Tales From the Borderlands ended its run yesterday (and you can read the review for it here) but there's no rest for Telltale Games. All efforts are now focused on the finale of their Game of Thrones series, with the studio announcing this afternoon that Episode 6: The Ice Dragon will be releasing on November 17th. It will also be a studio first in that it will be releasing across all platforms and in all regions simultaneously. On addition to all of this, the first episode in the series, Iron From Ice, is now free to download and play through across all platforms.
The news emerged via a new video that features cast members from the TV show talking about their involvement in the game (and is mainly just Emilia Clark saying the same thing over and over.) You can see the video for yourself after the jump.Click here to read more...
At long last, it’s time to put this Tales of the Borderlands review to rest. As always, before we get started, a few bits of house-keeping. You can get up to speed on the previous episodes by reading our reviews for Episode 1: Zer0 Sum, Episode 2: Atlas Shrugged, Episode 3: Catch A Ride, and Episode 4: Escape Plan Bravo. We haven’t scored each one individually, but we will score the series as a whole this time. If you just want a full appraisal, skip down to the Series Summary at the end of this article.
Episode 4 was not just a high point for the Borderlands series, it was one of the best bits of work that Telltale Games have produced. The surprises, the shocks, and the ridiculous humour had been orchestrated to almost perfection, topped off by some brilliant performances from its voice cast. It meant that if Tales From The Borderlands was to end on a high note, Telltale had to go all out on everything. As I loaded up the game I was slightly nervous about if they could manage such a feat, but then I hit the main menu and I immediately sensed Telltale knew the gravity of the situation.
How, you ask? Simple – the re-recorded main theme.
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The title says it all, but to clarify - you can now download the first episode of the excellent Tales from the Borderlands, Zer0 Sum, for free on consoles and mobile devices. Just head to your respective digital marketplace, download it, and enjoy what we consider to be Telltale's finest series to date.
To mark the occasion, Telltale have released a brand new trailer that not only highlights how enjoyable the series is, but gives us a release date for the final episode, Vault of the Traveler.Click here to read more...
Here's one for those of you yet to play through the second season of The Walking Dead. It's the lowest price we've seen for the Xbox One version, and beats the next cheapest deal by a few pounds. While I would recommend playing through Season One first purely for how decisions carry over, Season Two is an enjoyably tense experience in its own right. Thanks to robtallica @ HUKD!
Telltale’s take on the Minecraft phenomenon is a lot closer than we thought, as it was announced this afternoon that Minecraft: Story Mode will be premiering digitally on October 13th. The PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions will arrive on that date, while the iOS and Android editions will hit their respective app stores on the 15th. A Wii U and PS Vita version has been confirmed, but their release date will be “at a later date” – chances are that means once all five episodes are out.
In addition to the digital release, a physical copy will be made available on October 30th, which will include the first episode and the right to download the remaining four episodes as soon as they release.Click here to read more...
With Jon now well and truly off in the sunset, I’m afraid you’ll have to put up with me and my Handsome Jack fandom while we finish off the review process for Tales From The Borderlands. Chances are that if you’re reading this you’re already up to speed, but just in case you can check out our reviews for Episode 1: Zer0 Sum, Episode 2: Atlas Shrugged, and Episode 3: Catch A Ride.
Episode 3 provided a high point for the series for many reasons, so the pressure was on for Episode 4 to build upon what we called the best episode so far. In truth, Escape Plan Zero suffers from yet another slow start, but as soon as the introduction begins and To The Top blasts out the speakers you can tell what’s about to happen is going to be something special.
In fact, what we get is nothing short of an emotional roller coaster.
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My sincerest apologies for the lateness of this review, but as I was on holiday during its release I’ve only just gotten round to reviewing it. Anyway, here’s the usual housekeeping – if you’ve missed our other reviews, you can get up to speed by reading them here: Episode 1: Iron From Ice, Episode Two: The Lost Lords, Episode 3: The Sword In The Darkness, and Episode 4: Sons of Winter. As always with our episodic reviews, our score will be published once the season is finished, reflecting the game as a whole.
While the action begins in a rather tense fashion (which in understandable given the ending to episode 4) the linearity of proceedings early on take away any true feeling of choice. This is yet another example of how the established timeline of the show disrupts anything that could happen in the game, but thankfully once we get past the first chapter the narrative opens up by diverging into uncharted waters. If Episode 4 set up the board for the final charge, Episode 5 pushes them past the point of no return, as it is made very clear that it is now all or nothing for House Forester.Click here to read more...
Let's do some name dropping. Telltale Games and Mojang alone should be enough to guarantee success with a video game shouldn't they? I mean after all Mojang have created possibly the most successful sandbox game of all time, and well Telltale Games just seem to turn anything they touch into a sure fire winner.
We now need to add the names Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, Ashley Johnson, Scott Porter, Martha Plimpton, Dave Fennoy, Corey Feldman, Billy West, and Paul Reubens into this gaming equation (heads beginning to blow yet?) and we have the full creative team and the cast for the Minecon 2015 announced Minecraft: Story Mode.
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They really do some fantastic things with games those guys from Telltale. Jurassic Park, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and Back to the Future to name just a few.
£6.80 is the lowest we have ever seen for Tales from the Borderlands and is absolutely right down our alley! You will need to use code macgames5off to drop that listed price, but it's minimum effort for maximum loot.
Whilst it's downloading we have a few reviews for you to check out that Jon nicely composed for us. Top bloke.Click here to read more...
Tales From The Borderlands: Episode 3 - Catch A Ride makes a worrying first impression.
An attempt at rendering an all-out battle spotlights the clunky limitations of the engine, the voice acting is surprisingly unconvincing and badly mixed during the opening section, while a limp instant-fail action sequence crawls out of the woodwork. The first few minutes feel oddly rushed and to be honest I was concerned.
Was Tales From The Borderlands about to bottom out after two great episodes? Was this the tipping point? Thankfully, as it turns out, the shaky start is just a blip in another exceptional piece of interactive storytelling. All is forgiven as a choice, a death, a road trip and some fantastic new characters propel Rhys and Fiona into one of Telltale's best adventures yet.Click here to read more...
This weeks Playstation Store discounts have gone live with the focus aiming more towards the amazing savings on the Telltale Games series (oh and some Saints Row titles).
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We’re now at the end of what is effectively the second act of Telltale’s Game of Thrones series, with only two episodes of its 6-part run left to come. As such, you can get up to speed by reading our reviews for Episode 1: Iron From Ice, Episode Two: The Lost Lords and Episode 3: The Sword In The Darkness. As always with our episodic reviews, our score will be published once the season is finished, reflecting the game as a whole.
Throughout the previous three episodes, it’s been clear that Telltale have done a fine job of making their version of Westeros feel authentic, but there has been one particular issue. While players have been able to make some key decisions, they have been subtle shifts towards the larger goal or, perhaps more to the point, ensuring the survival of House Forrester. There’s been a lot of “one step forward, two steps back” in that regard, but that finally changes in Sons of Winter. The Forrester’s finally fight back, climbing the ladder of chaos in a bid to take back what was lost, all of which makes this latest episode the most action packed one so far.
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It's the final day of the Humble Spring Sale. That is now fourteen beautiful days of pure Humble sale madness we have now passed through. Todays sale brings some rather enticing games with even more attractive price tags!
Day thirteen of the Humble spring sale sees reductions in the Telltale Games catalogue.
No biggie, but Telltale Games have announced a new partnership with Marvel and a project set to release in 2017.
Considering Telltale's storytelling pedigree and Marvel's outstanding recent adaptations, colour us very excited indeed.
We're a bit worried that they're taking on too much, but in fairness the quality of their recent releases has been superb and the Marvel universe is absolutely full of stories to tell and characters large and small. Frankly a number of Marvel franchises are absolutely crying out for a quality narrative-driven videogame, and here are what we'd consider to be the most deserving.
The time is right for The Man Without Fear to make a transmedia comeback. In our opinion the Netflix series was something of a masterstroke for the blind barrister thanks to some stellar casting, brutal action and a stupendous performance from the ridiculously versatile (and newly shaven) Vincent D'Onofrio. With a second season in the pipeline for next year, a well-timed game could really round out the universe and cement Daredevil as a top-tier hero outside of the graphic novels.
More to the point, though, the fact that Matt Murdock is also a lawyer grants huge potential for investigations and courtroom procedural drama too.Click here to read more...
I have to hand it to Telltale – releasing Episode 3 with absolutely no build-up via the usual channels was a very welcome surprise, but then again having to wait extended periods between releases is probably the reason why. I just hope that, with the TV show returning soon, it doesn’t become an excuse to drag out the wait (something Tales from the Borderlands’ players have had to suffer with.) Anyway, before we dive into our review for The Sword In The Darkness, here’s some links to our reviews of Episode 1: Iron From Ice, and Episode Two: The Lost Lords. As always with our episodic reviews, our score will be published once the season is finished, reflecting the game as a whole.
Despite some moments of progression, I felt that Episodes 1 and 2 were more about the setup of the story than anything, building up the world of Westeros before things inevitably come crashing down. While Episode 3 still continues that trend to a degree, there is definitely a sense of moving forward this time around. Choices appear to be more diverse, and actions from previous episodes are finally coming back to haunt the player. Perhaps most importantly, while the other episodes have done a great job in replicating the feel of the show, Episode 3 is the closest Telltale have come to nailing it perfectly, all of which makes The Sword In The Darkness the best instalment so far.
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Tales From the Borderlands: Episode Two - Atlas Mugged is excellent, but I have to start this review with a bit of a moan.
Three months, Telltale. Three months.
I've always loved episodic series, whether Stingray, 24 or The Wolf Among Us. After each episode ends I have time to think about the cliffhanger, to debate it with my friends, to fantasize about what could happen and then finally sit down to enjoy the next one jangling with excitement. Binging cheats us out of this simple pleasure, and my 'Telltale routine' involves pouring a glass of half-decent red wine, switching my phone to silent and enjoying each new episode to the full.
Unfortunately, a quarter of a year goes from satisfying suspense to plain boredom and annoyance, and even Telltale know it. The fact that Atlas Mugged starts with an apology and overlong catch-up proves it, and frankly Telltale needs to publish and stick to firm release dates now. Hell, television series start next week at the exact same time. That's what makes the waiting bearable.
So it's a good thing that Zer0 Sum ended on such a satisfying bang, then. And that, as mentioned, Atlas Mugged does the business.Click here to read more...
It isn't the cheapest price we've seen for the season pass, but Gamersgate's current deal for Tales from the Borderlands is the best deal around at the moment. We called the first episode "a feel-good tour de force" in our review, proving Telltale Games can definitely do more than gritty, emotional adventure titles these days.
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After a rather intense ending to its first episode, Telltale’s Game of Thrones series returns a second helping of bloody intrigue and moral choices. It should obviously go without saying, but if you’ve yet to play Episode 1 'Iron From Ice' I’d suggest not hitting the jump on this review as we’ll be dealing with some light spoilers from the previous episode. Plus, you know, you should go and play it anyway because it’s a great start to what will hopefully be yet another fantastic adventure series from Telltale.
I say this because Episode 2, The Lord Lords, continues to build the foundations that Iron From Ice began to lay down, delivering a solid if overall slower follow-up. Choices previously made are starting to rear their head, haunting House Forrester as they brace themselves for more trouble. We’re wiser this time, though. We know that the choices put before us aren’t always about winning but surviving, to fight another day until the chance for vengeance is at hand.
Providing our choices don’t get everyone killed before that happens. And with this being Westeros, there’s a high probability that could still happen.Click here to read more...
Yes, I know – we’re a little late to the party in regards to Telltale’s latest licensed series. Having finally had chance to get hands-on with the first two episodes, we’re going to rectify that slacker approach and deliver a double bill of reviews, so expect the next one to be on-site in the very near future. Before we get started, I’d like to point out that my aim is to keep spoilers to a minimum at the very least, so don’t worry – you’ll be able to read our reviews and still be traumatised with maximum effect afterwards.
Telltale Games having proven their chops with gritty, engaging adventure titles over the last few years, so the excitement level for their Game of Thrones adaptation has been rather high, for me at least. The good news is that the first episode, Iron From Ice, manages to capture the essence of the HBO series (minus the sexposition and casual nudity… for now, anyway) so fans of the show should find their expectations met for the most part.Click here to read more...