The Walking Dead: A New Frontier – Episode 5 – From the Gallows Review (PS4)

The Walking Dead: A New Frontier

After a pretty long wait for this season to release all of the episodes, the final episode was finally released for this game. It wasn’t as long of a wait as Game of Thrones or Tales from the Borderlands, but it was another awkward time table for this game. Anyway, I was super excited to see where this story would go and how it would end as I usually am when it comes to these games. Keep reading to see what I thought of the episode as a whole and if it lived up to my very high last episode expectations.

From the Gallows picks up right where episode 4 left off. Richmond is in utter chaos because of my choices form the previous episode and it didn’t help much that a barrier has been taken down and the walkers are making their way into Richmond basically overwhelming the people that live there causing even more chaos. Before all that though, you’ll get another flashback scene before this zombie apocalypse with David, Javier, and their father. This scene will either strengthen Javier’s bond with David or maybe break it just a little bit more. Depends on how you play. Going back into present day, it’ll be up to Javier, David, Kate, Clementine, and Gabe to see what their next step is going to be. Do they save Richmond after causing all of this chaos and destruction or do they run and save their own asses. As always, the choice is yours to make.

I really enjoyed the ending to this season. It made a lot of sense and it was a nice sendoff for Javier as a character. Throughout the season I might have expressed how I really didn’t want to play him and wanted to play Clementine again, but I can kind of understand the reasoning of why Telltale did this. They not only needed to introduce a new character, but they needed a way for Clementine to develop into the teenager that she has become at the end of the season just like they did in season one with Lee. Of course, no one can replace Lee, but having Javier around with Clementine gave her that same adult to look up to and maybe give her a different perspective since she was a little doom and gloom this season. Clementine has been through a lot, but she learns a lot from Javier this season and wouldn’t have done so if the player hadn’t taken control of Javier. That being said, I wasn’t prepared for how emotional this episode was. I really couldn’t find myself becoming attached to any of these characters and had a problem with the whole Javier and David relationship, but with the ending that I chose it made me realize that while I didn’t fully appreciate the Javier and David relationship, I did appreciate the relationship that Javier had with David’s family. The ending of course had me in tears as it was heartbreaking as was the ending to season one and season two. This episode was really well written and it was a nice way to pave the way for the next season.

There were some loading issues where I felt that things could have been loaded a little quicker, but those soon cleared up and the game played out flawlessly for me. I didn’t have a complete game crash as I’ve had in the past few episodes, but it was reported to me by LMD that during the final scene the game crashed so it’s out there. It’s just not happening to everyone. Throughout the season and in this last episode the quick time events have gotten better and flow more effortlessly although, one of them was a little messed up and I ended up dying because the perspective was off and the button that I needed to press was off screen. This was a little frustrating. Other than that the episode played out nicely.

While I don’t normally say this, I did see a sort of improvement in the graphics in the last episode. Anyone else notice that? Usually the graphics are the same throughout the whole game, but for this episode the graphics seemed enhanced and it made the final episode look great.

Finish this episode and you’ll add another 6 trophies to your collection along with your super easy platinum trophy. I like that you don’t have to do anything specific and just play because I feel it would ruin the story if it said you had to make a certain choice in order to get the trophy. Anyway, just play how you like and the trophies will come naturally.

Again, I’m super lazy and still haven’t hooked up the crowd play feature making this a single player game for me which is just fine because that’s usually how I like my games.

Overall I give this episode a 5 out of 5.

What’s Great:

+ Great ending to a season that had its ups and downs.
+ A promise of Clementine’s story continuing.
+ An emotional end to a story that I didn’t think I had that many emotional attachments to.
+ Improved graphics and quick time events.

What’s Not So Great:

Telltale is still struggling a little when it comes to loading times, but it’s getting better.
Although it didn’t happen to me there is a report of a complete game crash.

While I wasn’t a huge fan of this season, I thought it was a pretty decent season that bridges the gap between last season and the season to come. If you’ve held off on purchasing this game, I would say that you’ve held off long enough and should probably pick it up now since all of the episodes are released. I know by now a lot of you, myself included, are burnt out on the Telltale games even if you were a fan of the previous seasons of The Walking Dead, but I would still recommend giving this game a try if you played the previous two seasons. If you haven’t played the previous two seasons, why the hell not? Make sure you pick those up before playing this one.

Spoilers! Below are the choices that I made for the fifth episode.

The Walking Dead: A New Frontier

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This Week in Trophies 05-28-2017 – 06-03-2017

After a week break of not even turning on my PS4, I finally got the chance this week to sit down and play some games. This was super surprising since I was extremely busy the whole week. Who knew that after a convention things would be so busy with everything to post, video’s to edit, and the fact that I had to work most of the week. Anyway enough of that, I have to mention that not only did I get to game this week but I also got two platinum trophies. Keep reading to see what they were for.

The Walking Dead: A New Frontier – 100%

The last episode for this game came out on Tuesday and I didn’t get a chance to play it until yesterday. It was really the only day that I had that much time to game. Anyway, I finished it in one sitting and will have the full review for the episode up this Wednesday.

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Super Exploding Zoo! – 100%

Not only did I start this game this week, but I also finished it and was able to get the platinum trophy for the game. I did this while doing all those other things that I had mentioned in the opening of this blog which wasn’t half that bad. Anyway, you’ll be seeing my full review for this game within the next couple of weeks.

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MouseCraft – 5%

To end my week, I decided to play MouseCraft which has been sitting in my Library for a while now and I just figured what the hell. I finished one puzzle game, what’s another puzzle game. So far I’m liking the game and am about ¼ way through it.

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That was it for this week. For not having much time to game, I think it was pretty active and at least I was able to rack up two whole platinum trophies. Not bad at all. Now for the upcoming week, I plan on finishing up MouseCraft and I plan on starting a new game. I’m not sure what it’s going to be and I’m kind of torn between playing Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Abzu. While I might be able to fit in Abzu since it’s a small game, the other two I’m not sure of. Let me know in the comments section which you think I should start and I’ll let you know how things went next week.

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The Walking Dead: A New Frontier – Episode 4 – Thicker than Water Review (PS4)

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The next installment of this game came a lot quicker than I had imagined. From waiting until December until just a few weeks ago for the third episode, I didn’t expect the fourth episode to be out until at least mid-summer with the whole game wrapping up in the fall. I was pleasantly surprised though and was eager to get into the fourth episode after the lackluster events of the third episode. Keep reading to see what I thought about the fourth episode.

The game basically picks up where it left off last episode, there’s a bunch of gun fire and you don’t know who was shot and who wasn’t. You’ll have a quick flash back to a scene between David and Javier trying to show off their brotherly love or lack thereof before getting into the meat of the story. Javier is still trying to get his family, Kate and Gabe, to safety while the fate of David is still up in the air. Of course you’ll run into Clementine. It’s getting to the point of if there’s no Clementine there’s really no Walking Dead game. She’s been a staple point though out this whole series. Moving on though, it’ll be you and your friends to rally the New Frontier people to try and stop the manipulating Joan in an episode filled with twists and turns and another damn cliffhanger ending. What is it with these endings! I’ve already bought the season pass, there’s no reason to end each episode on a cliffhanger to get me to come back.

Awkward Spoiler…is Awkward. Was it just me or was that whole conversation with Clementine about her monthly visitor extremely awkward and unnecessary. Yes, as a woman I understand that every woman goes through this and she’s still just a girl who doesn’t know much because she’s been alone for a really long time or with people who don’t care about her, but did we really have to establish that. What was the point? Was it to show that she’s still a child who’s maturing? I have no idea other than that fact that it was awkward.

I really thought this episode was a good one and it was nothing like those other fourth episodes that we’ve seen before that usually drag on way to long, make little to no sense and are just plain boring. This episode was none of those things and I really enjoyed it. I have to say that while I enjoy the flashbacks to the time where things were normal, showing the relationship between David and Javier are just too quick and really are not establishing the family connection that Telltale is trying to get across. I have a more emotional attachment to Clementine and I could really care less about the brotherly relationship between these two characters no matter how much it’s crammed down my throat while I play. Even though I was still just a little peeved that we didn’t get to play Clementine all that long, it was an interesting flashback this time around that was long and kind of gave you a catch up on where she’s been and what she’s been doing this whole time since we last left her. Clementine is still looking for AJ in this episode and there’s a critical part in the game where you can help her or not. Even though I still feel like I should do everything to help Clementine, this time I couldn’t and in the end I kind of felt bad. Overall though it was a really great episode and it established a lot of things leading up for what will be a great season ender. Hopefully.

Now to the part that makes me sigh each time. The playability. While I did see a definite improvement to the loading times since the last episode and have to acknowledge that even the quick time events are getting better, I still had a game crash. This crash happened right after the first major scene of the game. Luckily the game saved and I didn’t have to go back all that much, but still a game crash is a game crash and it’s inexcusable when it crashes your whole system. This is the second time I’ve reported on this with this series and it’s not a good thing. It seems like when one things is fixed another is broken and nothing with Telltale can ever be perfect. This is just sad. By now this shouldn’t be happening and whatever kinks that need to be worked out should be, but they just aren’t.

The graphics are the one thing that are a staple point to this series and they remain the same from episode to episode and game to game. The consistency is nice and I enjoy it because it’s familiar. Even though it’s familiar, it’s still very well done. It’s so well done that it makes you feel like you’re in the Walking Dead comics. This is one of the things that I can’t say enough how much I enjoy.

Finish this episode, like all the episodes that came before it, and you’ll earn yourself another 6 trophies. While I like that you can just play the game and get the trophies, the trophies aren’t the reason to play this game. The story is a really well developed one and that’s why you should be playing. Not for the easy trophies. I will say though that wow these images are really horrible and unimaginative. Put some effort into your trophy images people, I would really hate for one of these trophies to be one of my milestone trophies because the images are just plain horrible.

Once again no multiplayer, unless you’ve gotten into the whole Crowd Play thing which I have not. I really see no reason to. It’s not like I’m sitting around with a bunch of people who want to make decisions with me, it’s just me playing so I think that setting up this feature is kind of useless. Still waiting to see if anyone has set this up and has used it yet. So if you have drop me a line in the comments section.

Overall I give this episode a 4 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ Not your typical fourth episode (If you’re a frequent Telltale game player you know what I mean by that.)
+ Fast paced game play that has a lot of action and a lot of story behind it.
+ Same stellar graphics that stayed true to the game but have also improved with the jump from PS3 to PS4.
+ Improved loading times and better quick time events than the last episode.

What’s Not So Great:
Another game crash. What the hell Telltale? Hard game crashes are not a good thing and it needs to be fixed.
Kind of a forced family aspect that I’m not really enjoying all that much and are happening to quick to establish a connection between the characters.

I thought this was a really strong episode in the series and because it ended on a huge cliffhanger I’m eager to see how the game goes from here in the final episode. Will this be the end of Javier and his family so we can get back to Clementine on the next season? Who knows. With the time frame thing, I’m not sure when this episode is going to come out but I’m hoping it’s at least mid-summer so that things can wrap up. I kind of smell some DLC on the way, but I could always be wrong. Anyway, I would say if you’re still on the fence about this game, keep hanging onto that fence because it’s really so much better to play when all of the episodes are released instead of playing them one by one and waiting on Telltale’s release schedule.

Spoilers! Below are the choices that I made for the fourth episode.

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This Week in Trophies 04-23-2017 – 04-20-2017

Seeing as I didn’t earn my first trophy this week until Friday, you can already tell that it was another lackluster week of trophies. It wasn’t for my lack of trying though, just a lack of time. Time seems to be my enemy when it comes to trophy hunting and just being able to play anything worthwhile at all. Anyway, let’s get on with this so you can see just how little trophies I was able to get this week.

The Walking Dead: A New Frontier – 80%

A new episode was released this week and I was lucky enough to get to this episode by Friday. I did complete it and get all the trophies for it. I’ll have my full review of the episode this Wednesday for you so you can see what I thought about the episode.

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The Disney Afternoon Collection – 30%

In my constant lack of time for being able to play games, it’s nice to know that I have at least one game that I can play in the maybe hour that I have during the week to play and play something simple. I was able to get two trophies for this game this week and while it’s aggravating, it’s also ok. I have to say that while I’m enjoying my time playing, a lot of these games are a little on the frustrating side.

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And that was it for this week, making this another super short blog. Sorry about that! I really am trying when it comes to gaming but life has been getting in the way a lot lately. I’m hoping things kind of return to normal this week and I plan on trying to get through my second playthrough of Mass Effect: Andromeda, continue playing The Disney Afternoon Collection, and maybe even start something new. I’ll let you know how things go next week.

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The Walking Dead: A New Frontier – Episode 3 – Above the Law (PS4)

The Walking Dead: A New Frontier

It’s basically been about three months since the release of this game. I’m really hoping that because the first two episodes were released together that the delay of the next episode was because of that. If not, it means that Telltale once again has way too much on their plate and episode release dates are going to be few and far in between especially with Guardians of the Galaxy coming out. Anyway, episode 3 for The Walking Dead: A New Frontier was finally here so I decided to take a break from Mass Effect: Andromeda to see how the story went. Keep reading to find out what I thought about the episode.

Picking up right where episode two left off, and I mean right where it left off because it left off in one of those “holy shit” moments. Javier discovers that not only is his brother David alive, but he’s also one of the members in charge of The New Frontier. Different events will unfold throughout the game and loyalties will be tested. There are some pretty harsh decisions to make especially since Javier and his brother have been separated so long and Javier has basically taken over as the man of the house for David’s family. All of that and more comes into play in this episode and you’ll even get a look at Clementine’s time as a member of the New Frontier. The episode will end on another cliff hanger. Why not right, it’s not like you have to wait months for the next episode, oh wait you usually do.

BOO! While I’m all for playing as a new character in this game after getting attached to Clementine, don’t give me a 5-10 minute scene playing as her to show what she’s been doing after the events of season 2. Either we play as a new character or we play as Clementine. I would even be happy if they went the same route as Tales from the Borderlands and we played both characters at different times. This 5-10 minutes an episode of playing as Clementine is more aggravating than not being able to play as her at all.

Overall I found this episode to be a little on the short side, but not missing anything in the action and decision making department. A lot of tough decisions were made this episode, I’m pretty sure I picked wrong a lot of the times, but that’s how it is with these games. I’m not sure how it will impact the game going forward, but we’ll see. For such a short episode though a lot happened and it all had a little bit of a rushed feeling to it even though it was interesting and played well into the story that the first two episodes had already established. That being said, I’m not sure how I like the whole family aspect thing of the game. I really have no emotional attachments to these characters and am really stuck on how to choose certain things when it comes to the relationship between Javier and David. While there’s some back story on them, it’s not enough for me to feel that even though David is an ass that I have to be loyal to him or help him out in any way.

Total Negan moment. Without too many spoilers, I don’t like to do that for these reviews. There is a moment when you can totally pretend to be Negan. Anyone who watches the show or reads the comics know what I’m talking about. I thought it was a pretty cool addition to the game, and once again it was one of those tough choices that you had to make. I did it for my own reasons, but it would be cool in the comments section to hear if you made the same choice and had a Negan moment of your own or went a different route.

The playability of this episode had some minor improvements when it came to the overall quick time events, but the game did suffer from some loading time issues. A big deal for me was that when I was playing the game totally stalled on me and suffered from a hard crash. Luckily the game had just saved moments before so I wasn’t taken back to a scene that was twenty minutes before the crash, but still this is one of those things that just really bugs me. Game crashes suck, especially hard ones where everything has to be reset. This is never a good thing and I hope it’s something that doesn’t continue in the next two episodes.

Super fast reflexes Again without any spoilers, there was as section in this episode that got me so annoyed because it just required you to do something in an extremely short period of time and I just couldn’t do it no matter how hard I tried. It was seriously a stroke of luck that I actually got through the whole episode because I was about to throw in the towel. For these type of scenes it’s really important that your game mechanics are working well. When I have to grab something that’s way over to the right side of the screen within less than 30 seconds, please make sure that that cursor isn’t all the way to the left side of the screen in the middle and in a place where I can’t even see it to begin with.

The graphics for this episode are the same as the previous two episodes and as I’ve always said, this is something that Telltale usually excels in. We can forget about that little Game of Thrones incident and just focus on something that they actually do right 99.9% of the time. The graphics really match what’s going on and have that comic book feel to them so it feels like you’re actually playing right out of the comic book. I really enjoyed this and it enhanced my gameplay experience.

Finish this episode, if you can do so without breaking something, and you’ll get another six uncreative imaged trophies to complete your list and get you one step closer to the platinum for the end of the season. Like I said, super easy, just play the game and they’ll pop naturaly.

Guess what I still haven’t done? Created a Telltale account which means that I can’t use the Crowd Play feature. This is the only type of “multiplayer’ This game has and I still have no idea if it even works or is a good feature. Needless to say though, I don’t’ think I’m missing out on much since I like playing this game alone.

Overall I give this episode a 3 out of 5.

What’s Great:

+ Most of your questions from the last episode are answered before there’s another cliff hanger at the end.
+ Action packed episode that will have you making some pretty hard decisions.
+ Awesome graphics that are expected with this game.

What’s Not So Great:

A little bit on the short side for so much content.
Another long wait on the release date.
Not enough Clementine! (this is really just a personal thing and might or might not hinder on your gaming experience.)
The return of some super long loading times and an actual hard crash during gameplay.

This is still a pretty decent series. Like with all of the Telltale series, the episodes have their ups and downs. This was one of the down ones for them as it seemed a little rushed and had too much packed into it for such a short amount of gameplay time. There were other problems with the long wait for the release date and then some actual playability issues, but other than that the story is a really good one this season, even if it’s lacking Clementine. For this one, because of the release schedule being off again I would say to wait until all of the episodes are released before picking this up so that you don’t have to wait during the cliff hanger endings that each episode seems to have.

Spoilers! Below are the choices that I made for the third episode.

The Walking Dead: A New Frontier

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This Week in Trophies 03-26-2017 – 04-01-2017

I’m usually the type of person that plays multiple games at a given time, usually no more than 5 at a time, and can find this proper balance to be able to play all of them. Since the release of Mass Effect: Andromeda all of that has gone out the window as all I’ve been playing is Mass Effect. Sure I took some timeout to play an episode of The Walking Dead: A New Frontier, but even that didn’t last long before I as back to Mass Effect. Now that you already know what games I played, here are the trophies I was able to get for each game.

Mass Effect: Andromeda – 52%

Needless to say, I’ve played a lot of Mass Effect this week. I’m about 62% done with the game, according to my last save, but I kind of feel like I haven’t even scratched the surface as I go along doing side quests and loyalty quests and completely ignore the main quests. Anyway, I will have a blog coming out later this week giving a breakdown of basically my full first impression of the game as a whole.

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The Walking Dead: A New Frontier – 60%

I took an oh so short break from playing Mass Effect this week and played the third episode for this game that finally came out after months of waiting. I’m sure this was because the first two episodes were released together, but really that’s no excuse. Anyway, I’ll have my full review of this episode out on Wednesday.

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And that was it for the week. A simple week gaming wise, but a busy week in other aspects. While I’m going to mostly stick with Mass Effect: Andromeda, at least until I can finish my first playthrough, I am going to try and throw in some other games for good measure and in order to break up my time a little better so that I’m not just playing the same thing over and over again. I’m not exactly sure what that’ll be, but I’ll let you know how things turn out next week.

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The Walking Dead: A New Frontier – Episode 2 – The Ties that Bind Part Two Review (PS4)

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Apparently the first episode was getting way too long that they had to split it up into two parts for this game and release the second episode at the same time. Does anyone else smell the Minecraft: Story Mode explanation of “needing more episodes through DLC” story coming up for this season? Anyway, after playing the first episode I was eager to get into the second one and luckily was able to even though it took a few days to do so. Was it just as good as the first episode or was it lacking? Keep reading to find out.

You’ll start off where you left of in the first episode. Javier is reunited with his family only to see the demise of one of his family members along with the possible demise of another. He’ll see his somewhat perfect little world basically go to shit in the matter of minutes while single handedly running another community in the process. It seems like disaster follows this famous ex baseball player everywhere as it’s just one problem after another. You’ll have another flashback with Javier before the zombie apocalypse and get another glimpse into what’s been going on with Clementine since you last left off with her in season two. All of this will make for a somewhat short episode that has another surprise ending. Please make sure to pick your jaw up off the floor by the end of this one.

I felt like this episode was really short and kind of tacked on. It felt like it could have been played with the first episode and not felt too long like Telltale insisted that it would. I didn’t realize that there was a time limit that they had to stick to with each episode. Instead they went the Minecraft: Story Mode route of making this episode feel way too short as was the case with the second episode of Minecraft: Story Mode. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy the second episode as you were introduced to Jesus. If you read the comics or watch the show you know who this character is even though I’m not really sure of his importance to this story at the moment. The ending was another kicker and I was once again a little disappointed that you were only able to play Clementine in another short flashback scene. Any chance I’m going to be able to play her for at least one whole episode Telltale or will that be in DLC?

Garrus is that you? If you’re a Mass Effect fan like I am then you might have picked up that Jesus sounded a lot like my favorite space bro Garrus. If you’re not a Mass Effect fan then you can just skip this paragraph because it’ll make no sense to you and you have no idea what I’m talking about. That’s because Jesus is played by the one and only Brandon Keener. Don’t get me wrong, I think that Brandon Keener is a very talented voice actor and he’s one of my favorites but I couldn’t help but picture Garrus head on Jesus’s body every time the man spoke. It was weird. Was it weird for my fellow Mass Effect fans? Let me know in the comments section below.

Just like with the first episode, there were some major improvements to the overall playability of this game. The quick time events are not only feeling more natural and more fluid within the game itself but they’re working a lot better. If you played the previous two seasons then you know that sometimes they were a little sketchy and sometimes you would do as prompted only to fail. This didn’t happen this time around but there were still problems with the loading times. Loading times still took way too long and I’m hoping this is something that will be cleared up in the future.

It didn’t happen to me but… While the only problem I had with my game was some loading time issues, it was reported to me, by LMD (who is a reliable source because well he’s my dad), that while playing his game crashed and he had to replay a portion of the game over again because it was a complete shut off the game crash. Like I said, this didn’t happen to me but I just wanted to put it out there so that you can be aware that it’s possible this could happen. I had this problem a lot with Telltale’s Batman and when I was told of this I wasn’t really surprised.

Like with other Telltale games, the graphics for this episode were consistent with that of the first episode. I’m enjoying the graphics this time around basically as long as I don’t see any other characters from other seasons because I would hate to see them have the same facelift that Jane had. As always with this game, the graphics really excel and kind of make the game. You can tell a lot of work went into them and it doesn’t go unnoticed.

Did you get the first 6 trophies for the first episode? Of course you did because you’re playing the second episode. Finish this quick episode for another easy 6 trophies getting you 6 steps closer to getting the platinum trophy for this game. Please take my advice though and don’t play these games for the platinum trophies. Telltale happens to be a really good story telling company even with all of their flaws and it would be a waste if you’re just playing the games for the easy platinum trophy.

Do you have a Telltale account created yet? If you do you can go ahead and try out the crowd play feature for this game even though I refuse to. If not then you’re like me and this will be a single player experience for you.

Overall I give this episode a 3.5 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ Continuation of the first episode with another surprise ending that will have you shouting at your TV.
+ More natural feeling quick time events that fit nicely into the game.
+ Some more Clementine backstory.
+ Consistent graphics that are great.

What’s Not So Great:
Episode was too short and felt tacked on. It wasn’t long enough to warrant a part two and should have been included in the first episode.
More loading issues with the reported game crash issue that is not good.
You still aren’t able to fully play as Clementine.

While I was a little disappointed with this episode because of the length it was a good episode. I’m eager to see where this season is going especially with Clementine’s reveal and that ending. If you played you know what I’m talking about. Did anyone see that coming? I sure as hell didn’t. If you’re on the fence about this game, I would once again say to hold off especially since this episode was so short and I smell a “we need more episodes to finish up so buy our DLC” coming up. I could be wrong but you would probably benefit from waiting and have to shell out less money in the long run.

Spoilers! Below are the choices that I made for the second episode.

The Walking Dead: A New Frontier

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The Walking Dead: A New Frontier – Episode 1 – The Ties that Bind Part One Review (PS4)

The Walking Dead: A New Frontier

The Walking Dead is the game that first got me into playing Telltale games. I received the first two episodes free thanks to PS+ and I’ve been hooked ever since. I’ve played each season multiple times and enjoyed every second of it. So, when A New Frontier was announced it was a no brainer that this was a day-one pick up for me. It took me a little while with work and the holidays but I finally got to play the first episode and here’s what I thought of it.

This time around you’ll be playing as Javier. You’ll see Javier rushing home to be with his father as he dies, but he’s too late. While he’s too late to see him fade off, he’s not too see him turn into a flesh eating zombie. Cut to years later, Javier is the leader of his family as he travels around scavenging with Kate, his brothers wife, and his brothers two kids Mariana and Gabe. Trying to survive they’ll run into a really sticky situation and get separated before Javier meets up with just about everyone’s favorite Walking Dead characters, Clementine. You’ll find out Clementine’s back story and what brought her to the present day after the events of season 2 as she tries to help Javier for her own personal gain.

Ugh! So I played The Walking Dead Season one and two originally on my PS3, but I did play again on my PS4 meaning that I had two saves that could have been imported over to this new game, but Telltale decided that everyone was either going to use the in game system or use their Telltale account to create a more accurate account of what happened to their games. But my main question is why? I can see if you didn’t play on the PS4, there was no way of importing your save but if you played on the PS4, your save is right there. To me this was a little sloppy and could have been handled better.

I found the story this time around to be really intense. It’s been that way with the other seasons, but this time was different. It’s established really early on that this is Javier’s family that he’s traveling with and it made me have more of an attachment to them knowing that everything Javier did for them was to keep them safe. He wasn’t wandering around with a group of random people for the hell of it. I was however a little disappointed that I was only able to play as Clementine in a flashback scene and not throughout the game. Switching back and forth between two characters had been really seamless and easy with Tales from the Borderlands and I figured that Telltale would follow suit with this game and do the same thing but they didn’t. While I enjoyed playing a new character and learning his back story, I was really more interested in playing as Clementine again. The episode did end on a “Holy Shit” moment that had me left with my mouth hanging open as my jaw just dropped.

Eh… So Javier just meets Clementine in this episode, but the player knows her for two whole seasons and has basically seen her grow up. While I chose options that would protect her, knowing who she was, it had me wondering. If you’re playing objectively and solely as Javier, a man who wants to get back to his own family, would you still want to protect Clementine? You just met her and truth be told she’s been through so much that she’s a completely different person. She’s not the sweet and innocent Clementine everyone knows from season one. My point here being that a lot of decisions were influenced by what the player already knows about this character instead of using Javier’s instincts. When I think back on it, a lot of time I would have saved my own ass instead of protecting Clementine if I didn’t already know who she was. What about you? Did you feel the same way? Let me know in the comments section below.

While this is basically a choose your own story type of game, I have to say that there were some improvements to the overall playability of the game and that the quick time scenes felt more natural. In the other games it felt like you had to prepare for the quick time events and you knew when they were coming up, this time around they naturally fitted into the game with a smooth transition that made the overall story run more smoothly. I thought that this was a major improvement with the overall playability, but I was disappointed with the extremely slow and lagging loading times. This is one of the things that can ruin a game. I understand that the game has to load, but it needs to be done in an efficient manner and be fluid. It shouldn’t have the player waiting so long that they feel the need to put down the controller and let their mind wander off as your game loads the next scene.

The graphics for this game are the one thing that has been consistent from season to season and it’s one of the things that I enjoyed. I really liked how it felt like you were playing the same game that you had played for the past two seasons, but that they were also enhanced for a new generation of consoles. I enjoyed that they stuck to the same comic book / graphic novel type of graphics but also added some realism into the graphics as well.

What the hell happened to your face??!! I thought that the aging process with Clementine was perfect and spot on. It was the one thing this game is doing right, but what the hell happened to Jane? Spoiler, obviously. So I choose to stay with Jane and during the flashback scene I was presented with someone who had a complete 180 face lift that had me shouting at the TV “Who the hell is this?!” A few seconds later you come to realize that it’s Jane, but why did her face have to change so much, I thought it was weird and a little off putting especially since she transferred from the PS3 version to the PS4 version without a problem. If we come across other characters from previous seasons will they also be unrecognizable?

Of course there are trophies for this game! You get the huge bonus of getting a platinum when the game is all over, but if you make it through the first episode you’ll be rewarded with the standard 6 trophies. You’ll get one trophy for completing each “chapter” without the pesky task of doing certain things at certain times. Play the way you want and be rewarded for doing just that.

As always there’s no multiplayer for this game, but there is crowd play which I haven’t tried yet because I’m still refusing to make a Telltale account.

Overall I give this episode a 4 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ New story, new characters, but the return of Clementine.
+ A more family aspect this time around as you aren’t some random person being found by random people and being forced to go along with them. You’re choices heavily reflect what happens to your characters family.
+ You get to see what’s happened to Clementine during your time away from her.
+ More natural feeling quick time events.
+ Nice graphics with a realistic upgrade.

What’s Not So Great:
You only get to play as Clementine for one small scene. There is no back and forth and you’re kinda stuck with Javier.
Really horrible loading times.

Overall I thought this was a good start to the new season. I enjoyed the main story, enjoyed the cliff hanger of an ending, and was eager to play the next episode. Luckily the next episode was available because it was released at the same time. Even though this is one of those games that a lot of you have to have day one, I’m going to say hold off on getting it. I would seriously wait until all the episodes are released because even though I enjoy Telltale games, I’m getting really tired of the episode thing and if I could I would personally wait myself until the whole game came out to get it and play at once.

Spoilers! Below are the choices that I made for my backstory and the first episode.

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This Week in Trophies 12-25-2016 – 12-31-2016

I want to start off by saying that I hope everyone had a safe and Happy New Year! In typical fashion I spent the last hours of 2016 trying to get in as much gaming time as possible and get those last few trophies that might help me out with my goals. I’ll let you know how I did with those tomorrow, but after that I spent some time with a buddy of mine playing some Borderlands which is always fun. I tried to get a lot of gaming in this week and I think I did pretty good so here’s a breakdown of how my week went.

Overwatch: Origins Edition – 13%

I had no intention of getting this game, but I got it as a gift and was extremely happy because one of my favorite Mass Effect 3 players was playing this game and I knew it would be awesome to team up with him. It was and I’m having a great time playing. We could always use some extra players though so if you have Overwatch and want to join leave me a comment in the comments section and we can set up a gaming session.

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Stardew Valley – 7%

I finally got some trophies for this little game that I am loving so much. The trophies are well deserved and are no easy feat at all. It doesn’t matter because I just adore this game. It’s fun and there’s so much to do and I can’t stop playing. While it’s never a bad thing when you can’t stop playing a game, when you have a backlog as huge as mine it kinda sucks. Backlog be dammed though because I’m going to continue playing.

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RISK URBAN ASSAULT – 45%

I’m in the mood of “what the hell was I thinking” while I play this game now. I’m struggling to play the online portion which is filled with people dropping out of the game when they’re losing and then trying to actually find a game while trying to finish up with some of the trophies for this game. It’s one of those games I’m going to struggle with but eventually get I hope.

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The Walking Dead: A New Frontier – 40%

All I’m willing to say about this game is that I played the first two episodes this week and you’ll have to wait a few weeks for my full review on each episode. Yes I know, but I’m behind once again on my reviews and have a ton of them coming out in the upcoming weeks. It’ll be worth the wait though!

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Mafia III – 17%

When I know that I want to play a game, I try to stay away from other reviews and stuff which I know is weird because I expect you to read my reviews when the game comes out, but I feel like if I don’t I won’t be objective about the game. Anyway I am absolutely hating this game. I think that the quests are repetitive, you can’t do what you want when you want, and I’m tired of it playing out like a movie. Not to mention that Lincoln is one of the most unproportioned characters I’ve ever come across. The man is huge, clunky to move around, and just overall weird to maneuver throughout the game.

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That was it for this week. A nice way to end out the year and start a new year fresh. While you’ll see how I did on my goals for last year, I’ll also let you know the new goals I have in store for this year. As for this week though I plan on continuing to play Overwatch, Mafia III (grudgingly), Stardew Valley, RISK URBAN ASSAULT, and I actually have enough room on my PS4 to add a new game which might happen. I’ll let you know how everything went next week.

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