Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead has been a riveting, suspenseful ride since Episode 1 premiered in May. Since then players got to witness how Lee, the killer-turned-babysitter, is coping with not only looking after a presumably orphaned little girl named Clementine, but how the world around him is falling apart. With walkers roaming the world and the living ready to kill to survive, Episode 3: The Long Road Ahead delivers more shocking scenes in this episodic adventure.
What Is It About?
Episode 3: Long Road Ahead takes place approximately one week after the events of Episode 2, so if you have not played any of the previous episodes it is recommended you catch up on those first to fully experience the game. After a group of bandits forces the group to evacuate their motel safe haven, Lee leads the group up the road until they find an abandoned train car on the railroad tracks.
Most of Episode 3 takes place aboard the train, as players react to recent and previous events. The dialogue in this Episode specifically stands out above the rest since certain character’s actions have left others frazzled and scarred. Character interaction also comes to a forefront this time rather than the point-and-click scavenger hunt players might be used too. Diffusing situations and stopping potential fallouts are the major themes of Episode 3, and as time goes by you will watch as simple solutions can turn out to be disastrous choices.
Why Should I Care?
Telltale Games does an excellent job of keeping you on edge throughout Episode 3. Despite spending most of your time gathering supplies to fix your new transportation, the idea that every second you waste could be your last is always in your head. The choice system that is implemented into the game that supposedly has characters remembering important choices you make is still around, but there is still no evidence of it having any impact on the events in Episode 3. It is quite a shame that with three episodes down there is still no clear idea how this choice system works, but hopefully Traveler’s Tales surprises us with later installments.
The only downside about Episode 3 is the apparent number of bugs and glitches, apparent in the previous Episodes too, that still haven’t seemed too been fixed. Players will disappear on screen during conversations, the screen will glitch and become fuzzy, and sometimes the game will freeze at random times. It is quite a disappointing occurrence to witness since The Walking Dead is such a simple game to play, with most of the interactions being issued onto one simple button press.
Even so, Episode 3 has its bright spots. From teaching Clementine how to finally defend herself with a gun to consoling a certain character from a devastating tragedy, Telltale Games knows how to grip you emotionally at the right time. One scene in particular where Lee is having a dream about the situation will leave you startled for a few minutes afterward and have you questioning some of your recent decisions in the process.
What Makes It Worth My Time And Money?
If you happen to have the Season Pass on PS3 than affording this Episode costs next to nothing, but even at only $5, PC and 360 owners should find no reason not to buy the latest installment in The Walking Dead. From start to finish, you will not want to put your controller down and there are plenty of calm and tense moments scattered throughout to keep you on edge.
With only two episodes remaining in the current season of The Walking Dead, Telltale Games surely will have plenty of jaw-dropping experiences left for players to witness. Based on the ending of Episode 3, things look to pick up heavily In the next installmet so buying Long Road Ahead is a no brainer for all fans.