#1: The Walking Dead
There was really only one choice for first place, wasn’t there? The Walking Dead is the game that propelled Telltale into wider critical appreciation, and came at a perfect time to pull a whole new audience to gaming, too.
Telltale’s formula of consequential choices and carry-over progress really came into its own, and that captured our imaginations. A cast of interesting, varied, non-stereotyped characters and a plot full of conflict and drama helped, too. But it was the budding relationship between Lee and Clementine that really sealed the deal; by the end of the first season many players were so invested that the confronting ending left them reeling.
The second season was not as well-received as the first, as sophomore efforts rarely are, and I have wondered whether that has something to do with the difficulty of relating to a young female protagonist rather than a lack of quality. As a whole, The Walking Dead (two seasons and intermittent DLC 400 Days) is one of the most important (and plain enjoyable) things to happen to the adventure genre in years.
What’s next for Telltale?
The next project on Telltale’s radar is Minecraft: Story Mode, something we find somewhat incredible – but Telltale’s definitely proved it can adapt anything to an adventure series.
There’s also a third season of The Walking Dead on the cards, which is great, and of course the current seasons of Game of Thrones and Tales from the Borderlands to complete.
Most excitingly, though, there’s an original IP. Given what Telltale can do within the constraints of someone else’s fiction, imagine what it can do with a free rein.
Telltale is bigger and stronger than ever before, and has grown into its powers impressively. We’re looking forward to whatever it gets up to in the future.