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Haven Review: Walking Dead: A New Frontier

Skybound known for creating the wonderful comics and possibly their biggest hit The Walking Dead, which has spawned a great television show and for us most importantly the Telltale series and from that we now have our season three! Walking Dead: A New Frontier!

Following the story of Clementine and her journey in the world inhabited by zombies, shes begun to grow into a young beautiful woman who can still pop a cap into someone arse when the need arises and honestly, its been a roller coaster just watching her grow up from her experiences with Lee in season one and her adventures with Kenny in season two. Now we get to go on the emotional roller coaster again as she has to traverse the zombie filled wastelands again with new friends and allies trying to protect herself and them as well. How time and the times have changed a once fairly wide eyed girl into a person who has to struggle each day for her own survival it.

Like all Telltale titles I am not fond of the control styles and its fairly linear story-telling, but that is because I’ve played so many at this point but what I do love so far is the story. There is just something about the Walking Dead that keeps dragging me back, not the show but the Telltale experience. I am deathly afraid of the undead and for the most part it pushes me away from the show although I have watched it. But The Walking Dead franchise mixed with the way Telltale shows the story off is wonderful.

Playing through a A New Frontier I still encounter the same situations would you expect, but it ultimately becomes more of a refreshing moment rather than a tiresome en-devour. Because now the stakes are higher with only your family at stake the game makes you choose what you would do to protect them.

Like its predecessors music for the most part isn’t really a crucial part to the game, for most of the game its basic linear story-telling but the void of sound helps set the tone even more for the game because you are in a post apocalyptic world where zombies are everywhere and the biggest threat you face is each other.

People replace the sense of kindness for cruelty to get by and to try to survive against the new frontier. But really though it is just so nice to see Clementine alive after all these years and still taking care of that baby in tow aiming to keep herself and the kid safe as they blow people and zombies brains out.

Conclusion though the game  is pretty nice, and considering its Walking Dead title again from Telltale I didn’t really need to say that, the titles generally speak for themselves and they remain a staple of enjoyment in the games we play.

-Daniel Clatworthy

Haven Review: Minecraft Story Mode – A Telltale Game

First up is our disclaimer. We received this game for review purposes only, and as such all opinions in this review are our own. No money has been exchanged for this review.

Minecraft-Story-Mode-logoMinecraft, the famous game we all know and love from Mojang, was bought by Microsoft and is now titled as another game. In this new project from Telltale Games you are playing a story-based version of the classic open world builder…because that is what Telltale does.

The name of the game is Minecraft Story Mode. At the start you get to pick one of two possible characters, male or female, and your choice of three different skins each. I know this kind of sucks; you don’t get to upload your own skin! Given time I think someone will do something about that.1472451861165694866

Now in the story you and your two friends (three if you count your pig, Reuben) are off to participate in the Endercon Building Competition, where you meet Gabriel the Warrior, one of the four Heroes of Legend. Now at the start of the game you decide on what you are going to build, and then to impress the judges you must decide to make something special. Once you do that, you use familiar resource grabbing techniques to gather materials. Construction is accompanied by an almost “Eye of the Tiger” training montage to help pump yourself up for what’s to come. No seriously, you’re doing push-ups with Rueben on your back, punching wood and working out in the most hardcore way possible.apps.56167.13510798886691332.51a4b50d-c13e-4f5e-a2df-f52404aaf504.e3e01b88-0a70-4b52-b7bd-db95e9fb26dc

Now character-wise, you have your two friends who are pretty fun, although Olivia is fairly negative all the time as the ubiquitous CaptainSparklez has pointed out. But overall I think Rueben is by far the coolest character; a pig that gets to dress up as an Ender Dragon. He pulls off the look really well!

Why have a wolf in game, when you can have a pig dressed as a dragon? In my book it’s a major win. Mechanics-wise, the game is fairly straightforward on both keyboard and controller. Telltale sticks to their basic formula, as it’s a proven formula. The same holds for the music. They know how to set the tone of the game, although they never did play “Eye of the Tiger” during the opening…very disappointing.

The voice acting, although good for the most part, needs a little work. The game also needs a little more instruction, although considering the likely players, it works out well. It’s only minor things that really need improvement. During certain moments the voice actors try to sound excited, but they come across as bland and lackluster.Minecraft-Story-Mode-9-840x525

Despite that though, Minecraft Story Mode is really fun. However the replay value is a little low for me. It doesn’t have that feeling that lures me in the way the original Minecraft did. Although the latter title is still wildly popular, it has lost a lot of its charm for me over the years.

Do I recommend picking up this game? I totally do. I enjoyed playing and got a few good chuckles here and there from the story. If you are a fan of Minecraft and always wanted a story to go along with it, then I definitely recommend picking it up.

-Daniel Clatworthy-

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Haven Review: Game of Thrones [Telltale Games]

First up is our disclaimer. We received this game for review purposes only, and as such all opinions in this review are our own. No money has been exchanged for this review.
TTG_GoT_Logo Game of Thrones, the popular hit show on HBO is based off George R.R. Martin’s epic novel series. Now Telltale has gotten in on “the game” with a title of their own. For those unfamiliar, Telltale Games is known for taking popular TV shows, stories and even other video games and creating a unique interactive experience around them.

In Telltale’s flavor of Game of Thrones you follow House Forrester as they aim to defend their precious Ironwood trees from rival House Whitehill. The Forresters plan on going to war after their Lord’s untimely death. As many other Telltale titles have shown, your actions influence the flow of the game. Who lives and who dies is directly up to you; choices determine everything.2787469-trailer_gameofthrones_ep2_20150122

In the game it’s up to you to maintain balance between your house and your people, but at the same time you must prepare for an upcoming battle with the Whitehills that will ultimately determine the fate of your house.

One thing I liked in this game was that you meet many mainstream characters, such as Geoffry. I’m kidding…I hate Geoffry and I’m glad he’s dead. But you do get to see Lord Tyrion and John Snow. At one point, one of the characters you play is forced to go to The Wall and becomes part of the guard there; defending the lands from giants and various other dangers that dwell beyond.first-telltale-game-of-thrones-trailer-confirms-tv_sp93.1920

Now I must admit that I’ve not read the books and I don’t follow the series religiously like a lot of people do, but I can say in this title there is a distinct lack of breasts to ogle at like a lot of people do. But I am guessing it’s because they had to keep this game playable for a variety of audiences. Not only is it available on consoles, but it’s also downloadable via Steam. So duly note that if you’re a fan of breasts, you will find none to speak of here.

Apart from the grand story accompanying this game, the soundtrack is also quite remarkable and it helps set the tone with its storytelling aspect. My only critique is that the Telltale system feels a bit dated in some places.lady-forrester

At the very start of the game, Lord Forrester asks you to do something. As you agree or disagree the game reports that his Lordship will remember your decision. Roughly two minutes later he is dead. If moments like this affect overall gameplay, and someone else remembers your actions because of it, I find it more than a little confusing.

The game is good, albeit tedious at times with its numerous quick-time events (QTE), mainly when you’re fighting for your life. But other than that it is pretty great, and if your a fan of Game of Thrones I recommend you pick up a copy (unless you’re in it just for the boobs, in which case you may not be interested at all).

-Daniel Clatworthy-
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