If you have played the first season (which I hope you have as it will make decisions for you and show you them) its described as a interactive adventure and prioritises on cinematic storytelling. So being more of a point and click adventure. “All That Remains” centres on Clementine and how you survive the dangers of the undead. Also it shows how Clementine survives the sorrow and hardship of losing everything.
You will notice the comeback of the unstable frame rate and sometimes slight freezing in some loading screens. There were also some visual bugs but these were very few. The mass majority of the gameplay will either be choosing what to say which intern will affect the game and quick time events, but there is small open areas for you to explore to find different objects and use them at certain points. From the first episode you know what you do here feels important but where will it go?
It did strike me that from playing the first season that the decisions that you made didn’t appear to matter in the two year gap. Clementine finds company with a new group that find her stranded and alone after a personally upsetting ordeal, the decision was a choice of two and either choice was horrible, having a displeasure of a throat cutting mercy kill put my enjoyment back.
The new untrusting group are not convinced about Clementine as they all question her. Apart from the similar farther figure with Pete the group’s leader, the more interesting opportunity is with another young girl who is oblivious to what is actually happening outside and wants to be friends with Clementine. The strained relationships between the survivors leads to a surprising conflict , there isn’t much explanation about themselves or motivation but what is clear is a threatening character that is on the horizon, but this is kept away until the abrupt ending.
What is defining about Season 2 is that its Clementine’s story, so seeing everything through her perspective and from scene to scene she is pushed further from safety and those she trusts “All That Remains” created an emotionally haunting scenes with powerful disturbing imagery. So brace yourself in who has a sensitive stomach.
“All That Remains” is a remarkable exploration of a young woman’s struggle to survive in unforgiving and unforgettable circumstances. Clementine shines and now I can’t wait to see what Telltale can do with the episodes to come.