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The Walking Dead: Michonne - Episode 1: In Too Deep

Telltale Games
Feb 23, 2016 - PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5
Fair

OpenCritic Rating

68

Top Critic Average

23%

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IGN
7 / 10
Game Informer
7 / 10
GameSpot
6 / 10
Game Revolution
3.5 / 5
Destructoid
7 / 10
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2.5 / 5
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9 / 10
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Critic Reviews for The Walking Dead: Michonne - Episode 1: In Too Deep

True to its title, The Walking Dead: Michonne - Episode 1 is all about one character, somewhat to the detriment of the story and other characters. Michonne is so well done, though, from her impressive survival skills to the hollow look in her eyes, that she easily carries the entire episode. Even though I wasn't invested in the story, I did care about Michonne — everything she said, every walker she killed, and what will happen to her moving forward.

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After a dull start the tension amps up, resulting in a promising-but-rocky beginning

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One of The Walking Dead's most mysterious characters has a story to tell, though it's similar to one we've heard before.

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I'm still kind of let down that the core gameplay remains mainly unchanged over the years. Telltale is great with character choices and delivering a striking painterly color palate, but all of that can grind to a halt since the hacking and slashing gameplay feels repetitive, especially compared to last year's adventure breakout Life Is Strange. Telltale is still the king at what they do, making the active conversation in a game feel tense, urgent. I just hope that's enough for the remaining two episodes of The Walking Dead: Michonne.

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At this point I'm starting to tire from the Telltale formula, especially when it doesn't provide a cast of memorable characters from the get-go, but Michonne herself was enough to power me through the episode and keep me interested. In Too Deep hasn't topped either season of The Walking Dead so far, but if you can still stomach a few empty "remember" prompts, you'll enjoy the story they're trying to tell.

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The Walking Dead: Michonne Episode 1 is a very rough start for an extremely promising series. Pacing and story issues abound, and the feeling at the end of the 90-120 minute adventure is that it was all setup with no true payoff. Whether that payoff comes in future episodes will determine if this is a worthy successor to the excellent series.

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The Walking Dead: Michonne is off to an excellent start, bringing back all the tension and emotion that we have come to expect from the highly regarding series.

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Michonne's main problem is sadly the most inescapable one: she's in yet another fucking zombie story.

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