The Walking Dead: A New Frontier - Episode 5 - From the Gallows MastheadThe Walking Dead: A New Frontier - Episode 5 - From the Gallows Masthead

The Walking Dead: A New Frontier - Episode 5 - From the Gallows

Rating Summary

Based on 46 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

68

Top Critic Average

43%

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Game Information

Available on:PlayStation 4May 30, 2017
Xbox OneMay 30, 2017
PCMay 30, 2017

Developer: Telltale Games

Genre: Interactive Story

"Fight. Fight for our name. For our family."

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“From the Gallows” makes good on the gamble of season 3 in shifting focus to a new main character and making me care about Javi as much as I cared for Lee and Clem back in season 1. The fifth episode encompasses both what worked and didn't about A New Frontier — namely, the ideas of allegiance, love, and family for the former and erratic pacing and an inability to make the overarching story of much interest in the latter. But the season finale spends much more time on those successful aspects, capping A New Frontier in satisfying fashion while setting up a potentially exciting continuation down the road.

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The season ends with some intriguing and satisfying developments, but just like the rest of the season, it doesn't maintain an even quality throughout

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Some odd dramatic choices and a less-than-satisfying conclusion wrap up the New Frontier season of The Walking Dead.

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If A New Frontier is a sort of mission statement for this franchise going forward, does it succeed in making me want another season of The Walking Dead? I know I don't want the Season Four they're selling (which is set up in a manner that makes me think Telltale is threatening me personally) but if we're looking at this season by itself, as a whole the character work in A New Frontier does a lot to make up for the finale's shortcomings. I got the ending I wanted, but I wouldn't have wanted a specific ending if I didn't care about these people and where they ended up. A disappointing finale doesn't completely undo the goodwill earned by the rest of the season, but a sour aftertaste is still pretty hard to wash out.

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