Five Franchises That Need the Telltale Treatment

With details about Telltale’s new Game of Thrones adventure emerging this morning, I thought it would be a great opportunity to talk about something that I’ve been meaning to touch on for a while now; the Telltale treatment.  For the uninitiated, Telltale Games has recently (in the last few years) been scooping securing the rights to franchises of all manner in order to make story driven, point and click style adventure games based on them.  If you’re familiar with either The Walking Dead (the adventure game, not the show, or the terrible action game) or The Wolf Among Us then you’re familiar with Telltale’s work.  Since the quality of their games has been outstanding of late, I think it’s time we explore what other franchises could benefit from the treatment.

  1. Lost

Lost has been finished and gone from our memory for some time now, but many of us still feel a bit of resentment with the series.  Overall Lost was some of the best TV ever made, but that doesn’t mean that the finale was perfect.  Many questions were left unanswered.  What better a way to work through some of those nagging issues than with a game.  Accessible to most due to Telltale’s typically simple UI, the game could allow players to weave through some of the things left unanswered at the end of the series.

  1. Batman

There have been many games based on the DC comics favorite, but few if any have properly addressed the “world’s greatest detective” side of the caped crusader.  The Arkham series does probably the best job of that in recent memory but I think it’s high time that we get a Batman game that focuses almost solely on the detective aspect of him.  Telltale manages to pull off the quicktime event well enough that there could be a few action packed moments in the story, but a really great story driven Batman adventure game would be awesome.  Plus, there are so many Batman stories and art styles, and so many levels of grit in the Batman lore that the choices are astounding.

  1. The Matrix

When The Matrix debuted in 1999 I was instantly hooked; a major Matrix fan boy from day one.  The sad reality of the franchise is that none of additional media, not the sequels, the games, or anything else (except maybe The Animatrix, that was kind of awesome) did anything to make the franchise stand out.  With recent rumors swirling that there could possibly be another Matrix trilogy in the works though, it would be a great opportunity to start proving that the franchise can still be awesome.  What better way to do that then to let some master story crafters craft a story worthy of the first film.  A Matrix Telltale game could help pave the way for a new Matrix story arc that might be *gasp* good.

  1. The Leftovers

If you haven’t been watching The Leftovers, you’ve been missing some interesting TV.  A decidedly slow burn, the series combines the mystery of Lost with the melancholy of Six Feet Under.  At first I wasn’t sure about the show, but eight episodes in (yeah, I’m a week behind) I’m convinced that there is a lot of potential here.  The trouble is that while each episode is incredibly dense, there is still so much left unexplored.  Giving Telltale the opportunity to explore any number of issues, from the first days after the disappearance, to holy Wayne, to The Guilty Remnant, there is no shortage of backstories that I’d love to learn more about.

  1. True Detective

Numbers two and one, both based on HBO series?  Damn right.  I loved Breaking Bad; loved it.  I loved Walter White and his arc.  So when I tell you that True Detective and specifically Matthew Mcconaughey’s performance as Rust Cohle was the best TV I saw last year, I truly mean it.  I realize that True Detective is meant to be an anthology series and that Rust, Marty, Carcosa, and all the rest is a thing of the past, but I just can’t help it.  I really want more of that story.  I mean, just a Rust Cohle backstory adventure would be good.  That character was so interesting and fun to watch that I’m dying for anything I can get.  Come on Telltale, you know you want to make a Rust Cohle adventure game.  Just make sure you get Matthew Mcconaughey to do that voice work.