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Telltale Games: Netflix, Layoffs, The Shutdown, Lawsuits, and soon, removal from stores

With one of the least expected and most devastating game studio closures in recent memory, last week saw the end of the legacy created by Telltale Games who grew from humble point and click adventure beginnings with games like Sam and Max to what some dub ‘interactive movies’ like Telltale’s The Walking Dead. In a world where corporate greed gets the best of many design teams, Telltale Games was guilty of chasing a formula for printing money. Nearly 300 people have lost their jobs (estimates ranging from 225 – 280) after being given 30 minutes notice, no severance pay, and only enough health care to last them and their families until the end of the month (which is just a few days away at the time of this writing).

While many employees from the creative team had already jumped ship, and a round of layoffs previous had promised to fix the course of the company, it is safe to say that few realized just how dire the situation was. Even though a handful of demographics considered their products ‘not real games’, most appreciated Telltale’s story-driven titles as a break from other gameplay intensive projects in their library. Telltale’s well written plots and characters made it so that even though their decision making wasn’t crucially impactful, their games were still very much enjoyable experiences. And even with way too many licenses on their hands at once, the company seemed to be getting decent sales and staying afloat.

However, deep under the surface there were tensions brewing between the developers and the executive branch of the company. Somehow, money was also beginning to run dry. New ways to monetize and spread Telltale’s ‘interactive experiences’ to a larger audience were being explored. New partnerships were being sought out for funding. All the while, gamers were waiting longer and longer for every episode and began to notice that the game engine behind these titles never improved in any substantial way. Then finally, Telltale ran out of time to fix their problems boiling under the surface, and everything seems to have overflown at once.

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Tales from the Borderlands – Episode 2, ‘Atlas Mugged’ Trailer [HD 1080P]

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Episode 2, ‘Atlas Mugged’ Trailer of Tales from the Borderlands.

Genre(s): Adventure
Platform(s): Windows PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Mobile Version: Android / iOS
Publisher(s): Telltale Games
Developer(s): Telltale Games
Release Date (NA): March 17, 2015

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Tales From The Borderlands – Episode 1: Zero Sum Review

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Over the weekend I was fortunate enough to get my hands on Tales From The Borderlands for Xbox One thanks to our PR contact at Telltale Games. I was quite excited to get my hands on this game, as I have played all of the previous Borderlands games and I enjoyed playing through The Walking Dead from Telltale Games as well. While you don’t need any prior knowledge of the previous Borderlands games, it doesn’t hurt to have played them before. All the hilarious dialogue and quirky Borderlands moments still come out, even though you aren’t going around guns blazing this time.

In this story-based game players experience an intertwining tale told of Rhys and Fiona’s perspectives during a set of distinctive events that take place within the Borderlands universe. Rhys is a current employer at Hyperion and is in the midst of getting a promotion to find out that he’s been screwed over by his arch nemesis, Hugo P. Vasquez. Rhys then learns of plan that Hugo has set in place to obtain a Vault Key from a man named August in Pandora. From then on where the story goes is completely up to you. Just like any other TellTale game, your decisions change how the story plays out. Whether you want Rhys to become a murderer or  a fast talking con man, it’s completely in your hands.

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Fiona, on the other hand, is already a thief and a con artist. She grew up with much of nothing along side her sister Sasha, always scavenging for every little bit of money they could find. Both eventually becoming thieves and are taken in by a con man by the name of Felix. Fiona’s role in this story is that she is…… well I don’t want to give you all the fun details. Anyhow, she and Rhys end up crossing paths inadvertently creating the chaos of the story. Fiona’s side of the story can be played out in different ways as well. How she is perceived by other characters depends entirely on who you want her to be.

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My time spent in Pandora was most pleasant and quite entertaining. The conversations among the characters had me laughing hard here and there throughout the game. Graphically, the game looks very good. While there are some occasional frame rate issues during the cut scenes, it isn’t enough to be bothersome, but it is visible. The currency system in the game is a little lackluster and seemed a bit pointless for the things you can purchase. It’s entirely possible that the money will play a bigger role in future episodes, but for a first episode the player would apparently need to appreciate the cinematic gameplay style of the installment more in respect to this mechanic’s delayed effect.

I would highly recommend this game if you are looking for humor, a fun story, and of course if you love Borderlands. Telltale does a great job as always with the story-line and character interactions to warrant purchasing this game! The play-through time for me was roughly 2 1/2 to 3 hours but, was well worth the time spent.

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Final Verdict:

If you love playing through the Borderlands series on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC, then you’ll definitely enjoy playing through this game and being around some of the funniest / fan-favorite characters from the BL Universe. For weekend warriors or totally new players to the franchise, this is a chance to meet the interesting cast behind all the shooting and hear their stories and learn about the notorious Handsome Jack. While there are a few questionable areas in this game, it is still overall a solid, fun, and entertaining title which leaves room for improvement in a second episode.

Official Trailer:

Behind The Scenes:

Overall Score: 8/10

RGN Rating: Silver Game

Developer: Telltale Games

Publisher: Telltale Games

Available On: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Mac, PS3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360

Played On: Xbox One

Review Copy Info: A digital copy of this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this Review.

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Tales from the Borderlands – Launch Trailer [HD 1080P]

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Launch Trailer of Tales from the Borderlands.

Genre(s): Adventure
Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Publisher(s): Telltale Games
Developer(s): Telltale Games
Release Date (NA): Q4 2014

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Tales from the Borderlands – Welcome Back to Pandora Trailer [HD 1080P]

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Welcome Back to Pandora Trailer of Tales from the Borderlands.

Genre(s): Adventure
Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Publisher(s): Telltale Games
Developer(s): Telltale Games
Release Date (NA): Q4 2014

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Tales From The Borderlands Screenshots Look Fantastic [Hi-Res Official]

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Check out the newest Tales From Borderlands screenshots which showcase the game for the first time ever (as well as the VGX 2013 Announcement Trailer for those who missed it below that). Let us know what you think about this crossover game and if you think Telltale Games can keep up the quality of their work with so many projects on their plate.

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SXSW 2014: Tales from the Borderlands – Telltale / Gearbox Presentation [HD]

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The SXSW 2014 Telltale Games / Gearbox Software Presentation of Tales from the Borderlands is presented below in high definition.

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Gearbox Software Working On At Least Two New IPs for Next Gen

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Randy Pitchford (the current CEO of Gearbox Software) announced via an interview with the press recently that their company is not making a Borderlands 3 any time soon. For now, players looking for more Borderlands content should stick to BL2 and keep on the lookout for more announcements in that regard – but while waiting look to Telltale Games’ Tales from the Borderlands crossover title which was announced at VGX 2013.

In regards to major projects at the development studio, Pitchford was quick to say that Borderlands 3 will be a project the team will tackle when they feel like they are ready and dedicated to a new direction for the series. In the meantime though, two new IPs have become the focus for the bulk of Gearbox Software’s energy and are being aimed at the next-generation of consoles (PlayStation 4 and Xbox ONE).

[Source: Gearbox Software via Polygon]

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Tales from the Borderlands – VGX 2013 Announcement Trailer [HD]

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The Tales from the Borderlands VGX 2013 Announcement Trailer.

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Telltale Games Just Showed The Industry Who’s Boss

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Not only did the rumor for a Game of Thrones Telltale video game come true (see trailer here) as well as a completely unexpected Tales from the Borderlands (Borderlands / Telltale mashup) uncovered (trailer here). The Game of Thrones game will be releasing some time in 2014 (most likely for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC, and iOS).

Telltale is working with HBO closely in production of this title while Gearbox is working with Telltale on the Borderlands crossover set to include new characters and feel like a Telltale formula title. With The Wolf Among Us and The Walking Dead entering Episode 2 and Season 2 (respectively) and these three new games hitting the market in the near future, Telltale Games has just effectively showed the industry who’s boss by proving they are perhaps one of the hardest working and most fan-satisfying companies around. And let’s not forget the team just put together Jurassic Park: The Game as well as other projects.

In their recent Behind The Scenes of The Wolf Among Us feature we got to see even deeper into their minds. What’s next Telltale? World domination? Keep your eyes on the prize as this rising studio which has always been highly revered by gamers and critics alike takes things to a new level.

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