During the last couple of months I have experienced the best story telling in years! it didn’t come through TV or Netflix or even a movie but through a video game!
I think video games have grown in quality in the last years especially with the plots (also with graphics etc) but this wasn’t some big huge block buster game like Call of duty but from an arcade game that comes in episodes (like a TV series but every month).
Telltale are the brilliant company that provided me with this amazing experience through a video game (Something that I have hardly experienced before with games, apart of the fantastic RPG games you get to play like Dragon age and Mass effect series) This video game is not like the others I have played it felt to me more like an interactive short film (in a way?) that really got me into the stories.
Telltale have not just made just a one-off, it all started with the The Walking Dead (which has nothing to do with the TV programme) which had a comic book style feel to it, what made this really entertaining was the fact that you could make your own choices, which really made you engage with the characters that you encounter (I know this is not ground breaking picking what you say but these are your choices that do actually do make a difference) with making your choices other characters will react different to you and remember past events which could make someone live or day.
At the heart of this story is the dynamic duo that is Lee and Clementine one is convict and the other an orphan they are what keeps each other going during this zombie infected wasteland of Macon (and other locations). Lee and Clem is what makes this game what it is (including great supporting characters by the way) they have this great father daughter relationship that moves the story onwards in strides, What Telltale did well was that it was about the human aspect and not all about zombies and just killing them (yes! you do kill many in different and cool ways but that’s not the point) I am not going to spoil anything because I don’t want to take away anything and just want you to play this game because the ending made me cry… yes cry because it was one hell of an ending! (still not spoiling it!)
After that… what could Telltale do next to fellow this triumph? they bring out The Wolf Among Us (which is based of the comics Fables) this time you are the big bad wolf from the fairy tales, believe me this is nothing like the fairy tales you knew, basically the Fables have been forced out of their homeland and ended up in a section of New York called Fable Town here all the fables live (not happily ever after neither, not giving to much away again because it is just the best).
This is where you come in as the big bad wolf, named Bigby, you are the sheriff of Fable Town and you keep things in order because you are the big bad wolf of course! as you had a little taste of what the game is about the story here is just as good or even better than the walking dead (in my opinion) this is the same game play as the walking dead but yet feels so different to its predecessor, the comic book animation is still there but it feels more film noir and darker (considering it is a crime/mystery)
The character you play Bigby it feels you have more control of him and can mould him the way you want, you can go with him trying to reinvent himself as a changed man or you can give in to the wolf inside, which makes great options for the player, I have recently finished the game and I think this could be worthy of a TV series and not just worthy but it would make a great show that could be up there!
What is next for Telltale? well they are on their last episode of the walking season 2 which is living one to the first series in many different and wonderful ways, yet the most exciting thing for me is that they are going to do the epic Game Of Thrones! which could have the potential to be better than the walking and the wolf among us! (hopefully it will be). Not forgetting they are making tales from the borderlands which could be really good just hope it doesn’t get over shadowed by Game Of Thrones.
It’s safe to say that the future of Telltale is very bright!