Review by paleselan
"The Walking Dead: Episode 3 - Long Road Ahead Review"
When The Walking Dead: Episode 2 came out I bashed it a bit for being too soft. The decisions in the second episode weren't nearly as hard as in the first episode. I'm happy to say that The Walking Dead: Episode 3 Long Road Ahead is easily the freakiest episode yet. Other than cannibalism, the first two episodes at least somewhat followed the morals of society. Long Road Ahead flips morals a middle finger, making the choices in this episode the hardest yet.
Long Road Ahead also does a great job at fleshing out Lee's father-daughter relationship with Clementine. The duo really feels like a family and their scenes together help warm a player's disparaged heart. Telltale does an awesome job building up this relationship out of nothing, and this relationship provides motivation for the player to keep on going. And, it doesn't hurt that Clementine's voice isn't nearly as annoying as it used to be.
In addition to all the great emotional scenes, Long Road Ahead does the best job out of any episode of fitting action into the gameplay. There's actually some good shooting in this episode, which is really nice. No, it's no Call of Duty or Battlefield, but the shooting is fun nevertheless. Furthermore, the action scenes in this episode are incredibly fast paced. Telltale keeps your heart pumping and your brain racing all the time, which makes peaceful moments that much better.
There is only one problem with this installment of The Walking Dead; that many choices from previous games don't matter. I understand that it can be hard to keep track of so many decisions throughout five episodes, but that doesn't mean that the decisions should be flat out disregarded. For example: At the end of the second episode players had the choice to either steal from an abandoned car or leave the food if people come back for it. This difficult choice barely even gets a mention in this episode. There aren't any repercussions for making the choice, which is frustrating. Hell, the choice in episode one on who to kill and who to save ultimately doesn't matter. Come on Telltale! If you continue at this rate then nothing will matter!
On the technical side of things, Telltale has revamped the music. In addition to a few new tunes, Telltale has added acoustic guitar into the game, which is great for calming nerves. The game still sports the fantastic comical art style it is known for, and players can always replay the game in order to make different choices.
Long Road Ahead is definitely a must-play for all fans of the series. The hard decisions in this episode are what make The Walking Dead games so appealing. If you haven't played the first two episodes: make sure to play through all three; it'll be worth it.
Reviewer's Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Originally Posted: 09/04/12
Game Release: The Walking Dead: Episode 3 - Long Road Ahead (US, 08/29/12)
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