With a huge game like Red Dead Redemption 2 out you might have been looking at some other games if you aren’t into the rootin’ tootin’ shootin’ type. Well, Overkill’s The Walking Dead came out on November 6th and Gaming Access Weekly has been giving you all kinds of info about the game. Right now we’d love to quickly run through the four characters so you have an idea what you will be getting into.

Let’s start out by saying that while the formula is close to Left 4 Dead, the characters you play within OTWD are somewhat different, at least at the start. Their perks may be just unique, however, the characters start with their own weapons but you can interchange them all. Let’s take a look at the start of these characters and how to use them well. There are over 50 weapons and even more combinations to choose from in this game, however, no matter what this game does with its characters or weapons it is really all about teamwork.

Heather – Scout

Heather is one of the faster characters in the game but not by much. She is the stealthy character who is used for scavenging and taking down baddies as silently as possible. She uses the Crossbow as her main weapon and a silenced pistol as her secondary. Her character is also great with spotting things, be it food or traps, which you can communicate to other players with you. Her special throwable that none of the other characters have is a smoke grenade. The smoke grenade is used to confuse zombies and The Family so that you or your teammates can get out of a sticky situation. the smoke confuses the NPCs enough for you to make an escape.

Heather is really a good choice to use at the start because she’s easy to handle and you can mostly keep your distance. If you play games in more of a stealthy way you may want to check Heather out.

Quick  Rundown:

  • Class
    Scout
  • Primary
    Crossbow
  • Secondary
    Silenced Pistol
  • Melee
    Pickaxe
  • Special Throwable
    Smoke Granade

 

 

Aidan – Tank

Aidan very much plays to his class. he can take a lot of damage from both The Family shooting at him or the zombies surrounding him. His character has a very high resistance and the biggest health bar (compared to the others anyway). If your playstyle is rushing into danger then Aiden is going to be your favorite. He uses the Silenced Shotgun (yes, the silencer breaks so becare full) as his main weapon and a silenced pistol as his secondary. His melee weapon is probably the most fun and easy to use in the game, the baseball bat. I had a blast just smashing zombies heads in with this thing. His unique perk is the flashbang grenade which is used to stun and blind the zombies and other threats from finding and hurting you and your team. It is great in a bind.

Aiden might not be for the faint of heart because you will find yourself in the thick of it quite a bit. he is strong and takes a lot of damage but that doesn’t mean he is indestructible.  Any player that finds themselves playing as Aidan will have to greatly communicate with the rest of the team if he is getting overwhelmed. Your fatigue bar won’t last forever.

Quick Rundown:

  • Class
    Tank
  • Primary
    Silenced Shotgun
  • Secondary
    Silenced Pistol
  • Melee
    Bat
  • Special Throwable
    Flashbang

 

Maya – Support

Maya is probably your most important character and you should have at least one person claiming to play as her. Why? Because Maya can not only heal but revive characters, this way they won’t have to wait the agonizingly long respawn time. Her story is she was a doctor before the outbreak so this gives a little bit of background as to why she can do this and no one else. She might not be the strongest character but her melee weapon is super badass, the machete, which will cut through zombies like butter. She uses the silenced SMG as her main weapon and a revolver that is loud as all hell as her secondary. You may want to refrain from using this as much as possible because the louder the gun the more zombies end up on the screen at some point. Maya’s unique throwable is the medpack which other players can use for an amazing quick heal. It comes in handy after a huge fight with walkers.

If you’re going to be playing support you need to keep your distance when it comes to fighting The Family but you can absolutely help when it comes to zombies. She’s quick and her standard melee weapon is just as fast as she is. Help your teammates out as much as possible, I mean that is your job after all.

Quick Rundown:

  • Class
    Support
  • Primary
    Silenced SMG
  • Secondary
    Revolver
  • Melee
    Machete
  • Special Throwable
    Medpack

 

Grant – Tactician

So because of Grant’s backstory as a hunter and experienced gunman, he is able to call out an NPCs weakness so that the others can inflict more damage. This comes in handy for the big shielded enemies that you will come across. Playing as Grant is good for those slow methodical players who would rather fight from a distance. The only time this becomes an issue is when you are all overrun by the zombie horde so make sure you are helping your team take out zombies as fast as possible. Grant’s main weapon is a silenced Sniper and his secondary, like Maya, is a revolver, which again, try not to use unless you absolutely have to. His melee weapon is sort of clumsy but will keep the zombies at a distance. gives him some breathing room while also inflicting damage. His throwable is probably one of my favorites because it just melts away baddies, literally. Grant throws the Molotov cocktail and it does amazing area damage and crowd control.

If you are playing as Grant make sure you are calling out shots, use his unique perk for extra damage on certain enemies!. Use your sniper to silently help take out The Family so that the other players can get in faster. While his sniper is used for good sometimes beginning with Grant isn’t the easiest as you can often forget to check your surroundings. Don’t be that sniper that forgets that and makes the whole team come back as you are being made into a Zombie to go order.

Quick Rundown:

  • Class
    Tactician
  • Primary
    Silenced Sniper Rifle
  • Secondary
    Revolver
  • Melee
    Staff
  • Special Throwable
    Molotov Cocktail

 

 

That’s our Quick guide to Overkill’s The Walking Dead characters. Remember that there are so many ways to use these four that you shouldn’t have an issue seeing what works for you. Overkill’s The Walking Dead is out now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Who is your favorite of the four? Tell us in the comments below! Becareful out there in the zombie apacolpyse!

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I have worked hard to become the COO here at GAW and I love it. I write and stream here and I couldn't be happier. I once had a show that I produced, wrote, and co-hosted called the Wide World of Games. I also co-host a podcast called Party Up! I'm an Action-Adventurer, platformer, RPGer, and FPS kind of gamer. Quick to play any game that has magic, swordplay, and/or stealthy elements. If you can customize a character I'm in it for the long haul. Or just give me your 2D platform and I'm a happy camper. What else do you expect from a gamer with a beard and a bow tie tattoo? Seriously.