The Walking Dead Season 3: New Frontier – Ties That Bind Pt 1 and 2

Walking Dead gets a new family and sees the return of Clementine

Two years have passed since Telltale Games released The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 5. As everyone will remember the first two seasons focused on and allowed us to take the role of the young and innocent Clementine, who due to the Zombie outbreak, had to grow up pretty quickly. Now season 3 titled A New Frontier sees Telltale Games introduce us to a new family. So lets us take a look below at the 2-part story of The Ties That Bind and see if this season starts with a bang.

Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games
Genre: Adventure
Release Date: 20 December 2016

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo / AMD Equivalent
VGA: Nividia Geforce 8800 / AMD Equivalent
DirectX: 11

Review copy provided by Developers.

Being an episodic gaming series I will keep the review spoiler free. As I mentioned above The New Frontier introduces a new family that we get to control and follow their journey. The Garcias have their own issues, which we discover at the start of the game. The family personalities are established early on and instantly you start to feel and get attached to them. After the opening story and things move on a few years, their are only four remaining members who are Javier, his nephew Gabe, his Niece Mariana and their step-mom Kate.

During the first episode we get reintroduced to our favourite bad-ass child of the Zombie outbreak, Clementine. We find her surviving on her own and as the season goes on it looks like we will get flashbacks to what happened to her and the group she was with. In usual Walking Dead / Telltale Games fashion it isn’t long before things start to go sideways and very drastically. By the end of the first episode you will really feel for Javier and his family by the end of part 1.

Part 2 picks up where the previous part left off and given how dramatic it was you will be kind of glad that they did. By the time you get to end of part 2 you have already been on a emotional roller coaster and will be glad to have a break to recover before part three arrives. For The New Frontier Telltale have created a new engine and as you will notice the character are now able to express micro-expressions, so that you can see their reaction to the choices that you make along the story.

Talltale Games have also created a new graphics engine so now the characters looks really sharp and detailed. Unfortunately there are still minor performance issues, which in my opinion are not a game breaker, but it is something that they have never seem to fix throughout the franchise range. Given how good the first two parts are these don’t spoil the enjoyment of the game.

Final Thoughts

Season three starts with a bang and there is no denying that after the long await between season two and season three was definitely worth the wait. The narrative is brilliant and the voice acting is authentic which means that you really get invested in the game and get a real feel for the characters and their problems. If you loved the previous seasons then you really need to get this.

The Verdict


The Good: Great Story | Voice Acting Brilliant | Great Visuals

The Bad: Still Slight Performance Issues | Wish Episode 3 was already Released

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