Borderlands, Game of Thrones, Batman: Telltale Games Debate #2
Breaking News! Video Game ‘choose-your-own-adventure’ studio, Telltale Games, has recently acquired the official license to DC Comic’s iconic Batman franchise! So, how do LaughingMan and CineMax, both fans of Batman and Telltale Games, react to the news?
…C’mon, do you really need to ask? The ever-skeptical CCS duo push their fandom to the side and put on their thinking caps. The discussion leaves them wondering if perhaps this pairing is a potentially dangerous move that seems curiously out of place in the Telltale Games formula. LaughingMan cautions that, while Telltale Games are fantastic story-tellers, they are becoming over-reliant on established and popular IPs. Meanwhile, CineMax asserts that in the general scope of Telltale Games, the protagonist is often a side-character witnessing larger events unfold; and that actually taking on the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman is a bit contradictory to their successful story-telling formula.
However, before the two begin to speculate on Batman’s new, possibly detective and crime-solving angled adventure, CineMax shocks LaughingMan. In the previous After Hours regarding Telltale Games, LaughingMan and CineMax debated whether there was any validity to Telltale’s claim that in their games “your actions effect the outcome of the story”. And after playing Telltale’s “Tales from the Borderlands”, CineMax is beginning to side with LaughingMan in his staunch assertion that the vast majority of the choices you make are utterly trivial and that the outcomes are heavily reliant on a few end-of-the-game choices (a-la Mass Effect 3). And while “Tales from the Borderlands” has left a bad impression on CineMax, LaughingMan makes a newer assertion that Telltale Games — once known for point-and-click adventures — have strayed far from their roots in recent games, abandoning even the slightest semblance of basic point-and-click adventure gameplay for suffocating, corridor linearity.
And finally, what do the cynical duo think of Telltale’s “Minecraft: Story Mode”? To save you some reading time: They really don’t give a shit.