Developer: Telltale Games
Release Date: 8/29/2012
For Fans Of: Zombies, Shocking Moments, Trains
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The Good: Huge plot changes, choices from past two episodes really start showing here, some bugs finally ironed out, perfectly paced, a lot of shocking moments
The Bad: Still way too short, still not enough zombies, needs a bit more action still
The Walking Dead is probably my favorite adventure series of all time. It surpasses most adventure game clichés like inventory management, tank controls, and disjointed pacing. The Walking Dead: Episode 3 is well paced, and there are some of the toughest choices you have to make. Things get very serious this time around because the group is starting to lose their mental stability. There’s a lot of internal fighting and you must decide how this all turns out.
The group is trying to get to Savannah, Georgia because things at the motel didn’t work out so well. They find a train engine that takes them part way, but I won’t say anymore. There are a few major areas you can explore with a few simple puzzles, but like usual the opening is awesome and I played through this entire episode and wanted the next one right away. There are three new characters introduced, but at the same time a few people in the group die. Who or how is up to you, but you will be shocked at how this all turns out. I actually had to pause the game with my mouth agape due to the shocking turns and mainly how it actually happened.
There’s more zombie killing this time around, but not nearly as much as the first episode. I found myself glued to my computer more than Episode 2 and I felt like the story was actually progressing better. A lot of bugs are also starting to get ironed out such as the constant stuttering during cut scenes and some control issues. You won’t be exploring much, just in the main puzzle areas, but this is OK because of how much the story advances through dialog choices. This is about the time where a lot of your choices from the last two episodes will really start blossoming here. Some choices I made actually determined huge plot changes and I realized either I shouldn’t have done something or wish I did do something, but that’s the excitement of this series. You feel like you are playing a movie and directing it yourself.
I just can’t wait for the fourth episode because things will really start going downhill from there. This episode is a huge turning point for the story, and every fan will want more.