Review: ‘ The Walking Dead: A New Frontier’ Episode 3 Needs More Clementine

The Walking Dead: A New Frontier Episode 3

This week saw the release of the third episode of Telltale’s The Walking Dead: A New Frontier. And although the game is worthy of a playthrough, there’s one key element that it needs much more of: Clementine.

When we last left our new protagonist Javier, he was at the gates of Richmond, standing there with what was left of his group. His brother, David, believed dead, walks out, and the screen fades to black as the second episode ends. Episode three doesn’t pick up there, though, and instead gives a flashback of what happened before Javier, Kate and the kids left their home, shortly after David disappeared.

It is only after this the game intro loads that we finally find out what lies in store for Javier, Kate (who has a bullet wound in her gut) and the rest of the gang. And as typical with Telltale’s games, you know it’s not anything good.

There’s also some fighting scenes that involves button-mashing that can get frustrating on a console if you don’t move fast enough or the pointer isn’t in just the right location, and it will probably take console gamers a few tries to get it right and not die. It isn’t enough of an annoyance to ruin the game, though.

Also, as is typical with these games, every choice is pretty much a bad one, but that’s the world of The Walking Dead and the point of these games. Each one affects what happens, but it seems that bad things will always happen in a world overrun with zombies. It’s starting to feel tired, though, as if maybe it’s time to end the zombies or the humans and let one or the other rule the world.

The good news is that Clementine does put in an appearance in this episode. And when she shows up and we get a flashback as to what happened with her and A.J., players will find themselves emotionally involved in the story again. But this is an emotional involvement that goes back to the first The Walking Dead game, and, unfortunately, her scenes are over way too quickly and we’re back to Javier. It’s not that Javier’s story isn’t interesting, but it’s hard to have the same kind of emotional connection with him that players already have with Clementine. It still seems surprising that the developers decided to introduce a new main protagonist after investing so much in Clementine’s story, which is far from over.

It’s simple, really: this episode is only really good when Clementine is on the scene and it’s her that makes the game worth playing. But there really just isn’t enough of her. Javier will never capture players’ hearts the way this little girl did, and her story will always be one much more worth telling. Here’s hoping the next installment will return us to her narrative and her life.

The Walking Dead: A New Frontier, “Above The Law” is available now for PC and consoles.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)

Note: received a review copy of The Walking Dead: A New Frontier for PlayStation 4.

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