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  • Summary: After the events of 'Ties That Bind: Part Two', Javier struggles to find a role in his family. Meanwhile, tension within the walls of Richmond grow. Will Clementine and the rest of the group turn against Javier? It may be time to choose between the family you're born into and the family you've made.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Jun 12, 2017
    90
    A New Frontier tells two tales, one of a battle-hardened teenager and the other of a brother who is trying to keep his family together while struggling with his emotions. It's powerful and steps away from the aesthetics of a melodrama but my dear reader, A New Frontier sets the bar high for its excellent narrative, storytelling and politics of society. You will drown in the world of New Richmond only to be awakened by a Walker nearby.
  2. Mar 30, 2017
    89
    This episode flew by at the swiftness of a baseball bat or bullet. While I hesitate to say that this was worth the wait because I do not want to encourage Telltale's practice of delayed releases, the fact of the matter is that I love this new season as much as I have seasons 1 and 2, albeit in slightly different ways. The series has matured nicely alongside Clementine — I just wish Telltale's release schedule would do the same.
  3. Apr 17, 2017
    80
    Above the Law corrects a lot of the missteps from the first two episodes and also benefits from the narrative scaffolding they painstakingly laid. If nothing else, this episode illustrates that the season is on a trajectory of improvement. The fact that Clementine is a supporting character still stings, but the pain in my heart when she makes an offhanded comment about Lee from season one suggests her character (and all the baggage she carries) remains emotionally resonant.
  4. May 9, 2017
    75
    An amazing emotional experience that trips and stumbles, but shows what Telltale is capable off.
  5. Mar 28, 2017
    73
    Unfortunately, Above The Law ends on a lame, predictable cliffhanger that left me cold. Now that we're in the third season, Telltale needs to stop retracing the same path and provide legitimate surprises.
  6. Apr 4, 2017
    70
    Telltale have surprised me before, and for Clementine’s sake, I hope they manage it again by the end of this season. Otherwise, The Walking Dead: A New Frontier may join the series with a whimper, rather than a ferocious zombie bite.
  7. Mar 28, 2017
    50
    A pedestrian episode which does little to shake the feeling that the series is in dire need of a shake-up.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 4 out of 9
  1. Mar 29, 2017
    10
    this game is amazing , gives a copelling story and great narrative , i dont know why the **** **** holes like critics think thinks a gamethis game is amazing , gives a copelling story and great narrative , i dont know why the **** **** holes like critics think thinks a game that gave you good content should be rated like this , what the **** Expand
  2. Mar 31, 2017
    9
    this episode was awesome. great starting and kept going well but the ending was not good enough. two remaining episodes will be great. choicesthis episode was awesome. great starting and kept going well but the ending was not good enough. two remaining episodes will be great. choices were awesome and of course would effect to next episodes. graphics looks much better now.

    9/10
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  3. Mar 28, 2017
    7
    i gave this a 7 out of 10, to me it was the worst episode out of the three we have so far, but it is by no means a bad episode there are somei gave this a 7 out of 10, to me it was the worst episode out of the three we have so far, but it is by no means a bad episode there are some tough choices that the game makes you pick not ruining any spoilers but i found taking the medicine a hard choice even though I already kind of knew the outcome. Also trying to care for each character and keep there respect was hard which is something i enjoy out of this series. Also this episode explores family bonding which makes some decisions hard in terms of ethics and morals and still keeping respect with the characters that I feel invested in. However I'm still looking forwards to the next episode.

    But this episode looses points because it had such a week ending. And some choices seemed to be meaning less or have no real effect as the game will still force you to move along something telltale need to start paying more attention to. To me it wasn't worth the nearly 4 months wait, but in a sense it does lead up to what episodes 4 and 5 will be about and now we have an actual plot for the rest of the series. All in all good game but don't expect it to have those Holy Sh*t moments.
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  4. Mar 29, 2017
    6
    Such a long wait for such a short episode. Some of the outcomes for choices didn't give me the intended outcome i was after. I'm not sure ifSuch a long wait for such a short episode. Some of the outcomes for choices didn't give me the intended outcome i was after. I'm not sure if that was the intention or if it wasn't supposed to go my way. Even though there were answers to some questions i had overall i felt a little dissatisfied with the episode as a whole. Expand
  5. Apr 8, 2017
    4
    Series 3 continuous to disappoint. After Clem and Lee, Javi seems like a joke rather than an actual character - he is bland as hell, ISeries 3 continuous to disappoint. After Clem and Lee, Javi seems like a joke rather than an actual character - he is bland as hell, I actually did my best/worst to somehow harm him through my choices, but to no avail - this cardboard cutout appears to be immune to fire. Making him the lead was a disastrous choice, he barely stands on his own two feet as a side character. You rarely control anything here, it's mostly cut-scenes with occasional Xs and Es to mash. And that would be fine if there was anyone to root for, but there's just no one except Clem and she gets less and less screen time with every episode. Javi, the chick he bangs and the kids are just meaningless, washed out bots whose slaughter wouldn't force out of me anything except for a sigh of relief. And hope that someone with an actual personality might replace them.
    However, IF you happen to like Javi and IF - for whatever reason - you did not play the previous episodes and have no emotional connection with either Clem or Lee... then yeah, I suppose. But for a fan, one hour of blandness ain't enough I'm afraid.
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  6. Apr 1, 2017
    4
    As far as the narrative is not bad, but you almost don't play the episode, you never Controls the character, it's just a long long dialogueAs far as the narrative is not bad, but you almost don't play the episode, you never Controls the character, it's just a long long dialogue where you only watch, more the any other episode of the all game series... Unsatisfactory. Expand
  7. Apr 6, 2017
    0
    Clementine isn't playable and only gets 10% of the entire screen time. Javier is bland and has a boring story. Episodes are 60 minutes long,Clementine isn't playable and only gets 10% of the entire screen time. Javier is bland and has a boring story. Episodes are 60 minutes long, down from 90 minutes in season 2 and 120-150 minutes in season 1. The writing is atrocious.

    If you have any respect for Clementine or Lee, don't buy this game. It destroys everything from the past 2 seasons.

    This is an insult and a betrayal to all fans.
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