Telltale Games continues to impress us with every game it creates. I must admit that playing The Walking Dead: A New Frontier has made me reflect on the qualification I previously gave to Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, since with its saga of The Walking Dead, Telltale really is in its comfort zone.
The Story of The Walking Dead: A New Frontier – Episode 1: Ties That Bind Part. 1 begins with the introduction of a series of characters that we had never seen before and at the time of this it focuses before everything went to hell, that is, before the “Dead” walked the streets. Immediately we are curious about where this is going and we ask ourselves Where is Clementine?
But, all this has a purpose. Telltale is helping us form the bow of the character who would now be our main hero in this new season of the series, Javier Garcia. I admit that I was eager to reincarnate our beloved Clementine, but I decided to be patient to see in what direction the game was taking us. And wow it was worth it.
Unlike Season Two, it is not continuing exactly where the previous one ended. Which leaves you a bit empty because you have no idea what happened to the characters of the previous season, but apparently the game will use flashbacks where we will gradually get fragments of the events that happened between the previous season and this.
We can see the consequences of living in a world that has sadly been turned around in this kind of situation. How it affects people’s way of thinking and how they treat each other. While some prefer to shoot first and ask questions later, there are some who choose to reach out to those around them.
The first episode puzzled me with the way it ended and I’m already anxious to start the next one.
As I started playing the game, The Walking Dead: A New Frontier provided me with an opportunity that previous installments had not made. And I must admit I was very happy to notice what I could do. Basically, it allows you to choose the crucial decisions from previous seasons, so the game does not randomly generate them as it used to. Which really helps a lot in case you have lost your data. I hope for other seasons of other Telltale games to institute this type of mechanics.
Another novelty in the gameplay is that during the first season we saw how the decisions you made like Lee were echoing within Clementine, while in the second season the decisions and paths you take as Clementine, help to forge your personality and now In this third season things changed a little. Now that you take on the role of a new character, Clementine becomes an independent character whose personality is affected by the decisions you, as a player, took in the previous two seasons. That is to say that if in the two previous seasons you played in a way that made your character act independently, this one chose to walk alone and to be more independent. This I found to be a very interesting feature because it helps to follow the story and makes you feel that you are really playing a single great game.
In general, the gameplay of The Walking Dead: A New Frontier follows the classic formula of Telltale, but here although there is something revolutionary within the gameplay, thanks to interesting story and characters, this does not come to the fore and it does not become boring.
Although this episode came earlier than Guardians of the Galaxy, I must admit that it has very good graphics regarding the graphic line of Telltale. Facial animations are not the best, but the emotional changes are not so abrupt which makes them less noticeable and makes everything flow smoothly. In addition to the movements try to be more natural than previous deliveries.
The voice actors in this game are very good. No voice feels out of place or disconnected from the emotions the characters try to convey. I must admit, Telltale has never used bad voice actors for any of their games. Another thing to note is that our main characters are Hispanic and their voice actors speak Spanish very decently. Sometimes, when in a film or game where they speak English and exist within these dialogues in Spanish, voices always sound like Americans trying to speak Spanish, but on this occasion, they sound very natural.
The sound design in this game is excellent. No incidental sound or ambient music feels out of place, which adds a lot to the immersive value that the game wants to deliver. Besides everything has a very good harmony with the actions that occur within the game, so there is never a tonal difference between what you see and what you hear.
In conclusion, The Walking Dead: A New Frontier Episode 1 begins the new season with very good steps. A good continuation of its predecessors with a captivating story, interesting new characters and a very badass Clementine. The sound and graphics contribute a lot with how to tell the story of the game and personally, I can not wait to play the second episode.