Tales from the Borderlands Review

Tales from the Borderlands Review

Jan 8, 2015

Borderlands is more than a game. It is a concept. And the game Tales from the Borderlands proves that idea. One of Telltale’s finest.

Tales from the Borderlands is a story driven game by Telltale games, a developer you know from games like The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us. The story is about two people actually, both telling their side of a story.

We won’t go tell to much about the story, because it is one of the highlights of this game. What we can tell you is that the narrative perfectly falls into the established Borderlands world and lore and if you’ve played previous iterations of the series, you’ll know what’s up.

tftb2And if it is indeed the case you’ve played Borderlands 2 to be exact (and maybe perhaps the Pre-Sequel game), you’ll know where the story left off. Tales from the Borderlands explores the universe without a very important character from those games and shows us what it is like to be someone we haven’t been before. It sounds rather vague this way, but I rarely play Telltale games because of their gameplay.

The story is what counts and I can only imagine others would prefer, just like me, to not be spoiled by some review. Just know that their is an heavy emphasis on action oriented story telling, in which characters are meant to react quickly. It puts the player on the edge of his seat, but it is now always like that. Like other Telltale productions, there is plenty room for character development.

The best part of Tales from the Borderlands is that this game shows us that Borderlands is more than a game. It’s a concept. A concept of different worlds to be explored by different characters – or in this case, the same world with characters that put you, the player, in the shoes of people from the other side. Or aren’t they? It eventually all comes down on that shiny treasure.

So yeah, if you like Telltale games, this is one of the best playthroughs I’ve ever had. I heard that Game of Thrones Episode 1 is even better, but I haven’t had the chance to play that one yet. So if you haven’t, this is the best one yet. And if you like Borderlands and are in need for some more stories from a certain planet, than it is also a save bet for you downloading this game.

The Wolf Among Us Review

The Wolf Among Us Review

Nov 6, 2014

After a stupid exclusive deal with Amazon, The Wolf Among Us is finally out on Android. Was it worth the wait?

The Wolf Among Us is a game by Telltale Games, a developer we all know and love thanks to the awesome series The Walking Dead. The Wolf Among Us is also a episodic game. Now it is out on Android, you can get the first part for free and buy the rest of the parts via in-app purchase. In the game, we follow Bigby Wolf, none other than the Big Bad Wolf, in his quest to uncover the truth behind a gruesome murder. We won’t go in to too much details here, because of spoilers.

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Just know that the combination of storytelling and gameplay are as ever intwined as it was the case with The Walking Dead series. The thing I always liked about The Wolf Among Us (or Fables comics or even the tv series Once Upon A Time) is that the characters aren’t what they seem to us – the way we know them by stories told by our (grand)parents through fairytale books. It is always a surprise to see a character in a different role – but perhaps not to different, when looking at an origin story.

Anyway, I’m slowly fading away from the main point. This first gem of episodic content is one you should play. Why wouldn’t you; it is free, after all. I know for sure you will be hooked – even if it is your second time. Because now you cannot only take the adventure with you on those long plane of train rides, but it is also possible to decide different things within the same situations, resulting in a different outcome. Maybe not as a game al together, but for your own experience.

So if you aske me to download the game as a whole, I say yes. Especially when it is your first time with the series. Either way, you won’t be disappointed by what you see on you (small) screen – I mean that figurative and litteraly. The game looks very good on you smartphone and tablet and – when you’re a first timer – you’ll be amazed by the story. So go and check it out.

The Walking Dead Pinball Review

The Walking Dead Pinball Review

Oct 8, 2014

The Walking Dead Pinball goes to show that two rights can make a wrong.

If you haven’t heard of the Walking Dead by now, than it is possible you have been sleeping for the past couple of years. The franchise, once only a comic book and now grown in to a TV series and multiple games, is massive and keeps on going forward. Zen Pinball, creators of my most memorable digital pinball experience to date, created a game I never saw coming: a pinball version of the point-and-click story-driven drama game from Telltale Games. And I’m not sure if I like it.

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So on one hand, we’ve got the best pinball game developer there is and on the other hand we’ve got Telltale, making sure we get to play the Walking Dead video game out there. But combined… well, let’s just say that it isn’t a winning formula. This pinball machine (you can download it separately or withing the existing Zen Pinball app) offers story driven gameplay, including making some choices, but it always leads to unnecessary distractions or unclear goals.

But the base of the game, the pinball machine itself, is how it is supposed to be. It is the pinball magic we’ve come to know and love by now. It man, does the game look great – it has the same graphical appeal of the Walking Dead game bij Telltale, so you’re in for a treat. But like I said, the game does offer a great deal of distraction, making you loose a ball when you think your attention is need elsewhere – but the fact is, you always need to focus on the ball, otherwise it is gone.

And another thing I found quite… odd: there is the option to ball an extra pack of pinballs, a dollar per three, when you’re game over. I understand Zen Pinball found a extra way to make a quick buck, but it defiles the basic rules of pinball. The rule that game over is game over, that you’ve just lost your points and that you can always try again, next time. This just feels wrong.

Zen Studios and Telltale Games Partner to Create New Digital Pinball Game based on The Walking Dead Game Series

Zen Studios and Telltale Games Partner to Create New Digital Pinball Game based on The Walking Dead Game Series

Jun 5, 2014

Digital Pinball experts Zen Studios is collaborating with TellTale Studios and The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman to introduce a new digital pinball game based on The Walking Dead game series.

According to the press release, Zen and Telltale worked carefully to bring choice driven gameplay of The Walking Dead; Season One to the pinball board. It pullss in locations from the franchise that should be familiar to fans.

“Zen Studios is a huge admirer of Telltale Games, and we truly cherish the opportunity to work with such amazing visionaries,” says Mel Kirk, Vice President of Publishing at Zen Studios. “Working with Telltale’s The Walking Dead is a hallmark moment as we continue our quest to create the most memorable and authentic pinball experiences.”

Says Steve Allison, Telltale Publishing SVP, “Zen knocked it out of the park with their interpretation Telltale’s first season of The Walking Dead as a pinball table. Players once again get to step into the shoes of Lee Everett and protect Clementine as all the major events of season one play a role in the first ever pinball game that features choice and consequence gameplay.”

The Walking Dead Pinball Game is due out this Summer.

[Source: Zen/Telltale Press Release]

Telltale’s The Walking Dead Now On Android

Telltale’s The Walking Dead Now On Android

Apr 11, 2014

The Walking Dead Season One 2

Holy smokes, that’s some wonderful news. Telltale has released their multiple award-winning adventure on Android. It’s an emotional and morally challenging adventure, first season of which is arguably better and more engaging than all seasons of The Walking Dead TV series combined, and it’s currently available for Android users here: The Walking Dead on Google Play.