PSN/XBLA Review: The Walking Dead Season 2: A House Divided

STOP!!! (dramatic pause) Hammer time!

STOP!!! (dramatic pause) Hammer time!

Please note that since each episode of The Walking Dead: Season 2 features the same graphics engine and control setup, those elements will not be repeated in our reviews for the final four episodes. To read our thoughts on that, refer to our review of All That Remains.

After the initial episode of Season 2 I thought we were in for something of a slow burn. That isn’t the case at all, however, as Clementine finds herself confronted by an unnamed visitor in the early moments. In the interests of treading delicately around spoilers I won’t go into much detail, but suffice to say the interaction between the two makes for one of the most tense and legitimately menacing scenes I can remember; something you can only do with a character that you’ve spent time growing fond of and who is at a physical disadvantage.

It’s this new threat, voiced by none other than Michael Madsen, that ends up stealing the show in A House Divided. He’s not some disposable villain that wants to take what you’ve worked hard to earn or a psychopath that’s snapped under the weight of a post-apocalyptic world. Instead he’s disarmingly calm, projecting a constant threat no matter what he’s doing without uttering a single word. He doesn’t want all you have. He wants you.

Naturally, Clementine and her newfound companions aren’t going to just roll over, and their exodus in hopes of distancing themselves is the episode’s focal point. There are a handful of action sequences involving the titular walkers, but there’s no doubt that A House Divided is about choices. You’re given a number of significant, course-altering decisions to make during your journey, and it often doesn’t take long to see the repercussions played out.

Providing tough choices has been one of the series’ two most outstanding features (developing the characters to make those decisions difficult being the other), and that kind of intelligent writing and story development are on full display as the game treats you to another emotional roller coaster — surprisingly so considering we’re not even at the halfway point of Season 2,yet.

I felt genuinely guilty when I was forced to choose one person (or group) over another. And sure, in typical Telltale fashion you’re shown what other players did with some of the critical decisions throughout the episode, but what stuck out to me about that was how many choices that I felt were important that didn’t even make the list. Trust me, this is a loaded episode in that regard.

We also get to see some things tying together from Season 1 and 400 Days, though once again in the interest of staying away from spoilers there’s little else I can say on that front.

OVERALL (4.75/5)

A House Divided might be the best of the seven Walking Dead episodes to date. The two-plus hours contain precious little down time, instead propelling the story forward at surprising speed with lots of critical conversations and some solid action sequences as well. Clementine is really coming into her own as the lead, and I’m absolutely champing at the bit to see what direction In Harm’s Way goes.

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141 Responses to PSN/XBLA Review: The Walking Dead Season 2: A House Divided

  1. David Stark says:

    Sam the dog! Steam please.

  2. istimvalv says:

    Clementine
    @istimvalv
    Steam Season Pass

  3. Dan says:

    Luke
    Steam/PSN
    @TurtleMan_1

  4. Rachel says:

    Nick
    PSN
    @ohheyiitsrachel

  5. tkrs1 says:

    Considering I haven’t played Season 2 yet (which is why I’m entering, duh), this is a hard one as I don’t want to read any plot details. I’ll just pick one at random; Carlos – I choose you!

    Platform: Steam

    @tkrs1

  6. Thermopyle says:

    Sam
    Steam
    @therm0pyle

  7. Colin says:

    Rebecca XBLA

  8. Dustin Drinkard says:

    !!!SaM!!!
    PSN
    @LiLugly420

  9. Chris says:

    Luke
    @ChrisHolland70
    Steam

  10. Nick Anderson says:

    Sam is probably my favorite!
    PSN
    @nickandersonuhs

  11. Sam is my favorite.
    XBLA
    @Fjaschler

  12. J.Cruz says:

    Luke
    PSN
    @JustinViCruz

  13. Michael says:

    I choose Sam, XBLA @BombProofDonut

  14. Roger says:

    Clementine
    @rogerishere
    XBLA

  15. ilRadd says:

    Sam, since you said new character
    XBLA
    @ilRadd

  16. Boss Ruzy says:

    Sam
    PSN
    @BossRuzy

  17. David Edwards says:

    Sam seems cool
    Steam
    @gunstar808

  18. Richard Carter says:

    SAM
    xbla
    @richardicular

  19. Well, I haven’t played any of Season 2, so the only character I know of is Clementine.
    @incphi
    Steam

  20. Andrew says:

    Clem
    @ABneidich
    Steam

  21. darklurkr23 says:

    Clementine little crazy kid XD
    @Darklurkr23
    Xbox 360 or PSN

  22. Sam (as a new character, otherwise is Clementine)
    @vdh360
    XBLA

  23. Flak_BL says:

    Sam!
    Steam
    @Flak_BL

  24. Nick says:

    Sam
    XBLA
    @bababooey0606

  25. Luke
    Steam
    @GlassGhost0

  26. aboyandhisiphone says:

    Pete.
    @snotrockt2
    Steam plz

  27. aboyandhisiphone says:

    Pete
    @snotrockt2
    Steam please

  28. José Requena says:

    Sam.
    Psn.

  29. José Requena says:

    Sam.
    Psn.
    @Joeeblackk.
    Sorry for double post.

  30. oasis789 says:

    Sam!
    Steam
    @oasis789

  31. Elf says:

    Luke
    XBLA
    @thepetelf

  32. Gabriel says:

    Clementine
    Steam
    @GabriellPC

  33. xGATOxMALOx says:

    Clementine
    XBLA
    @xGATOxMALOx

  34. zerop1 says:

    Sam
    XBLA
    @ZeroP1

  35. okiraan says:

    Clementine
    @okiraan
    XBLA

  36. Demitri says:

    Carlos
    Psn
    @prinnyfreak

  37. Dave G says:

    Sam
    PSN
    @beerrun77

  38. Dave P. says:

    Luke
    PSN
    @ShangTsung3000

  39. Kenny Jr. “Duck”
    XBLA
    @nai13omb

  40. ObsidianSpire says:

    Sam the dog. I too haven’t tried Season 2 yet, so I picked one at random. I do like dogs, though. 😀
    @randomduded12
    Steam

  41. Garrett says:

    Sam
    Steam
    @garrettyu

  42. Fulano says:

    Sam
    psn
    @fulanodonnadie

  43. voyage says:

    Sam!!
    i only have pc, so steam.
    @Secondarious on twitter

  44. Luke says:

    I don’t know how anyone answers anything but Clementine.
    @wakeemolo
    steam

  45. Jia Min Liang says:

    Luke
    PSN
    @bjaigorgor

  46. Be Attitude For Gains says:

    Haven’t played S2, but I’d like to! So I’ll have to say Clementine.
    @AttitudeForGain
    XBLA

  47. Brandroid says:

    None of them!
    @mrbrandroid
    Xbla

  48. Leon says:

    Sam
    Steam
    @lmd1974

  49. John says:

    Sam
    PSN
    @JohnMPierre

  50. Daniel says:

    Luke
    @cdanielrl
    Steam

  51. Gabriel says:

    Clementine
    @GabrielOdRP
    Steam

  52. Clementine
    @Ivan_TR
    XBLA

  53. Lamis says:

    Clementine
    PSN if playable on vita, steam if not.
    @ZarieoZ

  54. Dave says:

    Clementine so far.
    @ganth0101

  55. Awesomesauce says:

    Kenny because I saw a video that he is in this episode
    Xbox 360
    Evans8570@gmail.com

  56. empulsive says:

    Sam
    @Empulse
    XBLA, please!

  57. abacate16 says:

    Luke
    @Abacate16
    XBLA

  58. Arren says:

    Clementine
    @RafaelSousa92
    Steam

  59. Ethan Hook says:

    Luke @ethan2253 Xbla

  60. Egi says:

    Sam
    @gegigege
    XBLA

  61. Clementine
    @jzman00
    Steam

  62. Joe Cool says:

    Sam
    XBLA
    @snpyjc

  63. joseph fuller says:

    Luke
    Steam/PSN
    @josephfuller6

  64. Sam!
    Steam
    @Dryden13

    Thanks!

  65. Tom says:

    Sam
    XBLA

  66. darklinkpower says:

    Clementine
    @Brandon_dlp
    XBLA

  67. A says:

    Clementine!
    Steam

  68. Sarah, she’s adorable!
    360
    @CAiNiACprime

  69. dwb6 says:

    Sam
    XBLA
    @dwb6

  70. Alan V says:

    Clementine!!
    XBLA
    @AlanVelasco2

  71. Chris Williams says:

    Clementine
    XBLA
    @wwe_316

  72. Mark says:

    Clementine
    @markdepeche89
    XBLA

  73. GJ McGhie says:

    Sam for me.
    Steam if possible
    @mumbles_74

  74. william says:

    Sam
    Steam
    @ohryn32

  75. Brandon says:

    Luke!
    @brandon_berzerk
    Playstation

  76. Jose says:

    Sam!
    @paradaj909 xbla please

  77. NYHorn36 says:

    Sam
    @dpleonard
    XBLA

  78. Kaylah says:

    Favorite character from season two would have to be Luke.
    @xOtakuxGirlx
    I would live to win it on Xbox or steam.

  79. antonio says:

    Luke
    @Teburninator
    Steam

  80. coldninjapro@gmail.com says:

    clementine @ColdNinjaPro

  81. Majextic says:

    Sam, Steam, @majextic

  82. shadowfoxx21 says:

    Clem of course, @shadowfoxx21
    Steam

  83. dragon290513 says:

    Luke
    @long2905
    Steam season pass

  84. Teresa says:

    Clementine ❤
    @TeresaPc
    Psn thanks

  85. Jason says:

    Nick

    @jalansk0

    Xbla

  86. Jae-666 says:

    Sam
    @Androidd19
    XBox 360

  87. rogannn says:

    Sam
    @rogannn
    Steam

  88. S.O.! says:

    Clementine
    @GPTraduzidos
    XBLA

  89. pecet says:

    Clementine
    @pecet
    Steam

  90. gekkoton says:

    Clementine
    PSN
    @Gekkoton

  91. alee67 says:

    Clementine
    @alee67
    XBLA preferred, but I can also use PSN.

  92. romeyo007 says:

    Sam
    Steam
    @romeyo007

  93. Chase says:

    Luke
    PSN
    @Real_i_t_y

  94. kitlerc says:

    I haven’t played Season 2 which is why I’m trying to get a Season Pass for steam. Everyone seems to like Sam though, so Sam?

    @kitlerc
    Steam

  95. hsith says:

    Clementine
    @hsith
    Steam

  96. Brett says:

    Clementine
    @signofchange
    Steam

  97. malouff says:

    Sam
    @malouff
    PSN

  98. Gio S. says:

    Pete
    @gsosa93
    XBLA

  99. Phillip says:

    Clementine
    @kinsie21
    Steam

  100. Rich Bell says:

    I finished season 1 and would LOVE to play season 2 on my nice PC!!! TBH I can’t pick a season 2 character yet, but I wouldn’t mind gettting back to you on that!! Thanks for doing this WIN or lose!!

    Steam Season Pass Please!! (I said Please)
    @RichBell33

  101. bob says:

    Luke
    Psn
    @bwiest1

  102. buster42 says:

    Haven’t played Season 2, so I’ll go with Sam, since a lot of people seem to like him (?)
    Steam
    @busterkuri

  103. Alex says:

    Sam
    @jaypx85
    Steam

  104. Michael de Silva says:

    Sam @mdesilva_

    Steam preferred

  105. Ramon says:

    Sam
    PSN
    @Granosx

  106. mixmastarob says:

    Clementine
    Xbox
    @mixmastar0b

  107. PM says:

    Sam
    Steam
    @PiotrMajzner

  108. Julian says:

    I haven’t been able to play any of Season 2 yet, so I’m gonna say Clementine.
    Steam
    @JJWagstaff

  109. chris says:

    gotta go with Sam!
    @chrisxpratt
    steam

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