The Walking Dead: A New Frontier Episode 5 Review

It’s crazy to think that season 3 of Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead is already done and dusted. This could either be a good thing or a bad thing. On one hand, I was perhaps completely engrossed by the season and it went by like a flash, on the other, I could have been wondering why the season was finished already and expected more. If I had to be honest, I think my reasoning would be an odd combination of the both, leaving me to wonder whether season 3 was a success or not.

Episode 4 left it’s players with an explosive finale, literally. Because of this you’d think it would pick up right in the action wouldn’t you? Apparently not. The start of episode 5 opts for a Javier flashback… again. In spite of the underlying meaning the behind the flashback, it felt frustrating and unnecessary. Later, we learnt that this flashback was added for a quick callback featured in the episode but it wasn’t hard to deny that it felt forced. Once we were back in the present though, my attention was sparked again.

Clementine may have been unplayable this entire episode (insert unimpressed face) but we still managed to get special moments with her. Ending the episode with Clementine and a promise that her story would continue, made me wonder whether the writers realized their lack of Clementine didn’t work as well as they thought it would. I like to watch others’ playthroughs on YouTube and one of them mentioned that season 3 felt more like a DLC that should have happened before season 3. Despite enjoying the experience, I couldn’t agree with them more.

Like always, I will continue to play Telltale’s The Walking Dead because even though it has its hiccups and is often criticized for its lacklustre point and click game-play, I do love the post apocalyptic genre. Will Clementine be the playable protagonist for season 4 or in an added season 3 DLC? I sure hope so. Javier was a fun character to explore, but when you put him in a room with Clementine, she’s always going to stand out from the crowd.

3/5

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