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  • Summary: 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 fromWhen 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. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Dec 20, 2016
    100
    These two episodes start off strong, the new cast additions seem solid, and I'm excited to see where this entry takes Clementine.
  2. Dec 20, 2016
    90
    Unlike some of the episodes in previous seasons, there wasn’t a moment I found myself waiting for particular boring sections to end.
  3. Feb 27, 2017
    85
    Perhaps the greatest shortcoming is the game’s stubbornness to shove Javi’s family as the player’s raison d’etre, when it’s clear that Clementine is a much more relatable and less frustrating character. The classic Telltale trap of unavoidable events is still there, but by now you should know what you’re getting into. If judged by what it attempts to do, rather than by what some sceptic players want it to be, A New Frontier’s harrowing first episodes smoothen most rough edges found in other games in the series in terms of storytelling. It just about manages to shake off the notion of being a rehashed concept, and become a beast that can stand on its own two feet, built upon the foundations laid by Lee and Clementine. Hopefully the rest of the season manages to sustain this level of quality.
  4. Dec 20, 2016
    80
    A fantastic introduction to The Walking Dead: A New Frontier. The story is incredibly well created, still managing to feel fresh despite the amount of baggage its carrying from two previous seasons of diverging narrative.
  5. Jan 11, 2017
    80
    Classic gameplay and a strong story. A Telltale game.
  6. Dec 28, 2016
    80
    The Ties that Bind Part 1 is a great start to a new entry in Telltale’s excellent series, one that does just enough to feel fresh.
  7. games(TM)
    Feb 21, 2017
    50
    A plot slower than a walker. [Issue#183, p.81]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 24
  2. Negative: 6 out of 24
  1. Dec 20, 2016
    10
    I don’t have a clear sense of where the season as a whole aims to go just yet, but “Ties That Bind Part I” is one of Telltale’s strongestI don’t have a clear sense of where the season as a whole aims to go just yet, but “Ties That Bind Part I” is one of Telltale’s strongest openers in recent memory. Scenes feel carefully constructed in their camera direction and editing, and Telltale avoids the pitfalls of its most egregious past issues — only one environmental exploration sequence temporarily slows things down — but for the most part the episode moves along at an exceptional clip. But that’s not just thanks to Part I’s style. Smart characterization and writing for Javi and his family, plus the return of Clementine, add weight to a largely unfamiliar but already engaging new frontier that I can’t wait to continue to explore. Expand
  2. Jan 20, 2017
    10
    I don't know what is the problem with appreciating the new characters honestly this game is well written and has a very great story , and alsoI don't know what is the problem with appreciating the new characters honestly this game is well written and has a very great story , and also combines good point and click game play with high amounts of suspense honestly people need to back off this game is great. Expand
  3. Dec 22, 2016
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The walking Dead: A New Frontier episode one is an effective continuation of the last plot, except for a few letdown moments and sloppy ties up loose ends. Our story begins with an incredibly effective opening that establishes our new characters at the begging of the out break. The tension, writing and acting are all spot on as usual. You then jump ahead four years to the modern day with your nice nephew and their step mom. While exploring an abandoned junk yard the new villains are introduced as the new frontier. The new frontier aren't really established very well, are they a big group? Is it just these 6 dudes? What are there goals? Are they serving? Setting up a new society? Killing just cause? However, im sure well learn more as the series continues. After this, you are kidnapped where your car crashes and you find it was the work of our old friend, Clementine. At first, it's quite unclear what happened to her and this is eventually explained. As far as I can tell whatever ending you got last time, there's no change in her situation. I was with Kenny and AJ on the open road. This is when the episode fails. Our car crashes, for what I saw, no reason and Kenny are torn apart by a pack of a walker. Really? This is how Kenny dies? One of the most beloved and memorial characters form over two seasons is killed and a un satisfactory flash back. It's just a plain awful way to kill Kenny. I'm sure that if you with Jane she also died as anti-climatically as possible. But other than that the episode is great and I are very excited to start the next one and see where the story goes. Expand
  4. Oct 12, 2017
    7
    For someone who has played the previous two seasons and other games from telltale I found this one to be worse they made. I wish someoneFor someone who has played the previous two seasons and other games from telltale I found this one to be worse they made. I wish someone compared this with the others seasons. I felt like there were too few interactions areas where you could walk a bit and learn as you explore. Also characters came and went too fast, there was no time to develop them or grow any attachment.

    I did like the fact the graphics were more vivid and the QTE had better usability, but overall this felt like an "ok" game. If I had just started with this one I'd definitely shy away from other telltale tiles but since I played the other two seasons and this one now, I'll probably get the next one so I can see where the story goes.
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  5. Jan 10, 2017
    5
    Obviously, all fans gonna buy it instantly, but stuff still needs to be said.

    1) Very bland main character, which is absolutely
    Obviously, all fans gonna buy it instantly, but stuff still needs to be said.

    1) Very bland main character, which is absolutely unforgivable in a game like this - compared to Clem and Lee, Javier is a **** joke, he's a complete push-over that has no depth, emotion or vibrance to him. That's the major complaint that for some may constitute reason enough to quit midway.
    2) Just like others wrote, choices you make don't seem to matter at all, they all lead to the same conclusions in the end.
    3) I love the graphics and animations though! It's an IMMENSE improvement on the last two series, really contributes to immersion.
    4) The story itself also falters, just like the characters. Predictable and boring, with walkers coming out of nowhere in hordes and the bad guys being so 2-dimensional you;d swear they are cardboard cut-outs.
    5) Finally, the game simply doesn't make you feel ANYTHING. It tries real hard and theoretically speaking, it does tick off all the boxes, but in practice, it just doesn't work, you aren't curious what's gonna happen next, you don't partake in their suffering, you willingly engender the lives of the main characters just for fun, etc.
    So yeah, a huge technical step forward which lost its soul along the way towards visual perfection.
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  6. Dec 24, 2016
    4
    Season 1 and 2 were awesome, but this season 3 is not. Previously the story was focused on clem, now there is a second character you play asSeason 1 and 2 were awesome, but this season 3 is not. Previously the story was focused on clem, now there is a second character you play as well, flashbacks to the past, the action sequences are extremely easy, choices seem irrelevant, and the game, for me, hardly triggers emotions. Time to move on. Expand
  7. Feb 21, 2017
    0
    soo bad sorry jk 10 lel and sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo lolsoo bad sorry jk 10 lel and sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo lol hahhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaavhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Expand

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