The latest episode in The Walking Dead series arrives from Telltale games with Episode IV: Around Every Corner. Continuing from the actions of the previous episode, you press on following the unique story told through the eyes of Lee Everett. One question remains though, after the cliffhanger found in Episode III are the questions answered in Around Every Corner or has it just completely lost its way?
Around Every Corner offers the same great narrative and storytelling techniques seen throughout the entirety of Telltale’s series, however it’s easily the most predictable episode yet. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing though as, honestly, it’s easily the best episode so far – even surpassing Episode II’s standards. You’ll be relieved to hear that most of your choices made in earlier games finally come together and even your interaction with Clementine plays a big role. It’s even more tantalising as there is only one episode left, meaning you’ll finally get to see how everything unfolds.
Unsurprisingly gameplay is largely the same as the last three episodes. It’s still a point-and-clic adventure with simple puzzle elements and interactive environments, all peppered with quick-time events and those all important moral decisions. This time around there is a heavier focus on the shooting sequences and high tension in comparison to previous episodes; and your choices are definitely more difficult than ever before. Essentially, if you like how previous episodes played, you couldn’t not enjoy what Around Every Corner has to offer.
Again things are pretty consistent in the looks department too as it still keeps that beautiful interactive comic book style to the proceedings. Character models and environments are detailed and gorgeous to look at, and even by the fourth episode it throws out some fresh and unique environments to explore. In my play through I came across zero graphical issues, and the voice acting once again slapped me in the face with its polish.
This is easily the best episode so far. Its story offers a great plot for you to discover after the cliffhanger that was Episode III and you finally get to see your actions taking effect. Understandably it hasn’t deviated from the series standard formula, but the heavier focus upon action has made this episode move faster than its earlier episodes. Those of you who love the Telltale Games The Walking Dead series will fall in love with Around Every Corner and it’s hard to believe that you won’t want to see what happens in the end after all your choices have been made.
Audio/Visual – 5/5: It still feels like an interactive comic book, with highly believable characters. On top of that, there were no issues of framerate or weird animations.
Gameplay – 4/5: Little has changed, but a switch to more action sequences ups the ante nicely with some difficult decisions to boot.
Value – 4/5: Once again there’s plenty of reason to come back and try it a different way as your choices dictate the way things play out.
Innovation – 5/5: Even four episodes on The Walking Dead still offers an unique blend of storytelling that only Telltale Games can offer.
Final Score: 4.5/5