Why Lis has more in common with TWD S1...than S2 and S3 does....and what it means for the future.
I broke down and bought LiS BTS this morning...I had a great time with it. In parts the dialogue comes off as a bit strange...but by the end I was emotionally invested in the game...like LiS before it and TWD s1.
So why? Why is it that Life is Strange and Before the Storm have gripped me in a way that S2 and 3 have not for TWD....after all I loved S1 to death.
LiS BTS does not forget what people loved about the original and TWD S1....it is the characters...taking time to get to know the characters and building up a level of empathy for them...even seemingly minor ones that invests you to the story.
Look it does not matter if we are talking about the damn zombie apocalypse or some seemingly cursed town in Oregon, as in books you read even daytime soaps...no matter how nuts a setting is...your first mission in telling a story is having compelling characters and letting your customer feel as if the world you have created is as real as the one that they themselves live in. Customer buy-in is all about making that a compelling world. It is why so many people were upset with the Red Wedding in GoT....it is why we actually cared for a Meth Cook in Breaking Bad.
If Lee were just some bad ass mofo killing zombies and chewing gum...it would not be as compelling a game as we got.
This was the essential reason why S1 was so amazing for TWD....you cared about a little girl....you liked Carley and were fucking shocked and saddened when Lilly shot her. You were angry when Ben told you it was his fault Duck and Kat were dead.
And unless Telltale remembers why...they are never going to rebuild brand loyalty.
I have seen some positive steps...but they are only steps in a marathon. Get back to making us care about characters. If your games get delayed because you are taking your time to get things right...then do it. Everyone who buys these games go in expecting a great story...because we know that as far as gameplay goes...it just serves the story and is nothing fancy.