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First of all, i did enjoy playing episode 1. I'm gonna critizise some stuff that I (and probably some of you aswell) didn't like about it. It just has to be said (probably has been already, but i didn't find many discussions about it)
I just want to get this off my heart because i like the game so much and i don't want season 2 to be any less enjoyable than season 1
There is this thing about the gameplay time.
It took me barely 1 and a half hour to finish playing it. That might be the most disappointing thing about the episode. For example, S1E2 was almost 1 hour longer than this one.
And it was wayyy too easy. Other than in the QTE's (which i think are awesome btw) you literally can't fail. The puzzles were just so easy. Every 10year old could figure them out. The whole sneaking part just cannot go wrong. You can get the rags from Alvin, so that makes maybe 1 different way, but for example you can listen as long as you like to the group at the house meeting. They just wont spot you. When you get the needle in the bathroom and you simply fail to hide (i don't know how you can fail at that) Rebecca will just be talked off and will not enter the bathroom anyway. So it is pretty pointless. But you will probably only realize this when you play it the second time, because at the first time I tried to play as good as I can. But when I replayed it, huge disappointment. They could've spotted you, kept you in the house then, asking you questions, why you broke in or just another different path from there, but no. Again it doesn't matter because you can't fail.
And the last thing that bothered me, but not much can be done about that, were the weird plot decisions by telltale. Killing off Omid in the first scene was, of course a hell of an intro and a very well acted scene. But I'm always asking me.. Was it worth it ? Wouldn't it have been cooler if you went along with Omid and Christa and faced all the shit together ? Dealing with the baby and learn even more about the 2 characters of Season 1 that we dont know that much about.
It felt like they did all this to make a time skip possible, so we see how clem got older and tougher.
Until now there are no Charecters of S1 with us in the game. Well i know that could change, despite the things we've seen in episode 2's preview. But It would be cool to have characters survive thoughout multiple seasons so that the bond to them gets even stronger. It will make up for really deep and detailed well written characters which we would fear to lose all the time. I hope they will make something like this.
On the other side there are these very well made scenes with the dog and stitching clems arm and so on.
These were really intense and you could just feel a bit how clementine felt in these situations. The talk with Luke that night was...heartbreaking for me. I almost cried when clem mentioned Lee, loosing both Parents and her best friend. I feel really sorry for what clem has been though.
That was indeed very well made but considering the other facts that i've mentioned..well not one of the better episodes. I'd give it a 7/10 and not all these exaggerated ratings like 9s or 10s. We have to be honest here. If we just ignore all that stuff in blind love for the game, it isn't gonna improve.
So please don't hate me for my opinion, this is just a big fan that is worried about his favorite franchise. That it is not going to be as good as it used to.