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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: 11 out of 28
  2. Negative: 6 out of 28
  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. Mar 10, 2017
    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
  3. Dec 16, 2020
    9
    So why do people hate this game? Because 1. You don't play as Clementine, 2. Choices do matter more in comparison to Season 2, but in the longSo why do people hate this game? Because 1. You don't play as Clementine, 2. Choices do matter more in comparison to Season 2, but in the long run of the main overarching storyline, it feels more like filler and 3. You Dont Play As Clementine.

    I actually liked the fact that we got to see the story from a new character's point of view, because i remember a time when TWD games didn't all revolve around Clementine's choices, Clementine's feelings, Clem this Clem that. S1 used to give every character at least some development and for you to interact or side with them but ever since Season 2 everything is about Clementine and the fans just love it.

    In my honest opinion, Season 3 is not perfect far from it, it's short, your choices in Season 2 dont matter at all (again) and there is still some BS choices you make that don't really mean much as usual. But the story was great, Javi is a likeable character and Clem's bonding with both AJ and Javi is great. Yeah, Season 3 is better than Season 2!
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  4. Dec 22, 2016
    7
    I love the Walking Dead and I love Telltale Games.
    The game puts you right on the action. Very dynamic game.
    The story is a little average
    I love the Walking Dead and I love Telltale Games.
    The game puts you right on the action. Very dynamic game.
    The story is a little average for my taste.
    But I can't wait for the next episode.
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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. Jul 1, 2021
    5
    The game is similar to first one,but a way worse. Not my type of game. But some of you will definitely like it so.
  7. Apr 6, 2017
    0
    TL;DR - Offensive to S1 and S2 players.
    Rest in bloody peace: a series which once used to be great.
    Short 60 minute episodes (and the
    TL;DR - Offensive to S1 and S2 players.
    Rest in bloody peace: a series which once used to be great.

    Short 60 minute episodes (and the awful story makes it even worse), Clementine is playable for 5 minutes per ep, false advertisting pre-release, this is Javier's story for whatever **** reason even though we never asked for this and just wanted a GOOD continuation of Clementine's story (but this is an ABYSMAL continuation - this shouldn't even be called S3), The story is awful, and Clem is just a side character shoe-horned in when she was pretty much the main character for the previous two seasons. This isn't Clem's story, this is Javier's story - so this shouldn't even have Clem in it if Telltale wants to tell Javier's story so badly because she's just shoe-horned in and a side character. All the false advertising pre-release doesn't help either. Her being in every bloody advertisement also doesn't help. We played as Clementine in Season 2 and shaped our Clementine, and now Clementine is a supporting character again plus her personality doesn't change at all depending on your choices last season. Easy choices and deaths don't affect you because there is not enough character development and the game just pushes you forwards without any chance to talk to characters like in Season 1 (and even S2). This review would be too long if I talked about every issue, but SOME of the main issues are up there. SOME of the main issues. S2 choices don't **** matter for ****
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