The Walking Dead: Season Two Episode 3 - In Harm's Way
Offers a proper bad guy for you to hate, but also asks how far you'll go to escape.
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.
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.
Telltale's latest episode puts players waist-deep in formative moments that will determine what sort of adult young Clementine is going to become.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.