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Telltale's 'The Walking Dead: Season Two' - Who is your Clementine?

Clementine holding a memory of better times.
Clementine holding a memory of better times.
Screenshot provided by Telltale Games

The Walking Dead Season 2


All episodes of the Telltale's The Walking Dead Season 2 are available for purchase. After the phenomenal first installment, is there any reason to partake in the further chronicles of our darling Clementine? Definitely. Make no mistake, Season 2 doesn't leave the same impact as the first, but that doesn't mean it's not worth your time. It's one of Telltale's finest.

As could be expected from a Telltale product, the story and characters are first rate. With Clementine forced to fend for herself, you'll be tasked with determining what kind of person these events have shaped her into. There's an entire range of actions and responses the player can choose that are radically different but not out of character. On the way, Clementine will come across other survivors who might try to help her or kill her. It's all about trust; how much does Clementine trust other people and how much do they trust her? Have they done anything to betray her trust? Has she done anything to betray theirs? You'll see good people do bad things and start to question whether or not you really know a character you thought you liked. It's an incredible feat of storytelling and character development.

Gameplay-wise, it's rather mixed. When you're not talking to other characters or watching a cutscene, you'll mostly find yourself walking around and clicking on objects and people until the story resumes. Things get more involved late in the game when you have to make split-second decisions on how to get to safety or dispatch walkers, but If you're looking for a game with lots of action, look elsewhere.

The main selling point of the game is the moral choices. It's the antithesis of games like Fallout or Mass Effect that label your choices as "good" or "evil" based solely on what the developer thinks is right or wrong. This game encourages you to do what you feel is right. There's no contrived morality meter of any kind. The only one evaluating how "right" or "wrong" your actions were is yourself. That's not to say that your supporting cast won't have any opinions on your judgement. It's hard not to feel genuinely remorseful when a character you love expresses disgust with your actions. But it's not the developer saying that you made a bad choice, it's really more the developer telling you that you can't please everyone.

On the downside, Telltale has yet to fix the loading times and technical issues that plague most of their games. They can really take you out of the world and frustrate you. This is by no means a deal breaker, but it would be nice to see Telltale overcome this problem in the future.

Lastly, Telltale must be commended for introducing multiple endings to the series. While none of them hold a candle to the outstanding ending to Season 1, they're all satisfactory conclusions that reflect on what kind of person Clementine has become.

Who is your Clementine? Is she merciful? Is she vengeful? Does she still have any hope? Pick up the series and find out. Highly recommended.