Telltale Games is known for many things with their games, the most important of which is storytelling. They understand that being emotionally invested in what the game is trying to say is the key to both a player’s immersion as well as the game’s success. Graphics, upgrades and framerate all have a part in it, but the story is a game’s real bread and butter.
That being said, I wanted to look into some of the franchises that I believe Telltale needs to make a game out of. Now, realistically I understand that none of these will probably ever happen, but that doesn’t mean I can’t want them. Each of the ones I chose has strong, emotional based stories with interesting side notes. They include TV, movies, music and more while being able to implement captivating choices that Telltale games have become known for.
Take a look, and let us know what you think.
Fringe: The Telltale Series
Fringe was a hit TV show on FOX that lasted for five seasons and exactly 100 episodes, ending in 2013. It’s developed by J.J. Abrams, so the freakiness is right up Telltale’s alley. As a quick recap, Fringe was centered around the Fringe Division of the FBI with Agent Olivia Dunham. Along with Dr. Walter Bishop, son Peter Bishop and cameos from the iconic Dr. Bell (Leonard Nimoy), Fringe Division investigated minor, weekly plots surrounded by the series long mythology. This was set up around parallel universes and the attempt to restore Earth to its original timeline prior to the invasion of another “race” of people.
In addition to its 100 episodes on television, Fringe also had 12 comic book issues, three novels and an alternate reality game which aired during the pilot episode. The show’s actors are not strangers to games either. John Noble (Dr. Bishop) has been primary characters in LA Noire and Batman Arkham Knight. Agent Broyles, played by Lance Reddick, was the primary antagonist in Quantum Break.
The storyline alone leaves countless choices for Telltale to go off of. The combination of physics, science-fiction and morality would ensure a compelling series for the developer.
Telltale: A Star Wars Story
I honestly can’t believe it’s been this long and there HASN’T been a Telltale Star Wars game. I even know where they can go with it. I don’t want a simple rehash of the movies. No, no. I want to see a Telltale game based around Obi-Wan Kenobi. We’ve seen him with Luke along with Anakin in the prequels, but never truly learned about his story.
Really, how sweet would that be? The legend himself becoming a Jedi, introducing new characters and stories in the process. After all, Telltale managed to take a Batman property over 75 years old and told the most gripping and emotional story in the franchise to date. Focusing on Bruce Wayne rather than Batman was a huge undertaking, and Telltale pulled it off flawlessly. Surely, they would be able to come up with a fascinating story for Obi-Wan, and you know damn well the moral choices for both sides of the force would be compelling as hell.
Could we get a Sith Obi-Wan?? Telltale may think so.
Breaking Bad: The Telltale Series
Telltale can be the one who knocks if they bring back Walter White and Vince Gilligan’s Breaking Bad series. We already saw four and a half seasons of it along with three seasons of the spin-off Better Call Saul. Consistently seen as one of the best series’ in the history of television, Breaking Bad is chock full of legal, moral and interesting choices that would surely make for the most emotionally gripping game Telltale has ever done.
Being able to switch between Walter, Jesse, Hank and Los Pollos Hermanos peaks my interests. Should I help the chicken man brew a batch or does Jesse need me out in the desert? Do I save Hank in the parking lot? Does Skylar take care of her crooked boss on her own or should I go help her out?
There’s plenty of options Telltale could go with as 62 episodes of the TV series are in the books. Could Telltale bring Heisenberg to life in games? Well, as Walter said in the desert, “Ya Goddamn right”.
Indiana Jones: The Telltale Series
The other George Lucas franchise. There are three Indy movies (We don’t talk about Crystal Skull) and another is on the way. Franchise staple and legend Harrison Ford is returning after initial rumors had him sitting this one out, and it gets the series name back out in the public eye. An exploration based Indiana Jones game would have endless options as he fights the Nazi’s.
Choosing between uncovering some relic or going after Marion could be a cool option. What about Indiana himself breaking bad (see what I did there?) and turning heel to work with the Nazi’s? Who knows, maybe Telltale could let us go the Sean Connery route and play Indy’s father. My favorite scene in all of Indiana Jones is in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Imagine making a choice out of whether Indy decides to shoot the swordsman like in the movie or duke it out?
We could fight with Mola Ram in Temple of Doom. We could also team up with some camels to bring down a tank in the desert.
However they choose to go, I’m sure that we’ll get the option to choose……..wisely.
Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: A Telltale Series
This one doesn’t really need to be explained, but I’ll do it anyway. Power Rangers has been on television for 25 seasons now. Its third feature film just released, and we are most likely going to get a sequel soon. Jason, Zack, Billy, Kimberly, Trini and Tommy have a number of angles they can go on with a Telltale game. Rita, Lord Zedd, Divatox and Astronema would make good villains. Even Master Vile (Rita’s dad) would make a great villain in the game as he’s the one who was able to turn back time and remove the Rangers’ powers.
Zordon, Alpha, Bulk, Skull, the Power Weapons, teleporting and Zords would wrap up one hell of a game by Telltale. Even if they decided to go with a new story in the Power Rangers’ timeline, and that’s a big if, they could explore the angle of Zordon being the Red Ranger. As a Power Rangers fan, I’d be down for this. After all, it’s easy to create a “new” story in an existing franchise rather than risk messing something up and alienating the fanbase. If one small detail is afoot, super fans go haywire. Create something kind of new with a side story, and you captivate all types of fans.
Whichever storyline they go with, they could finish it off with “It’s Morphin’ Time!” followed by the classic roll call, and Kevin Bruner may just call it a day on his way to the bank.
Telltale Presents The Lord of the Rings
Lord of the Rings is one of those franchises that just oozes money. It’s the movie equivalent of Madden, FIFA, Call of Duty and Pokemon. Everything the franchise does succeeds, so why not bring it to life in a story mode game? Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor won multiple awards including Game of the Year. The upcoming sequel Shadow of War looks even more incredible and releases this October. A Telltale version could sneak in quite nicely.
Think about it. It’s always been about Frodo. Why not Samwise Gamgee? He’s possessed the One Ring already and is aware of both its power and his own limits. Gimli is a cool character but his range is limited. Aragorn is essentially Talion in the Middle Earth games. We all know Frodo’s deal and Bilbo was explored in the Hobbit. Sam is the only one we’ve yet to explore, and fans love his jovial nature.
We could pick up before The Fellowship of the Ring and lead into how he came to possess the One Ring when Frodo was captured. Sam offered good advice to Frodo along the way, but it would be incredible to see the choices he was forced to make on his own journey. He was strong enough to resist the ring’s pull and returned it to Frodo, making him only the second person in addition to Bilbo who could overcome its lure.
Telltale Presents: R Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet
I know I said no particular order up above, but I did save my favorite for last. Along with Fringe, I first wrote about this two and a half years ago near the beginning of 2015. If you haven’t seen them yet, then quite frankly you are missing out on a masterpiece work of art. I’ve seen every one more times than I can count, and Twan may just be my favorite character of all time. R Kelly addresses adultery, lies, crime, money and more with a cornucopia of characters so excellently performed by their actors that you’ll swear it’s real life.
I mean think about it. Do you give Pimp Lucious a couple of stacks? Do you drop the pimp hand or just show it? Do you side with Bridget or Big Man? I could literally go on for hours with the endless possibilities of scenarios. After all, you could very well save people from getting the package. Plus, you know how amazing it would be to see what Telltale could do with Beeno? I’m basically gift wrapping this one.
In all seriousness, if Telltale ever made this it would be their best selling game ever made. I honestly believe that. Once again, go to Youtube and punch them in if you haven’t seen them. There are over 30 episodes total so far, and R. Kelly has noted he has about 35 more done and ready to go. One thing’s for sure, I can guarantee you I’m poppin’ off the Beretta if given the choice. It’s just how I roll. Sorry, not sorry.
Seriously though, make this game. Yesterday.
The Terminator – Does John Connor and a time traveling robot really need an explanation why?
Fast & the Furious – I am admittedly iffy on this one as story is not the franchise’s strong point. The action the movies present, however, does have me curious to what Telltale could do with it.
Were any of yours on the list? Let us know your dream Telltale game.