The Walking Dead: A New Frontier: Episode 1 – Ties That Bind: Part 1
is the next great entry into the Walking Dead
series by Telltale Games. Here we find the return of a staple character in what essentially is "Season 3" (although there is no need to have played the originals to jump right in). If you haven’t played the original Season 1
Telltale story, it starred a playable hero named Lee who happens upon a very young Clementine, and Lee took her under his wing throughout the original five episodes. In Season 2
, we find a playable, slightly older Clementine as our heroine. Her adventures end with the young girl last seen in the distance, and mesmerized players, wondering what Clem’s future may hold.
Fast-forward to this outing, where The Walking Dead: A New Frontier: Episode 1 – Ties That Bind: Part 1 centers on a newly-introduced character that is in the middle of a family crisis amidst what appears to be the start of the zombie apocalypse. What is essentially a continuation from the second entry in the Walking Dead series, Episode 1 – Ties That Bind: Part 1 gives players a chance to control Javier. We see him running to reach his dying father, only to find out he is too late. He and his brother, David, get into it and we get a glimpse of their relationship. We also find out that David’s wife, Kate, is not happy and has an opportunity to make a play on Javier.
We soon find ourselves following Javier, along with David’s wife Kate, and their two kids as they flee from a giant herd of walkers. In a mix-up while searching for fuel and food, the group is separated and Javier find himself in a pickle, fearing the end is near. This is where we once again meet up with fan-favorite, Clementine. She has grown a bit – now in what appears to be her early teenage years – but this loner has been through a lot since we last left her.
Clementine is a bit more grown up physically, but certainly has matured far past her age in terms of emotional ties. It is hard to believe the change to our little girl, but it is great to finally know her fate is still in our hands. It is up to Javier to decide how the two will roll while attempting to recover his lost family, and it is time for us to get a bit more backstory for both of them.