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Telltale Games and Skybound Entertainment drop another entry in their highly popular The Walking Dead episodic game series. The Walking Dead: Michonne’s first episode ‘In Too Deep’ gives us a closer look at the title character and shows just how far gone she truly is.
The Walking Dead: Michonne is set in the world of Robert Kirkman’s award-winning comic book series during a time when Michonne split off from Rick Grimes’ community of survivors. Players will dive into the mind of Michonne to discover what took her away from Rick, Carl, and the rest of her trusted group… and what brought her back. The main reason for anyone to pick this game up should be to get to know Michonne better and find out what makes her tick. If you’re a fan of the TV or Comic-book series this game will be a great way to find out more about Michonne and her past, keep in mind that her story is quite different than the TV adaption’s.
Michonne is probably one of the coolest and most likeable characters in the universe of The Walking Dead. In both the TV and comic-book iterations she mostly keeps her feelings and her past to herself and is known for her calmness and wicked Katana skills. She’s also one of the few characters that could pull off a standalone miniseries.
In the TV adaption of The Walking Dead, Michonne is brought to life excellently by Danai Gurira, who has been portraying her ever since Michonne’s brief teaser at the end of Season 2. However, in the game adaption she’s voiced by award-winning actress Samira Wiley (Orange is the New Black). This took some getting used to, but since this game is based on the Comic universe it’s something that had to be done. Samira voiced Michonne brilliantly during this first episode and really brought the character to life in a different way, she offered a mix between the Michonne from the TV adaption and how I always imagined Michonne would sound like while reading the comics.
From the very beginning of the episode it’s clear that Michonne has issues, real issues. There’s a lot about her past that she just can’t let go. You’ll wander through a wood where you’ll be witnessing flashbacks of Michonne’s past and her life before the Apocalypse. While visiting these flashbacks Michonne is attacked by Walkers. You’ll be fighting these Walkers with your Katana, while shifting in and out of Michonne’s flashbacks. In these flashbacks she encounters two little girls, these are her daughters, the once she abandoned a long, long time ago. Losing all of her past lovers and abandoning her children has made her into something she hates, she’s clearly reminded of that hatred in this epsiode.
After the flashback ends, her guilt at not being at her daughters side overwhelms her and the strong and introverted woman she once was makes room for a more fragile and broken human being. She picks up a gun and wants to put an end to her own life. This is where the first and most heaviest choice in the game presents itself, will you or will you not end your own life? Whichever choice you make the outcome will be the same. Another survivor named Pete interrupts Michonne’s suicide attempt, and she joins the crew on Pete’s sailboat.
Michonne’s own miniseries is an excellent addition to the already established, The Walking Dead Telltale games series and follows the same formula and has the same issues as previous Telltale games. I’m not getting sick of Telltale’s formula, which offers an emotionally-charged, tailored game experience where a player’s actions and choices affect how their story plays out across the entire series. The Walking Dead: Michonne is a great miniseries filled with memorable moments and great characters. It’s great to see Michonne in a way we haven’t seen her before, vulnerable and at the mercy of others. I tried to keep the characteristics of Michonne in mind while making my choices and I’m pretty hyped for ‘Give No Shelter,’ the second episode which will release in March.
‘In Too Deep’ is available now on PC/Mac, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.