UPDATE: That "imminent" launch date? It's RIGHT NOW. Episode 3 has hit the European PlayStation store in an uncharacteristic end-of-week update.
Just a quickie: The Walking Dead Episode 3 has cleared the European PlayStation Network's certification procedures and Telltale Games are set for an "imminent" release date announcement. The excellent adventure failed to materialise on the PlayStation store this week despite launching on PC and XBLA. [Twitter]
Matt describes the experience as "totally unmissable" in our recent The Walking Dead Episode 3 review.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has failed to materialise on the European PlayStation Network for a third week running, with the latest episode of Telltale's Walking Dead series also notably absent despite a US release. Sony still offers no reason for the delay, which has increasingly attracted some angry backlash from PS3 owners. Several US titles are currently outstanding for Europe, including Dyad and Closure, while Trine 2 took several months to clear certification. Please can we spend our money on some nice things, Sony?
Actually, yes. Despite its glaring omissions, this week's PlayStation Store Update does provide a fantastic value PS Minis bundle from Beatshapers (which includes the brilliant Canabalt, Wizorb and others for £4.99), Zen Pinball 2, standalone HD versions of Metal Gear Solid 2 and Snake Eater alongside an extensive retro sale. More details on the EU PlayStation Blog.
Platforms: PC | PS3 | Xbox 360 (reviewed)
Developers: Telltale Games
Every time I finish another chapter of Telltale's emphatic masterclass in choice-and-consequence adventure gaming I have to immediately replay it, possibly even from the very beginning of the saga. Three chapters in, that's starting to take a little longer than before.
The reasons for that of course, come in the form of the weighty moral decisions one has to make along the way. The whole point of The Walking Dead as a concept has been to explore the crippling humanity that comes with staring into the face of the zombie apocalypse, and the lengths that people will go to in order to survive. The question that is constantly posed when it comes to Telltale's series is just how long can you - as central protagonist Lee -keep your humanity as it disappears so very rapidly from the world around you.
The echo of the finale to the second chapter - one of the endings sees Lee and his band of survivors turn their back on a man essentially howling, begging for death - forms the prelude to the darkest chapter so far. Deep distrust and abject denial are at the heart of this particular slice of zombie-evading action. Indeed, the Walkers feature somewhat less than perhaps they have in the first two chapters (although the final few scenes more than make up for this), but desperately striving to stop your little group ripping themselves apart makes for compelling stuff.Click here to read more...
What a lovely little surprise. We were on the edge of our seats waiting for some news - any news - about the next instalment of Telltale's fantastic Walker-ridden adventure series. Now comes news that episode 3 of The Walking Dead - The Long Road Ahead - will release today on PS3 in North America, with PC and Xbox 360 receiving the game tomorrow.
The launch trailer, courtesy of IGN, is above.