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  • Summary: The latest chapter continues to follow Javier and Clementine’s journeys through the zombie apocalypse.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Apr 25, 2017
    91
    This chapter, and the last chapter for that matter, have felt pretty polished overall on PC, which certainly helps. I won't argue that the engine being used here is getting a little dated, and the overall mechanics of the series are starting to wear a little thin, but the story and characters introduced within A New Frontier still make it worth checking out. "Thicker than Water" is another solid chapter in the series, and helps propel the game towards what I'm sure will be a bummer of a conclusion in the near future.
  2. Apr 25, 2017
    85
    Thicker than Water is the best episode this season. It offers a great blend between relationship building and intense reveals. I hesitated before making my big decisions and was blindsided by what followed. I'm more excited than ever to see how it all shakes out. I'm guessing the death and devastation are far from over.
  3. May 3, 2017
    80
    After the plodding pace of Episode 3, Above the Law, Episode 4 brings back what the series so desperately needed.
  4. Apr 26, 2017
    70
    “Thicker Than Water” has its moments of enjoyment and incredulity, but the slow build-up and the meandering nature of the episode as a whole turns it into a frustrating chunk of a mostly consistent season. Players who stick through it will be well-rewarded with an intriguing finale setup that will hopefully pay off, but individually, the episode feels more like an obstacle than a continuation.
  5. May 1, 2017
    70
    The conclusion of Thicker Than Water is exactly what you'd expect from the series, and that's not a bad thing. For action fans, the setup means that the final episode is sure to be full of gore. For everyone else, though, having to spend so much time with some unlikeable and underdeveloped characters makes the episode feel like a drag, so the end is met with relief rather than longing to see the conclusion. It shouldn't be long before the final episode hits, but here's hoping things end on an upswing.
  6. Apr 25, 2017
    65
    “Thicker Than Water,” other than its satisfying ending, is the season’s weakest episode yet. Little that precedes the action-packed conclusion feels like it has much, if any, weight to the ongoing story I’m invested in — namely Javi’s life and his relationships with Kate, Clem, and David. I’m absolutely on the hook for the season finale after that strong start and thrilling ending — I just wish everything before it hadn’t felt so thin.
  7. Apr 25, 2017
    50
    What should have been a ramp up in excitement for the finale descends into dull, familiar tropes with bizarre characterisation.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. Apr 26, 2017
    10
    This episode is easily a 10/10 thanks to all the scenes that had to do with Clementine, which surprisingly ended up being on par with SeasonThis episode is easily a 10/10 thanks to all the scenes that had to do with Clementine, which surprisingly ended up being on par with Season 1's quality. Expand
  2. Apr 29, 2017
    3
    It continues to be as mediocre as the previous episodes. I don't know, but I just can't give a damn about anyone except Clem, Javi is such aIt continues to be as mediocre as the previous episodes. I don't know, but I just can't give a damn about anyone except Clem, Javi is such a bland, pointless character that I intentionally expose him to danger, but nothing ever happens to him. This episode is almost entirely one (short) cut-scene, with occasional E's to press and one choice to be made towards the end. What was it, 1 hour? It's a joke. Stay away, though if you're a fan, you've probably already played it. Expand
  3. Apr 25, 2017
    0
    It's completely broken. Won't even start, just spins on a loading screen indefinitely. Tried clearing the cache to no avail so now i hadIt's completely broken. Won't even start, just spins on a loading screen indefinitely. Tried clearing the cache to no avail so now i had to delete the entire series and re download episode 1 and this. Telltale's horrendous QA shouldn't fly anymore. They're a terrible developer that rips off their fans with broken products. I'll never again touch a Telltale product. Expand