The film studio Lionsgate (The Hunger Games, The Expendables, Twilight) has this week made a ‘significant financial investment’ in TellTale Games.
As part of the move, Lionsgate boss Jon Feltheimer will join TellTale’s Board Of Directors (where he will also be joined by Unity Technologies CEO John Riccitello) and the developer is now set to test out a ‘supershow’ concept combining a scripted television series and a video game – in much the same way that Remedy is testing the waters with Xbox One exclusive Quantum Break. It is also expected that as a result of the finance deal, TellTale would have the freedom to produce a video game based on an existing Lionsgate IP.
Speaking on the deal, Telltale boss Kevin Bruner said “Our goal is to create products that have a legitimate chance of winning both a Golden Globe and a Game of the Year award” – at this point, I’ll settle for getting the next episode of Tales From The Borderlands out to play….
It’s been one of, if not the busiest release week of the year for video games these past seven days (although next week might give it a run for its money with the likes of Dragon Age: Inquisition, Far Cry 4 and Grand Theft Auto V all looking for a snug place in your disc drives), but the headlines have been dominated by reports of poor performance across the board on several big name titles. Most notably, matchmaking playlists for Halo: The Master Chief Collection have ran into server issues, both the 3DS and Wii U Sonic Boom games have been ripped to shreds for game breaking exploits and uninspiring gameplay…and there is the curious case of Assassins Creed: Unity – a AAA game released seemingly before it was finished.
Despite mostly positive reviews from the gaming press, Unity has been beset by a number of bugs and glitches across all platforms; developer Ubisoft Montreal have been attacked on pretty much all fronts for problems including players falling through the world allowing them to swim under Renaissance era Paris, characters grabbing onto invisible ledges, and most hilariously/horrifyingly character faces disappearing mid-cut scene. Continue reading WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 10TH – 16TH NOVEMBER→
THE WOLF AMONG US: EPISODE ONE – ‘FAITH’ (2013) – TELLTALE GAMES
There is perhaps no hotter property in videogames right now than TellTale Games – not only are they currently busy crafting a second season for the 2012 critical hit The Walking Dead, but they also have projects adapting Borderlands and Game Of Thrones on the horizon too. Before the latter two games come to fruition however, there is The Wolf Among Us to savor in the meantime. Only the first of five planned episodes is available at the moment, but the small taster offered up thus far (for free on Xbox Live if you were sharp-eyed during the Christmas offers) is a delicious, if somewhat familiar treat. Continue reading “Forget It Bigby…It’s Fabletown” – The Wolf Among Us: ‘Faith’ Review→
Morning all, hope you’ve had a pleasant Christmas with all the usual gifts and trimmings. The surprises aren’t just limited to Christmas Day in the gaming industry though!
Until 10am Pacific Time on December 26th, you can pick up Valve’s Left 4 Dead 2 on Steam for free – go to the store page and click on ‘Install’, and you will receive the complementary license to have the game in your Steam library forever. You do not have to install the game straight off the bat as some reports have confusingly stated; if its in your Library, you can install it at your leisure.
Meanwhile on Xbox Live, the first episode of TellTale Games’ The Wolf Among Us is currently free to download for both Gold and Silver members, with the full season pass also discounted to just £6. The deal expires on December 31st, so download it while you can. I played through the first episode last night and thought it was excellent – you can see my review here.
Meanwhile, remember to keep your eyes on the Steam Winter Sale which updates each day until January 3rd. Happy deal hunting!
POKER NIGHT AT THE INVENTORY (2010) – TELLTALE GAMES
On first impression the game of Poker is an activity that is ill suited for the format of videogames – after all, the best part of Poker is the interaction with other players; bluffing, playing mindgames, wearing sunglasses indoors and acting visibly smug when you win a hand. Playing against generic computer controlled characters feels very cold in comparison; single player card games like the evergreen Solitaire can get away with it, but without other humans to pit your wits against, quite frankly Poker isn’t much fun.
Point-and-click adventures have never really been my forte in gaming. Aside from a short demo of Broken Sword 2, I can’t say that I have come across too many of them over the years; which I think says a far bit about the tough times the genre has had since its heyday in the early 1990s. It seems now though that the genre is having something of a renaissance through the efforts of Telltale Games, and in particular their game which picked up several Game Of The Year accolades in 2012 – The Walking Dead. Continue reading Lo And Behold, A Zombie Game I Care About – Telltale Game’s The Walking Dead Review→