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8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 93 Ratings

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  2. Negative: 6 out of 93

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  1. Sep 8, 2014
    7
    Telltale Games hit a home run with Season 1 of the Walking Dead. It was a near-perfect mix of tension, exploration, character development, and action. The magic just didn't continue into the second season, on the whole. The problem may be more to do with the setting than with the actual game mechanics themselves. As we've seen through any number of zombie-media, there really isn't a wholeTelltale Games hit a home run with Season 1 of the Walking Dead. It was a near-perfect mix of tension, exploration, character development, and action. The magic just didn't continue into the second season, on the whole. The problem may be more to do with the setting than with the actual game mechanics themselves. As we've seen through any number of zombie-media, there really isn't a whole lot of variety to be found in a post-apocalyptic world beset by walking dead. No one is safe. Any place can be swarmed by zombies or raided by opportunistic and/or sadistic bandits. Some people are brutalized by the environment, others try to persevere in spite of it. Rinse and repeat. The setting changes little whether the player character is an adult man or pre-teen girl.

    This season of The Walking Dead had several memorable moments, to be sure. Reuniting with Kenny, the final scene with Carver, and the end of No Going Back all come to mind. But on the whole, this season's characters were more disposable and cookie-cutter than the first's, and the actual amount of player agency is drastically less. Exploration scenes were a regular occurrence in the first season; in this season, you were lucky to get one per episode. Large parts of most episodes this season felt more like the television show than a game where the player gets to influence the outcome.

    All that being said, the story is still very interesting, the multiple endings are diverse enough to promote replay value, and the price is very reasonable. The ending(s) promise to make Season 3 substantially different. All in all, good enough for it's price point, but a modest disappointment in comparison to the first season.
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84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Sep 12, 2014
    70
    What that means for the third instalment remains to be seen, but as the conclusion to this particular story No Going Back lacks the punch of the first season’s finale and becomes an analogue of the second season as a whole: an above-average game which has vainly struggled to step out of its predecessor’s shadow.
  2. Sep 6, 2014
    80
    In fact, I was this close to simply quitting the series and not coming back, but Clementine & co. definitely recaptured some of the original Walking Dead magic before the final credits rolled, and I was grateful for that.
  3. 80
    It's the unquestionable high point of a season that did not really know where it should to go. But maybe that's only apt, considering the bleak backdrop of a world where no one ever is safe.