Telltale’s ‘The Walking Dead’ Final Season First Look Coming Next Week

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Telltale is famous for picking up every IP in sight and using its famous (or infamous) recipe to turn it into a serialized game, a tactic that has led to the company running out of steam and letting go a large part of its employees in what was the loudest sign that somewhere along the way, Telltale lost its way. Still, Telltale does have some important games coming out in the near future, and The Walking Dead: The Final Season is definitely the one fans most want to get their hands on. If you are one of the many who want to see how Clementine’s story ends, you can get the first peek of the game next Friday, April 6th, at 12:30 PM ET during the developer’s PAX East panel. The reveal will also be streamed on Twitch, so everyone can get to enjoy the show.

If you’ve been following Telltale’s games, you probably know that The Walking Dead [Free] is the series that put the developer on the map and, for many, season one of the game was the best the company has produced (though others see Tales from the Borderlands as the best series). Clementine, the female protagonist who was a child in the original season and has become the protagonist of later seasons, is for many the best character in the series and is the focus of the final season. Telltale cleverly showed that passing of the baton from Lee Everett, the main character of the original series, to Clementine in a screenshot revealed today. The Final Season screenshot shows Clementine wielding an axe and defending a young child from incoming walkers in a pose identical to a screenshot from the original series, where Clementine was the child in danger and Lee was wielding the axe. If you had any doubts that the series has come full circle, this screenshot should dispel them.

Speaking of the series as a whole (spoilers following), the journey hasn’t been a pleasant one for any of the characters. Clementine, trying to survive in a world infested by walkers just like in the TV show with the same name, lost Lee at the end of the first season after a pretty harrowing journey and some awful choices only to see more people lose their lives defending her in later season. In addition, she has had to deal with other survivors thinking she’s been bit, witness all kinds of abuse, and other, similarly “pleasant” experiences. In the previous episode, A New Frontier, Clementine had to deal with a group of survivors who started out with good intentions and ended up twisted in all kinds of ways—which is par for the course in this series and the TV show. The end of the episode finds Clementine heading out of Richmond (where her journey had taken her) to find AJ, the baby of one of Clementine’s fellow survivors that Clementine once thought dead.

We don’t have too much information on the plot of the final season, but I have a hunch it won’t be a happy one. Clementine, as the developers have pointed out, has become a symbol of hope throughout the franchise, so I’m very interested to see what her ultimate fate will be. One of the screenshots Telltale tweeted today shows Clementine’s famous cap abandoned in the middle of a field, which I wouldn’t describe as a hopeful screenshot. Still, I have a hard time believing Telltale will kill this extremely popular character. No word yet on a release date, but I don’t think it’s too far into the future. Looking forward to seeing where Clementine’s journey ends?

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Telltale’s second ‘Batman’ season ends March 27th

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Telltale's games are defined by in-the-moment choices that have far-reaching consequences, and that's never been truer than it is now. It's releasing the final episode of Batman: The Enemy Within ("Same Stitch") on March 27th, and your decisions from…
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The Finale Episode of Telltale’s ‘Batman: The Enemy Within’ Launches on March 27th Across All Platforms

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I only recently played the first season of Batman – The Telltale Series [Free] on the Switch after dabbling into it on iOS a while back. I quite like it and it maybe my favourite thing from Telltale after The Wolf Among Us. Batman: The Enemy Within [Free] is quite nice like the first season with a lovely atmosphere and more. The Enemy Within will conclude on March 27th. This finale episode will launch on all platforms at the same time and you can expect two finales from it. It is good to see Telltale release the finale at the same time on all platforms unlike some of the previous episodes in some of their games.

Batman: The Enemy Within’s Season Finale premieres on March 27th and the episode is titled ‘Same Stitch’. This will have two different finales with two possible Jokers in the single finale episode. Before you ask, you can absolutely play The Enemy Within without playing the first season but I’d recommend playing it anyway if you can.

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Telltale’s ‘Minecraft Story Mode’ Ep. 4 Is Out, But Layoff News Dampen any Enthusiasm

As you probably know if you’ve been reading my reviews of Telltale’s Minecraft: Story Mode Season 2 [$ 4.99], I haven’t been too excited with the first three episodes. My primary problem with the game so far has been that the developers have been trying to turn Minecraft into a sword-swinging adventure, and given the limitations of the game’s engine, it hasn’t worked well at all. Today, we are getting Episode 4, Below the Bedrock, and I’m really hoping the series shifts away from its emphasis on violence and on swinging swords and goes back to focusing on the game’s characters and on the many facets of the Minecraft universe. I’m still interested to see where Jesse’s story goes in this episode (besides going literally below the bedrock) and seeing how the whole Admin story continues to play out.

Now, if you are a Twitter user, you’ll know that the biggest Telltale news of the day weren’t about Minecraft but, unfortunately, about the layoffs at Telltale Games. The company has reduced its staff by 25% in an effort to restructure and to focus on producing fewer, better quality games. Telltale CEO, Pete Hawley, said that the layoffs will not impact any previously announced projects. The news caught most by surprise because Telltale has been pretty successful translating popular IPs into adventure games. Personally, I’ve been wondering whether recent games have been as successful as earlier ones given how many players would complain about the formula becoming stale and about the dated game engine. Hopefully better games will come out of this sad news.

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Telltale’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ first season ends next week

Star-Lord and crew have one last adventure in them for this season of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series. Season finale "Don't Stop Believin'" debuts November 7th and finds the ragtag group of heroes reuniting to take out galactic…
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Telltale Games' much-lauded graphic adventure series The Walking Dead is coming to a close next year with its final season dropping sometime in Q2 2018. But to help console players catch up, the studio is releasing a $ 50 bundle on December 5th for PS…
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Episode 4 of Telltale’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Series Is Available Now

Telltale continues to release episodes from different series in a rapid-fire pace, and today is the turn of Episode 4 of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series [$ 4.99]. Episode four is titled “Who Needs You” and continues what has become an entertaining story that mostly plays to the strengths of the Telltale formula. Spoilers from here on, of course. In the previous episode, Star-Lord decided the fate of the all-powerful Eternity Forge, but that, of course, created all kinds of splinters in the group and widened pre-existing ones. And now that everyone has to escape their confinement, things are getting critical. There might even a scenario where not everyone makes it out of there alive.

As you can read in my reviews of the series so far, I’ve been enjoying the series because it focuses on narrative more than a series like Minecraft Story Mode for instance. The series’ decision to give us fewer action scenes and more character-based conflicts works well in building tension and making the narrative intriguing. I’m hoping episode 4 continues the strong story and continues to build on the interesting characters of the previous episode. The episode is out now and is $ 4.99.

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Telltale’s ‘Minecraft Story Mode’ Ep. 3 Launches Sept. 19th, Trailer Shows Off Hard Times

Telltale continues to spout out episodes for its many series, and soon it will be time for another Minecraft Story Mode Season 2 [$ 4.99] episode to drop on our devices. Episode 3 of Telltale’s take on Minecraft is coming out September 19th, and it looks like it’s going to be a fun one judging from the trailer. Spoilers from here on, so proceed with caution. Episode 2 ended not with glory, despite Jesse and the gang succeeding in taking down the Ice Tower clock, but rather in literal hard times, with Jesse and the rest getting “transported” to what looks like a maximum security prison. It seems like the Admin wants to continue playing with Jesse and the gang like a scientist does with rats in a complex and confusing maze.

As you can see from the trailer, you’ll get the chance to either work with the prison authorities or organize a great escape, with both options looking like entertaining narrative ideas. The second episode of the series was quite an improvement from the relatively weak premiere, and I’m hoping the improvement continues. Not too long to wait now, with Episode 3 dropping on (hopefully) all devices September 19th.

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The Trailer for Telltale’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Episode 3 Is Out, Brings ‘More Than a Feeling’

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series [$ 4.99] (again, longest title ever) is getting ready to give us Episode 3 next week, and today we got to see the trailer for More Than a Feeling. If you’ve played Episode 2 or read our review, you’ll know that the series has been getting better and the last episode left us at quite the cliffhanger. If you watch the trailer below, you can figure out where that cliffhanger leads, so proceed at your own risk of spoilers. The trailer shows plenty of tension between the Guardians and their “associates” as well as the need to make some very momentous decisions that should really define the narrative’s direction from here on, which is interesting given that this is just Episode 3.

I’m looking forward to Episode 3 because I’ve been enjoying the series so far. There’s a good balance of familiar lore and new ideas, and the fighting sequences aren’t cumbersome (although the puzzle pieces are not that entertaining). Episode 3, More than a Feeling, is coming out August 22nd, so there’s plenty of time to catch up on the previous ones either by playing them or by reading our review.

 

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Telltale’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Episode 2 Is Available Now

Lo and behold; we got the second episode of Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series [$ 4.99] on the same day as the rest of the platforms. Who knew? As you probably know by now, Telltale’s iOS releases haven’t been the most predictable lately, but I’m glad to see the Episode 2, Under Pressure, release today. Under Pressure (spoilers) follows the Guardians’ adventures as they try to evade a (probably misunderstood) genocidal maniac who wants to steal the powerful relic that can bring back people from the dead. Desperate for some help, Star-Lord and the rest will have to seek old friends and call in favors if they are to survive.

At the same time, and you’ll know this if you’ve played episode 1 or read my review, the Guardians team is tearing at the seams, and it’s probably a matter of time before one or more of the members decides to leave. Will that happen in Episode 2? Probably. The episode is available for purchase now and will cost the usual $ 4.99.

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