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Old 09-21-18, 11:55 PM   #26
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Re: Telltale Games shutting down

I have played everyone of their games outside the final season of Walking Dead.

1: They spent too much money getting the IP's for games.

2: With 400 people on staff they were bloated.

3: While I enjoyed the games, they always followed some basic rules. Give the player a choice...do everything you can to make the player question their choice...then have characters in the game call out the player for those choices...even if logically they would not know about it. This started to make the games a chore to play at times...(esp game of thrones) I will admit the last Batman game was getting better in this area though...

4: Releasing the games in episodes. What started out as a cool idea just ended up delaying games to the point that it frustrated players. More importantly, they trained heavy consumers like me to not even buy the games until all the episodes came out or at least until it went on sale. It is REALLY frustrating paying 24.99, only to be one or two episodes in and see it go on sale for 10-12 bucks before the final 3-4 episodes even come out. After doing this with every game, my group of friends all stop paying 24.99 for any game, which is the reason I have not started the final season of walking dead yet.

5: Did I mention Game of Thrones????...what a piece of shit game.
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Old 09-22-18, 01:17 AM   #27
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I'd be disappointed we're not getting a conclusion to their Game of Thrones game, except it's been so long since it was released I can't remember what happened in it anyway.
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Old 09-22-18, 01:28 AM   #28
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I have played everyone of their games outside the final season of Walking Dead.

1: They spent too much money getting the IP's for games.

2: With 400 people on staff they were bloated.

3: While I enjoyed the games, they always followed some basic rules. Give the player a choice...do everything you can to make the player question their choice...then have characters in the game call out the player for those choices...even if logically they would not know about it. This started to make the games a chore to play at times...(esp game of thrones) I will admit the last Batman game was getting better in this area though...

4: Releasing the games in episodes. What started out as a cool idea just ended up delaying games to the point that it frustrated players. More importantly, they trained heavy consumers like me to not even buy the games until all the episodes came out or at least until it went on sale. It is REALLY frustrating paying 24.99, only to be one or two episodes in and see it go on sale for 10-12 bucks before the final 3-4 episodes even come out. After doing this with every game, my group of friends all stop paying 24.99 for any game, which is the reason I have not started the final season of walking dead yet.

5: Did I mention Game of Thrones????...what a piece of shit game.
I agree with a lot of that except Game of Thrones is one of my favorites. I stopped buying them at launch partially because they were always going on sale but also because their would usually be so long between episodes that I would forget a lot of the character stuff and make bad decisions since I couldn't remember what had happened. I got way more enjoyment just playing them all together.
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Old 09-22-18, 02:38 AM   #29
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Where is MS with their wallet out when we need them?
I was wondering if someone would want to buy them, or whatevers left. Telltale seems to have been managed poorly, but the name recognition and style is there that it seems like someone out there could potentially fix the wrongs and streamline their productions, and evolve their gameplay a little.

They've been around since 2004 and seemed successful enough to survive making smaller episodic games for awhile before The Walking Dead came out, and it seems like a leaner team that made 1 or 2 projects a year would have made more sense for them.
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Old 09-22-18, 03:40 AM   #30
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I'd be disappointed we're not getting a conclusion to their Game of Thrones game, except it's been so long since it was released I can't remember what happened in it anyway.
They wanted to be true to the books, so you can’t expect a resolution.
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Old 09-22-18, 11:12 AM   #31
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I think my biggest disappointment with the first one was being given the appearance that you could make choices in the game, but the story was still going to go the way it wanted. So your choices didn't really have affect the results.
I call them "push the button and make the story go" games. They were really more visual novels than anything.

Despite that, I agree that Clementine might be the best-realized video game character ever. Truly a shame that we won't see a conclusion to her story. And I just recently bought the season pass, too. (Sigh.)
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Old 09-22-18, 11:15 AM   #32
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Didn't they just run a sale too where you could buy the complete Walking Dead games for $20, including the new one coming out? I'm guessing that was a last ditch effort that will fall back on MS and Sony issuing refunds for.
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Old 09-22-18, 11:27 AM   #33
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I'd be disappointed we're not getting a conclusion to their Game of Thrones game, except it's been so long since it was released I can't remember what happened in it anyway.
I fell asleep playing GOT one night and woke up to realize I had been auto-choiced through a lot of the episode.
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Old 09-22-18, 12:39 PM   #34
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I call them "push the button and make the story go" games. They were really more visual novels than anything.
They’re a lot like those “choose your adventure” books from back in the day where you’d have the option of continuing a story by choosing one chapter over another and there were different outcomes and endings.
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Old 09-22-18, 12:58 PM   #35
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I fell asleep playing GOT one night and woke up to realize I had been auto-choiced through a lot of the episode.
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Old 09-22-18, 02:15 PM   #36
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They’re a lot like those “choose your adventure” books from back in the day where you’d have the option of continuing a story by choosing one chapter over another and there were different outcomes and endings.
Except in a CYOA book your choices actually matter.
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Old 09-22-18, 05:22 PM   #37
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So I guess the final season of Walking Dead might not be finished...bummer.
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Old 09-22-18, 06:04 PM   #38
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No guessing about it. Pretty much confirmed they are only staying open to complete the Minecraft stuff.
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Old 09-22-18, 07:20 PM   #39
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It's really kind of a dick move to not at least publish a synopsis of the final two episodes.

A lot of people on Twitter are suggesting Microsoft should buy them, but that ship has sailed. If Microsoft were interested the deal would have happened before the layoffs. I'm sure the financials just don't make sense with their heavy dependency on licensing agreements.

Telltale's big mistake was not creating any IP of their own. Even THQ had Darksiders, Saints Row, etc.
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Old 09-22-18, 07:51 PM   #40
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Telltale's big mistake was not creating any IP of their own.
There are so many big mistakes to choose from, it's hard to settle for just one.

The staggering overhead of being based out of San Francisco couldn't have helped. Their tools were nightmarishly outdated and underfeatured, and instead of addressing the core issues, they just threw more bodies at the problem to work around those limitations.

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Old 09-23-18, 01:03 PM   #41
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I never really got into their games. The first Walking Dead was cool, because it was somewhat novel at the time. Back to the Future was sorta cool, mainly due to the property and the actors voicing their characters. Out of the rest I played, they didn't do much for me. The Borderlands one was amusing, but the choices make no difference.

It sucks for the employees, and anyone who enjoyed their games, but this is one that I'm not going to miss.
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^ That's my biggest problem with the Telltale games I've played. They seem to be masters at the illusion of choice, where nothing you choose really matters in the end. It's like reading a Choose Your Own Adventure book where every path leads you to page 200 where it says, "The End."
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There's like 3 or 4 different endings to Walking Dead Season 2 (I haven't played past that), but all of the choices that get you to those endings are made in the final chapter, so the choices in the rest of the chapters don't really matter. You might get someone to survive a little longer with the right choices, but if they were meant to die, they will probably still die not long after.

Also, the endings of season 2 are negated by starting season 3 in the same place regardless of where you ended season 2, and anyone that was with you besides Alvin Jr. will be missing or dead.
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^ TWD Season 3 was an absolute shitshow. As maybe the biggest fan of the series here, I made my opinions on that title abundantly clear in the TWD game thread.
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I haven't started Season 3 yet, though I do own it. I just finished Season 2 a couple weeks ago and did some googling because I was curious where it would start with all the different endings of S2.
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Old 09-24-18, 09:25 AM   #46
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Didn't they just run a sale too where you could buy the complete Walking Dead games for $20, including the new one coming out? I'm guessing that was a last ditch effort that will fall back on MS and Sony issuing refunds for.
Yeah I bought that, and pretty ticked off that I will only get half a season for the final one. I'm invested a lot of time into this story, and it needs a proper conclusion, not an eternal cliffhanger.

This has to be the worst gaming news all year for me. Telltale games was my favorite studio. I love the choose your own adventure type aspect. It was my favorite aspect of Mass Effect which was killed in the last ME game and then that franchise destroyed.

I guess it will get to where online shooters are the only type of game left. Games with no replay value once the crowds move on.
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Half the season? It sounds like they cancelled the whole thing and won't be releasing any of the finished episodes. I think it would piss people off even more if they just released a few, so it's probably for the best.
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Half the season? It sounds like they cancelled the whole thing and won't be releasing any of the finished episodes. I think it would piss people off even more if they just released a few, so it's probably for the best.
Nope the first two episodes are already out.
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Telltale Games is shutting down?

Nobody will remember that.
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This has to be the worst gaming news all year for me. Telltale games was my favorite studio. I love the choose your own adventure type aspect. It was my favorite aspect of Mass Effect which was killed in the last ME game and then that franchise destroyed.
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I get the frustration but that's a heavy dose of hyperbole. I soured on shooters and am never short of something to play.

Want story driven "choice" games like Telltale? Go with Life is Strange, Detroit: Become Human or Until Dawn. All three are phenomenal.
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