The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 5 PS3 Review

WARNING – If you have not played this episode of The Walking Dead then please do not continue to read on. There will be some pretty major spoilers. Consider yourself warned.

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 5 has finally arrived! This is the final episode of an already awesome season. The choices this episode are 10 times more tougher then any other episode even tougher then the ones last season. These choices will make you think and even make you question yourself in this amazing end to an awesome season.

The episode picks up right where episode 4 left off. You’re in the middle of a shoot out between the kid that you might have robbed in the previous episode and his gang of people and the group that you’re with. From there the episode takes you on a pretty crazy and intense ride. Who can you trust? Can you still trust the people that you once trusted? These are some of the decisions that you have to make throughout the episode. Loyalties will be questioned and you’ll find yourself stuck in the middle most of the time being pulled back and forth into one corner or the other. No matter which of the 5 endings you get, they all seem fitting depending on how you played Clem throughout the season. I thought that this episode did a good job of completing the season and making it whole. It also left enough unanswered questions to leave you wanting to see what’s going to happen in the next season.

This episode did an amazing job of keeping and holding onto my attention. I was fully immersed into the game and the only reason I had to pause a few times were because the decisions were just heart wrenching. I even liked the side story that played out between Luke, Bonnie, and Jane. Bonnie is in love with Luke, Luke is in lust with Jane, and Jane doesn’t really give a shit or at least she acts like she doesn’t. This made me see more of a human side of Bonnie, a character who I really didn’t like. I didn’t really like her in the 400 Days DLC and I wasn’t a fan of her when she was reintroduced in this season. The only thing I had a problem with and didn’t like was how she told Clem to go and save Luke because she was small. I mean really? Who the hell tells a kid to go and risk her life? I mean this has happened pretty much the whole season, but still. She almost had me on her side, right until that point.

Not only did this episode keep my attention, it made me feel things. Not really a big fan of Luke, I still cried when he died. Then, just when you think that the crying is done, I completely lost it with that flash back scene. That came totally from left field and I didn’t expect it at all. Seeing Lee again and hearing him say those things played a big part in my final absolutely heart wrenching decision. A video game hasn’t made me feel like this in a while and I found it refreshing.

The playability of this game was basically the same as the previous Walking Dead episodes this season. I do want to say that the shooting this time around as well as the controls were a little better then the previous ones. During the first couple of episodes I found the shooting and controls a little stiff and awkward, but found them way improved this time around. I’m hoping this trend continues into the next season. The only problem I had was with the loading times. I really really try to overlook these things, but it’s getting really hard to do so. The initial loading time before the “previously on The Walking Dead” took 3 minutes to load and then another 2 minutes to load into the actual episode. Loading time between scenes were just as long and the game seemed to almost freeze every time a trophy popped.

The graphics were the same in this episode as they were throughout the rest of the season. I do want to give some bonus points for the way the snow and ice was handled. I liked the detail and really liked the visuals during the blizzard scene where Clem is walking through the woods by herself to get to the rest stop. It made me feel like I was really in the game trying to see where to go.

There are 8 easy story related trophies for this episode. You’ll get all of them naturally as you play the game so there’s no need to worry about doing something special in order to get the trophy. Unlike with season 1, there is no platinum trophy with this season and I’m fine with it. Even though I’m a trophy hunter, I would play this game even without any trophies at all.

There was no multiplayer throughout this game, but that fenced area that the group came to rest at that one night totally felt like it could have been some sort of multiplayer map. I don’t want anyone to take that as a hint that I want multiplayer for this game though because I totally don’t.

Overall I give this episode a 5 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ Great story.
+ Great ending to a pretty awesome season.
+ Tough decisions that actually make you think.
+ Heart wrenching scenes.

What’s Not So Great:
Extremely slow loading times making it feel like the game has frozen

This episode and this season was completely amazing. I enjoyed playing as Clem since it was a completely different perspective then the first season. I thought it was nice having her story come full circle. When you first get introduced to Clem she’s just a little girl who wants to find her parents, at the end of this season she’s still just a little girl but has changed. Things have happened to her, she’s seen people that she’s grown to love die, but she’s not that same little girl that you were introduced to in the first season. Parts of her are there, but she’s grown stronger. She’s learned to take care of herself along with some pretty tough life lessons. I’m really excited about next season and can’t wait to play!

My Choices:
– I protected the baby.
– I didn’t try to help Luke.
– I didn’t ask to leave with Mike.
– I shot Kenny (you have no idea how much it pains me to write that I did this, but I had my reasons.)
– I left with Jane.


The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 4 PS3 Review

Previously on The Walking Dead…nah, I’m just messing with you, but seriously I will tell you this, if you want to avoid spoilers play the game before reading this. Seriously, there will be SPOILERS.

I have to say that after last seasons fourth episode, I was really not looking forward to this one and expecting a total snooze fest. I was pleasantly surprised with this seasons fourth episode and all of the twists, turns and that cliffhanger ending! Here’s what I thought about episode 4:

Before we get started though, here are the choices that I made in the previous episodes so you know where I stand.

Episode 1:
– I stopped to help Christa
– I killed the dog (It was a mercy killing! Kudos to anyone who actually gets that reference)
– I gave water to the dying man
– I accepted Nick’s apology
– I saved Nick

Episode 2:
– I took the blame for Sarah’s photo
– I sat with Kenny at dinner time (Shame on you if you didn’t)
– I told Walter the truth about Matthew
– I convinced Walter to forgive Nick
– I sought help from Kenny

Episode 3:
– I helped Sarah with her chores
– I didn’t tell Bonnie about Luke
– I tried to speak up and take the blame for the walkie-talkie
– I watched Kenny kill Carver
– I chopped off Sarita’s arm.

This episode picks up right where the last one ended when you either cut off Sarita’s arm in a desperate attempt to save her…or you didn’t. From there the story rolls into a kind of slow pace, but it doesn’t make it less interesting. A lot of stuff happens this episode. People die, a lot of people die. For example, Nick kinda gets what was coming to him and gets turned into a zombie. Zombie Nick ends up stuck on a fence which just goes to prove that he wasn’t all that bright when he was alive and he sure as hell isn’t all that bright as a zombie. People who you think should have been dead by now are still alive. Yes, I’m looking at you Bonnie. I didn’t like you in the DLC, and surprise surprise I still don’t like you. People live as normal as they possibly can while trying to survive a zombie apocalypse and there’s some new life.

All in all this makes for an intense episode that will have you on the edge of your seat just waiting to see what happens next. The choices this time around were some pretty hard ones too as there were really no easy choices for Clem and every choice seems like it will have a consequence because in this game, choices matter.

Like with any episode this season there were tears along the way, happy ones this time, but tears nonetheless. As the story progresses you come to feel things about the characters around you. Whether it’s hatred, pity, or attachment this episode makes you feel. And then it ends with another cliffhanger making you think what the fuck and wish that you would have waited until the final episode came out to play so you can just keep going.

BONUS: For a serious episode there are some funny lines. My favorites were Mike’s “I’d eat the shit out of that raccoon” and Kenny’s “What the fuck is going on up here?” The later wasn’t meant to be funny but the delivery of that line will just make you laugh. Also there was some pretty awesome music during the end credits. Kudos Telltale!

Time flew by as I played this episode without a break because I was just that into it. I had one of those whoa moments when it was over and looked at the time. This episode is definitely one of my favorites this season and nothing like last seasons fourth episode that made my mind wander and wonder when then hell it was going to be over.

I’ve come to expect some bugs and glitches with this game series and this episode was no different. At times the game lagged and got stuck during loading and saves. This only seemed to get worse when trophies were popping. Initial load times were a little long as well and made me think that the game froze a few times even though it didn’t.

The graphics on this game were the same as they usually are. Nothing changed for the better or worse, they were just normal for the game.

Trophies were easy as usual. Even though there is no platinum trophy this time around, this is one of the games I don’t play for the trophies. I genuinely like the story and could care less if the game had trophies or not.

Like always there was no multiplayer proving that not all games need it or should have it.

Overall I give this episode a 4 out of 5

What’s Great:
+ No lull in the story, it’s just as interesting and intense as the rest of the game
+ Tough choices that make you think even after you made them
+ As I’ve come to expect, this episode made me cry. Happy tears for once, but still tears

What’s Not So Great:
Laggy play time and some super slow loading and saving

All in all this episode was pretty great and it breaks free of the curse of the bad episode 4 that I’ve seen with some other Telltale games. I can’t wait for the last episode to see how this season ends.

Below are my choices for this episode:
– I saved Sarah at the trailer park
– I stole from Arvo
– I crawled through the ticket booth (I have no idea why, but yeah I did it.)
– I held the baby (How could you not hold the baby! He was so cute and it was really a highlight of the episode)
– I shot Rebecca (She was a zombie! What was I supposed to do??)