I can’t recommend Telltale’s The Walking Dead games enough, they are easily some of the best games I’ve ever played and this mini-series starring Michonne is no exception. This episode picks up after a potentially brutal scene at the end of episode 2 (depending on your choice, you can guess what I did?!) and brings Michonne’s short side-story to a satisfying close.
It’s probably because this miniseries was only 3 episodes long, but I felt that the pacing was perfect. I didn’t find myself bored or lacking emotional or action scenes to get involved with, and there were plenty of significant choices to make. I normally take the safe and sympathetic option when I’m confronted with a tough choice to make, but during these few episodes I’ve been quite ruthless, possibly due to the fact that I’ve seen Michonne’s character develop during the TV show, and because of my own time I’ve spent in Seasons 1 and 2 of Telltale’s The Walking Dead.
There’s not much to cover in respect of graphics and sound that I haven’t already mentioned in previous episode reviews, but I have got to mention the loading/stuttering issues once again. The ‘previously on…’ portion of the intro wasn’t watchable even after a hard reboot of my Xbox, it might have been solved by reinstalling the episode and/or game but that’s valuable gaming time lost. Once the episode started up it seemed to improve though, and only stuttered a couple of times after that. I’m not sure how many versions of their game engine Telltale have gone through, but as this issue has been evident all along I think it’s about time they rebuilt their engine from the ground up as it’s one of the only negative things I ever pick up on from their games.
A few of the characters get a bit more involved this episode which is nice as we get to see more of their personalities, however Pete still comes across quite boring and emotionless. After what I did at the end of episode 2 I really expected a massive fallout, but nothing really happened and everyone moved on very quickly. Michonne continues to struggle with the memory of her children, which has been the main focus throughout the mini-series. The transition between past and present is really well done and this episode does well to explain exactly what Michonne has gone through as she comes to terms with it all.
Even though the episode was at most a couple of hours long, it had multiple stand-out parts which really shows how intense it was. Thinking back the whole episode was set in one single location, but at no point did I ever feel like I needed more.
Now that all 3 episodes are out I’m going to stick to my usual plan of replaying the whole mini-series through in one sitting. It’s a great chance to get fully immersed in the story, not forget any little things that happened along the way and also perfect the outcome however I want by potentially picking different dialogue/action options. This is another must-play from Telltale, go and grab it right now!