When family is all you have left…how far will you go to protect it?After society was ripped apart by undead hands, pockets of civilization emerge from the chaos. But at what cost? Can the living be trusted on this new frontier? As Javier, a young man determined to find the family taken from him, you meet a young girl who has experienced her own unimaginable loss. Her name is Clementine, and your fates are bound together in a story where every choice you make could be your last.Download Episode One of The Walking Dead: A New Frontier, a five part episodic game series from the creators of The Wolf Among Us, Batman – The Telltale Series, and Tales from the Borderlands.
Please note that there are story spoilers ahead and this is based on the choices I made within the game, so this story could be different to the one you played.
Episode 1 review
The Telltale The Walking Dead series has turned into one of my all time favourite series, in fact the entire Telltale library is one of my favourites. I love the narrative that comes with the games, and how the games are designed.
The story telling is one of the strongest points of The Walking Dead series for me, and all through Series 1 and 2 the story brought out so many emotions, even the ending of series 1 with Lee and Clementine there was a lump in my throat and some lip wobbling going on. This again was the same at the end of series 2 with Kenny and Clementine, and for me, this is how it should be, this is what shows strong story telling, being able to bring out the emotions in the player and I have to admit that it was the same for the first episode of series 3.
The first episode always sets the standards for the series, it’s the one that draws you in to play the next episode, and I have to admit that I was glad that both episodes have been released because after the first episode, I straight away wanted to get into the second episode.
The first episode is based on Javier, you start off when Javier was young and his father passes away, his niece can be seen taking a drink back into whether Javier’s fathers body is lying. Javier’s mother goes onto say that there is no need to take it in to him and that he is now ‘sleeping’. However the niece turns around and says that he is awake now.
Everyone rushes into the room, and well, I take it you can guess what has happened to the father. Madness ensues, Javier’s mother gets bitten and Javier finishes off his father.
After you see everyone heading to the hospital the game comes back to modern day where Javier, Kate, Gabe and Mariana are in the van still, surviving. They stumble across a scrap yard and decide to check it out for supplies, and in true twist and turns in a Walking Dead episode, happiness and joy turn into despair as the people who were living there, turn up and things go south. Javier get’s knocked out and wakes up in a van and is being taken someone, that is until a tree collapses and the van crashes.
Javier grabs the gun on the dash and kills the driver, as he does though he finds a shotgun aimed into his back, welcome back Clementine!
Grown up and more mature, Clementine knows her stuff, shes alone and doesn’t seem to be taking prisoners. Agreeing to help Javier for is van, they both end up running from a heard and find themselves in a little town, while Javier is at the bar trying to make some friends and meet people, Clem has gone off to take care of some business.
You get the feeling this season that she has seen a lot of since we left them at the hardware store at the end of series 2. You do get a quick glimpse of this within the first episode, where it shows a rather different looking Jane to what I remember in series 2 and Clem outside the hardware store with AJ and Clementine getting AJ tatoo’d onto her hand. They talk about how the family I let in at the end of series 2 stole half the food and ran off, which Jane then mentions she is going to lie down, you later find out that Jane has hanged herself because she got pregnant with Nicks child. Which shows that this couldn’t have been that long after the end of series 2.
Back to the present and Clementine is going full on at someone who sold her duff bullets that don’t shoot, which she proves by shooting one at the person and nothing happens. Arguments fly back and forth before one bullet goes off killing the dealer.
This gets Javier and Clementine locked up, however they did say it was in self defense as the guy did cut Javier before hand. Tripp agrees to drive them back to the scrap yard to get Javier’s family but when they get there find that the herd of Zombies has been through and that it’s a mess.
Apparently a lucky guy, Javier has everyone of his family back, until shots from the tree line across kill a member of the family and injure another one. Javier agrees to go with his family and get them to safety leaving Clementine on her own. There is a scene within the van where it looks like the injured family member has died, which is where it ends. Leaving you in suspense.
I absolutely loved this episode, there was the usual ups and down and each decision had you thinking about what to do next.
I loved the clean and fresh design about the game as well, and though all indications within the game were clear but very neat, clean and suited the game well.
I was glad that there was a flashback so we got to see what happened at the hardware store as I I didn’t want that to be left untouched.
This season of The Walking Dead comes with something called ‘Crowd Play’ – Basically when you’re streaming your game you can let the people watching your stream pick the options for you, leaving the story of the game out of your hands. I haven’t managed to try this yet, however it does sound like an interesting proposition. I would only do it however, when I was doing a second run through, as I would want to play the game my way first, and then see how it panned out with people selecting it for me.
Overall another very enjoyable experience from a story I truly love. 9/10
You can view our playthrough for the first episode below: