Why The Walking Dead: Season Two – Episode 3 is Freakin’ Awesome
- Category: Games
- Published: Friday, 23 May 2014 17:53
- Written by Jubby
“More fantastic post-apocalyptic fun!”
You know how this goes by now: TWD is a very character/plot driven game so I can’t give away much. It’s still brilliant, and the choices you have to make are still harrowing and will have you thinking of what could have been long after the credits have rolled for the episode. Honestly, there isn’t a great deal to say about the game that I haven’t said before, but what I can tell you is that episode 3 of Season Two gives you a lot to think about, in regards to your actions, your character and those around you.
As always, it’s best to play this game as if you don’t have outside knowledge of zombies. Though I guess that’s extremely hard to really do, what with the general media obsession with the undead. But every example of zombies has its own rules, and TWD is no different. It’s these rules that are best not knowing when you play as they will influence your decisions because you know how that world ‘works’. While it doesn’t ruin the game at all, I couldn’t help thinking I’d be playing slightly differently if I didn’t already know the potential outcomes of certain decisions.
There is plenty of character development in this episode, even for Clementine. This episode is pretty bleak and shows how far people you previously knew can go down a dark path. There is one bit in particular which really shows that one character is now too far gone to save. I don’t want to spoil what it is, but I will say this: you have the option of staying and watching. It’s brilliant and kinda spine-chilling.
One character that was introduced in the previous episode is a fantastic bastard and, though he is truly the bad guy, I couldn’t help but like him as a character. It could be because he’s voiced by Michael Madsen and is wonderfully gruff and no-nonsense. Or maybe I love to hate him. He’s just brilliant and tells some real painful truths to everyone that crosses him.
Some of the characters in the DLC episode for Season One, 400 Days, show up in this episode too and explain what happened at the end of that. Their characters are intact and seem to have developed in the time between then and now.
To conclude: it’s more of the same brilliant game you’ve been playing, with all the emotional and character hooks you’d expect. I can’t recommend this series of games to people highly enough and I can’t wait to see where it goes next.
Final Score: 10/10
Til next time, this has been Josh writing for The Awesome Update.