Review | The Walking Dead Episode 3: Long Road Ahead
TellTale games is back again with Episode 3 of the amazing Walking Dead series. With the first two episodes, this game has established itself as something completely different than anything else out there on the market. They have managed to do it again here. One of the great things about this series is how well it matches the tone of the comic books and the TV series. Beware, if you haven’t played the first two episodes, you may want to leave now, as this will probably contain a few spoilers for those two.. Still with us? Good, now on with the show.
As you may remember, Telltale really socked it to us in episode two. They reminded us that the Walkers are not necessarily the biggest threat in this zombie ravaged land, when you were treated to the incident on the dairy farm. Zombies aren’t the only ones out there that are hungry. I went in to this episode wondering how they could possibly top episode two. Without spoiling anything for this episode, I think they managed to do that without going to the extremes that they did with episode two.
If episode two dealt with the dangers of the outside world, then episode three is all about inner turmoil, and what can happen amongst the people you would be relying on in this type of situation. Showing how things from the inside can be just as dangerous as the things you can face from the outside.
The episode picks up with Kenny and yourself (still playing as Mr. Lee Everett.) heading back into the pharmacy from episode one scouring for supplies. Our little rag-tag group of survivors is still holed up in the motel. Things have apparently gotten worse, and the bandits are really turning up the heat on your group as the barricades you have in place are riddled with arrows. So needless to say, things are bleek. Some members of the group think it is time to leave the motel behind, while others think the security the motel offers is well worth putting up with the bandits.
One thing you learn from the series is nothing is safe, so eventually the group loads into an RV and hits the road in a hurry, and things continue to escalate from there. No, I take that back. The proverbial poo hits the fan from there, things get really intense in a real hurry.
I’ve reviewed the first two episodes of this series for gotgame.com, and the quality holds up. The acting and character design work has gone a long way in helping the game feel special. You find yourself really considering your options as they have real consequences. Losing someone you feel is a very good asset to the group really changes the way you play it moving forward.
There is not much I can say about the graphics and game design that hasn’t been mentioned in the review for the first two episodes. I can mention though that it appears some of the slow down, and glitchy game play has been fixed, so that is a big plus. Especially when you consider how minor it was in the first place.
The story of the game is really firing on all cylinders now, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next episode, and the final one. I expect big things moving forward, Telltale Games has done a phenomenal job on this series. It is well worth your time and your investment. What are you waiting for? Go buy episode one and tell me you aren’t hooked.