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The Walking Dead: Episode 3: Long Road Ahead Review (Video Game Review)

The Walking Dead has returned with an all new episode. Episode 3: The Long Road Ahead continues the story of Lee Everett and his band of survivors, and as the episode's name suggests, the group is far from safe, and in fact, things only seem to be getting worse. As the last episode left off, most of the group had survived a terrible ordeal involving both bandits that would  kill the group for their supplies and a family of even more dangerous cannibals. Things were looking up for a moment when the group stumbled upon supplies that you could then choose to take or leave, but as we all know, things always having a tendency to turn horribly wrong just when they are looking good in The Walking Dead universe.

When Long Road Ahead begins, Lee and the group are once again struggling for survival, and it seems that there is a traitor among the group. Someone has been stealing from the group's supplies and the weak bonds between some of the group's members will be pushed to the limit. The episode plays primarily on the fight and struggle for survival in a post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested world, and emotional moments, arguments and zombie attacks drive the story forward, as the strong bond between Lee and Clementine continues to grow. While some characters will surely perish, plenty of new characters enter the mix as well, even after the terrible events that transpired when trusting other survivors in the previous episode. Long Road Ahead provides one of the best storylines of the game so far and one the most endearing in The Walking Dead universe, period.

The game's mechanics haven't changed much for the new episode. Tough choices will need to be made, dialogue must be decided quickly and some bonds will strengthen while others diminish, but these are all what makes the series so fantastic. New mini-games and puzzles have been introduced and are definitely fun while they last. Sniping zombies, fixing broken transportation and making your way past a broken ladder are only a few of the interesting scenarios you'll encounter in the playthrough. Of course, decisions you've made in prior episodes will once again show up in the episode now and again and will help determine how many of the episode's scenarios turn out for Lee and the group.

The high quality presentation of The Walking Dead returns once again. While the game's graphics look fantastic, they do tend to mess up momentarily only to return after these short sputters. The game's great voice actors return to provide one of the best storylines with a strong voiceover. The game's soundtrack once again chimes in at the right moments to provide a better sense of atmosphere among the often chaotic happenings in The Walking Dead’s world. Essentially if you've enjoyed these games in the past, there is no reason not to pick up Episode 3: The Long Road Ahead. If you haven't tried the game out yet, you'll need the previous two episodes in the series to access the new game, but at $5 an episode, you can't beat this deal that will provide you with an excellent storyline that may actually be the best the highly popular The Walking Dead franchise has to offer. With a second season announced to be on the way after the conclusion of this five episode season, the sky's the limit for The Walking Dead from developer Telltale Games.

Game Information
Developed and Distributed by Telltale Games
Available for Xbox 360 (Reviewed), PlayStation 3, Mac, iOS & PC
Rated M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language & Suggestive Themes

Game Features
  • A tailored game experience – Live with the profound and lasting consequences of the decisions that you make in each episode.
  • Your actions and choices will affect how your story plays out across the entire series.
  • Experience events, meet people and visit locations that foreshadow the story of Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes. Meet Glenn before he heads to Atlanta, explore Hershel’s farm before Rick and his group of survivors arrive and before the barn becomes a notorious location in Walking Dead lore.
  • You’ll be forced to make decisions that are not only difficult, but that will require you to make an almost immediate choice. There’s no time to ponder when the undead are pounding the door down!
  • An Adventure Horror game of 5 episodes. Features meaningful decision-making, exploration, problem solving and a constant fight for survival in a world overrun by the undead.
  • Artwork inspired by the original comic books.
Score: 9 out of 10
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