Each week, the EGM Staff bring you The Fast Five—where we choose a topic related in some way to the week’s news, and five editors pick their top answer to the question.
With the announcements of projects based on Game of Thrones and Borderlands, it’s obvious that Telltale Games have become the go-to developer when it comes to turning pop-culture icons into adventure games. Similarly, the folks at Telltale are equally eager to work on various big-name properties. Just recently, Telltale chief technology officer and co-founder Kevin Bruner stated that he’d love to work on an official James Bond game.
If we could have Telltale Games make an adventure game based on any other book, movie, television show, or videogame series, what would it be?
Once you’ve read our picks, let us know what you’d like to see get the Telltale treatment in the comments below!
So, at first I felt like I might go the safe route with my pick—something like Lost, where the setting and characters could make the perfect Telltale project. Then I thought, maybe I’d try to go for something that would seem very out there—Football: A Telltale Adventure perhaps. But then I came upon two choices that simultaneously made total sense and no sense at all: Heathers and Seinfeld. Both are fantastic works of entertainment art that you’d never expect to have a game for—but they could both totally work! As I see them in my mind, I’d love to play both. Since I have to make a choice, however—and for the potential that would exist in terms of characters, situations, conflict, moral decisions, and all of those other trademark Telltale traits—my vote has to go to Heathers.
If the BBC were ever to allow someone outside their walls to work on their properties, the obvious answer for Telltale would be Doctor Who. With all of time and space to explore, it’d be easy for them to craft a new adventure for everyone’s favorite space nomad, and I think I speak for all of us in saying the new consoles could use an injection of wibbly-wobbly timey-wimeyness. And despite its hardcore fan base, the Doctor has never really had a great videogame made about him. The only question is: What Doctor and companion would it follow?
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
When did gaming demigods get so…angry? Why does Kratos feel the need to rip out spines and medulla oblongatae? Take some Prozac, pal! The gaming world cries out for a kindler, gentler hero of legend. And that man is…Hercules! Hercules possesses a strength the world has never seen—a strength surpassed only by the power of his heart. Wherever there is evil, wherever an innocent would suffer, there would be Hercules. Sam Raimi’s lighthearted take on Greek myth was always a guilty pleasure for me back in the ’90s (though it was really a lot better than people gave it credit for), and I think the series’ humor mixed with Herc’s epic confrontations against Ares and Hera would make it a nice fit for Telltale. Plus, it would give Kevin Sorbo some much-needed work, and Bruce Campbell needs something to do now that Burn Notice is over, right?
Going Out of Business: A Telltale Adventure
My suggestion isn’t really an adaptation, but a wholly original concept I just created. And it won’t be a traditional PC- and console-based adventure game, either. It’ll be a novel combination of Alternate Reality Game, Andy Kaufman–style performance art, and audience participation. The basic premise is this: Suddenly, everyone in the world realizes that Telltale isn’t doing anything particularly special and stops buying their games. Telltale goes out of business and I never have to hear about how brilliant they are ever again.
The Caves of Steel
If we lived in my dreamworld, the one in which more people knew about Altered Carbon and the other two Takeshi Kovacs novels by Richard K. Morgan, I would say that Telltale should bring their story-focused style to that series. While, like any good cyberpunk detective story, there are a few heated moments of action, the bulk of each book is about sleuthing and character interaction. But for the sake of being a bit more realistic, and because I really want to see Telltale tackle sci-fi, I have to go with something like Asimov’s The Caves of Steel. At least with that you have name brand author recognition.