The Walking Dead: A New Frontier is Telltale’s third release of their The Walking Dead series. This third iteration takes a refreshing new approach in the form of an all new character that players have yet to meet. We are still experiencing the same story that has everyone’s favorite ass kicking young’n, Clementine. With the Final Season on the horizon should gamers bite into this 3rd season?
In The Walking Dead: A New Frontier we are introduced to Javier, referred to as Javi through the game. Javi’s story begins with what you would expect in a zombie apocalypse game or movie. Essentially how he was introduced to life in a zombie world. Javi is portrayed as a selfish person who doesn’t even make it home for the death of a parent. Leaving his older brother having feelings of resentment. Once the stage is set, Javi finds himself wandering the apocalypse with his brother’s wife and her two step kids. Eventually, Javi meets Clementine, whose story is different depending on choices that were made in the previous seasons. The bulk of the story revolves around a group that calls themselves The New Frontier. Unfortunately spoilers would be required to continue any further. But the plot twists and the choices players are left with made every second worth it.
The Walking Dead: A New Frontier is exactly the same as far as gameplay is concerned to the first 2 seasons. As I’ve stated before, the best way to describe it would be a cross between a point and click game with QTE. Throughout each scene, the player is able to explore the background for objects or speak with NPCs. The Walking Dead: A New Frontier doesn’t change anything in the formula. But in this case that’s a good thing, don’t fix what isn’t broken.
When the player is in the middle of an intense scene, you were given just a handful of seconds to make a decision. If you have played any Telltale game, you know what you’re in for. That said, the gameplay at its core remains exactly the same. However, the best part of the gameplay is how your decisions in the first 2 season shape the story this time around. Players get to fill in the gaps between season 2 and A New Frontier in the form of flashbacks.
The flashbacks shed light on Clementine and give us some insight on how and why she turned out a certain way. Which brings me to the next exciting mechanic, Clementine’s character is shaped differently. She has matured (or not) based on the decisions that had been made in the 1st and 2nd seasons. The reason why this was the most exciting part for me is when in conversation with others who have completed the trilogy, everyone had a different Clementine. Giving a true feeling that everyone is playing their own story.
The Walking Dead: A New Frontier continues the tradition of following the comic book’s art style as we saw in the previous titles. This time around the colors are much more vibrant and it’s evident that smaller details such as shadows and facial features were given extra attention. There’s a reason this art style has become a staple for Telltale in its games. The Walking Dead: A New Frontier looks and sounds amazing. The voice acting does a hell of a job immersing you into the zombie overrun world. This is Telltale at it’s finest and for a game that isn’t graphically demanding, when you put the whole thing together, it is beautiful.
The Walking Dead: A New Frontier is my favorite Telltale title since the 1st season. The easiest way to put it, it created a “schoolyard at recess” environment for me when I completed the game, allowing my fiancée, her brother and I to begin comparing which decisions we had all made. We concluded that not only did we have different Clementine personalities, but that we all had different endings. Once I had discovered some of the other endings it left me debating if I wanted to try and start over. That’s how impactful and drastically different each ending was. I cannot stress enough how important it is you play the complete trilogy. Telltale Games has released the whole collection as a set. Making it easier for anyone to pick up and begin their journey.
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