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I wanted to start a thread for folks who wanted to discuss episode 2 - A house divided.
Let me start off that I don't throw around praise all that much. My wife calls me "Too Hard" and "Old School" when it comes to giving praise. I'm not sure it's as bad as she says but I firmly believe if you do something extraordinary then you should be given praise to reflect the achievement.
Anyway for me this episode was might come close to my favorite episode. Anyway one who has seen my posts knows I liked episode 2 of season 1 the best.
Here are the reasons why I like this episode 2.
- The direction seemed to flow well with the story line.
- I have been critical of clementine being the playable character in the past but this episode pulled it of much better then episode 1 of season 2 for me.
- The zombie killing sequences were harder.
- I particularly enjoyed the scene where carver first arrived to the house.
- Deep down inside I was glad the "I thought you were dead" person ended up being Kenny.
- I felt that TTG a did a good job with the reunion of Clementine and Kenny.
- Christmas is always my favorite holiday of the year. It was nice to have a Christmas themed episode.
Here are the reasons why I disliked episode 2.
Holy shutter bug! It's clear that the TTG engine needs to be retired and it's time to introduce a new one. I know TTG pressed this during the Reddit interview and episode 2 shows more then the others so far that the engine needs a overhaul.
This could be contributed to the engine again but the camera angle and distance is much closer then in season 1. In season 1 the scenes seemed larger or more open because the camera was further. Think back to Lee in clementines house the playable character could show see much ore because the camera was further back. Another good example would be Hershel's farm. Again the camera was far back giving a large open world feel to the level.
With the camera being so close there is only so much the playable character can move. I feel some scenes are incredibly too confined and not open enough. Literally some scenes in both episode 1 and 2 of season 2 are moving the character from left to right on the screen. I really feel they should have opened the cabin up much more to give a explorer open world feel to it.
The ending seemed a little bland. There was no OMG cliffhanger at the very end other then walking back to carvers camp.
I wish that TTG left the "I thought you were dead" person out of the "next time on the walking dead" trailer after episode 1. I really feel that the moment was emotionally watered down for the player because we were expecting to meet someone.it would have been much more emotional if it was a shock surprise not in the trailer cut scene.
Where is the scary stuff? By now we should be coming across families who committed suicide, children walkers, more truly horrific stuff. Where is it? So far season 2 feels toned down and censored from the gory horrific stuff you would find in TWD universe. Why is season 2 not as dark, where is the hopelessness, and disturbing stuff encountered in season 1? One thing is for sure the loss of Sean and Jake shows in the game. I played this episode in the pitch black at night alone and did not get the chills once. No goosebumps at all. That is just not good. Not good at all.
Say what you want about delays. The extended length from episode 1 to episode 2 put a sour feel to this episode. It is a shame that it was not avoided. I firmly believe the PR team has no hand in keeping fans in the dark. I believe that because of contracts, micromanagement, and other reasons that they are not allowed to pass relevant information on to the fans. Hopefully TTG as a company can learn from this mistake and keep customers more in the loop for the products they have purchased.
Overall I enjoyed episode 2 much more then episode 1 of season 2 but still do not like it as much for starved for help or the long road ahead of season 1. I feel TTG is moving in the correct direction for story of season 2 but has toned down a lot of the hopeless, dark, horrific gore that exists in the TWD universe. Season 2 is at a cross road where episode 2 could be the "Jump the shark" episode for the season depending on the direction TTG goes for episode 3.