Games don’t release in a vacuum and, thus, makes it hard to write around this particular elephant in the room. Telltale Games basically announced its imminent shutdown as I sat down to materialize my thoughts on THE WALKING DEAD: THE FINAL SEASON EPISODE 2. Reports have indicated that this closure will also prematurely end this season, putting the next two episodes on the vaporware shelf next to Silent Hills and all those damn Star Wars games EA keeps canning. It’s a shame too since The Walking Dead: The Final Season Episode 2 is mostly all setup that we will likely never see the payoff to, which drains this episode of most of its purpose. While it doesn’t pick up immediately after the first episode’s shocking conclusion, it does deal with what happened. AJ’s fatal mistake has put him and Clementine on everyone’s shit list, forcing both of you into exile away from the “safe” sanctuary at the school. The Walking Dead: The Final Season … [Read more...] about The Walking Dead: The Final Season Episode 2 Review – The Sophomore Setup
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After numerous teases, a free tie-in game and what feels like a very long wait, we finally got an in-depth look at Life is Strange 2 last night at a pre-Gamescom showcase. Two early sequences from the game were shown, one of which will be playable on the show floor, giving us our first (proper) look at Life is Strange 2's main characters and teasing what the long road has in store for them. We're not in Arcadia Bay anymore, everything looks very different, and really, that's a very good thing indeed. Life is Strange 2 focuses on the journey of two brothers, Sean and Daniel Diaz, who are on a dangerous road trip after a series of tragic events near the beginning of the game force them to go on the run from police under threat of separation and arrest. It's set three years after the events of Life is Strange 1 - so, 2016 - and begins a few nights before Halloween. Sean is the older brother and the playable character, a talented 16 year old would-be artist who hates parties, has a … [Read more...] about Why Life is Strange 2 is ditching Arcadia Bay for its radically different roadtrip
Former Valve writer Marc Laidlaw outlined his ideas for the story of Half-Life 2: Episode 3 last August, a bizarre, bare-bones tale of a research vessel in the Antarctic that's phasing in and out of time and space. That led a team of die-hard fans to launch an effort to bring Laidlaw's vision to life in the form of Project Borealis, named after the ship at the center of Laidlaw's story. The team announced today that its first-draft take on Laidlaw's tale, which was at roughly the half-way point at the end of 2017, is now complete—and work has come along far enough that it has also released a short "in-engine" video showcasing weapons, movement, and flashlight animations. "The writing team has taken the plot points outlined in Marc Laidlaw’s Epistle 3 and fleshed out the details and gameplay elements into a full and engaging script," the Project Borelias team wrote. "Since finishing this first draft, the rest of the team have had the opportunity to give … [Read more...] about Half-Life 2: Episode 3 fan project gets finished script and ‘in-engine’ teaser
Westworld Season 2, Episode 2, "Reunion," left me with one overwhelming feeling: I wish this had been the Season 2 premiere. Episode 2 had the exact right mix of exposition, flashback, action, and mystery that made Westworld Season 1 impossible to turn away from, and which the Season 2 premiere's 70 long minutes of weirdly paced setup lacked. At least we're back in the saddle now.The episode's opening, with Dolores in the real world, is a perfect example. This scene showed us new sides of both Dolores and Arnold, revealing that Dolores has actually seen the world outside the park before. And now she remembers; "I've been there before," she tells Teddy later in the ep. That's clearly going to come up later.There is one mystery here, depending how you read the scene: Is this really the outside world, or is it just another park? The exterior shots as Arnold leads Dolores across the street look uncanny, too clean, and filled with unnatural, robotic-looking people. The under-construction … [Read more...] about Westworld Season 2, Episode 2 Review: Should Have Been The Premiere
Every year before E3, we talk about the games we expect to see, along with the ones that we hope we’ll get to take another look at. These include the obvious ones, like big games announced at the previous year’s conference. But they’re also the hypothetical projects, the titles that we’ve neither seen nor heard from in years — perhaps since they were first announced. Some games have gone quiet much longer than others, though. We’ve gathered up some of the most notable “missing in action” games that we'd love to see make a grand reappearance at this year’s big show. Below, we’ll offer an update on each game, plus our assessment of the likelihood of the project resurfacing at E3 2017 (on a scale of 1 to 10). Follow along and reminisce about some of the industry’s most elusive games. (A quick note: We weighed in on many of these titles last year. In those cases, we’ve generally lifted the original text, with some … [Read more...] about Will these 12 games miss E3 this year?