Telltale Games’ dominance of episodic titles have thrust the genre into the mainstream limelight. The idea of playing the game in a similar style to a television show is something that appeals greatly to many people evidently. With “previously” sections, cliffhanger endings, and agonizing waits for the next episode, these titles have all the hallmarks of the dramatic shows we’ve come to love.
However, is it a good idea for the future of gaming or an annoying money-grabber? We’ve witnessed some incredible success with Life is Strange last year, we’re in the middle of the re-imagined King’s Quest as we speak and even the Final Fantasy VII remake and the new Hitman game have opted for a “multi-part series” approach. This is on top of all of Telltale Games’ titles as mentioned, along with a few others including Broken Sword 5, another point-and-click adventure.
Personally I believe that episodic games have their place in our medium nowadays, as long as they don’t overstep the mark. The Final Fantasy VII story will be an interesting one to watch and may shift people’s opinions one way or the other for better or worse but generally, I believe these episodic games are a suitable model for the “interactive story” type of game. Generally, I have enjoyed games such as The Walking Dead, Wolf Among Us and Tales From The Borderlands. I have always been a fan of Broken Sword and the latest iteration was a return to the classic adventures of the first two, despite the episodic model.
For this week’s Reader Discussion, we’d like to know your opinion of episodic games. Do you play them, do you enjoy them? Are you the type to play each episode on release or do you wait, like me, until the whole story is made available? Let us know in the comments below or in the OSP forums, or sound off on Twitter (@Official_OnlySP) and Facebook.