Tag Archives: Interactive Drama

Life is Strange finale will be very late

Remember Life is Strange? That very promising episodic adventure game? Well, we finally have a release date for Episode 5, the final part in the first season.

The previous episode released at the end of July, and the gaps between episodes continues to grow as the finale won’t be ready until October 20th. That’s an absurd 12 week difference. Dontnod originally intended to release episodes every six weeks, but the second half of it has fallen way behind schedule. Continue reading Life is Strange finale will be very late

Advertisements

Life is Strange Episode 4 – Darkroom coming next week

New trailer released

Could this be the episode that sees the promising series finally stop treading water? After Episode 3’s ending, we’d certainly expect so. The new trailer looks like the search for Rachel Amber and the foreseen storm are going to feature heavily in the next part of Max’s adventure.

In other news, the series has already reached one million sales. Here’s to hoping Dontnod won’t make us wait another six weeks for the final episode.

You really should dive into Dontnod’s new series, as it’s shaping up nicely so far. Be sure to check out my spoiler-free reviews of Episode 1Episode 2 and Episode 3. Continue reading Life is Strange Episode 4 – Darkroom coming next week

Life is Strange Episode 3 – Chaos Theory trailer

Life is Strange Episode 3 arrives next week

Episode 3 of Dontnods rather excellent Life is Strange launches tomorrow and we have a new trailer for you. I was hoping the next episode would inject a little extra pace and it looks like I won’t be disappointed as Max and Chloe seem to be entering a storm of events in this mid-season episode. Episode 3 is set to land on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.

You really should dive into Dontnod’s new series, as it’s shaping up nicely so far. Be sure to check out my spoiler-free reviews of Episode 1 and Episode 2. To see the game in action, take a look at Carl’s new Backseat Gamer series as he and Becky play the game together (Part 1 and Part 2). Continue reading Life is Strange Episode 3 – Chaos Theory trailer

Life is Strange Episode 3 arrives next week

That was close, we’d almost forgotten Life is Strange existed as there’s such a gap between episodes. Episode 3 is set to land on May 19th on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.

This middle episode could find the season gather some much needed pace, which shouldn’t be hard after the previous episode’s incredible ending, which I can’t talk about at all really. As the picture above shows though, it’ll feature Chloe and Max breaking into the very shifty Principal Wells’ office. Continue reading Life is Strange Episode 3 arrives next week

Star Composer Team Talk Beyond: Two Souls

The cinematic production values of Beyond: Two Souls have been sky high since the first footage was seen. It’s not just visually though that the game is exceeding our expectations. Sony and Quantic Dream have drafted in some top talent to compose the game’s score. Lorne Balfe is the composer for the soundtrack and has done great work on Assassin’s Creed III and Modern Warfare 2. It’s also being produced by film legend Hans Zimmer who has worked on the likes of Gladiator, The Lion King, The Dark Knight, Inception and Pirates of the Caribbean.

This interview gives us some insight into the process of creating the game’s soundtrack, emphasising the similarities between games and films, while also respecting their differences. Balfe talks about not wanting to fall into the trap that many games do by having a theme score that’s always popping up. That’s fine in films, but when a player is maybe sitting there for six hours, they don’t want to annoy them with repetition. It really sounds like they’ve thought this through. Naturally, Beyond: Two Souls is right up there with our most anticipated games of the Christmas rush. Continue reading Star Composer Team Talk Beyond: Two Souls

The Walking Dead: 400 Days DLC Trailer

Another video has snuck out from the E3 storm and frankly it deserves your attention more than most. that’s right Walking Dead fans, we finally have some concrete details about 400 Days. This is DLC content for Season One of Telltale’s excellent The Walking Dead, so you’ll need to own that in order to play this. Stateside it’s going to release at $4.99 in July, with a similar price and release date for Europe yet to be confirmed, but highly likely. The DLC will also come packaged with the upcoming Vita version of the first season, set for release in August.

The story will feature new characters and take place during the first 400 days of the outbreak. Choices made in the previously released season will affect details and choices made in this DLC will carry over to Season Two. Curiously, you’ll also be able to play the chapters of the DLC in any order, pointing towards multiple characters threads rather than a group theme.

We’ll keep you posted with further details. Check out our review of the retail edition of Season 1 here and get involved, you won’t regret it. Enjoy the new trailer after the break. Continue reading The Walking Dead: 400 Days DLC Trailer

The Walking Dead: Retail Edition (Review)

After receiving widespread critical acclaim over the course of the first season of the episodic download game series, The Walking Dead has finally followed the tracks and shuffled its way to retail. Telltale have missed an opportunity though as this release features no extras, like making of videos, interviews and so on. Hell, if they’d chucked a poster in they could have called it the Collector’s Edition.

I’m making a fuss about this because as many of you will be aware you can download the series on PSN/XBLA for around £15 or even cheaper on PC or during a sale, but the RRP for this is £30. I love having physical copies of games, but you may want to buy this digitally or wait until this version drops in price, which it surely will. At least with this on the shelves it may stop people buying Activision’s awful -entirely unrelated- The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct by mistake.

Continue reading The Walking Dead: Retail Edition (Review)

Heavy Rain (Review)

This PS3 exclusive is the long-awaited ‘interactive drama’ from Quantic Dream. For months we’ve been wowed by the stunning character models and promises of a unique experience. Of course we’ve also been worried that the whole thing may descend into a never-ending line of Quick-Time-Events (QTEs). Read on for the full verdict. Continue reading Heavy Rain (Review)