The final episode of Telltale’s The Walking Dead is finally here, in Episode V: No Time Left. After a long journey with its ups and downs, Lee Everett’s journey will come to an end, but does it end on a high note or is this episode a complete disappointment?
After the events in Episode IV, Lee Everett has been bitten and Clementine is taken by an unknown stranger. It’s up to Everett and whoever joined him in Episode IV to search for Clementine’s kidnapper. All your decisions for this season have come full circle meaning that, depending on what your decisions were in certain previous episodes – along with some in Episode V, the final ending is ultimately the same for everyone. While it may be predictable in regards to Lee’s predicament, it’s a tearful ending for a well-developed and beloved character. It also set the tone for the next season of TellTale’s The Walking Dead.
As always there isn’t much to the gameplay side of things beyond some shooting sequences and quick time events. There’s even a distinct lack of puzzles in this episode. This time around the main focus seems to be dialogue choices and how you respond to them. It’s up to you to find out what each survivor is thinking about. Like I said before, the decisions you made during the course of previous episodes affects each survivor’s emotional state towards Lee. For example, if you allied with Kenny during the course of the game, or if you pissed him off, you’ll find resolution with Kenny. It’s these dialogue choices that make TellTale’s The Walking Dead a unique experience.
As always, The Walking Dead like a comic book come to life with detailed environments, characters, and walkers. In Episode V, nothing changes graphically and there are no issues like framerate dropping, funny animations, or glitches. Once again the voice acting is excellent with all voice actors making each character believable, likeable, and well-developed. Soundtrack wise, Episode V has more music then previous episode, including a beautiful ending theme during the credits and an awesome rock-tune during Lee’s march to the hotel.
In the end, TellTale’s The Walking Dead: Episode V No Time Left has left us wanting more. It doesn’t do anything astoundingly groundbreaking with the series, but it’s a strong last entry that leaves you wanting more in the form of Season 2. Now Season 1 is over, we can’t wait to see what TellTale pull out for Season 2.
Audio/Visual – 5/5: Still looking like a comic book come to life, it’s got excellent voice acting and soundtrack to match.
Gameplay – 4/5: There may not be much of it, but the dialogue choices throughout the game flesh out a closing chapter to Lee’s story.
Innovation – 4/5: While the choices throughout the game don’t affect the overall ending to Season 1, it’s still a unique experience that anyone will love.
Value – 5/5: While this is the final episode in Season 1, this is the perfect time to replay the whole season and see how else things can pan out.
Final Score: 4.5/5