The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series keeps getting better with each season and “A New Frontier” is no different. It introduces a new character while bringing Clementine back.
This post contains spoilers for The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series “A New Frontier” two-episode premiere. Proceed with caution.
I really liked the fact that Telltale Games decided to do a two-episode premiere. “Ties That Bind” Part 1 and Part 2 was full of action and some hard decisions. The plot opens with Javier Garcia, a gambling addict who doesn’t get along with his family very well, especially with his older brother.
I didn’t dislike Javier as the male lead but I didn’t like him much either. I don’t even know why there are sparks between Javier and his sister-in-law Kate. Those two have been flirting with each other even before the zombie outbreak. So, I don’t know why Kate even decided to marry David when those two don’t necessarily get along.
“A New Frontier” seems to be focusing a lot on the Javier/Kate/David triangle and I’m not really invested in it. The whole thing feels weird because it doesn’t make sense to me. It is one thing to feel attracted to each other after surviving four years in a zombie apocalypse but to be so blatantly flirting with your sister-in-law, possibly years before the outbreak, why would the writers add in such a thing? It made me feel very uncomfortable.
The best thing about “A New Frontier” is that it is full of action sequences and complicated decisions. I would’ve preferred to play more as Clementine but the scenes we got with her were satisfying. Clementine and AJ’s fate depend on the scenario you choose when the game starts. During her flashback. she can be with Kenny, Jane, or on her own. It is sad to see things not working out for, regardless of the scenario you select, but the events allow Clementine to become the young girl that Javier ends up meeting.
Shout out to Melissa Hutchison for giving us a Clementine that has grown up into a tough but still vulnerable girl. I ended up deciding to play the scenario where Clementine stayed with Jane at the end of Season 2. Players can also import their save files from the previous seasons.
Jesus, from The Walking Dead franchise, is also introduced in “Ties That Bind” Part 2. I don’t know how much of a role he will play in the game but it was nice to see him.
As far as the gameplay is concerned, it sticks to the point-and-click mechanics. The good news is that the engine has improved a lot. The graphics are a step up from the previous installments and things move a bit more smoothly now.
All in all, The Walking Dead “A New Frontier” is off to a great start. Do I care about Javier? Not really but I’m looking forward to seeing what becomes of him and his family as the plot continues.
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Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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