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1:00 AM on 12.09.2010

Telltale reveals Biff and more in Back to the Future

Telltale Games has updated the official site for their upcoming Back to the Future episodic adventure series with a bunch of new stuff. Above you can see the concept art they released for Biff Tannen, former bully of the...

Conrad Zimmerman





4:00 AM on 12.03.2010

Back to the Future debut trailer and release schedule

GameTrailers has the exclusive new trailer for Telltale's Back to the Future and it's got me pumped. The trailer sets up the story by revealing that, months after Marty's return to 1985, the bank has taken an absent Doc Brow...

Conrad Zimmerman

5:30 AM on 09.28.2010

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 releasing October 13

Have you been waiting patiently to hear news on when you'll be able to get your grubby mitts on Sonic's latest adventure, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1? I didn't think so. You people can be so eager at times, you know ...

Conrad Zimmerman

1:40 PM on 06.08.2010

Telltale making episodic Jurassic Park game, for realz!

So, Telltale is making an episode game based on Jurassic Park. Is that awesome? Of course it is! The news has been spilled thanks to the front cover of this month's Game Informer. Unfortunately, details beyond the confirmatio...

Jim Sterling



Review: Sam & Max in The Tomb of Sammun-Mak photo
Review: Sam & Max in The Tomb of Sammun-Mak
by Conrad Zimmerman

The second episode in the third season of Sam & Max released today, entitled, "The Tomb of Sammun-Mak." We've already played it because we know how important it is that you know what you're getting into with these videogame things that are so popular with the kids. 

Season 3 was off to a strong start in The Penal Zone. Can Telltale keep up the momentum? Read on for our review and I will tell you.

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7:00 AM on 04.19.2010

Doctor Who games get trailer

If you watch Doctor Who over in the UK, you may have already seen this trailer. It aired immediately following the credits for this week's episode, "Victory of the Daleks," on BBC One last night and seems to have a...

Conrad Zimmerman

9:40 AM on 04.08.2010

Doctor Who episodic games announced

The new season of Doctor Who has started over in the UK, with Matt Smith taking on the role of the time-traveling hero. Today, the BBC announced that a series of four episodic games based on the show called Doctor Who Ad...

Conrad Zimmerman

8:40 AM on 03.23.2010

Fable III will be episodic

Microsoft thrall and game designer Peter Molyneux has confirmed that Fable III will be episodic, stating that "the first big episodes" will make up the main game, and smaller installments shall follow as DLC.  "I've ofte...

Jim Sterling



Review: Heavy Rain Chronicles, Chapter 1: The Taxidermist photo
Review: Heavy Rain Chronicles, Chapter 1: The Taxidermist
by Samit Sarkar

The Taxidermist” is the first in what will presumably be a series of a few additional short stories in the universe of Heavy Rain. At first glance, downloadable content for a game such as Heavy Rain seems problematic. Since the focus of the game is its ostensibly self-contained story, telling tales that exist outside the game’s narrative -- yet within the Heavy Rain fiction -- could conflict with the characters and plot established by the game itself.

That said, I was willing to play through “The Taxidermist” because I enjoyed Heavy Rain enough that I wanted to find out more about its characters (in this case, you play as journalist Madison Paige), and because I just wanted more of Heavy Rain’s adventure-game-like environment interaction.

[Editor’s note: This review contains spoilers for “The Taxidermist,” so don’t read it if you want to go in completely blind. -Samit]

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4:00 AM on 03.19.2010

Sam & Max season 3 poaches pre-order price cut on PSN

Alright, let's be frank here -- I'll take any chance I can get to pimp Telltale Games' Sam & Max games. The justification this time is that some new-fangled PlayStation Network pre-order starts today. As in right now. If ...

Joseph Leray



GTA: Episodes From Liberty City hitting PS3, PC in March photo
GTA: Episodes From Liberty City hitting PS3, PC in March
by Samit Sarkar

Rockstar has announced that the two Grand Theft Auto IV episodes, billed together as Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City, will finally be released for the PlayStation 3 and PC on March 30, 2010. Grand Theft Auto: The Lost and Damned (originally released in February 2009) and Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony (originally released in October 2009) will sell for $19.99 each on the PlayStation Network and Games for Windows Live; in addition, the standalone Episodes From Liberty City disc that came out on the Xbox 360 will be available for $39.99 for PS3 and PC. The PC version will include 32-player multiplayer matches and an "advanced video editor" to make highlight reels of the carnage you wreak in Liberty City.

This has been rumored for a while, especially since a patch in November 2009 added Games for Windows Live Achievements for The Lost and Damned to the PC version of GTA IV. And earlier this month, Rockstar teased that they "promise to be very good" to PS3 owners in 2010. As someone who owns GTA IV on the PS3, I guess I should be happy -- it's always great to see more gamers get the chance to play this stuff.

But I have to wonder: Do PS3 and PC owners even care at this point? GTA IV will be almost a two-year-old game by the time the episodes come out on the PS3 and PC, and since its launch in April 2008, the open world genre has seen a significant amount of growth and evolution. Around the release of The Ballad of Gay Tony last October, I remember hearing a lot of folks talking about GTA IV as if going back to it a year and a half after the game's release made its flaws much more apparent, and much less tolerable.

I'd also love to know the percentage of people who bought GTA IV on the PS3 -- over 1 million gamers in the first five days after launch -- but have since gotten rid of their copies under the assumption that the episodic content that was promoted as exclusive to the 360 would never be coming to the PS3. I still have my copy, but I'm unsure if this late port will actually get me to pop it back into my PS3 to play the episodes, especially considering the top-tier new releases coming out seemingly every week in the first half of 2010.

So tell me, GTA IV PS3/PC version owners: Are you going to buy the episodes now that you finally have the opportunity to do so? Or is this a case of "too little, too late"?

Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City Coming to PlayStation 3 and PC [Rockstar Newswire]

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2:00 AM on 01.04.2010

EA: Software prices will be dropping

$60 is a lot of money. Even if you do the rudimentary math and conclude that you're only paying a few dollars per the amount of hours you get out of a videogame it's still a lot of cash to lay down over and over again. But wh...

Matthew Razak







Review: Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 5 photo
Review: Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 5
by Anthony Burch

Guybrush Threepwood is dead; long live Guybrush Threepwood. Thrown into the underworld and seemingly powerless to stop the forces of piratey evil , the fifth Tales of Monkey Island chapter, entitled Rise of the Pirate God, sees our bumbling hero tasked with sealing a rift in time and space, saving his beloved Elaine, and defeating an all-too-familiar evil.

But is it any good?

Telltale season finales have been somewhat unpredictable, historically speaking. Sam and Max's second season had a pretty good ending, as did Wallace and Gromit, but the Strong Bad finale was undeniably subpar, and even Sam and Max's season two finale couldn't match the brilliance of its penultimate episode.

Where does Tales of Monkey Island fall on this scale? Does it bring all the series' unanswered questions to a satisfying close, or does Guybrush Threepwood's latest adventure end with a disappointing thud?

You'll have to hit the jump to find out (mild spoilers for the entire series).

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8:20 AM on 11.19.2009

Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 5 hitting in December

Tales of Monkey Island draws to a close this December with the release of the final episodic chapter on the 8th of next month. Dubbed “Rise of the Pirate God,” Telltale Games has said via a recent press release th...

Brad Nicholson

10:45 PM on 11.03.2009

Game SERIES Debate to the Death! MGS VS Half-Life

Last week's bonus questions brought in even more discussion than the week before, and when you outdo a Zelda and Final Fantasy debate, that's saying something. And boy did you guys and gamer girls have plenty to say. I'm thri...

Tom Fronczak

1:00 PM on 10.28.2009

Fourth Tales of Monkey Island episode hits this Friday

The fourth and second-to-last episode of Telltale's Tales of Monkey Island series, intriguingly entitled "The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood," comes out this Friday.According to the Telltale press releas...

Anthony Burch