The end of 2016 brought us a great deal of misery. But it also brought us the premiere of the third season of Telltale's The Walking Dead and some news about the team's next game based in the Guardians of the Galaxy universe. Exciting!
The downside about getting such awesome stories from Telltale is that we're always going to want more—more stories to explore and plot twists to discover. I can totally understand. We're insatiable fate-deciding animals that can hardly endure the 2-3 month period between episodes without speculating about the next game! After all, the possibilities are virtually endless.
Here Are 10 Stories That Telltale Games Should Recreate
With so many amazing shows, films and games out there, it's nearly impossible to imagine which could be the next #TelltaleGames game. Fortunately for you, I've got a few ideas—ten of them, in fact.
10. 'True Blood'
It's been just over two years since we closed the book on the last chapter of True Blood, the television adaptation of the Southern Vampire Mysteries book series by Charlaine Harris. While it was a wild and generally painful-to-watch ride, it's hard to deny that the series had a great deal of charm. Its characters brought a special brand of crazy to the screen that I don't think we'll see again any time soon.
Possible plot: I could see there being a few seasons of Telltale True Blood that follows Bill and Eric through their adventures as baby vamps. I'd honestly be down for any story that doesn't bring Sookie back into the mix.
9. 'Doctor Who'
The Doctor Who universe is iconic. It's also expansive enough that finding material within it for a Telltale adventure wouldn't be so difficult. It might be harder to actually refine a storyline that doesn't get too out of control or even decide which Doctor should be the one to go in the game. These are good problems to have though and I would be thrilled to see the result.
Possible plot: I seriously couldn't settle on just one. That's how ready the Doctor is for a Telltale adaptation. You hear that, guys?! The Doctor is ready!
8. Sherlock Holmes
With lore as old as his, Sherlock Holmes is ever ripe for adaptation. We've seen it done in virtually every available medium and it's certainly been done well. The PC games and the television show are thoroughly enjoyed by their respective demographics. However, mysteries are probably the best types of stories to adapt to Telltale's game style. Solving them requires a lot of astute decision making and the consequences, I'd assume, could get to be quite punishing.
Possible plot: There are a few short stories from the books that sometimes get picked up in the games or referenced on the television show. It would be awesome to see something like that get expanded into anthological episodes. I, for one, never get tired of 'The Final Problem' and the timeless battle of the wits between Sherlock and Moriarty.
7. 'Twin Peaks'
While we all wait for the reunion episode/film that will never come, it'd be nice to kill the time with a Telltale Twin Peaks game. A town like this has got to have a story outside of the murder. I see you, Deadly Premonition, you tried it. But you failed and now it's time to leave it to the pros.
Possible plot: I could see the Twin Peaks series being an anthology as well. Having the opportunity to get into the minds of some of the supporting characters in a way that we haven't been able to before would be nothing short of thrilling. A whole episode revolving around Lucy Moran could also be funny if not a little eerie.
6. 'Kill Bill'
The two-part Kill Bill story has been out of our lives for a while for almost 13 years now. Can you believe it? Well, I can. Now that it's been so long and all. But I must say that, even with the existence of the extended animation sequence—The Whole Bloody Affair (2011)—I really want to see more.
Possible plot: The Deadly Viper Assassination Squad was just so damn interesting. Having a chance to play out the events leading up to the shooting of the bride sounds ridiculously exhilarating. If not that, I'd love to know what The Bride and her darling daughter have been up to...
While #Overwatch doesn't really have a singleplayer campaign that provides us with a ton of story to work with, it boasts a mountain of characters from which favorites have undoubtedly arisen. If there is going to be any adaptation at all (Telltale or not), the adaptation potential is going to come from those favorites.
Possible plot: Telltale has proven that it knows how to tell a story with a female lead. I'd love to see one of Overwatch's ladies get their backstory fleshed out a bit. I know that most of the world is a Tracer fan but I'm a Pharah girl myself.
4. 'The Godfather'
I'll admit that I mostly want to see this story recreated by Telltale because the currently existing games based on The Godfather are kind of bad. The Godfather II actually made me wish I could sue for the time I spent playing it. I also feel that the more cerebral elements of the Godfather story could really benefit from Telltale's M.O.
Possible plot: Though no one wants to say it, we're all wondering how Fredo turned into a walking pile of garbage. We got to know Michael and Vito already, so why not? I'd also take a story about Sonny! One season, that's all I want.
I chose this one for selfish reasons. I really just want to return to the brilliant world of the Aperture Science Enrichment Center. I get that it could be kind of complicated since the original game was essentially a puzzle-based walking simulator.
Still, #Portal was one of the first games like this to show the world that a puzzle game could have a brilliant story as well. We really got to see that when Portal 2 came around. Introducing some of the puzzle-solving elements to Telltale's usual formula could actually be a good thing.
Possible plot: The DLC of BioShock Infinite gave us a glimpse into Rapture before it was destroyed. I'd love to see this in the Portal's testing center and I would also love to see a fully human GLaDOS.
2. 'James Bond'
James Bond is another "public domain hero" that I think could work well for this formula. He is an immortal and somewhat invincible spy that is always up to no good. It's honestly just begging for it. Especially now that we live in a shameful world where video game adaptations of the movies are no longer a practice during the post-production period.
Possible plot: We've been to the moon and back (literally) with the more memorable James Bond characters. I'd be happy to see something new with a light throwback element. Maybe more Cold War bond with a new and improved villain. Or even something super modern but less focused on evil internet geeks like Spectre was. Hell, I'd even take a Die Another Day adaptation.
1. 'Star Wars'
I think this is one dying horse that's being beaten into the ground but I wouldn't be so stupid as to imply that there isn't still a ton of potential for a more narrative Star Wars game to be made. If it was absolutely going to be made, I would love for it to be a Telltale game.
Possible plot: I feel like a Jar Jar Binks origin story would be the right way to go on this one.
Which franchises do you want to see turned into stressful decision-based adventures by the experts?