The Telltale team are back after four years and the past success of their Walking Dead series with a new PS5 sci-fi saga.
Based on the Amazon telly series of the same name, this is a five-part episodic space story revolving around the hunt for a universe-changing treasure.
It sees the return of lead actor Cara Gee playing heroic ship XO Camina Drummer as she and her scavenger crew try to unravel a mystery on the edges of The Belt and earn a fortune in a classic ‘one last job’ yarn.
Fans of the old Telltale games will know exactly what to expect.
A story split across the five episodes, each a few hours long and unlocking one-by-one every two weeks.
We tried the first and it sets up a lot of mystery in its short length.
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Having never watched the show before, it does a good job at introducing you to your ragtag crew before dumping them in a scary treasure hunt which gives big Alien/Dead Space vibes.
There’s very little game here.
Like Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us before it, this is very much an interactive movie style of storytelling.
So you get to walk about a bit on half destroyed space ships, point and clicking at certain discoverable objects and function buttons.
And every now and then you’ll be faced with an A or B choice while speaking with other characters.
That will alter the narrative down different paths, a bit like those old story books which made you move to certain pages depending on what option you went for.
But generally it is dashing between cut scenes.
It’s all done very well, and this is by far the best Telltale game I’ve seen visually.
While not quite on a par with the PS5’s best graphics, it does a wonderful job conveying the actors’ emotions.
And the storyline is tightly written and compelling. You’ll want to get onto the next episode.
The gameplay is basic and only time will tell how the choices you make play out over the next four episodes.
So for now, episode one is a good start. Very much a Telltale interactive story.
And if you’re down with that and not too much actual gaming you’ll be satisfied.
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