comics, so without the comics there would be no walking dead, and the comics are fantastic. So the comics are the best walking dead thing out there, now that being said, the First season of the show was the best season of any show in recent memory. The first episode alone stands on its own of being one of the best horror shows/ movie ever made. After season 1 the show loses its grip a little but it's still an awesome show. The game is solid too and the smartest game I've played in a long time.

    So the verdict. Walking dead is brilliant in all three areas and a good time. But if you want the the true walking dead experience, then read the comics.

  • Isaac

    1. Telltale Game - gut wrenching emotional moments with characters you truly care about. I think it was THE greatest story I have experienced in a video game.

    2. Comic - One of the kings in any medium in leaving you with great WTF moments at the end of issues. Kirkman is not a great dialogue writer, which can sometimes bog down the series. I sometimes ask myself, "why do I keep reading this" as the series continues to get more depressing and gruesome, but like an addict, I'm back each month.

    3. TV Show - The first episode was brilliant, the rest has been mostly a miss.The characters are mostly one-note and the writing is passable at best. I watch it waiting for my favorite characters from the comic to do something spectacular.

    4. Assault - Below average game made playable with the license.

  • blakedaking

    It's hard to not pick the show because that is what got me into Walking Dead. This show is one of the few that I arrange my night around... Oh it's almost 9pm?? I better get to the tv!

    I love the game as well, one of the best thing about walking dead is that there can be numerous spin offs or other stories lead by different characters... Like what is going on in the west coast or in New York?

    I have not gotten fully into the comics but I do want to. I have heard nothing but good things about the comics. If I have read them, my preferences could be different but until then I choose the show.

  • dragonis

    I first heard of TWD from the television show, but that doesn't mean I have to chose the tv series as my favorite.

    Now that you made me think about this fact. I think I can't choose between the comics, tv series and the games at all. They are three different things, and you can't possibly compare a tomato with an apple. They are both round and red, but that's only it. It's still not the same thing.

    Same thing for TWD. It's all about the reaction of people after an Apocalypse, but they all being it to you on different media.

    • http://twitter.com/NicholasGolden Nick G.

      Some apples are green :) just sayin'.

      Agreed on all points, gets served to you in different ways. It's enjoyable on all fronts.

  • dragonis

    Stil I watch the series, play the game from TT and read the comics. So I'm a huge fan of TWD.

  • deadclown

    Can I play the game before watching the series? Or does the game spoil plot points of the series?

    • http://twitter.com/NicholasGolden Nick G.

      You can play it, has pretty much zero to do with the series. Perhaps Hershel's farm is the only connector. Besides, this is based off the COMICS and not the television show, those two are more and more, very different.

  • jamarohn

    The game takes place in the same universe as the show, but follows a different group of characters and their survival story. There are a few characters that cross over, but nothing that will ruin story lines.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mmatzat Michael Matzat

      The game takes place in the comic universe. It has nothing to do with the show at all. It dos not spoil anything within the comics storyline.

  • SmackDatButt

    I LOVE the show, but I'm afraid it's gonna pull a Resident Evil and stray away from zombies and just involve 2 groups of people fighting. :/

  • http://www.facebook.com/tom.lewis.564 Tom Lewis

    My favorite show EVER on television, and I've read every issue of the comic book. I buy each new issue on the day of its release.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mmatzat Michael Matzat

    I 100% agree.