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The season finale of The Walking Dead: Michonne is easily the best episode of the entire miniseries, and Telltale Games has once again delivered a compelling narrative with fully realized characters.
Given the problems with the previous episodes, I would class the whole game as a solid 8, though this episode in particular was an excellent, climactic and, above all, affecting foray into the mind of Michonne.
Telltale makes the best stories when it comes to the The Walking Dead series. Not only that, they managed to also keep up with their other titles. Michonne isn’t an exception from that, either. The game was action-packed, decision-packed (pun intended), touching and even heart-breaking. It is also full of twists (as always, Telltale. As always), so it really got me on the edge of my seat. The game surely, well, made sure that the player would be interested, from the very start, until the very end.
‘What We Deserve’ is a solid ending to The Walking Dead: Michonne saga. Though it’s far from perfect, it does tie up the series nicely with a satisfying conclusion.
The Walking Dead: Michonne was meant to be a closer look into a legendary character at her most emotionally vulnerable, a slice of her traumatic origin story we had never seen before. But while the first episode set the scene for a seemingly promising journey, the second fell flat, and the third and final episode unfortunately never quite comes full circle to provide a satisfying conclusion – even if Michonne herself seems to get some form of mental closure.
Before that though, What We Deserve is a solid finale as a standalone Walking Dead adventure. I loved getting to spend more time with Michonne and the supporting cast left an impression too. The art style and gameplay mechanics fit nicely into the Telltale world. The closing song “To the Bone” is so good I wanted to find out where I could purchase it. Will this experiment mean we get The Glen Chronicles? Or Andrea’s Sights? I’m up for it.
With somber filled emotions, a surprise or two, and some intense action moments, I’d absolutely recommend it to franchise fans. Just don’t expect it to totally blow you away in the process.
The Walking Dead: Michonne Episode 3 – What We Deserve offers a solid and focused finale story-wise, but a lack of impactful choices and a far too brief length hold it back from being a highlight of the franchise.
What We Deserve is an action-packed conclusion, but I wouldn't necessarily call it satisfying. It's interesting, because this Michonne series in general hasn't been the best side project, but it's far more satisfying than say, Jurassic Park, which was a failure all around. Grab it all on a sale if you really like the first two seasons.
After two episodes, The Walking Dead: Michonne successfully developed its main character at the expense of the rest of its cast. In Episode 3, the trade-off doesn’t feel quite worth it — it’s so concerned with drawing explicit connections and tying every thread together that it isn’t that satisfying as an ending. A critical reveal redeems it somewhat, but once the episode begins to over explain that, too, the impact sadly fades.
As Michonne concludes it becomes clear that this mini-series does little to nothing to differentiate itself from everything The Walking Dead has already offered, nor does it do much to excuse the general sameness of everything Telltale is doing these days.
The Walking Dead Michonne Episode 3: What We Deserve confirms all the issues that have emerged in the previous episodes. With very little character development for secondary characters and villains, uneven pacing, and short total play time, The Walking Dead Michonne fails to become a truly compelling experience. There are moments of brilliance, but they're overshadowed by the need to end the story as quickly as possible due to the shortened format. Entertaining, but hardly memorable.
I hate to sound like a broken record, but The Walking Dead: Michonne should not have been episodic, as things are over still too quick and feel stripped of the more interesting gameplay bits from before to help support it. Suffice it to say, the tale of Michonne deserves a much better ending than this.
Whilst this ending somewhat redeems some of the flaws of the previous episodes, The Walking Dead: Michonne Episode 3 - What We Deserve is not without issues. The short nature of the episode and the lack of playable sections, along with the limited impact the choices have on the ending, really drag it down. This is still definitely worth experiencing for fans of Telltale titles or The Walking Dead in general but, considering the pedigree and promise of the premise, this ultimately is a disappointment.
The Walking Dead: Michonne Episode 3 doesn't quite deliver the punch players are used to. Between the lack of control and uneven plot, this is one adventure that fails to live up to its source material.