Picking up right where things were left off in episode one, The Walking Dead: Michonne – Episode 2: Give No Shelter serves more as a time-biding affair than a full-on episodic series from Telltale. Perhaps the writer of the TV show were a bit more reluctant to give creative freedom to one of their main stars, but nevertheless episode two does provide some entertaining bits and a little more playtime than before (just not that much more).
Much like the first episode, a key part of what makes Michonne stand apart from the main Telltale series is the protagonist, who feels far more at home with violence and weaponry than Lee or Clementine. There’s a certain level-headedness handed to the universe which isn’t afforded by either series before, and it comes through in episode two. I found myself feeling more engrossed in the inhabitants of the village, more so a person living with and dealing with this reality than a survivor.
That said, it felt like this episode had more action than the previous one, which meant more suspense, but also meant more QTEs in place of dialogue and adventure game elements. Suffice it to say, if you have a problem with QTE, this still isn’t the game for you, though I didn’t have much of a beef with them.
To make up for some of the narrative’s fumbles, the action in this episode does give some definite highlights. As usual, players will be going through several QTE and button mashing to make Michonne do what she does best, resulting in some of Telltale Games’ most brutal death scenes, with the flare gun headshot clearly becoming the episode’s most brutal kill.
The Walking Dead: Michonne – Episode 2: Give No Shelter is for sure, a fun little adventure. It’s nice to be back in Telltale’s Walking Dead universe, but more and more I feel myself caring more about what is missing and the collapsing engine than I do the narrative, which is perhaps the worst thing that can happen in a narrative experience. With both previous series being defining moments, episode 2 adds to the growing feeling that Michonne is a palate cleanser to bide our time. With one more episode in store, I’m still left wondering if Telltale will make a definite connection to the AMC hit show, or stake its own claim in Michonne’s past. Only time will tell.