What I Think About Telltale’s New Licenses…
So, a few days ago Telltale unleashed onto everybody a massive lineup of new games that will be coming from them in the future. I want to just get right into them, and tell you how I feel, but first, I also want to comment on the new Jurassic Park game, the trailer for which was also shown at the conference a few days ago.
From the trailer to the reports that have been made of the style of gameplay this will have, I’m very much looking forward to Jurassic Park: The Game, because it will be so much different from anything Telltale has done before and I feel that they will do it well regardless. The graphics look amazing, I know Telltale have been pushing their engine to the max to do this and it shows. While it may not be in the same graphical range as some other games that are out there, for an action/adventure game it’s absolutely stunning. I especially like the direction Telltale is coming from by not including the original characters as the main focus of this game, thereby allowing new personalities to take prevalence and develop and be freshly implanted in the players mind.
So, basically, Jurassic Park is a game I’m looking forward to from Telltale this year. Unfortunately, that can’t be said for everything…
The Walking Dead
Yech. A zombie game. Really, Telltale? And I know that the series is very popular, and there’s comic books and a TV series and blah blah blah, its just that aren’t there enough of these kinds of games as it is? I thought Telltale came about because they wanted to make adventure games and no other company did. I thought Telltale was trying to stand out from the crowd. But what with the apparent probability of this being an action game and potentially also a first person shooter (unlikely as that seems), I worry that Telltale is thinking that it has to conform to the general, boring, currently popular releases in order to make money. (Dead Island or Call of Duty: Black Ops, anybody?) But here’s a tip for Telltale; by trying to change your games to appeal to a wider market, you also risk cutting off some of your longer supporters in favour of a group who will, lets face it, ditch you for the next big thing later on. Although I may sound harsh, this is my opinion, and I just don’t like zombie games. Granted, I’m still going to play it, because I think that any game Telltale makes is probably going to be in one way or another entertaining, but I don’t think I’ll be a rabid fan of this series. I hope there won’t be another one coming afterwards.
Ok, so after my displeasure at The Walking Dead, I’m happy to say that Fables, another comic book video game, looks like it will be BRILLIANT. First of all, the idea of this comics themselves is wonderful and creative, take this and add 2 heaping spoonfuls of Telltale brilliance and you get a potentially awesome video game. I had a quick look at some pages from the comics yesterday, and the writing is fantastic. I can’t wait to get into this game. It’s just a shame that it won’t be out until 2012…
Hector: Badge of Carnage
This game… This game… I can not wait for it to be on PC. Ok, granted, Telltale is not developing this series, merely publishing, its still brilliant. I got the game on my iPhone yesterday and am currently loving it. I wish I found out about it earlier. By the way, a review will be up sometime next week. It has classic British humour, llewdness, strong puzzles, great characters, brilliant voice acting, and I’ve only been playing for half an hour. This is another game that Telltale’s got me anticipating.
Puzzle Agent 2
Frankly, I’m very relieved that one game Telltale’s done before wound up on this list, and I’m especially glad that it’s Puzzle Agent because that damn game had no ending the first time around, and I’m looking forwards to seeing how the game wraps up, as well as the developments that are made in the puzzle, graphical, story telling and plotting departments. Also, the Hidden People are back, which makes me scared. Honestly, they are some of the scariest little… I can’t say that word… that I’ve found in games EVER! So it should be good…
Wait, what? King’s Quest? When I saw this I got excited. And I don’t know why. I’ve never played a King’s Quest game. I mean, I’ve played Peasant’s Quest, but not King’s Quest. It’s just that hanging around all the old adventure gamers has made me sort of feel like I know these old games, and so I think I’m going to have a good time when this game gets out in 2012.
So that’s pretty much it. All in all, I’m pretty happy, I think Telltale can do a good job, except that damn zombie game that they seem to be so happy about… Oh well, maybe it will turn out alright. But what do you think? Tell us in the comments!