Episode 2 of The Walking Dead: Michonne evolves the mini-series’ plot in compelling fashion.
Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games
Platforms: PC (Version Reviewed), Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, iOS, Android
Release Date: March 29, 2016
By the time the first episode of The Walking Dead: Michonne concluded, I felt optimistic about the fate of Telltale Games’ mini-series. Still, with one episode in the bag and two to come, there were no guarantees that it’d be able to continue its momentum. I had to question whether the game’s plot had enough legs to carry it through episodes two and three, but I needn’t have worried. Episode 2 is even better than its predecessor.
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While the first episode of the series took an understandably long time to establish each character and the plot of the story, Give No Shelter has the luxury of jumping into an action-packed opening right from the off. I was pleased to see that the somewhat familiar plot that concluded the first episode altered rather dramatically in a very short period, changing the course of the story for the rest of Episode 2.
This time around, I was particularly impressed by the game’s ability to balance exhilarating action scenes with quiet, character-developing segments without feeling overly forced or rushed. It’s a testament to the excellent story design that, once again, the disappointingly short episode length didn’t feel like as much of a burden as it probably should.
Michonne is exposed in much more detail in Episode 2, allowing us to become more acquainted with her character. While we’re able to enjoy the benefits of her lethal combat skills once more, we also delve further into her emotional struggles, giving us a chance to sympathize with her to a greater degree. Combat continues to offer a refreshing alternative from what we’re used to, and I’m enjoying the ability to see things from a different point of view.
We also learn more about the supporting cast in Episode 2, and although they’re not all particularly memorable, they’re still varied and well-fleshed out. Still, I wish we had more time to get acquainted with these characters. By the end of the episode, it felt like I was only just beginning to get attached to them, including Michonne herself.
The Walking Dead: Michonne offers a gripping tale from start to finish, only occasionally falling flat.
Once again, The Walking Dead: Michonne offers a gripping tale from start to finish, only occasionally falling flat. While the core story is enticing enough, Michonne’s recurring battle with her inner demons provides a thrilling underlying story which delves into all sort of avenues, including a brief scene which wouldn’t seem out of place in a full-blown horror title.
In terms of the gameplay itself, I was occasionally confused by a few sequences where I was never sure if I was in control of the character, or whether it was simply a part of the cutscene. By the time I figured this out, it was too late to prevent a gruesome death.
Episode 2 of The Walking Dead: Michonne features a few shocking moments in the traditional Telltale style, and there’s a nail-biting ending to rival the one found in the first episode. The hardest decision is the very last one you’ll have to make, and your choice will dramatically change the outcome heading into the concluding chapter of the series.
Michonne’s recurring battle with her inner demons provides a thrilling underlying story…
I really struggled with the final choice; a sure sign Telltale had succeeded in drawing me into this plot after just a few hours of gameplay. This mini-series has done an excellent job of portraying how choosing the morally right choice won’t necessarily result in the desired consequences. There’s an added element of strategy involved because of this, making each decision that little bit harder.
Truth be told, the crucial moments in Episode 2 wouldn’t feel as captivating without assistance from the game’s outstanding accompanying soundtrack. I highlighted this as a factor in my review of Episode 1, and it’s just as spectacular this time around. It sets the scene of each segment, and the feeling of tension is significantly heightened by its presence. I also didn’t notice anyone’s dialogue being abruptly cut off by my decision-making this time, which was pleasing.
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