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The Walking Dead: A New Frontier - Episodes 1 & 2 - Ties That Bind

Rating Summary

Based on 83 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

79

Top Critic Average

71%

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Based on 83 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:PlayStation 4Dec 20, 2016
Xbox OneDec 20, 2016
PCDec 20, 2016

Developer: Telltale Games

Genre: Horror

When family is all you have left…how far will you go to protect it? After society was ripped apart by undead hands, pockets of civilization emerge from the chaos. But at what cost? Can the living be trusted on this new frontier? As Javier, a young man determined to find the family taken from him, you meet a young girl who has experienced her own unimaginable loss. Her name is Clementine, and your fates are bound together in a story where every choice you make could be your last.

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'The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series - A New Frontier' Launch Trailer (PRESS)

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I don’t have a clear sense of where the season as a whole aims to go just yet, but “Ties That Bind Part I” is one of Telltale’s strongest openers in recent memory. Scenes feel carefully constructed in their camera direction and editing, and Telltale avoids the pitfalls of its most egregious past issues — only one environmental exploration sequence temporarily slows things down — but for the most part the episode moves along at an exceptional clip. But that’s not just thanks to Part I’s style. Smart characterization and writing for Javi and his family, plus the return of Clementine, add weight to a largely unfamiliar but already engaging new frontier that I can’t wait to continue to explore.

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A promising, assured start, and a welcome return to form for Telltale.

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It’s still a little disconcerting to still not have a clear idea where the season as a whole will be heading, but moment-to-moment, Season 3 of Telltale’s Walking Dead continues to deliver some of the impressive world-building and characterization that made me love the series when it first premiered. I feel a part of Javi and Clementine’s plight, and though I hope the rest of the season can avoid some of the familiar Telltale and Walking Dead formula trappings that Episode 2 fell into and to keep surprising me, I’m still invested in finding out what’s next. Especially with a little more context for the New Frontier revealed, Telltale is starting to better lay out all the logs it has to build a cabin. I just hope the rest of the structure is as strong as the foundation.

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7 / 10
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A partially successful soft reboot, with some of Telltale’s best storytelling – even if many of your decisions still make precious little difference.

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