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  • Summary: No Going Back is the 5th and last episode of Telltale Games' The Walking Dead: Season Two.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. Aug 26, 2014
    100
    It makes you look at humanity in a different way with each play through, not just the harsh and unforgiving humanity that exists in the zombie apocalypse, but the harsh and unforgiving humanity that exists around us in the world we live in now.
  2. Aug 26, 2014
    90
    It started nervously, almost scared of what it was, but at the end of season two, you’ll go to whomever you hold dear, and you’ll squeeze them just that little bit harder than usual. They’ll ask you why, and you won’t answer. There’s a little girl to be saved.
  3. Aug 28, 2014
    90
    No Going Back does more than caps it off with aplomb; it drags the rest of it up by its braces and recasts it as something much more than the sum of its parts.
  4. Sep 1, 2014
    80
    This ending represents a closure either for the present and the past of The Walking Dead, but leaves a door wide open for the future of the game.
  5. Aug 26, 2014
    78
    No Going Back is a quality episode, yet it fails to be as memorable as Season One’s ending, despite some intense and heartbreaking moments.
  6. Aug 27, 2014
    70
    This messy ending is an appropriate way to wrap a season that evolved into a morality play loaded with grim, philosophical musings about what it means to be a human being, whether you're struggling to survive in a zombie apocalypse or simply learning how to get by in the real world.
  7. Sep 8, 2014
    50
    Out of all of the episodes, “No Going Back” is the most relentless.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 55
  2. Negative: 4 out of 55
  1. Aug 26, 2014
    10
    Telltale arrived at what it has been aiming for the past two years. It's not just about making hard choices, but watching humanity come loose.Telltale arrived at what it has been aiming for the past two years. It's not just about making hard choices, but watching humanity come loose. With beautiful imagery and heart wrenching conflicts, Telltale has knocked the ball out of the park. They have reminded us that apocalypse isn't about the physical breakdown of society, but witnessing the delicate threads which hold human beings together come apart. The people, including Clementine have nothing left to hide behind, as they try to survive by any means possible, however dear the cost. In a sense, they have turned into zombies, mindless and selfish, without the actual death and disease. The plague which riddles their hearts is what makes them the real zombies, The Walking Dead. Expand
  2. Sep 11, 2014
    10
    This is the probably the best episode in season 2 and i don't know how it got 79 score it should be above 90+.I recommend to play this gameThis is the probably the best episode in season 2 and i don't know how it got 79 score it should be above 90+.I recommend to play this game and you won't regret it! Expand
  3. Aug 31, 2014
    10
    This last episode was the best of them all. It arguably had as many feels as the first season's episode 5, minus Lee's death of course.This last episode was the best of them all. It arguably had as many feels as the first season's episode 5, minus Lee's death of course. Telltale has outdone themselves with this one and I'm already excited for Season 3. If this episode was the last of Clementine's adventures, it was a damn great end to them. Expand
  4. Aug 26, 2014
    10
    Season 2 concludes months later and builds on its amazing premise to remind us that The Walking dead is one of the best games of the decade.Season 2 concludes months later and builds on its amazing premise to remind us that The Walking dead is one of the best games of the decade. Telltale games continues to shock everyone with there sassy dialogue trees and gut aching decisions. For the price of $25 dollars this is entertainment +. Clem is stronger then ever! Sign me up for season 3! Mind Blow! Expand
  5. Aug 27, 2014
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I stuck with Kenny to the bitter end, and wasn't disappointed. I looked away while he shanked Jane. Mind blowing ending, with Kenny making an endgame choice that proved he wasn't as nuts as people thought. Unpredictable, yet believable characters. Best episode yet. Expand
  6. Sep 9, 2014
    9
    In all honesty, this final episode is amazing and I'm giving it a 9, but only just.

    This has nothing to do with the episode content - hands
    In all honesty, this final episode is amazing and I'm giving it a 9, but only just.

    This has nothing to do with the episode content - hands down this is the most brutal, engaging and interesting episode telltale have ever produced (perhaps on par with the finale of the Wolf Among Us). The reason this doesn't get a 10 however is for 2 reasons:

    - Due to the 7/10 support cast, the emotional edge is blunted at times when it could potentially be 'feels-rollercoaster'.

    - 2 of the 5 possible endings are absolutely awful.

    At the same time, 1 of the possible endings is absolutely depression inducing, you'll be crying into your cereal for weeks (hint: Believe in kenny till the very end). This doesn't excuse the other 3 however, which just feel so lacklustre, almost like gaining a bronze medal at the end of a game. It feels incomplete, and whether this is telltale's way of saying 'go back and do it again the right way' I'm not sure (obviously isn't).

    It's a shame really, as the storyline throughout this season has been absolutely stunning, and followed a completely different arc to that of the first season giving the two games distinct feels. It's just the supporting cast are made to feel expendable, not necessary tools for your survival. As such, their eventual demises can almost be cast aside after the intial 'Christ Jim, he's dead' moment. As the game explores Clementine's development into a 'hardened' individual, this makes perfect sense however it just detracts from the overall feel of the game.

    Apart from that, stunning. Just isn't a 10.
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  7. Dec 23, 2014
    0
    The cliffhanger at the end of episode 4 is ♥♥♥♥ed over and paid off with little to no respect as all the russians die beside your team,The cliffhanger at the end of episode 4 is ♥♥♥♥ed over and paid off with little to no respect as all the russians die beside your team, literally none of your gang die.. wtf???? this is where the good/alright ♥♥♥♥ ends and the bad ♥♥♥♥.. REALLY starts to begin, straight after the ♥♥♥♥ed up opening we are given piece of ♥♥♥♥ arvo who dogged you out and tried to kill you, half your team decide that they don't want to kill him, although they were perfectly alright with you killing carver although he tried to kill you too, apparently killing someone isn't ok if they look like a kid.. even though they tried to kill you... No... and then THEY ♥♥♥♥ING BELIEVE HIM... they take his word and go to a place where he says food is... I know food was there but they literally straight up believe him alhough he tried to kill them 2 seconds ago... eahtjrfhcjmcnjd.. and jane.. why the ♥♥♥♥ did she have to leave last episode? there is given no explanation why she came back beside the fact that she may like luke, but then why did she leave in the first place if she wasn't sure? honest to god.. and to make it worse, this build up of who will you choose, kenny or luke throughout these past few episodes... IS ♥♥♥♥ING IGNORED and it is jane or kenny, honest to god that ♥♥♥♥ed me off SOO ♥♥♥♥ING MUCH, the endings are ♥♥♥♥ either way unless you choose kenny, the character arc of kenny is ♥♥♥♥ing stupid as he changes emotions every 3 seconds throughout the episode one minute hes angry, the next he is happy and makes jokes and agrees with you, and you may say it's because he's losing himself due to all that's happened, but apologising constantly DOESNT MAKE ANY ♥♥♥♥ING SENSE FOR IT!!! The final episode is no doubt a rancid, heartless, mistaken piece of ♥♥♥♥ and is wihtout a doubt the ♥♥♥♥ing worst episode through the entire season and the previous season, 5 episodes of build up and that's what we get, I could go on and on and to prove I could here we go, I'll list a few more errors, characters leaving you, mike and bonnie with arvo because the plot required them to leave with arvo, because we all trust arvo after he tried to just kill you, how arvo shoots you even if you give mike the gun and you're no longer a threat and even if you didn't take anything from him in the previous episode, he shoots you because.. umm she was apart of the group who killed his friends.. wait so was mike and bonnie... but theyre allowed to do that... NO.. NO NO... also bonnie practically telling mike to leave you even though she was acting nice throughout the past couple of episodes and even if you choose to help luke instead of cover you, she is still a ♥♥♥♥ing ♥♥♥♥♥ and says the same thing "leave her" because we care about arvo so much more and he has to be safe.. WHY??? if you want to leave, yeh take arvo with you but not until you trust him give him a gun or untie him, and lukes death.. WHAT THE ♥♥♥♥... he died by the ice melting, that gives more of a ♥♥♥♥ing reason no to trust arvo, he said the ice was fine but everyone still loves him and wants to suck his ♥♥♥♥.. and also Jane.. why the ♥♥♥♥ did she pretend the baby was dead just so we could see that bad side of kenny we already knew existed, and he had a great reason to lash out, she said "I Killed it" she could have said at any moment she didn't but no.. the plot required you to HAVE TO make a decision... ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥... I cannot ♥♥♥♥ing believe this complete and utter ♥♥♥♥ing ♥♥♥♥, now I got the ending of doing something different I thought it would be interesting to keep jane alive and see what her outcome is, but after seeing the baby alive, I could not ♥♥♥♥ing believe it so I left.. that ending.. was the worst ending anyone could have recieved. I wanted to play the game to see the outcome of the ending but because of how ♥♥♥♥ it was I decided to look it up, and theyre all ♥♥♥♥ anyway, unless you choose to keep kenny alive and be with him, then you get another choice.. which is so ♥♥♥♥ing stupid.. once again... look I could go on for hours about how ♥♥♥♥ this game was, 1/10.... the only redeeming qualities were the music and the scene where luke died, as I was actually quite sad to see him go, but the thing is 10 seconds later after he died there is no time to mourn and we hardly hear a word about him again, and we do then my god. I cannot **** remember it. only the 1 time when we see kenny say "arvo is the reason he's dead" this is honestly not even all of what I could of mentioned, but seeing as I need to rap this review up as I only have about 500 characters left, I need to end it here, and I'm not kidding there is so much more I could go into.. these aren't even all the characters, I would need probably another 5000 words to detail everything that was bad here, nearly every character had something wrong.. in conclusion as stated this episode was a rancid, heartless boring predictable and ignorant piece of **** I am now a lesser person because of this **** 0/10... Expand

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