Developer: Telltale Games
Release Date: 10/10/2012
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Now that we are almost done with this series I am sad that the next one will be it. Episode 4 sees the gang trying to get on a boat and out of Savannah, Georgia, but things don’t go as planned. There are a bunch of new characters this time around, but most are hard to care for because they make brief appearances. By this point, most or a little of your gang will be with you, but this episode is mainly lacking the suspenseful choices like in the last one. We get bigger areas to explore, a little more action, and finally, a ton of zombies.
The series has been lacking any zombies lately and has just dealt with internal turmoil, but Episode 4 skirts this and brings the gang back to realizing that the zombies are the real threat here. There’s a strange calm before the storm within the group, the conversations are tense and borderline everyone going postal on each other. I found that there was a lack of gameplay here and it focused more on delivering a story, but that is ok in this series. There is more action with some zombie shooting, action-oriented puzzles, and larger areas to explore. I sat through the whole episode in one go because it was so intense and entertaining, you always want to know what is going to happen next.
The new characters are hard to really like except Molly because of her shady personality. The new guys are brief and seem pretty generic. I really don’t care for Christa or Omid who we met at the end of the last episode. Christa is selfish and Omid is boring and just seems useless. What grows, even more, is the characters you have right now from the original group, Clementine and Lee’s relationship really blossom here and their trust will be tested.
This episode is just a mishmash of everything from the past ones, lots of zombies, action, large areas, new characters, and tense conversations but nothing very serious. What has stayed the same throughout is the constant intense atmosphere that makes you stay in the game and you never want to quit until it’s over. This is my favorite adventure series of all time. The game puts you in control just enough to make you feel like you made all the important choices. The game has been built up to the climax, and the cliffhanger ending here is so abrupt and so sudden that you just hang your end knowing you have to wait another month or two for the last episode. This is just like a good TV series, but better.