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The Walking Dead - Ep. 3: Long Road Ahead Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . If you hate sadness and heartache, then Long Road Ahead is not for you. This is a journey fraught with triumphs and setbacks, often happening simultaneously. This is yet another strong episode that reinforces my opinion that The Walking Dead is one of the best games of the year! Rating: 85%
The Walking Dead - Ep. 3: Long Road Ahead
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Nobody does a dark middle chapter quite like The Walking Dead. This is an episode where everything you think you know about this series gets turned upside down. Secrets are exposed and lies come to a head. This is a volatile chapter full of incredible moments and explosive action. Buckle up, because Long Road Ahead is a bumpy ride worth taking.

Before we get started, let me spend a minute bringing everybody up to speed. If you haven't played either of the first two episodes, then this review is not for you. For the sake of not being redundant, everything I have to say about the controls and presentation is covered in my review of A New Day. If you have played the first two episodes, then you're probably already sold on the series and this review won't sway you one way or the other. As such, I plan on reviewing this game with a few spoilers sprinkled in. You have been warned.

The Walking Dead - Ep. 3: Long Road Ahead (XBLA)

Things start out peaceful enough back at the motel. Sure there's the occasional squabbling, but everybody is still alive and, thanks to a recent trip to town, there's enough food to last through the winter. But Lilly, still reeling from the events of the last episode, believes that somebody in the group is stealing rations. It doesn't take long before things start to unravel. And things only get worse from there.

Events force the group to hit the road, where they eventually run into what looks like an abandoned train. Suddenly the goal is clear -- they need to get this train going and ride it all the way to Savanna, Georgia. That's easier said than done, or so our gang of survivors learns. This is the episode where loose threads finally come to a head and secrets come out. And more importantly, your party changes in dramatic ways in this episode. There will not be a dry eye in the house when you complete this thrilling chapter.

The Walking Dead - Ep. 3: Long Road Ahead (XBLA)

Unlike past episodes, this was a slow burn. For the first hour I felt letdown, worried that nothing substantial would happen. Even after the group hit the road, it didn't feel as exciting as A New Day or Starved for Help. And then, completely out of the blue, the story picks up steam. Suddenly you're in the middle of one crucial decision after another. Before you know it the cast of characters has changed in significant ways. What some TV shows do in two or three seasons, Long Road Ahead does in one single three hour episode.

This is the most action packed chapter yet. This time around you'll find multiple reasons to use your gun. And not just your pistol, but a rifle, monkey wrench and other blunt objects. Still, nobody is going to mistake The Walking Dead for an action game. Calling The Walking Dead an action game is like calling Resident Evil 6 survival horror. But be prepared, a quick trigger finger will be required in more than one situation.
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