The adventure veterans at Telltale Games are keeping themselves busy fashioning the second season of The Walking Dead (which earned our Best Writing of 2012 award), but they're making it clear that they want to develop a narrative-driven game for another major franchise. Telltale co-founder Dan Connors told Red Bull UK he'd like the studio to work on something larger in scale, citing Half-Life and Star Wars as examples.
Rent a copy of the original Jurassic Park on DVD, pick up your controller of choice, and press play. Now, just play along! When you see the characters run, mash the buttons for all you’re worth. When they dodge to the left, press left with them. Ooops! Got the timing wrong? Then you die! Jump back to the start of the scene and try again. And again. And again, if needs be. Repeat until ‘you’ save the day.
It’s about the same experience as playing this game, only £19 cheaper. Maybe more!
Every week, Richard Cobbett rolls the dice to bring you an obscure slice of gaming history, from lost gems to weapons grade atrocities. This week, he’s sorely in need of a palate cleansing after five hours of tedium. And you know it's bad when you resort to this to wash away unwanted memories.
On a day with Skyrim, Saints Row 3 and the Tribes Ascend beta on my PC, do you know what I wasted about five hours of my precious existence playing? That's right - the new Jurassic Park game. Well, it claims to be a "game", though I argue that "Jurassic Park: The Vaguely Interactive Machinima That's Suspiciously Like Aliens For Some Strange Reason" would have been almost as snappy.
Did I like it? I did not. Do I recommend it? Only if you're planning a time capsule full of warnings to the future. Honestly, we sent this kind of interactive movie the way of smallpox for a reason. Instead, how about taking a look back at something a bit closer to what the Jurassic Park movie deserved. Something innovative. Something ambitious. Something not shit. Trespasser is definitely two of the three.
See if you can guess which two...
Is Metacritic the new Amazon? Despite only coming out three days ago, Jurassic Park has a host of decent user scores on the review aggregator, which set Gamespot’s fake reviews radar a twitchin’. Gamespot did some cursory Googling and found that the reviewer’s names matched up to those of developers Telltale’s employees.
In a statement to Gamespot, Telltale covered their backs by saying: “It is being communicated internally that anyone who posts in an industry forum will acknowledge that they are a Telltale employee. In this instance, two people who were proud of the game they worked on, posted positively on Metacritic under recognizable online forum and XBLA account names."
Sometimes, only a classic documentary about the resurrection of dinosaurs can help you explain your thoughts. Join us for this week's velociraptor-themed podcast, with special guest Ian Hardingham of Mode 7 games, makers of the excellent strategic-warfare-meets-Counter-Strike Frozen Synapse. Share in the delightful recollections of our favorite games and quirkiest surprises from PAX Prime 2011, including in-depth discussions on the PC Gaming Press Conference, Tribes: Ascend, League of Legends: Dominion, Warp, and more. Also: effortless Jurassic Park metaphors.
PC Gamer US Podcast 286: Jurassic Remark
Telltale's Jurassic Park: The Game has a new trailer out, giving each of the game's lovingly recreated dinosaurs a chance to roar menacingly at player characters. The T-Rex undoubtedly wins the shouting match, letting loose a roar that makes you tremble in your boots. There's a lot of frantic scrambling away from trouble, except for one grizzled badass who instead appears to be ready to jump a raptor from behind armed only with a knife. I don't rate his chances.
Jurassic Park comes out on November 15th, check out our Jurassic Park: The Game preview for more information.
Telltale games have told IGN that their take on Jurassic Park is angling for a November 15. It suffered an initial delay, because Telltale can't see release dates if they don't move.
In case you missed it, the trailer above covers Telltale's approach to the films, and pitches the game as more of a survival adventure instead of a dinosaur shooter. Also: Tyrannosaurus Rex! Read our Jurassic Park hands on for more details.
We were expecting the first episode of the Jurassic Park adventure game to drop into our laps any day now, but instead we've received a press release announcing that the game is being delayed until further notice. The note from Telltale CEO Dan Connors indicates the game will change somewhat from the quicktime-event heavy affair it was when we first saw it a while back, throwing around terms like "moving in new directions" and promising that the revised game will have mechanics and storytelling "beyond anything you've seen from us before."
If you'd already pre-ordered the game, Connors promises a full refund within the next few days plus a free Telltale game of your choice. Not a bad way to smooth things over, all things considered.
Read on for the full text of Connors' apologetic letter.
Telltale have released a developer diary for their upcoming series of episodic Jurassic Park games. They discuss the challenges of getting the mighty T-Rex right, and talk about a brand new dinosaur they're adding to the island. It's a nocturnal hunter that attacks from the shadows, with a poisonous bite that causes hallucinations and eventual death. Sounds like it's going to be a bit darker than the films. See for yourself in the video below.
You might've thought you'd never see another Jurassic Park game, but nature always finds a way. Telltale Games, the company behind Tales of Monkey Island and the recent Back to the Future series, are bringing the thunder lizards back in April. You'll find the new trailer below.
If that title didn't grab you attention, I'm not sure you're reading the right site. How about I toss in "jetpacks, mechs and indie" as well? Spiral Game Studios just announced that they've found a way to put all five of those awesome things together. They had us at "dinosaur".