Last year, Telltale Games shocked most of the gaming world with one of the most gravitating adventure game to come out. Today, they released “Season 2” of The Walking Dead which is based on the Robert Kirkman comic book.
Decide who lives and who dies past the jump as you read my review.
A new episode of the Call Yourself A Nerd Podcast hits the internet this week. On this show; Danny and Ricky talk about the VGX and its announcements, comic movies news as well as the trailer for Amazing Spider-Man 2.
While everyone anticipates the continued story of Clementine in season two of Telltale Game’s The Walking Dead, they were busy working on another game to fill the void. Based on the Vertigo Comics series, Fables, Telltale plans to release Wolf Among Us soon.
The game will feature Bigby Wolf as the main character in a pre-Fables setting that will allow us to see some of favorite characters that are not around anymore. Bigby plays the noir detective archetype as the sheriff of Fabletown. The game looks to feature a lot of story, murder, and suspense.
Huff and puff your way past the jump to watch the first trailer.
Spice up your post-independence day lull with a brand new episode of the Call Yourself A Nerd Podcast. This week; Danny and Ricky talk about Pacific Rim, the new Walking Dead DLC, some video game news and other ramblings. Hope you enjoy it.
For those of you who loved Telltale’s The Walking Dead game, IGN is reporting that the mid-season episode, subtitled 400 Days, will be out this week. Here’s the release schedule:
- Tuesday, July 2nd – PSN (North America)
- Wednesday, July 3rd – Steam/Telltale Games Store
- Friday, July 5th – XBLA
- Wednesday, July 10th – PSN (Europe)
- Thursday, July 11th – iOS
The choices you’ve made will affect the five stories of this episode. The choices in this episode will affect the story in season two. Check out the trailer for more.
Good afternoon. Before I head off to PAX this weekend, I wanted to share my recommendations for your nerdy entertainment. All of my recommendations will add up to be no more than $30 here on Cheap Date. Hopefully, I can lead you into the right purchasing decisions.
Hit the jump for my list of goodies.
This week was definitely a little easier when I was paring down the choices, let’s just say that this week it will decidedly one category will dominate your entertainment schedule. This is Cheap Date, where I will recommend nerdy entertainment for your week all under thirty dollars. Have fun.
Games – $25
You may remember my review of the first episode of Walking Dead from Telltale Games back in April. Well, the second episode is dropping this week; yesterday on XBL then Friday for PSN and Steam. The first episode was a work of art that may have been better than the show and close to the greatness of the comic book series. The great thing about this game is that it is only $5 to play each episode. If you did not like the first episode then you do not have to pay for the rest of the game. But if you are like me and pre-ordered the entire season, then you already spent the money and this game is coming to you for free this week. Your decisions, big and small, follow you to help shape the story. Not to mention that there are zombies!
The next two recommendations for games are DLC and require you to have the game, but playing these games is a must so you should already have these games.
First off, the Dawnguard DLC for Skyrim has dropped (again early on XBL then on other systems). This expansion to one of the best games of the year or even this console generation brings some new yet familiar features. As some may know after the completion ofSkyrim, the coders began work on personal projects involving the game. Each of these projects where things that were not in the game at release, but many are being added with this expansion. First off the Dawnguard part of the DLC allows you to become a Vampire Lord or join the Dawnguard to fight the vampires. You also gain crossbows, new skills and perks, and you can even ride an undead horse! There is a lot more to this download that you can find you by playing.
The other DLC is the extended cut for Mass Effect 3. This DLC is completely free for everyone. There is not much added, but it changes the ended that many fans were not originally happy with. You can replay the game to find an ending that may be better suited to your tastes, or it may wreak your experience completely. Either way it is more Mass Effect to play. I have personally enjoyed all the Mass Effect 3 DLC because it has all been free to this date, mostly due to its multiplayer nature.
That will be it for this week in our little Cheap Date. I may have only focused on video games this week, but it will definitely keep you busy. This week you will explore more of Skyrim with your Dunmer or one of the lesser races, help Lee Everett protect Clementine from zombies, and find out what “really” happens to Commander Shepard.
Another week and another new episode of the Call Yourself A Nerd podcast. In this episode Danny and Ricky will talk about new movie trailers, bad ideas in drinking, Black Op 2, the Walking Dead video game, the Avengers movie and many more things. I hope you have fun listening.
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It is another Wednesday and another time to treat yourself to a Cheap Date.
Remember that I was recommend releases for this week that will cost you under $30. Thirty dollars for a week’s entertainment sounds like a good deal to me. Shall we begin?
Movies – $10
Let us cut to the chase. I am watching the Avengers tomorrow night at midnight and more than likely if you are reading this then you are wanting to watch this movie this weekend as well. Marvel Studios major project that they have worked on since 2008 with the release of Iron Man. They have brought back almost all major actors (replacing one soon to be raging Hulk) from each of their lead-up movies.
Joss Whedon has shown he can make some excellent TV series, but this will be the first time he has this big of an audience. But early reviews from around the world (the US for some odd reason is one of the last ones to receive this film) are absolutely glowing. I do not want to read to much into those, but if it is done as well as the other pre-Avengers movies then it should be a fun ride.
If you are going to see Avengers this weekend, there is a chance to grab some extra swag. RealD is releasing special edition glasses for $5 each pair at theaters (I will probably go with the Hulk version). But remember; that means you have to upgrade your ticket to a 3D movie to use them then buy the glasses. So that will be $20 to watch the Avengers and it will also cut into my other recommendations. Your choice, of course.
Comics – $8
It is a light week in comics, but there are two comics that you can not miss. Plus they are both #1 issues!
Earth 2 #1 from DC Comics comes out this week. Every since the DC new 52, I have been anxious to see what has happened to the JSA. Apparently they are on Earth 2, an alternate reality where the Golden Age of Comics characters can grow old and change. Despite the cover, I am more interested in finding out what happened to Alan Scott and Jay Garrick.
Fury MAX #1from Marvel Comics brings us another helping of writer Garth Ennis and artist Goran Parlov. Where have you heard those names before? They both worked on thePunisher MAX series that recently ended. Now they have a mature look at Marvel’s top spy. Let the fun begin. Hell, Garth Ennis is the reason to read any of the Marvel MAX series.
Games – $5
You can grab Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead game on XBLA for five bucks or 400 imaginary money. This is a great deal if you are not sold on the game, which if you read my review you should be sold. If you were to buy it from Telltale’s webiste, they would charge you the $25 for all five episodes even though the last four are not out yet. This is a great point and click adventure game that I am sure will impress.
Hell, even if you are not sold (or dirt poor since watching Avengers in 3D and buying the special edition glasses); you can download the trial game before buying.
Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead just came out this week on various platforms. I played the PC version of the game using Steam. I have been a fan of Telltale Games for some time and would not miss their interpretation of a game for a favorite comic series. You can buy the game episodically (5 episodes to the game) or just plunk down the money for the entire game and wait. Either way, you’re going to spend $25 for the experience. I finished the first episode, titled “A New Day,” in a little over two hours. For five dollars, not a bad use of my time.
The game follows Lee Everett, a man on his way to prison before the zombie apocalypse we all know is coming. He eventually finds a small girl named Clementine who he decides to protect in this new world. I am not spoiling anything here, most of this has already been revealed by Telltale. Also you might as well know that these events happen before Rick Grimes wakes up in the comic book series, or TV show if you are so inclined. Knowing that, you get to run into a few people that will play important roles in the comic book series. The characters showcased excellently. Glenn is still the hero we know he tries to be, Hershel is as straight forward as we respect him to be.
The game follows a lot of the adventure game tropes that Telltale is known for, but they decide to throw in some action with the zombies. Simply; you find items and used them to aid you in the world (try figuring out how to use a pillow in the zombie apocalypse). Then Telltale throws some interesting loopholes: decision-making. Most dialogues will have options to pick from, the kicker though is that these options are timed and can decide how others perceive you. Then there are a half-dozen big decisions to make, obvious one would be who to save during a zombie attack. To throw more tension into fighting, the game has some quick time events not to mention forcing you to align head shots during point-and-click sections. These moments can cause you to die! I know, I have died (yes, I am a terrible player to die in an adventure game).
Either way, this is a good buy. The game is fun and exciting with an interesting story. You do not have to be a fan of adventure games to enjoy this one.
Rating : 4/5