The Walking Dead: Season Two Episode 3 - In Harm's Way

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The Walking Dead: Season Two Episode 3 - In Harm's Way is ranked in the 83rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 38 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

81

Top Critic Average

80%

Critics Recommend

Based on 38 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

GameZone
Unscored
Unscored
May 20, 2014

Trust me, by the end of the episode you'll find yourself reliving some of these moments and wondering if the decisions you made were the right ones.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
May 13, 2014

The Walking Dead explores survival and suffering to great effect, and it continues to do so here. It's disappointing, however, that when the setup created an opportunity to explore a society built among and upon that suffering, the game failed to scratch beneath the surface.

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Birth. Movies. Death.
Unscored
Unscored
May 20, 2014

The final ten minutes or so make it worth the purchase, and I really liked where the Carver storyline ultimately went here, but don't be surprised if you get a bit bored getting to that point.

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VGChartz
Unscored
Unscored
Jun 15, 2014

Perhaps age and the formulaic (for better and worse) nature of The Walking Dead means that it is becoming harder to really appreciate the nuances.

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Scored Reviews

Cheat Code Central
4.9 / 5.0
Cheat Code Central
Angelo M. D’Argenio

Top Critic

4.9 / 5.0
May 13, 2014

But aside from those few gripes, The Walking Dead Season 2: Episode 3 – In Harm's Way is still a phenomenal game. The episodes truly do feel like they are getting better and better with each passing one. Let's hope that Telltale can keep up this string of hits right up to the conclusion of the series. Only two episodes left now!

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DualShockers
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
May 13, 2014

Though Clementine's story may be drawing closer and closer to some grim truths and hard choices, "In Harm's Way" proves that The Walking Dead: Season Two is not worth looking away from just yet.

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GameGrin
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
May 21, 2014

The thought of where Telltale will head with Episode 4 will fill the mind with excitement, and if it's as good as In Harm's Way, we're probably looking at another helping of shiny videogame trophies come awards season.

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PushStartPlay
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
May 29, 2014

Episode three In Harm's Way is quite possibly the most defining moment not only in season two of The Walking Dead, but it's also a defining moment in Clem's character development.

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IGN
9 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
May 13, 2014

In Harm's Way is another excellent episode of @TelltaleGames' The Walking Dead with superb character moments.

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VideoGamer
9 / 10
9 / 10
May 15, 2014

Offers a proper bad guy for you to hate, but also asks how far you'll go to escape.

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RPG Fan
90%
90%
Apr 15, 2014

If you liked Season 1, give Telltale more of your money.

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AusGamers
9 / 10.0
AusGamers
Jickle

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
May 16, 2014

If The Walking Dead keeps producing episodes this strong, though, I'll happily keep playing it for years to come.

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Softpedia
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 14, 2014

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 3: In Harm's Way manages to up the ante of Clementine's new adventures in a great way while developing her character, not just the people that surround her. New survivors are introduced and it's going to be interesting to see if the little girl can continue making grown-up choices.

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God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 13, 2014

The Walking Dead is back on track, after a slightly dull Episode Two, this is exactly what the series needed. It will make you care again, it will make you angry and sad in equal measures, it will remind you that nobody is safe in this universe, but best of all it recaptures The Walking Dead's brilliance. I cannot wait for the next episode.

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Game Informer
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 13, 2014

Season Two continues to engage, surprise, and build on the already fast-paced momentum

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Destructoid
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 13, 2014

Episode three was probably my favorite from season one of The Walking Dead -- so far, I'm feeling the same way about In Harm's Way. Based on the preview the next tale seems to be a buffer of sorts before an explosive end, and I'm really looking forward to seeing how Clementine's journey ends. You hooked me yet again, Telltale.

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GamesBeat
85 / 100
85 / 100
May 13, 2014

Although a bit slower paced than its predecessors, In Harm's Way is probably the most violent entry of the series to date. It introduces intriguing new characters and gives old ones (very brief) screen time. But it's the progression of Clementine's character that will keep you invested throughout the short runtime.

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Post Arcade (National Post)
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jun 1, 2014

Telltale's latest episode puts players waist-deep in formative moments that will determine what sort of adult young Clementine is going to become.

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ZTGD
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 21, 2014

Even if the player interaction has been toned down, there are still some really great things to see and do in Episode 3. It is a gruesome ride that is full of peril, difficult decisions and some great moments. If you have already invested time and money into Season 2, keep going; it is well worth it. If you haven't picked up the full season or are thinking about starting it up, do yourself a favor and do it already.

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Polygon
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 12, 2014

Episode 3's unforgettable villain made me feel like a bad guy...in a good way

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NZGamer
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
May 22, 2014

This is certainly the most confronting chapter so far, which some will love, but may put off others (like it almost did me). Clementine continues to grow, and her strength is put squarely to the test, but in other aspects, Episode 3 just doesn't hold up to what's come before.

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GearNuke
4.1 / 5.0
4.1 / 5.0
Jun 30, 2014

If you are interested in reading the review for previous episodes, you can check out our episode 1 review, or episode 2 review.

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Game Debate
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 18, 2014

[E]pisode three is a strong one and definitely delivers on gore and tension. Here's hoping the last two episodes continue to deliver.

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Eurogamer
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 12, 2014

The episode ends on a cliffhanger that's agonising in more than one sense, and a 'next time' preview that leaves you decidedly unclear on where Clem and the gang might go next. What could easily have been a mid-season lull feels instead like a peak. If Telltale can maintain this standard for the rest of the season, it could yet top The Walking Dead's first run in terms of quality - if not novelty.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 12, 2014

Clementine's soul and skin are in peril in In Harm's Way, this season's most harrowing episode yet of The Walking Dead.

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The Escapist
May 12, 2014

In Harm's Way is one of the most violent installments TellTale's overall series, if only for the disturbing intimacy of it all. At times, Episode 3 is hard to experience, but it's well worth sticking it out.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
May 14, 2014

In Harm's Way ends literally right in the middle of a frantic scene where the characters are surrounded by zombies. Here, you need to choose whether or not to take a particular action, foreshadowed by an earlier character, which has life-or-death ramifications. That in and of itself is nothing new to the series, but the way it is carried out is particularly telling of how Clementine is changing as a character. Without giving it away, I chose to do the action and the expression on her face as the episode closed out both elated and scared me.

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We Got This Covered
May 15, 2014

In Harm's Way does a great job of developing The Walking Dead: Season Two's cast and furthering the story, even if its highs don't match those of the previous episode.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
May 13, 2014

The Walking Dead Season 2: Episode 3 – In Harm's Way is another strong addition into an already compelling universe. While the new setting is shallow and lacks much exploration, it's the phenomenal storytelling and new characters introduced that help compel the player to move forward.

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The Digital Fix
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 9, 2014

If you can get past the narrative dissonance introduced for the sake of agency, In Harm's Way is still a cracking entry in the season with a few super twists, a truly satisfying punch-the-air moment, and an ending which leaves you in no doubt that the momentum started in the previous chapter shows no sign of abating.

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PC Gamer
80 / 100
80 / 100
May 13, 2014

Telltale's character drama is as strong as ever, but Clementine's boldest dialogue options end up making her more capable than the adults around her.

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GameSkinny
GameSkinny
Brian S

Top Critic

May 14, 2014

"In Harm's Way" is even more brutal and violent than the season premiere, but Telltale manages to hold it together.

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PC Invasion
7 / 10
7 / 10
May 15, 2014

An episode of grim, despicable moments and further fascinating tests of Clementine's morality, but one which persists with some of the weaker aspects of this second season.

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GameWatcher
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
May 16, 2014

Despite being slightly predictable in places I really enjoyed the story of In Harm's Way and Clementine's key role in it, but it's a bit light on things to actually do. I don't expect huge adventure game sections anymore but I do want to feel like I'm experiencing an interactive story rather than just an episode of the TV show.

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GameTrailers
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
May 12, 2014

Hopefully this episode will be nothing more than a misstep in an otherwise excellent season and not a sign of things to come. Plenty of important things happen and there's a lot of action, but none of it carries the weight that it should. Instead, "In Harm's Way" is mostly a bullet point list of zombie-story cliches without many of the excellent character interactions we've come to expect from Telltale. It's certainly troubling when characters get killed and the only thing you feel is indifference.

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Metro GameCentral
6 / 10
6 / 10
May 13, 2014

A so-so episode, which relies too much on cliché and Clementine's increasingly rapid transformation into a child superhero. But there's still some effective drama despite it all.

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Game Rant
May 14, 2014

'In Harm's Way' is probably the worst episode of Telltale's The Walking Dead so far, but in light of the game's consistent high quality that doesn't make it bad. Purely in terms of writing it remains head and shoulders above most other games currently being released. More than any other episode so far however, 'In Harm's Way' felt like reading one of The Walking Dead comics or watching the TV show, and this sense of detachment from the narrative hits at the heart of the game's strongest quality. Let's hope that the next episode has a little more audience participation.

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High-Def Digest
May 15, 2014

I don't need to be a passive viewer of any more zombie stories, especially in 'The Walking Dead' universe. The proof is in this episode's finale, which I conveniently forgot to mention until now. It's a brilliant scene, something I won't spoil, but it's brilliant because I was a part of it. Everything else uncomfortably unnerved me, I was watching a TV show with a dialogue wheel. I never touched the story, and so the story rarely touched me. That's the cost of promising a video game and delivering a script.

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