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

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7.7 / 10.0
Jun 14, 2017

A New Frontier is a good enough beginning to the third season of The Walking Dead. It was not as moving as Season Two and is not as fresh as Season One was. It's just good enough and I wish it was different. Introduction of a new main character is not enough, but return of Clem might be the thing that keeps players playing.

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80 / 100
Apr 21, 2017

Strong opening but not a good ending. Season 3 premier makes us feel good about the future of series.

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8 / 10
Mar 31, 2017

With the end of episode two, it marks the finale of not only the second episode, but Ties That Bind as a whole. Really, it didn't feel entirely necessary to split it into separate parts - both felt drastically different and stood perfectly fine on their own. It could mean that the rest of the season is going to take an even bigger turn or shift in tone, however, and given how things leave off, it wouldn't be a surprise. Ultimately, the excellent pacing and satisfying climax here makes it a great follow-up piece that continues this harrowing story.

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8 / 10
Mar 31, 2017

Telltale doesn't try to do anything out of its element with the return of The Walking Dead - it still plays the same and has that trademark look - but its switch away from Clementine as a main character is a confident and respectable move. It shows trust in the season from the very beginning, and while the game engine could still use some work, the narrative throughout is a fine distraction. Ties That Bind Part I opens the door for what could be one of the best pieces of material in the entire Walking Dead universe, so here's hoping that the remaining episodes can expand on what it already does so well.

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6 / 10.0
Mar 22, 2017

Telltale has definitely gotten so comfortable that their latest zombie game lacks any teeth.

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6 / 10.0
Mar 22, 2017

Telltale has definitely gotten so comfortable that their latest zombie game lacks any teeth.

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8.5 / 10.0
Feb 27, 2017

Perhaps the greatest shortcoming is the game’s stubbornness to shove Javi’s family as the player’s raison d’etre, when it’s clear that Clementine is a much more relatable and less frustrating character. The classic Telltale trap of unavoidable events is still there, but by now you should know what you’re getting into. If judged by what it attempts to do, rather than by what some sceptic players want it to be, A New Frontier’s harrowing first episodes smoothen most rough edges found in other games in the series in terms of storytelling. It just about manages to shake off the notion of being a rehashed concept, and become a beast that can stand on its own two feet, built upon the foundations laid by Lee and Clementine. Hopefully the rest of the season manages to sustain this level of quality.

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7 / 10
Feb 6, 2017

The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series - A New Frontier Episode 2: Ties That Bind Part Two is weaker than the first episode, but still successfully keeps the attention of the players, telling interesting story. The ending creates suspense, but if you never played the original project and not a fan of the genre, comics and the television series, you can reduce the final grade at one point.

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8 / 10
Feb 6, 2017

The first episode of a New Frontier promises a really interesting game where the main danger are not insanely wandering zombies, but people itself. Sharp dialogues, Clem's memories, a strange weed episode, taking care of children, with an unexpected ending and the impending love triangle give the story deep feeling, which is missed in season two.

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9 / 10.0
Feb 2, 2017

Part Two of Ties that Bind literally picks up where Part One left off, not only in story, but also with its tension and suspense, and going forward, this could be the most dark and moral questioning season yet from Telltale.

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