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The Walking Dead: Michonne: Episode 3 - What We Deserve
Score: 85%
Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games
Media: Download/1
Players: 1
Genre: Action/Survival Horror/Themed

Previously on The Walking Dead:

Michonne and her new group have been trying to stay one step ahead of Norma and her gang as they pursue our heroine. In the process, Norma’s brother, Randall, was captured near the end of Episode 2 – Give No Shelter. A lot of choices had to be made, but there are none graver than how you handled the Randall situation. The foul-mouthed brother of Stormin’ Norma is a difficult prisoner regardless, but the choice to let him live or die directly affects the upcoming encounters of The Walking Dead: Michonne: Episode 3 – What We Deserve (to a degree).

Preparing for the End:

Most of Episode 3 – What We Deserve revolves around the preparation for the inevitable. The entire series has been revolving around Michonne and her people trying to stave off Norma and her gang. No doubt that in the first part of the last episode, final preparations are occurring based on dialogue that surrounds them. If you chose to let Randall live previously, he will fill your head with both doubt and hate, but essentially will be foreshadowing Norma making her return. Had you chosen a probably-justified death for him, Randall’s zombie self really doesn’t create much fuss.

Stowed away in a house, the gang discusses what the immediate future holds and ultimately knows what is coming. Again, this episode of The Walking Dead: Michonne focuses more on action than it does puzzle-solving or exploration. Michonne’s flashbacks get more involved as well, and help drive the funk that she often is in emotionally.

Show No Mercy:

As fate would have it, Norma and crew track down the group at the house and claim to offer peace for an exchange between Randall and Michonne’s captive group members from the boat. As expected, things don’t necessarily go as planned, and chaos ensues. Ultimately, Michonne makes a couple of last choices that affect the outcome of the story somewhat. With a burning house around them, one last-ditch effort of escape comes just as we learn of the fate of Michonne’s children through one final flashback.

It is because of this flashback that Michonne needs to make some serious decisions in a final dramatic moment. It is very interesting how these last moments affect the outcome of the game as a whole, but ultimately, unless these actions play a part in some upcoming Walking Dead episodes by Telltale Games, the decision ultimately doesn’t mean much of anything. With most of her crew intact, there is a brief glimpse into what the future may hold for a broken down badass woman.

Michonne’s Next Adventure:

It’s hard to say what Michonne’s next adventure will bring, but if the synopsis of the Michonne series is accurate, her story picks up again in the comic book adventures. We also know that her story continues via The Walking Dead TV series on AMC. Either way you like to get a bit more Michonne, we know her future involves an attitude and a machete.

The Walking Dead: Michonne videogame series by Telltale Games was an interesting offshoot of its now trademark The Walking Dead series as a whole. Depending on your taste in gameplay, Michonne may be hit or miss. While the basics are all there, this series focused a lot more on quicktime events than exploration, and each episode really was pretty short. In all, it is worthy of playing for fans of the series, but for anyone looking for an entry point into the many episodes and offshoots of TWD, I would recommend starting with The Walking Dead: A Telltale Series instead and working your way back to Michonne.

-Woody, GameVortex Communications
AKA Shane Wodele

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