Posts Tagged ‘Telltale’

Wot I Think: Telltale’s Game Of Thrones, Episode 1

By Alec Meer on December 2nd, 2014.

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Warning: this article presumes familiarity with the entire televisual run of Game of Thrones, as indeed does the game itself. In other words: SPOILERS. Don’t read on if you’re not up to date with the show.

Game Of Thrones, Telltale’s latest episodic conversational dilemma game interweaves with the third and fourth seasons of the HBO show. It stars a ‘new’ House, the historically Stark-aligned Forresters, but features appearances from a number of Game of Thrones’ stars. It’s on you to keep the Forresters alive by, basically, not saying the wrong thing to the wrong person.

The first episode, Iron From Ice, is out today, and Varys’ little birds delivered a copy to me a short while ago.

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Tell Of Tales: Game Of Thrones: Details Of Game

By Alec Meer on November 11th, 2014.

House… Forrester?!!!!?? Now come on, come on. I mean, no-one expected to be a Stark, but COME ON.

You will be a member of House Forrester in Telltale’s upcoming adventure/chat-o-dilemma adaptation of Game of Thrones – specifically the TV version, specifically set just before season 5. HOUSE BLOOMIN’ FORRESTER.

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BildungZroman: The Walking Dead Season Two Finale

By Adam Smith on August 22nd, 2014.

Telltale’s Walking Dead has always been Clementine’s story. From the moment she appears in the first episode of the first season, the player may be controlling Lee but Clem is the character that they’re guiding and constructing. I’ve mostly enjoyed the second season, even when the pacing has been a little too Romero-zombie, and I’m looking forward to the joyous showtune that will mark the final episode. Except…the trailer below, which recaps season one and two with spoilers aplenty, suggests things might not turn out particularly well for Clem and the gang no matter what her choices have been. Gulp.

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The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 4 Trailer 1

By Alec Meer on July 17th, 2014.

I’ve only played the first two episodes of season one of The Walking Dead, before one of Telltale’s notorious savegame corruption bugs cost me my progress, so I’m the worst person in the world to even watch this trailer for episode 4 of season 2, let alone write about it. YOU THINK THAT’S GONNA STOP ME, PUNK?
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Wot I Think – The Wolf Among Us Episode 5: Cry Wolf

By Alec Meer on July 11th, 2014.

Well, how to do this without spoilers? “In the final episode of the first season of Telltale’s adaptation of/prequel to comic series Fables, the current storyline is concluded semi-satisfactorily and there are more quick-time events than usual.” There you go, we’re done here.

Fine. FINE. You want more? Fine.
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Wolf Apart From Us: Wolf Among Us S1 Ends Next Week

By Nathan Grayson on July 4th, 2014.

The Long-Term Psychological Effects Of Everything In The World Being Purple, A Study By Nathan Grayson

“I should really catch up on The Wolf Among Us,” I tell myself roughly once a week. “I really like that fairly tale noir world, but I’m way behind on episodes.” Now, though, I’m wondering if I shouldn’t just wait until next week, sprinkle some bacon bits atop a heaping bowl of popcorn, and binge play the whole season. The Wolf Among Us Episode Five: Cry Wolf is about to huff, puff, and blow down all the straw, sticks, and bricks the rest of the season has laid. Will there be a season two after? No idea. For now, though, this is case closed. There’s a trailer below, which I haven’t watched because Obvious Spoiler Warning.

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Wot I Think: The Wolf Among Us Part 4 – In Sheep’s Clothing

By Alec Meer on May 28th, 2014.

The fourth part of Telltale’s inadvertently long-running adaptation of fairy-tales-in-modern-New-York comic Fables was released yesterday. As, like its predecessors, it can only be bought as part of a season pack, part of me questions the wisdom of writing it up individually, but hey, I’ve started so I’ll finish. I do avoid largely spoilers below, but it’s going to be pretty nonsensical if you’ve not played the series so far.

Everything’s going in the right direction now. This is the episode of Telltale’s fairy tale noir adventure where the brooding atmosphere of menace and distrust is fully backed up by events and implications. While, to a significant degree, the overly-obviously-titled ‘In Sheep’s Clothing’ is a retread of prior episodes’ structure, it’s finally moving away from questions and onto answers, as well as capitalising on some character relationships which had been either lightly sketched or outright abandoned since the first episode. With the net tightening – whether around the perpetrator or around our heroes remains an open question – there’s a real sense that people are in danger, and that I might be the one to bring doom to their door.
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Wot I Think: The Walking Dead Season 2 Ep 3

By Adam Smith on May 13th, 2014.

Season two of the The Walking Dead has started strong, taking on the task of switching to a new player character confidently. Clementine is a complex character, capable of carrying the narrative while also reacting to the player’s input in a believable fashion. With the third episode, the story enters a new phase, one that shifts the setting and tone somewhat, and places the focus on a smaller cast, with Michael Madsen’s Bill Carver at the fore. It’s bleak and brutal, but that’s nothing new. It’s also a bit underwhelming. Here’s wot I think, with spoilers carefully avoided.

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Wot I Think: The Wolf Among Us Ep3

By Alec Meer on April 10th, 2014.

The third chapter of Telltale’s adventure game adaptation of the ‘what if fairy tales were real and lived in New York?’ comic Fables was released on Tuesday. I played it on Wednesday. I then published an article about it on Thursday. I might play it again on Friday. Here’s why.

Ah, that’s much better. After such a strong start – for me, the most compelling Telltale opener yet – The Wolf Among Us hit lengthy and mysterious delays, followed by a disappointingly perfunctory episode 2. It left me wondering if the series was playing for time, but now it has had that time. Fortunately, it seems to have paid off. Longer, with many more decisions, a stronger sense of consequence and a wise focus on character development above melodrama, this series can once again be said to be a wolf rather than a poodle.
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Wolf Among Us Episode 3 Should Be Out Any Moment Now

By Nathan Grayson on April 2nd, 2014.

Be out in a second! Just need to pose menacingly for a bit longer first.

I will not watch The Wolf Among Us Episode 3: A Crooked Mile‘s launch trailer. I will not watch Wolf Among Us Episode 3: A Crooked Mile’s launch trailer. I will not watch Wolf Among Us Episode 3: A Crooked Mile’s launch trailer. I won’t, I won’t, I won’t. I haven’t finished Episode 2 of the Fables comic spin-off yet, and I’ve heard this sizzling reel of piping hot footage is free-range and spoiler-fed. Good news, however, is that this means Big (Bad) Wolf Little Tokyo (alternate/not real title) Ep 3 is right around the corner.

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Game Dev Super Group Finally Announces Game

By Nathan Grayson on March 14th, 2014.

I hope they end up calling it Firewatch: Origins

Campo Santo is a new studio made up of top tier talent from – DEEP BREATH – Double Fine, Klei, Telltale, and 2K Marin. OK, that didn’t require much air to say out loud at all and I can type without breathing for probably, like, hours, but you get the idea. With the powers of Mark of the Ninja lead Nels Anderson, Walking Dead: Season One leads Sean Vanaman and Jake Rodkin, ex-Irrational and Double Fine man Chris Remo, and artist Olly Moss (among others) combined, we get a story-based mystery about isolation, the creeping unknown, and human relationships set in… rural Wyoming. Huh. It’s called Firewatch, and it seems interesting. I think. Also incredibly orange. Scant first details below.

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Wot I Think: The Walking Dead Season 2 Ep 2

By Adam Smith on March 7th, 2014.

'eh? isn't this a game about feelings and crying and finding moments of hope and beauty in a decaying world? what am I doing here?'

It’s good to see Clementine again, even if I’m not particularly keen on the new company she’s keeping. I’ve just finished playing the first two episodes of The Walking Dead season two and I’m feeling a mixture of grief, frustration and relief. The latter is due to the strength of the second episode in particular. After a wobbly first episode, the transition to Clementine’s time is showing a great deal of care and craft. Here’s wot I think.

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Wot I Think: The Wolf Among Us Episode 2: Smoke & Mirrors

By Alec Meer on February 5th, 2014.

Arriving some four months after October’s first installment of Telltale’s adventurish adaptation of fairy tales in the real world comic Fables, Smoke & Mirrors sees protagonist Bigby Wolf continue to investigate a series of murders. Given the cliffhanger ending of episode 2, you’ll forgive me if I’m plot-light in the below. I.e. no spoilers, but it does presume you’re fairly familiar with the game already.
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