The new episodic Walking Dead series by Telltale Games is doing extraordinary well. Having sold over a million episodes across multiple platforms, the studio is finally getting the attention it deserves. Based on the Walking Dead graphic novels by Robert Kirkman, Telltale is stepping out of their familiar gameplay, and thematic mold, to deliver a draining burst of serious decisions, and action.
It’s a familiar tale. A monster attacks New York City, and it’s up to a group of unlikely heroes to bring the foe to justice. Approaching a genre that’s rather played out, Telltale Games has managed to add a whole new edge to the concept by making that monster a character you’ve grown to know and love for three seasons. In the finale of ‘Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse‘ Sam must do all he can in order to bring back his little buddy. Do you have what it takes to help him succeed?
I always try to keep my reviews of Telltale’s episodic titles as spoiler free as I can. I don’t go into too much detail, and even try not to spoil aspects of previous episodes. But there is no easy way for me to tell you this, other than to just come out and say it.
They Stole Max’s Brain!
Welcome to Pirate Court! Today’s case ‘Pirates vs. Threepwood’ is now in session. The Plaintiff is in the jazzy hands of Caribbean businessman extraordinaire, Stan! The defendant Guybrush Threepwood will be represented by… Mighty Pirate Guybrush Threepwood. Please be seated. Court is now in session.
What do our dreams mean? Are they complex metaphors created by piecing together our immediate thoughts, or are they simply amalgamations of past events? Can the stories that play out in our dreams help us deal with events in the world we inhabit while awake? Puzzle-Platformer Lucidity might hold the answer to these questions.
Guybrush Threepwood is no stranger to adventure. In the Tales of Monkey Island series he has seen exotic locales such as an island that traps sailing visitors with inward wind, and an island that houses androgynous Mer-folk. In his newest adventure he’ll find himself throat deep in a hungry manatee. No amount of Grog could make you forget an adventure such as this!
He is ‘only a man’ or so he said with a booming voice emanating from a bright screen. But I’ll let you see that for yourself:
Sent as an anonymous tip to sites like IGN, this video features one frame of an upcoming Wii title. What kind of game is it? Who’s developing? No one knows!
While we all comb through the video for clues, the website Commander Video seems to be the hub to watch. Aside from the eerie video, you have pixels that keep popping up that link to new pieces to the puzzle. So far we have two images and an awesome mp3.
What does it all mean?! Perhaps the Commander shall tell us soon enough?
Update 3: I got a hold of Gaijin Game’s CEO Alex Neuse who revealed the following to us about the game. It’s a WiiWare title aiming for a February release. It’s not a remake of Nether Earth (as was previously rumored), but instead a game that can be reduced to the acronym BTB (Beat is one of the words I believe). It’s a game that draws its inspiration from the aesthetics of classic games from the 80s. The story will be about Commander Video’s origin. A lot will be revealed in the coming weeks.
Also I’ve posted the new media available on CommanderVideo.com after the break.
UPDATE 2: Commander Video himself has made contact with us here at Buttonbasher.net He wanted the following message to get out:
While this is the first time we here at Buttonbasher have been contacted from an intergalactic entity, I think the Commander wants whatever information that is found to be distributed through our website, and sent out to the other blogs that are covering his activity. Also he seems to be inviting us to ask questions, so if you earthly readers have any questions you want to ask Commander Video, feel free to drop them in the comment section!
As February draws nearer, this post will continue to be updated with all of the new discoveries. To see an archive of the media updates thus far, check after the jump!
And if the Commander happens to be reading this right now, I assure you that we earthlings come in peace.
KLind (who is also only a man!)
Portal told the story of what was left of Aperture Science. Valve has assured that there is more Portal coming, but in the mean time the fans continue to create awesome content. Portal: Prelude is a fan made map pack that aims to tell the story of what happened before GLaDOS arrived. If you had a chance to checkout the Flash Map Pack, you have a rough idea on what to expect. New Test Chambers, which means more crazy challenges to conquer. This one stands out from the rest though, as it’s telling an original story. The game is looking great based on the trailer. It will be available to download in the coming months. Stay tuned to Buttonbasher as I definitely post about it when it releases.
For more info on Portal: Prelude check out the official site
Unlike the game, this review of Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People: Episode 1 : Homestar Ruiner does not come with the prerequisite that you are attractive and/or desire to ruin Homestar.
The first of 5 promised “Adventure-Packed Actionsodes” has awesome’d it’s way onto a WiiWare, and PC near you. And you should totally give the game a spin (or whatever the digital equivalent of that popular phrase is).