the walking dead: season one Articles RSS Feed | the walking dead: season one RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network The Most Iconic Character Deaths in Games Mon, 17 Aug 2015 03:59:59 -0400 The Soapbox Lord

There's nothing quite like the death of a beloved character that allows them to meet their demise in a memorable fashion. Games are no strangers to having characters die, but these are some of the most iconic and memorable deaths to date. Since we will be looking at deaths of characters in various series, consider yourself warned of spoilers.

Now then, prepare to experience ultimate sadness. 

Sarah: The Last of Us

The opening to The Last of Us remains one of the most memorable and powerful beginnings in any game. While we knew what to expect, thanks to pre-release interviews and previews, the death was no less dramatic.

After having some quality father-daughter time, Joel and Sarah meet up with Joel’s brother in order to flee their neighbors who have become homicidal. After multiple close calls and encounters with bloodthirsty humans, Joel and Sarah make it to the edge of town where they are stopped by a soldier. Despite Joel’s pleading, the soldier receives orders to open fire, wounding Joel and leading to Sarah’s death shortly thereafter.

With great voice acting and framing, the scene is powerful and deeply affecting. Even worse, for those of us who are parents, this added an additional fist of emotional gut-punching.

John Marston: Red Dead Redemption

Red Dead Redemption was a powerful story about family and the unfulfilling pointlessness of murderous revenge. Also hunting - gotta get those skins yo! John was recruited by some shady lawmen that are holding John’s family hostage to hunt down members from his old gang, who kinda shot him up and left him for dead.

After doing all that was asked of him, Marston retires to his home and is ready to spend time with his family. After some daily routines of establishing his farm, a posse of men led by the marshals shows up at Marston’s house, eager to wipe the Marstons out in an effort to hide the government’s involvement with a former outlaw.

The resulting gunfight sees Marston going down in a blaze of lead and glory, and it's forever embedded in our memories.


Mordin Solus: Mass Effect 3

Mordin was the embodiment of the quirky scientist. The salarian had a unique, albeit slightly broken, way of speaking, a constant desire to work, and rarely allows his conscience or personal feelings to affect his judgment. In the series you learn Mordin helped develop the genophage, a disease that affects the krogan and essentially hampers the ability of the krogan to reproduce, crippling the krogan race.

After dealing with a Reaper on the krogan homeworld of Tuchanka, you discover you can help develop a cure for the dreaded genophage disease. Once you have the cure, you try to broadcast it via the Shroud, but due to previous salarian sabotage, someone must travel to the top of the Shroud in order to override the sabotage. Whoever travels to the top will not be coming down though.

Surprisingly, Mordin volunteers to sacrifice himself in order to broadcast for the genophage disease he helped create. He seeks to make up for his involvement in the creation of the disease and other mistakes by breaking the curse of the dreaded genophage. While it is possible to stop Mordin, by killing him, or allowing him to live and participating in a form of genocide, no other outcome has the effect of watching Mordin sing “Scientist Salarian” while becoming engulfed in explosions. It’s a rather touching scene and a fitting end to a fantastic character.


Andrew Ryan: BioShock

BioShock remains a landmark title and an intriguing look at choice in games, among other things. Andrew Ryan is the founder of the underwater city of Rapture where there are practically no inhibitions on science or anything really. Needless to say, things go downhill rather quickly.

Your character Jack braves the horrors of Rapture in his quest to find Ryan, get some answers, and get the hell out of Dodge. Upon confronting Ryan, you learn Atlas, the person you have been communicating with the entire game and your guide, has been manipulating you and using mind control to force you to do his bidding. The resulting scene is entrenched in the minds of players everywhere as Ryan dies, adhering to his philosophy and to prove a point. Memorable indeed.


Sgt. Paul Jackson: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

The Call of Duty series has always been known for its grand set pieces, but nothing prepared us for this moment. Sgt. Jackson and a group of US soldiers are attacking the location of what they believe is a terrorist’s hideout. It turns out it was a decoy and is housing a nuclear weapon which is about to detonate. Jackson makes the decision to rescue a soldier who fell behind and then the fireworks happen.

To this point, deaths in games were not uncommon, but FPS games rarely featured the death of playable characters. This moment changed that. Unfortunately, it also led to the further CoD entries adding an obligatory “shock” moment and struggling to top the one before. Regardless, this moment remains effective.


Lee Everett: The Walking Dead: Season One

You’ve rescued a little girl from zombies and ensured her survival through countless perils and near-death situations. You deserve a break right? Well Telltale said, “Psh, whatever. Screw that noise.”

After everything that has happened and all Lee has done to ensure Clementine’s safety, Clemtine is kidnapped, and a rogue zombie bites Lee, sealing his fate. You can cut off the bitten appendage, but nothing will stop the inevitable creep of the Reaper.

Once you free Clementine from her captor, Lee and Clementine make their way through a horde of zombies and hole up in an abandoned storefront. Once here, Lee shows Clementine the bite and informs her of his impending death. You can have Clementine shoot Lee to cut his suffering short and prevent Lee from becoming a zombie, or you can choose to allow Lee to die and later turn into a zombie, presumably. This scene led to many tears shed in the real world along with Clementine’s digital tears. So many feels…

Jenny: The Darkness

The Darkness is a criminally underrated game, and you really owe it to yourself to play. Jenny is the love interest of the main character, Jackie Estacado. The two have essentially known each other their entire lives and are hopelessly in love. What’s even better is Jenny is conveyed realistically and comes across as a believable character instead of just eye candy.

There’s even a touching moment that allows you to sit on a couch with Jenny and watch To Kill a Mockingbird, among other things. It’s an intimate moment that isn’t too uncommon from what people do in real life. Of course, things end poorly.

Possessed by the titular demonic power of The Darkness, Jackie constantly resists the demonic power in an effort to keep some semblance of free will. The Darkness will have none of that and proves to Jackie his free will is no more. Jackie’s uncle is holding Jenny hostage in the orphanage where Jackie and jenny grew up.

When Jackie attempts to rescue Jenny from his homicidal uncle and a crooked police chief, The Darkness renders him helpless and forces him to do nothing but watch while the brains of the love of his life are splattered over the wall. It’s brutal. It’s gut-wrenching, and I’ll be damned if it doesn’t provide motivation to kill those crooked jerks.


Dupre: Ultima 7 Part Two

The Ultima series is one of the influential and well-regarded RPG series in gaming. While the eighth and ninth entries are held in spite by fans, they aren’t enough to blight the legacy of this franchise. Dupre is first introduced in Ultima II, which was released way back in 1982. He remains a constant companion and a series stalwart.

During the events of Ultima VII, Dupre becomes possessed and becomes the Bane of Wantoness, proceeding to slay many innocents. He was eventually cured by the Avatar, the playable character. After this, you learn in order to mend the broken pieces of the Serpents of Chaos (which keeps the entire universe in balance and from self-destructing) a human sacrifice of one who is in “balance” is required.

Only five people are candidates and straws are drawn with the Avatar drawing the short straw. When the time comes to sacrifice yourself, Dupre throws himself in the crematorium, stating he cannot take the guilt over the lives he has claimed. His last words are, “Let it be said Sir Dupre died bravely!” A noble sacrifice indeed. Start the video at the 4:50 mark.

Meryl: Metal Gear Solid and The Twin Snakes

Solid Snake is a stoic soldier who is focused only on the mission and feels nothing along the lines of love, or so you might think. In Metal Gear Solid, Snake encounters Meryl, a soldier held on the island Snake is infiltrating. Meryl assists Snake during some of his battles before they both become kidnapped.

Snake is then being tortured by Ocelot who tells Snake he must resist his torture, which is essentially pressing a single button repeatedly. If you fail, you aren’t shown the consequences until the last confrontation with Liquid Snake at the end of the game. During the confrontation, you spy Meryl, but aren’t able to get to her with Liquid around.

After temporarily getting rid of Liquid, Snake rushes over to Meryl for a happy reunion filled with smiles, laughter, and good times! And she’s dead, all because you could not resist the torture. So it’s completely your fault. I’ll be in the corner popping some anti-depressants now.

Wander: Shadow of the Colossus

It’s a story we’ve heard a thousand times before. Man’s girlfriend dies. In order to bring her back, guy proceeds to listen to strange voices and kill sixteen colossi. After slaying the final titan, man becomes possessed by evil because the colossi were guardians to ward evil away. Man dies and girlfriend is shortly resurrected after his death. All that and he never got to see the fruits of his labors.

Aeris/Aerith: Final Fantasy VII

You knew it was coming, but people still mourn to this day. While characters in games had died before, the death of Aeris was unexpected and accompanied by a beautiful score; ensuring players will never forget this scene. ‘Nuff said.

Were there any iconic deaths I missed? Should any of these entries have been left out? Sound off in the comments!

Telltale's The Walking Dead may come to Wii U Thu, 06 Aug 2015 08:09:15 -0400 Michael Slevin

A listing for a Wii U version of Telltale's The Walking Dead has popped up on GAME's website.

The UK retail site's listing was first noticed by Eurogamer, and according to GAME's listing, The Walking Dead on Wii U will be out on October 30th. 

This would be a physical retail copy, and it would include both The Walking Dead Season 1 GOTY edition, as well as The Walking Dead Season 2.

The price for this bundle is set at £30, so perhaps a $40 release would make sense here in the U.S. Both seasons run for about $50 together in the Xbox Marketplace and PlayStation Store.

Wii U is essentially the only platform that The Walking Dead is not on, as it has already released on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Windows, Mac, and even a few mobile devices.

As for The Walking Dead Season 3, it has been confirmed that it will not see a 2015 release date. 

Would you pick up The Walking Dead for Wii U? Or would this release be too late to make an impact?

Watch The Walking Dead: Season One as a stage play at San Diego Comic Con Tue, 07 Jul 2015 19:08:11 -0400 Bryan C. Tan

Taking a page from fellow Game of the Year, The Last of Us, Telltale Games will be bringing its talents to the stage for the first time ever, as their most popular episodic game series, The Walking Dead, will be given the live treatment at this weekend's San Diego Comic Con.

On Saturday, July 11th at 8pm PT, a series of scenes from the award-winning The Walking Dead: Season One will be performed by six of the cast members, including Melissa Hutchinson as Clementine, and Dave Fennoy as Lee.

Besides "The Walking Dead Live Performance", a Q&A panel with the live performance cast will take place on Friday, July 10th at 11:30am, and the upcoming spinoff, The Walking Dead: Michonne, will be featured at the "Skybound Entertainment Celebrates 5 Years" panel on Thursday, July 9th at 3:30pm.

Those in San Diego can attend "The Walking Dead Live Performance" during the Walker Stalker Fan Fest at Petco Park with a $30 single-day or $55 two-day pass. For everyone else, Twitch is at the ready, as the entire event will be streamed live at Skybound Entertainment's official Twitch channel, which will also play host to a variety of games, events, creator interviews, and free giveaways throughout the Fan Fest on Friday and Saturday.

10 Sub Par Sequels that Dropped the Ball Mon, 01 Jun 2015 09:09:08 -0400 The Soapbox Lord


Of course, there are plenty of other sub par sequels, but these were the most disappointing to me. Agree with my list? Which games did I forget? Sound off in the comments below!  


Mass Effect 3


No list of disappointing sequels would be complete without this entry. The Mass Effect games were enjoyed by players everywhere and met with great reception. So when the third game was announced, needless to say, the game was highly anticipated. Players were wondering how the series would end given the amount of divergence allowed by player choice. BioWare promised the ending would be more than a simple “A, B, or C” choice. In the end, that is exactly what we got.


The grievances were many: the ending seemed to disregard some choices made by players; lack of closure; plot holes and inconsistencies, among many others. To me, the ending felt rushed and unfulfilling after everything leading up to it. Maybe the reaction and resulting outcry was a bit much, but the resulting fallout stands as a testament to how involved players had become with the series and just how talented BioWare is at storytelling. Maybe they should not make promises regarding endings though for their next games, eh?


Dragon Age 2


Dragon Age: Origins was a great throwback to CRPGs of old. With tactical combat, a fantastic narrative filled with great characters, and the terrific tactics system, the game was a treat for all lovers of RPGs. Like most great games, it was not without flaws (some technical and performance issues and subpar graphical fidelity), but the trees could be overlooked for the forest. With


With Dragon Age 2, you ran into every tree while trying to navigate the forest.


I was so excited for this one; I preordered it and eagerly awaited it with high expectations. Once I booted up the game, the disappointment seeped in deep. The problem was the game was actually difficult for me to play. I enjoyed the characters you met and could recruit, but everything else could not make me suffer through the game to get to the bits I liked. With more repetitive environments than than Skyrim, a focus on a small setting, simplified combat, and a loose narrative framework that never seemed to go anywhere interesting, it was hard to endure the bloody game just to have conversation with Fenris or Merrill. Sorry my elven friends.




The Walking Dead: Season Two


The Walking Dead: Season One was a remarkable game that helped cement Telltale’s reputation for being remarkable storytellers. It was an emotional tale that resonated with players and actually elicited emotional responses from whoever played it. While it was not perfect, the faults were overshadowed by the strengths of the game. With the sequel, the faults were more glaring and harder to overlook.


Season Two let us down in a number of ways.


The characters seemed to make dumber decisions than they usually did and the writers also seemed determined to ensure you ended up in certain situations no matter what you did. For me, the worst part was the final conflict between Kenny and Jane. It was a good idea and setup to have the two going at each other, but the way the final fight turned out to be a total letdown. There was one way to make the game end with a poetically bittersweet finale, but the season as a whole was still a disappointment.


Uncharted 2


My feelings on the Uncharted series have been documented here before. Uncharted was not a particularly good game, but there was a glimmer of greatness under all the faults the game had. When I began to play the sequel, I had my fingers crossed the game would improve upon the potential of its predecessor and deliver a good or great game. I had high hopes with the opening train sequence, but it went downhill from there.


Somehow, Drake got even more irritating and smug than before, an impressive feat to accomplish. The story was nonsensical with imprudent characters and unfulfilled potential (poor Chloe). The gameplay and gunplay both got worse. The worst part was the condescending nature of the game itself.


The hints are delivered in such a patronizing way and the lack of respect for the player with the “Simon Says” ancient “puzzles” was grating beyond all measure. Simply put, the game is a smug mess, much like Nathan Drake. 


Deus Ex: Invisible War


Deus Ex was a landmark gaming achievement. Lauded for its open-ended gameplay and world, the game was met with accolades and is considered to this day one of the best games ever released. Needless to say, the sequel had massive shoes to fill.


Deus Ex: Invisible War is not a bad game by any means, but when you have to follow a legendary act, you get the short end of the stick no matter how good you are (BioShock 2 anyone?). The game was praised for some improvements made upon the original, but also criticized for carrying over some of the original’s faults such as the enemy A.I. and questionable design decisions. To this day, the opinions of players are still split regarding the game. Some love it; some hate it. It still remains a great game, just overshadowed by its big brother.


BioShock Infinite


I said before BioShock 2 was a better game than the original, but surely I am crazy when I say BioShock Infinite was disappointing right? No can do, Charlie.


Yes, the story, while pretentious and up its own arse, was great; the gameplay and design had a lot of issues and unfulfilled potential. The game seemed to take no lessons from BioShock 2. While the previous games had good gunplay and a degree of player freedom when in combat, Infinite was a corridor shooter. Sure, the corridors were large and pretty, but gone was the player freedom from past entries. While we were promised Elizabeth could bring in various objects through rifts during combat to assist Booker in combat, in reality you could only use rifts at certain points to bring in some predetermined objects.


There was also the gameplay and world dissonance. In Rapture, everything was tied together by narrative and design. Plasmids made sense in the world because they were integrated into the city design and were included in the narrative. In Infinte, plasmids were thrown in simply because it was what people expected from a BioShock title. At the end of the day, Infinite is still a great game, but we should be honest about its faults. 


Rainbow Six Vegas 2


Rainbow Six Vegas brought some much-needed life into the tactical shooter series when it released in 2006. With great cooperative play, gadgets to discover, and tons of weapons to use, the game was a fun, tactical romp in Sin City. The sequel was seemingly another case of lazy copy and pasting.


While some new mechanics were added and the A.I. of your teammates was improved, the sense of déjà vu was strong with this one. It didn’t help that this sequel was also a prequel. While it was still a fun cooperative experience, you couldn’t help but want for more. Now to see what the future holds for Rainbow Six Siege! 


F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin


Monolith Productions is on a roll here! F.E.A.R. was a fantastic shooter and a decent horror game to boot. With satisfying gunplay, destructive weapons (Penetrator FTW!), creepy atmosphere, and your slow-mo abilities, the game was great. So what did they do wrong with the sequel? Everything.


While you once again played a soldier with slow-mo powers, that is where the resemblances to the original end. Gone was the creepy atmosphere and environments to be replaced with uninspired locales (the theater was good though). The A.I. seemed a step down from the original. A convoluted and unfulfilling story was thrown in along with mech armor sequences. This is probably the only time I will ever complain about using mech armor in a game.


The game was the opposite of the original in nearly every way. And guess what? Spoiler! The game ends with your character being raped by Alma, the creepy girl with supernatural powers who haunts you the entire series. Great way to end a game there!


Condemned 2: Bloodshot


Condemned: Criminal Origins recently made my list of criminally underrated games you should play; but, please, skip the sequel. Actually, play the sequel until the last quarter of the game. The last quarter of the game is where the shark gets jumped five times. Consecutively. The game then circles back to the shark, beats the shark to death, and proceeds to eat it.


Let’s just say the last parts of this game are so ridiculously stupid, they make Adam Sandler movies look like intelligent entertainment.


What makes the game great is the melee brawling system and the atmosphere. It is rewarding, visceral, and intimate; not an easy feat to achieve. So for some reason, Monolith decided what players needed where more guns than usual resulting in the most boring peek-a-boo game I have played which goes in complete contrast to the entire game you have played to that point. Also, your character gains an ability to scream which can make the heads of your enemies explode…. Like I said, it gets dumb. Such wasted potential.


Crackdown 2


The original Crackdown was essentially a superhero sandbox game where you had guns, too. By using your various abilities (jumping, shooting, driving, etc.), you increased your strength in that area and became stronger. Before you knew it, you were leaping buildings in a single bound, outrunning cars, and had cars that could transform into armored tanks. It was mindless fun at its best! So what did the sequel do to mess all of that up? Nothing at all.


The developers literally changed the bare minimum between the sequel and the original. A stupid story about zombies (of course) was added and that was about it. Sure, there were some minor mission additions or weapons, but on as a whole, Crackdown 2 felt exactly like the first one. In fact, it felt like cheap, rushed DLC that the developers decided qualified as a full-fledged, full-priced release. Needless to say, it was a major disappointment.


While writing both of my posts on sequels (which were better than the original) I came to realize there are just as many sequels that were disappointments. As with the other sequel lists, I have tried to limit entrants to direct sequels otherwise I could go on for some time (some exceptions may apply). So let’s jump into this well of disappointment and dredge up some painful memories, eh?

Ten Android Video Games That Are Worth Your Time Sun, 19 Apr 2015 13:04:22 -0400 Game Oracle

Android games are a fun diversion for mobile gamers with a few minutes to kill. There are thousands of Android video games to play and dozens more in development around the world. Whether you love a vast RPG adventure, prefer to complete a few difficult puzzles, or to play your favorite sport, you can find a suitable game.

In order to help you find the best titles, I've compiled a list of ten Android games that are worth your time. Here are the ten games I think you'll find are some of the best Android video games you have experienced.

1. The Banner Saga

Just recently released, The Banner Saga is an action-strategy RPG, set in a fantasy realm inspired by Norse mythology.

You can buy this game on Google Play, and it's worth the price of admission.

With 25 playable characters in 7 different classes, each with different abilities and upgrades you can tailor to your playing style, this mobile game is one of the best.

The turn-based choices you make during your adventure decides your fate playing The Banner Saga. The story changes depending on where you travel, who you talk to, and decide to fight.

What does fate have in store for you?

You decide!

2. The Wolf Among Us

Part one of five episodes, The Wolf Among Us is the only free episode, which is a marketing trick that works with this title.

This immersive thriller is a mature game in which your decisions ultimately decide your fate and the outcome of the story. It's a Telltale Games title, so it's mostly narrative driven, but there are action scenes to keep you engaged.

You play Bigby Wolf, called the big bad wolf, as he hunts a murderer through the tough streets of Fabletown.  

A great Android game on a tablet, play The Wolf Among Us! 

You can find it on Google Play.

3. XCOM Enemy Unknown

Ready for the end of the world!

XCOM Enemy Unknown is an action-strategy game that challenges gamers to save the world from an alien invasion. 

You play the commander of XCOM, controlling the forces of the global defense team fighting a terrifying alien invasion.

You must build a fully operational base, research alien technologies, plan combat missions and control soldier movements in battle to win.

This game isn't free to play, but is still at the top of my list of the best Android games to play. Give XCOM: Enemy Unknown a try, and leave me a comment.

4. Ridiculous Fishing

A unique Android game that adds guns, toasters and chainsaws to the act of fishing, Ridiculous Fishing is one of the most complete mobile games I have played.  

This game is the total package, with unique graphics and a rewarding upgrade system, displaying a skill in Android game development exhibited by few in the industry.

The fishing is ridiculous, but the gameplay and mechanics in Ridiculous Fishing is outstanding.

If you want to try a very unusual Android game that's also a treat to play and worth the price. Head out on the water playing Ridiculous FishingYou can find it on Google Play.

I think you'll find it as much fun as I did. Just remember to leave a comment, when you get back from your fishing trip.

5. The Walking Dead: Season One

Telltale Games The Walking Dead: Season One is the first episode of a five-part series set in the award-winning universe created by Robert Kirkman.

This episode is free to download, but you'll have to pay-to-play the rest of the parts in the series.

An immersive adventure in which gamers play the part of a convicted criminal, Lee Everett, given a second chance at life and redemption in a world gone crazy.  Battle zombies and other survivors as you protect a girl named Clementine from the dangers of a zombie apocalypse.

Check it out here.

6. Dots

A simple free Android game challenging players to connect as many of the same colored dots as possible within a time limit, Dots is a great game to play on your tablet as you travel on a plane or train. 

This game looks simple, but is surprisingly challenging, yet meditative and hard to put down. 

Check it out here.

This game kept me entertained during long trips and quiet moments. Give Dots a try, the next time you're sitting waiting for something to happen.

7. Super Hexagon

A simple game in design, Super Hexagon only uses two controls, rotate right and left, which allows players to navigate a spiraling, rotating maze sure to confound and challenge you. 

One of the hardest Android games I have ever played, this game is a brutal challenge that allows for no mistakes.

This title also has some of the best music around to listen to as your face turns red and you start to scream at the screen.

Check out Super Hexagon on Google Play.

It will confound and mesmerize you into submission.

8. Threes!

Candy Crush Saga move over!

Do you love playing with numbers? Threes! is a math adventure you can take the kids on to challenge and teach everyone a little about the universal language.

The 2014 Apple Design Award Winner, this game is a deep challenge that will expand your mind, and make you think. It's a joy to play for all and includes a heart-warming soundtrack, and I found it endlessly challenging and fun.  A deceptively simple mobile game to learn, Threes! is addictive and hard to put down. 

My pick for a game to reach the top of the Google Play charts.

9. Temple Run 2

With over a zillion total downloads, the Temple Run Android games have set the bar high for other titles.

Featuring wonderful graphics, vibrant environments and challenging obstacles, this mobile game is my pick for one of the best looking around. Run, jump, turn, and slide your way across dangerous cliffs and dark forests, playing one of the best endless runners available for Android devices. 

I play Temple Run 2 to take me back to my younger days.

Give it a try here and leave me a comment!

10. Football Manager Handheld 2015

The latest in the best-selling, award-winning series by Sega of America, this Android game allows you to manage your favorite football team to victory in the toughest soccer league in the world. 

One of my favorite mobile sports games, Football Manager Handheld 2015 puts you in the hot seat and turns up the pressure. If you have played the series on another platform, you'll discover the developers hardly left anything out. 

Take out your Android device and try it here!