Dead: A New Frontier: Episode 1
What better way to pass the
mid-season tv hiatus than to see what Clementine is up to.
(Speaking of the tv series,
shouldn’t they have shot Negan the first time he showed up at the gates
Back to Clementine.
I left her in Season 2, by
herself save for one other, but it is a while before I see her again.
After a flashback, this episode lobs us into a new group - Javier, his
sister-in-law Kate and her two step children. Like everyone else, they
are trying to get by.
Like everyone else, it never
works out as you would have liked.
A junkyard offers some promising
scavenging, then an inevitable confrontation. Where we go next you can
discover for yourself. Where we end was a surprise, but not really given
the world we are in. Some stuff is inevitable, whether you see it coming
Javier is the playable character
here, save for a Clementine flashback. No longer a girl, it suggests we
will find out a lot more about how she has become the young woman we now
have, and what has happened in between. Based on the choices I made
earlier, I can’t say I am surprised about the former, and look forward
to the latter.
We know not very much about
Javier but no doubt will learn as we go. At this stage I reserve
judgement, although I am leaning towards being positively disposed. That
might depend on the choices I make.
So far, all but one of my
choices is in the minority, so that already promises some interesting
Two episodes were released at
once, but I intend to now wait and play all episodes back to back. It
plays and looks like all the other Walking Dead episodes, but was less
frenetic on the action sequences. It clocked in at 80 minutes and
finished on a largish choice, and while there was nothing new here, that
isn’t in itself a bad thing.
The Walking Dead: A new
Frontier – Episodes 2 and 3
I said at the end of Episode 1
that I was going to wait until all 5 episodes were available and play
the lot, but then the TV series ended and I was left suffering
withdrawals so I had to get stuck back in.
Telltale released the first two
episodes at once, and they were really two halves of one episode. Which
is not to say that episode 3 doesn’t follow on, but rather that there is
little reason to stop, as I did, at the end of episode 1. Which now
sounds way too convoluted, so let’s move on.
We left off with a confrontation
that didn’t go well, and we leave episode 3 with gunshots in the dark
that could result in anything. In between, I have come to give a damn
about Javier, and not because some of my choices have cast him in a less
than generous light.
Javier remains the point from
which the primary storyline is observed, but there are flashbacks about
what happened to Clementine before she found this new group. There is a
convergence of those events that you may or may not see coming. The end
of the second episode, which is excellent, I didn’t foresee.
Clementine has shed any
trappings of being a little girl. She reminds me of Maggie in the tv
series, and is more likely to precipitate events than watch them occur.
We know her well, much better than Javier and the others, so I wasn’t
surprised she assumed a central place in the group, but I was a little
surprised that others went along with it. Ditto Javier, who assumes a
leadership position that on its face is inconsistent with what people
know about him, especially compared to their familiarity with others in
their group. But perhaps that is what leadership does – it cuts through,
and is apparent regardless of other things. That is, we know it when we
see it, and are prepared to follow.
The emphasis on “family” (in the
broader sense of the word) is pronounced in this season, and offers some
interesting choices. There were also some stark choices which suggest
some excellent replay value – “open fire” as opposed to “submit”. I
won’t really know until I try, but given the outcome from the former, I
anticipate a few more characters being alive from the latter.
There are many parallels with
things going on in the tv series, including a story arc harking back to
the very earliest episodes. I thought that was a strength of the Game of
Thrones series, and am enjoying it here.
The actiony bits remain, none
terribly hard, and if you die just try again. There were occasional bits
where you had to walk forward for no other reason than to give you
something to do (as opposed to just watching), and given the number of
conversation choices I would have been happy just to watch. I felt I was
indeed contributing to the events, without having artificially to do so.
At this stage, I am probably
enjoying this one more than the previous series, and am looking forward
to the last two episodes.
I played on:
OS: Windows 10, 64 Bit
Processor: Intel i7-6700 4GHz
RAM: 32GB GDDR5
Video card: AMD
Radeon RX 470 8192MB
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