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After a perhaps over-long Episode 4, does ‘No Time Left’ provide a fitting finale to this year’s best episodic series?

Posted by Staff on Dec 7, 2012 14:01 (Dec 7, 2012 14:01)

Written by: Ian
Too much left?
After a perhaps over-long Episode 4, does ‘No Time Left’ provide a fitting finale to this year’s best episodic series?
Perhaps as a result, Episode 5 is a breathless conclusion to the series. It’s shorter than the rest of the chapters, perhaps only taking an hour to go through, but it has to rank as one of the best hours I have ever spent playing games. By now, I expect you know the plot of the previous episode, but if not, there are some spoilers below.
With Lee bitten, it’s a frantic rush to uncover who has abducted Clem, recover her, and escape Savannah before it’s all too late. I was never expecting a happy ending, but so much just happened that I was left numb with loss for half of the game. And the ending is only worse.
The Walking Dead Ep 5 screenshot #1
Games are normally something I play for fun, and it’s only a couple of times that I’ve ever welled up in response to the emotional storytelling in a game. The Walking Dead, however, such is the sense of attachment you get for certain characters, left me sobbing for a good couple of minutes afterwards. I could even see some of it coming, and tried to control my emotions, but the ending is even more than I thought I could take. It’s just amazing, and you need to experience this for yourself.
Episode 5 plays like the other episodes, but it includes perhaps more of an action focus. Once Lee’s focus has moved away from survival, the more gung-ho attitudes he takes on make for a more action-orientated couple of chapters. That works out just fine though, because it all plays to the story so well- you really feel for a man who will do literally anything at this point to get back his little girl.
The Walking Dead Ep 5 screenshot #2
It’s also different playing the majority of the episode by yourself- regardless of who you managed to save in previous episodes. You certainly feel that sense of utter loneliness as a result. If you were mostly there for the puzzles though- be warned there are very few, and those that are there are mostly quick throwaways to a certain extent. The game seems to press on with an almost hideous certainty, far eclipsing the pace of the other chapters, but never feeling like it’s too much.
It’s a really tightly designed piece of content.
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5 Episodes, first released in April 2012.
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