Characters We’d Like To See Adapted By Telltale Games
By Matthew Arcilla
The buzz surrounding The Walking Dead has faded, we know. No, we’re not talking about the long-running TV show, but the games developed by San Rafael-based Telltale Games. After years of modest successes like Back to the Future: The Game and Tales of Monkey Island, the studio rose to prominence with their breakout hit, The Walking Dead: A Telltale Series.
Since then, they’ve gone on to produce games based on established franchises like The Wolf Among Us, Game of Thrones, Tales from the Borderlands, Minecraft and, most recently, Batman. And even more recently, a document from the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) leaked the existence of a Guardians of the Galaxy game in development from Telltale.
This got us thinking, which other properties we’d like to see as Telltale Games prodcuts? Which characters would benefit the most from their strong voice acting, choice-based mechanics and QTEs? The possibilities are limitless, but here are seven of them. Just kidding, here are 8.
Filmmaker David Twohy and star Vin Diesel would likely keep making Riddick any way they can even as blockbuster success eludes the character. The Furyan mercenary already appeared in the critically acclaimed Escape from Butcher Bay for the Xbox. Riddick would make for a different Telltale hero, not unlike Ben from Full Throttle: more likely to punch his way through obstacles than finesse them.
This action drama popularized many memorable concepts in television, including the notion of a real-time season-long story arc. In 2014, it emerged for a ninth “event” season, but ended on a few unresolved threads. While a new 24 series will premiere in 2017, Telltale’s 24 could focus on supporting cast like Chloe O’Brian and Kate Morgan as they try to rescue Jack Bauer from Russia.
The Incredible Hulk
Marvel’s iconic green goliath has already been the subject of an iconic TV series, so Telltale’s episodic format would be familiar territory. Players would be cast as Bruce Banner, the vagabond Samaritan who, in situations of extreme duress, transforms into the Hulk. Destructive Quicktime events book-end the investigation, conversation and moral choices. Hulk will remember that smash.
Whether you’re thinking about the original Ghostbusters led by the late Ivan Reitman or the new Ghostbusters co-created by Paul Feig, either would work in a big old action comedy that mixes science and the supernatural. Episodes would center around the hard push between the importance of securing the Ghostbusters’ future as an enterprise and their struggle between self-interest and public good.