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One of the most stylish adventure games has returned for its second episode and falls just short of a perfect blend of story and action. This second installment of the noir adventure Blues and Bullets picks up right where the last left off with Eliot Ness trying to rescue the kidnapped granddaughter of his most famous adversary, Al Capone. While this episode, entitled Shaking the Hive, does some great things with story, it suffers from just a few too many shooting sequences.
Middle chapters in any series run the risk of calming down a little too much and losing focus. The second episode of The Walking Dead: Michonne, entitled Give No Shelter, avoids these problems by ramping the action up even higher and never letting go. Having established many of the characters and their relationships in episode 1, Give No Shelter is able to explore both Michonne’s tragic past and the perils of accepting strangers into your safe-house during the zombie apocalypse.
Audio logs can be a great way to fit some extra narrative content into any video game, but it seems like the use of this mechanism has been in decline lately. This is a problem that République has aimed to solve and then some. Introducing an intriguing narrative and filling the story with some truly interesting characters, République takes a unique spin on stealth and adventure games. Delivering one of the biggest gut-punching moments in recent gaming memory, this is one episodic stealth game you’ll want to check out.