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First of all, I don't want to sound like I'm bashing over this game. To be honest, it's a breeze of fresh air, but at the same time, I must say I'm so far disappointed by it. I was hoping episode 3 would've change it, but it hasn't so far. The main thing that I have to complain about is how it doesn't live up to my expectations about it being able to "choose your path."
Sure, you get to choose your responses, but more than half the time it doesn't even do anything. Nobody would really notice or care what responses you choose (half the time, it wouldn't say <name> noticed what you said, or <name> appreciates your action, etc)
Another thing about these decision making thing is... it's pretty pointless. In the end, you'll most likely go to the same conclusion. No matter who's side you chose, Larry still dies. No matter how you tried to manage the argument, Carley / Doug will still get killed. What's the point then? What's the point of having "Carley will remember that" on the fact that you stood up for her, just to have her killed literally 30 seconds later? What's the point of choosing to either try to stop Lilly or choose to join her when she's going to abandon you and drive away anyways?
One might argue that it'll affect further decisions later on the road, like how Kenny would appreciate you later, or yell at you for not standing up for him back in episode 1. But still, does it really make that much of a difference? I myself initially pictured this game with numerous paths - for example, maybe Ben would've been killed instead of Doug, or better, maybe none would've been killed. Maybe you could've intimidated the St John's brothers and took over their farm instead of having them eating one of your members, no matter whatever course you chose to take. Get what I mean?
In conclusion, this game claimed to have you think you can choose a variety of options, creating "your own" storyline. But in the end, we're all generally going down the same path. And that's pretty disappointing, in my opinion.