September 19, 2012

The Walking Dead: Episode Three Areas of Concern

The Walking Dead: Episode Three is the third instalment in the Walking Dead season of video games, released in 2012 for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC.

As you may know, at the end of Episode Two, I told Hawke that he could do the next review. I meant 'next' as in the next instalment of Walking Dead. A bit confusing, but okay. So take it away Hawke......

Hawke: It's a real honour, sweetheart!

Kyle: Ugh......

Green is for me, Red is for Hawke. 

PLEASE NOTE: Hawke is fictional. Don't take the banter between us too seriously. :P

Areas of Concern:

Violence: Two men walk through a ruined town. Some blood stains are seen on the road.

A man tries to pull another man up onto a truck. The man cringes in pain, and drops the other man, who lands on the bonnet of a car, cracking the windshield.

A woman screams as a bunch of Walkers (Zombies) come out of windows and alleys to chase her. A zombie bites her foot, with blood spraying.

You can choose to save her, or leave her. If you leave her, a zombie bites her neck briefly, with blood spraying. She runs away.

She is heard screaming in the background for quite a while afterwards, not really getting harmed, more just being terrified.

Eventually, her annoying screams subside. A man mentions that 'they' got her, meaning she is probably dead.

A man throws a cupboard over onto a Walker, with a crack being heard and a little bit of blood.

A man shoots some Walkers, with blood spraying.

You fend off a Walker, by smacking him in the face with the butt of a rifle, and then throwing him onto rebarred concrete, with blood spraying. The Walker dies briefly after.

A man is shot in the head, with blood spurting. A few other guys are shot, with blood spraying. The enemies yell in pain. This all happens quickly. 

A whole bunch of enemies open fire at your character and his friends. You can shoot them back with a rifle: When you do so, the enemy falls over, with a bit of blood seen spraying.

A man is grabbed by a Walker, and is seen getting neck munched from a distance. He yells in pain.

A Walker falls over onto a woman, who has blood on the side of her face. The Walker tries to eat the struggling woman. The Walker is shot, and blood stains a boy nearby.

You can also shoot Walkers: A bit of blood sprays, and they slump over, dead.

A man runs over some Walkers with a car; they disappear underneath the car, and one Walker is sent flying.

A man hits a Walker with a RV; the Walker is caught underneath the truck, and blood spurts out briefly.

The Walker is then pulled out from under the truck, with a crunch being heard and blood seen spurting. The man who pulled him out then stomps on his head, with blood spurting briefly. The Walker dies immediately. 

A woman tries to shoot a man; another man runs to stop the bullet and is shot instead, with blood spraying.

A bite wound is seen on a person; it is red and bruised.

A Walker girl suddenly attacks a man; she is seen with blood all over her face. The scene cuts away before anything happens.

A Walker is seen sitting on a chair in a room stained with blood.

A man hits the head of a dead guy. The guy slumps over, and you see half his face is missing. This is not really detailed, but a bit gruesome.

You hit a Walker in the face with a car door; his face flattens up, his jaw falls off, and blood spurts. It's a bit gruesome, but it happens quickly.

A person is seen coughing up blood, staining a woman's shirt. 

Two men punch and choke each other. They do not get seriously injured.

A person is said to be dying, and will become a Walker if they die. They take said guy off into the forest, to be shot.

A person is seen dead, with blood pooling out of the head.

You shoot a person, off-screen. The gun shot is heard. Afterwards, a bloody head wound and blood stains on the surrounding environment is seen, but this is from a distance.

You can hit a Walker with a wrench; blood spurts and the Walker flies backwards. 

You can hit another Walker with a wrench; he is hit several times in rapid succession, blood sprays, and he falls over, dead. This happens quickly.

A Walker is shot in the face; blood sprays, and he falls over, dead.

A man jumps onto a train, and falls off of it. He is seen with a leg injury afterwards.

Player Deaths:

If you fail at fending off a Walker, he jumps onto you and bites your neck, with blood spraying.

Since there are not a lot of death scenes, I can't accurately determine how bad they are, but since the situations are not as bad as Episode 2, I guess there are only neck-munchings and shootings in this instalment.

Once again, I'm not sure. Can't really say much here.

Sex/Nudity: A man sarcastically remarks that a place is so exposed, that they might as well hang a sign outside that says "come rape our women and children."

Language: Frequent Swearing: Uses of S**t, H**l, F**k,  and A*s.

Misuses of God and Jesus' name occur infrequently.

Drugs/Alcohol/Smoking: A bottle of liquor is seen. You can give it to another man. You can also drink it with him.

Spiritual Content: Nothing this time around.

Creepy Stuff: There a few sequences where Walkers suddenly jump out, scare, and try to attack you.

Gross Stuff: The Walkers are decomposing people, who are stained with blood and stumble around. Basically, they look like your average zombie.

Morality: People are struggling to survive, so they sometimes do stupid things, like shoot each other or compromise the safety of their group and so on and so forth.

So the morality is not really an issue, but I will say it's a bit iffy.

Review of game:

The writing remains top notch in this game, and the characters remain compelling.

Not much else to say here. All the episodes are very high quality, and this one is no exception.

Now on to the most important issue:

This episode can actually be given a Strong Caution. Whilst Episode One and Two had a few very gory moments, those moments are absent from this episode.

Now, you might be saying: "But Hawke! Playing this episode is rather pointless, as you have skipped over the first two. Should I get those first two?"

I don't know yet, but if the next two episodes make the cut, then I'll have to review the whole Season-

Kyle: We'll have to review the whole Season of the Walking Dead episodes, so that we can help you come to a conclusion.

Hawke: .....Yeah, whatever sweetheart.

Verdict: Strong Caution
  • Great Game: The quality in the writing, voice acting, and characters remains impressive.

  • Strong Brief Violence: The violence in this installment is quite brief. I haven't watched the death scenes, so maybe those are bit worse.

  • Frequent Strong Language: People curse, and use Jesus' name infrequently.


  • Iffy Morality: Along the lines of; that guy shot somebody! Should we leave him behind, or let him tag along? In other words, there's a lot of conflicting choices.

So there it is. I still have to review the next two episodes before I can tell you to buy or not to buy.

And yes, I (Hawke) will be doing the next two, on account of there not being much to make fun of in this episode. Darn.

See you next episode!

Hawke. :)))))))) 

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