Here we go again another dose of Telltale goodness but does it deliver a killer punch to bring back the series of momentum or continue its fizzle into mid season filler territory?
Episode 4 “Sons of Winter” is a step back to form after a rather lacklustre episode 3 which delivered little in terms of action, story or major developments. Despite this the lack of true decision making is a worry for a series that is seeing continued stiff competition from the likes of “Life is Strange” where major decisions have a lasting impact. This is something I’ve began to notice more so in my telltale playthroughs.
You take the roles of each of the main characters in this episode and the section lengths felt a lot better in this episode helping to move along the episode with good pace and activity. The dialogue was strong and sees you making decisions which felt were coming to ahead in the previous episode.
One scene in particular could even see you both mention major TV series plot events and even perhaps re live it in some style. Either the way you decide to act there is only one outcome the developer lets you go down and this is a disappointing outcome considering how strong this series is at offering player choice via the dialogue options. This isn’t a major change from prior series telltale have done but it’s beginning to get a bit linear as your continually forced down a story route.
For the vast period of the episode you play through with dialogue choices being the main activity which is fine when the plot is being impacted however one section in kings landing, a detective like puzzle piece telltale delivered so well in the walking dead series felt completely flat in this instance. It simply felt forced and a little too much like padding all to deliver one real choice at the end of the section.
Despite the episodes flaws it still showcases the strengths seen in previous episodes and continues down the dark road of testing your morale choices in a way you wouldn’t expect leading you to make choices that will see characters natures and moralities pulled into question. More key series locations are visited whilst adding a unique telltale stamp.
One way in which Telltale are distancing themselves enough from the TV story line is the continued introduction of new characters which offer really intriguing twists to the story. Your allegiances in the TV series may not bear fruit in Telltale’s world.
This episode sets everything up beautifully for a strong finish in the two remaining episodes and we can’t wait to make more of those morally corrupt player choices just don’t tell my family I’m this twisted.
This title was reviewed on a review copy provided by Telltale games for PS4.
This episode sets everything up beautifully for a strong finish in the two remaining episodes and we can't wait to make more of those morally corrupt player choices just don't tell my family I'm this twisted.
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