Playing Vicariously: This will be a series of blogs about first impressions of games I'm not playing and follow through reviews, video walk-throughs, or just watching my girlfriend or friends play.
Those who aren't familiar with Tell Tale Games, they're the developers of hit serial-adventure games such as Sam and Max,a Strong Bad series,a Monkey Island reboot and, most recently, the Back to the Future games. They've mostly received high acclaim for their games and are known for being accesible while givng a decent amount of challenging puzzles as well.
You start off as a woman running through the woods at night, holding a Barbasol can. There are commands that pop up in quick-time events to escape the dangerous and mysterious dinosaurs pursuing you. You end up falling off a cliff and hit commands in time so you grab onto branches to slow your descent. You fall in a road to avoid a familiar Jurassic Park jeep, this is how the game begins. The dinosaurs seem scary, but have the familiar bird-lizard sounds that we've come to love from the JP movies.
So far, the game has a similar feeling to the 1993 Stephen Spielberg movie. The events start off on the same night that Dennis Landry goes missing and the Barbasol can falls into the mud. Your character is hired to find Landry and the can.
After this you're sent into typical Tell Tale territory where you switch perspectives and find objects to help your story forward.
The character animation is smooth and the models believable enough. The voice actors do a decent job in their character rolls as your tough-girl character is followed by a money-hungry scientist.
The quick-time events are easy enough for a casual gamer and the story seems solid enough to keep any Jurassic Park fan entertained. With Tell Tale Games seeming to put in their usual solid effort, I'm excited to see where this episode and the other ones go.
It's definitely an ambitious move for them to release such a game in such a crowded. I do believe that fans of TT and Jurassic Park will want to pick this up, whether you're a casual or hardcore gamer and this could end up being a sleeper-hit. A review will be posted once the game's finished, so keep following and, as always, feel free topost comments below!
Will do, this is a case of me watching my girlfriend play, since she's been uber excited about it ever since I told her about it a year ago :P
Might pick this up for PS3. Looks fun, and I love Jurassic Park (mainly the original, but the sequels weren't terrible)
I've been eyeing this game for a bit, being a JP fan. Plus at only $30 bucks for the PC version I may as well give it a shot. Hope to hear your thoughts as you continue to progress through the game