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.

CineMax

A subversive excommunicated from [REDACTED] as a result of a failed coup d'etat, CineMax has miraculously managed to reach and find asylum in the Land of the Free. Here he spends his days working for Cheshire Cat Studios, all the while plotting his inevitable return to the motherland to once again foment the flames of revolution.

LaughingMan

The loveable lunatic with the foul mouth and the iconic laugh, Laughingman is the founder of CCS. With more coffee than copper in his bloodstream, he's a full-time website developer by day, and a gamer, editor, and fiction writer by night.

4 Comments on “Borderlands, Game of Thrones, Batman: Telltale Games Debate #2

  1. Telltales Games cashing in on existing brands instead of making new IP’s?!?!

    LE GASP!!!

    Not surprised considering Warner Bros. and DC won’t stop shoving Batman in our fucking faces and Telltales just losing their grips on making these click and point games. The games they make are just the same but with different brands. Not really know what else to say.

  2. I’m not a big fan of Telltales Games. When I bought “Jurassic Park: The Game”, I expected a more… “playable” game. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying point-and-click games are bad, but they’re not what I expect from a console game.

    I wish I could see more games like… (

    • *Page refreshed, continuing comment here*

      (I can’t believe I’m saying this…) Black Ops II. I thought it was a very good game, a big and interesting entry on the tired-out Call of Duty franchise. Yes, the story is very linear but the outcomes and consequences depend on the choices you make throughout the game; hell, even from the optional side-missions, which depending if you did them or not, the game can change. There’s a lot of outcomes from the choices you make in the game, the bad guy either lives or dies, if he lives he’s imprisoned or escapes, if he’s imprisoned if he stays there or inspires revolts, if you kill the protagonists father or he’s just been missing all the time, if the scientist who can end the war lives or dies, if there’s a war between China and the USA or there’s no war between them at all, if your best friend dies or a spy working for you; this game was just amazing, and it took that “Create-your-own-story” phenomenon to a whole new level. I loved Black Ops II and I’m saddened that Call of Duty has abandoned that system because it’s pretty cool. It would be nice to see other games like that.

  3. I would love to see Telltale games make alternate endings. From my personal experience with TTG is that they charge per episode and rely on cliff hangers and suspence.

    But if always leads to the same ending. They should really make it feel like your choices matter by giving us alternate endings. Forcing us to play the game again and change up the choices. But that’s just me.

    I am not afraid for Batman. I love the series, but TTG can’t ruin Batman. They focus on side stories, with side characters. Its obviously not going to be the game everyone wants.

    But like I said, i would like them to make something original and not something off of existing IP just to see if they have more creativity and be able to be successful based on that.

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