The success of Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead series came as a surprise to many, including yours truly, but the showers of accolades were certainly a testament to the sheer amount of polish and effort the developer poured into the games. Telltale’s near-mastery of the episodic format (gained through years of refinement) culminated in the first season of the Walking Dead games, making a second season a foregone conclusion. Let’s see what’s in store.
For those unfamiliar with prior Telltale offerings, the developer takes a cinematic, narrative-driven approach to games, placing the story front-and-center and creating a Choose Your Own Adventure-type universe in which your path through The Walking Dead (as well as the ending) is driven by the choices you make as the game progresses. As season two director Dennis Lenart puts it, “we focus less on the head and aim straight for people’s hearts.”
Season one was notable for any number of reasons, not the least of which included an intense, visceral storyline, gutwrenching moral decisions, and a compelling relationship between protagonist Lee Everett and his eventual charge, a young girl named Clementine. Season two very much becomes Clementine’s story, as Telltale is eager to explore the universe through the eyes of a young girl and examine the ways in which this changes the player’s experience.
Season two of Telltale’s The Walking Dead launches on PC on December 17, and will undoubtedly follow on the Xbox Live Marketplace and PlayStation Store shortly thereafter.
In other gaming news this week, pick up the first three Fallout games for free on PC, Doom turns 20, Elder Scrolls Online gets a release date, and Fable gets remade. Read on!
- Gaming PSA! For today (and, well, yesterday) only, GOG.com is giving away free DRM-free copies of Fallout 1, 2, and Tactics. If you want to replay some PC classics or (for those who dove straight into Fallout 3)verse yourself in some gaming history, this is well worth your while. GOG’s site has been getting hit hard by demand but if you’re persistent, you’ll be able to snag your copies.
- Why all the Fallout love? Well, it may be because GOG is awesome. Or, it may be due to the fact that Fallout 4 was recently confirmed...
- Terminal Reality, a studio best known for the Bloodrayne series (which perhaps explains their current predicament) shut down this week.
- The Elder Scrolls Online will be launching for Mac and PC on April 4, 2014. Check out the game’s largescale PvP in action below!
- Congratulations to Sony, which pulled off the most successful console launch in history, selling 2.1 million PS4 units in 2 weeks. Xbox One wasn’t far behind, with 2 million units sold in its first 2 weeks, but Sony just barely edged out their rivals for the title.
- Fans of Fable, take note. The HD remake hits the 360 next February.
- Game developer extraordinaire Cliff Bleszinski, Gears of War founder and a member of the team that founded the Unreal series, has been on a year-long sabbatical since his departure from Epic Games, but it sounds like he’s ready to throw his hat back in the development ring. Bleszinski wants to return to his first-person roots with his next project, which he describes as an arena shooter probably in the mould of Unreal Tournament—which will hopefully be a breath of fresh air in an FPS market inundated by CoD, Battlefield, and clones thereof.
- Rockstar’s GTA: San Andreas is now available on iOS in all its weight-pumping, gunrunning goodness.
- No Man’s Sky looks like it just might be the next great space exploration video game. Check out the trailer below and learn a little more about the game here, including its shared galaxy and uniquely generated planets and ecosystems.
- Leave your stupid comments in your pockets. The Room 2, Fireproof Games’ sequel to the massively popular iOS puzzler, The Room, is now available, only on iOS. To celebrate the launch, Fireproof is offering the original game for free on the App Store for a limited time.
- Finally, we’d like to wish a happy 20th birthday to one of the most iconic games ever in Doom. For so many of us, Doom was a gateway into the Golden Era of PC gaming, and its influence lives on in modern FPS games everywhere.