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Why are there so many negative people on this board saying this game sucks now?

posted by DatDude on - last edited - Viewed by 310 users

It's sort of insane.

People don't realize what telltale are. They are a small budget studio, they don't have the scope or the resources to produce games that are on the same level (in terms of production or vision) compared to heavy rain, or beyond 2 souls.

This is an independent studio that charges it's customers 5$ per episode, 20$ in all..while most studios charge you 60$ + 50$ of DLC.

You guys are so ungrateful. Sure did the walking dead have flaws? Sure, absolutely. But was it not a masterpiece? I truly think it was.

The game was the first time i ever gave 2 shits about the characters and there struggles. It's the first time that it presented characters going through real human struggles, and the writers brilliantly showed the audience the use of the human condition through lee and clementine.

The writing was brilliant as well..I mean seriously pick up gears of war, pick up hitman absolution..pick up any game off the gamestop rack and just compare it to the walking dead's writing, and narrative and it will just make you laugh and open your eyes how truly terrible narrative and writing it is currently in video games.

What telltale was able to do with a shoe string budget and limited scope and vision is nothing short of amazing.

All I hope is that the sales of the walking dead will truly be the stepping stone for them to grow as a company.

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  • The thing is, they are giving us as same feelings and the joy as we found in videogames when we were only children or when we were teenagers. New generation games are so bright but so empty in the same time.
    Not just because of this but because of the whole success of the WD, they (Telltale) must be apploused standing.

  • Some are in denial about Lee... which is understandable, he was a fantastic character.

    Some were expecting an open world/choose your own adventure... which I find amusing.

    I'm sure there are other reasons, but these are the two most common ones from what I can tell.

  • On the same note, though, TTG need to know what people didn't like so that they can improve their products.

    This was a flawed masterpiece at best. I think too many people are getting wrapped up in the whole emotion of the story to see the flaws.

    I loved the acting, the writing... It was a great game in many respects. BUT it was sold as "your choices will have consequences." But they didn't. Not really. Nobody's fate was changed. Those who died, die in every iteration. Lee still does the same things with one arm or two. Nothing you say or do really impacts the story at all. If TTG want to claim that that story is tailored by the players' choices in a meaningful way... Then those choices need to be meaningful and not illusory.

    Finally the "twist" was not well executed and felt hugely contrived. The Stranger was a poorly thought out plot device that collapses under continued scrutiny. It's not just his plan that makes no sense, it's his actual presence. (Not to forget his magical walkie talkie that seems to be capable of having a massive range...)

    Now a lot of this can be forgiven - but with having the players choices amount to a conversation that ultimately plays out the same with the same accusations regardless of those decisions... I just hope TTG put a bit more thought into their next season finale, and how player choice needs to make the story actually tailor itself instead of just paying lip service via conversations.

  • I agree completely. It's a shame not everybody shared the pleasure the game gave many people.

    I think gamers expect too much sometimes. To paraphrase a post by someone on another forum, gaming seems to be the only hobby where the participants actively complain and campaign against their own passion. Even readers and movie-goers accept what they are given. They don't have to like it, but at least you don't hear them complaining that they were entitled to a better ending or whatever...

    I went into this game with nothing but the expectation that it was taking place in the world of The Walking Dead, and I obviously knew what that meant (zombies, drama and tragedy). I didn't expect my decisions to have any major outcomes on the ending, really. Sure, maybe they could have added more consequence and maybe fleshed out the final chapter better, but overall it was an amazing experience, and I was in no way disappointed.

    But then, I'm a pretty easy-going person when it comes to this kind of thing. I realise the game is made by normal people and not super-humans. I'm also fussy about my taste in fiction, and if something can keep me hooked past the first episode/chapter/hour etc, then I'm going to invest in it, see it through to the end, and most importantly, enjoy it.

  • here here! Telltale made even pewdiepie cry and I've never seen that man cry before. It was an amazing journey and I actually preferred it to heavy rain, I connected to the characters so much more :3

  • @voodoohandbag said: I agree completely. It's a shame not everybody shared the pleasure the game gave many people.

    I think gamers expect too much sometimes. To paraphrase a post by someone on another forum, gaming seems to be the only hobby where the participants actively complain and campaign against their own passion. Even readers and movie-goers accept what they are given. They don't have to like it, but at least you don't hear them complaining that they were entitled to a better ending or whatever...

    I went into this game with nothing but the expectation that it was taking place in the world of The Walking Dead, and I obviously knew what that meant (zombies, drama and tragedy). I didn't expect my decisions to have any major outcomes on the ending, really. Sure, maybe they could have added more consequence and maybe fleshed out the final chapter better, but overall it was an amazing experience, and I was in no way disappointed.

    But then, I'm a pretty easy-going person when it comes to this kind of thing. I realise the game is made by normal people and not super-humans. I'm also fussy about my taste in fiction, and if something can keep me hooked past the first episode/chapter/hour etc, then I'm going to invest in it, see it through to the end, and most importantly, enjoy it.



    Actually reality is the complete opposite.

    Gaming is about the only industry where fans just let crap storytelling have a free ride and when someone does even a half decent story they are lauded as geniuses.

    On the other hand, television and film is constantly bombarded with criticism. Check metacritic sometime.

    Film makers and television productions get their fair share of emails and letters from fans complaining about the things they didn't like. And usually in numbers that make video gamers look positively restrained.

    Some shows will get MILLIONS of complaints - and that isn't exaggeration.

    Meanwhile in the gaming world, any complaint no matter how valid gets shouted down with a "you should be thankful for what you DID get."

    What the real problem here is that the video games industry has had it pretty easy for years and seems to really struggle with criticism.

    And if you think complaining gets you nowhere... Ubisoft went on record saying that they preferred the complaints about Assassin's Creed over the praise because the complaints helped them work out what needed to be improved in AC2 - and the difference between those two games was quite an improvement.

    So to those who can't handle the negative comments, maybe you need to just take a step back and not take it so personally that some people wanted more.

    Because some of those negative critiques might just help TTG identify where they can make the second season even better than the first. Imagine that. If you liked the first season, how cool would it be to see the second season be considerably better still?!

    The only way that will happen is for TTG to be able to get feedback BOTH positive and negative.

    Edit: Also, for the record, I didn't think the game sucked. I just don't think it was the revolutionary masterpiece that it is being touted as. It was very well done, but it didn't actually do anything that hasn't been done before.

  • @Evinshir said:
    So to those who can't handle the negative comments, maybe you need to just take a step back and not take it so personally that some people wanted more.

    Because some of those negative critiques might just help TTG identify where they can make the second season even better than the first. Imagine that. If you liked the first season, how cool would it be to see the second season be considerably better still?!

    The only way that will happen is for TTG to be able to get feedback BOTH positive and negative.



    Fair enough about TV shows getting a lot of complaints. But, again, to them, I would also say "Be happy with what you get". Maybe it's just me - I'm a bit weird in that I don't really care about gameplay, as long as it's a genre I enjoy and the plot is to my taste. I actually prefer linear games than ones with branching options (the main exception there being Heavy Rain).

    There is a difference between constructive criticism and just acting butt-hurt and hating the company. Any artist should be willing to listen to criticism in order to improve, that's obvious. I'm assuming this thread was started after the OP read the venting thread, which, while people have good points, many posts are over the top in their hatred. There's nothing wrong with a thread that counters another, especially since a few posts there said to defenders that they shouldn't be there, as it is a 'venting' thread.

    I don't think there's anybody that can't 'handle' the negative comments. People just want to share their opinions. I don't know; I've just never felt it was my place to complain about what we are given. For me, there are positives and negatives in everything, even my favourite games ever. Everything has flaws. I'm just happy to have experienced what I perceive to be an exceptional story.

  • @voodoohandbag said:
    There is a difference between constructive criticism and just acting butt-hurt and hating the company. Any artist should be willing to listen to criticism in order to improve, that's obvious. I'm assuming this thread was started after the OP read the venting thread, which, while people have good points, many posts are over the top in their hatred. There's nothing wrong with a thread that counters another, especially since a few posts there said to defenders that they shouldn't be there, as it is a 'venting' thread.



    I have to say - I have not seen that much over the top hatred at all. What I *have* seen is a lot of "this game is flawless, stop being so butthurt" type stuff in the venting thread.

    I don't think there's anybody that can't 'handle' the negative comments. People just want to share their opinions.

    Sharing your opinion is not a defence against having that opinion questioned. I see a lot of "it's just my opinion" being used as if it was some kind of talisman against being challenged over what you said. As long as people are civil, they should be able to question each other's arguments. From both sides of the issue regarding the ending of the series.

    I don't know; I've just never felt it was my place to complain about what we are given. For me, there are positives and negatives in everything, even my favourite games ever. Everything has flaws. I'm just happy to have experienced what I perceive to be an exceptional story.

    That's an unusual position to hold and one I see being presented more and more often in gaming. The fact is, you paid money for this game. That gives you the right to complain if what you paid for was not what you felt you were promised.

    Never be afraid to complain about the things that didn't work for you, even if you loved most of it. Just be civil about it and make sure you mention that *did* work as well.

    Like I said, the voice acting and the writing was fantastic. I loved the aesthetic and style of the game. But I'm not going to be shy in saying that if they want to have choices in the game, then those choices should matter and that I did not feel that they did matter in this game.

    Saying everything has flaws doesn't mean you should politely ignore them. It means you should point them out to help with identifying them. Especially if you forked out cash - regards of whether it was $2 or $200.

    What I am against, though, is being rude about it. Like the guys who say "the writing was crap" or "this was s**t" - that's not helpful.

    For example, I thought the writing was great... but it had its flaws. The Stranger was a weak plot device and needed a lot more development to make him work as a twist in the tale. As it was presented, he's too contrived and upon scrutiny his presence and actions raise far too many awkward questions.

    But I wouldn't call it lazy writing. The Catalyst in Mass Effect 3 was lazy writing. At least The Stranger was foreshadowed and there was some attempt to give his motivations a link to the overall story.

    And I too loved the parallels to Episode 1 in the final scene between Lee and Clem.

    My biggest beef is that none of your choices changed anyone's fate. Clem ends up in the same place regardless, Ben still dies, Kenny still dies, Lilly still leaves the group, Doug AND Carly both die just in a different order after both helping at the exact same time to get the exact same result...

    Choices do matter, and the idea that nothing we do has any impact is not a realistic view of the world.

    The biggest problem is that too many companies have done the "choices don't really matter but we'll claim they do" gameplay before. Honestly, there is little about The Walking Dead that is actually innovative or revolutionary. Good storytelling, good voice acting, a touching story - these have all been done before and in one package. That TTG did it really well is great, but they still made the same "choices don't matter" mistake - and for a lot of gamers like me, we're kind of sick and tired of being promised that a game is going to be tailored to a personal experience only to end up being the same experience with mild cosmetic changes.

    Especially when Heavy Rain, The Witcher, The Witcher 2, Alpha Protocol, Fallout: New Vegas and the like have all shown that you *can* make choices cause big narrative ripples without undoing the strength of the narrative - and in the case of Witcher 2 it makes the game much more personal because your choices greatly change how things play out. (To the tune of 16 possible unique endings.)

  • @Evinshir said:
    That's an unusual position to hold and one I see being presented more and more often in gaming. The fact is, you paid money for this game. That gives you the right to complain if what you paid for was not what you felt you were promised.

    Never be afraid to complain about the things that didn't work for you, even if you loved most of it. Just be civil about it and make sure you mention that *did* work as well.

    Saying everything has flaws doesn't mean you should politely ignore them. It means you should point them out to help with identifying them. Especially if you forked out cash - regards of whether it was $2 or $200.



    Well, you see, I didn't feel like I was promised anything other than a game set in the world of The Walking Dead. I know other people expected more, but I got what I personally was 'promised'. But then, I didn't feel the need to read the developers interviews and such. I just heard 'The Walking Dead' and 'adventure game' and nearly wet myself :P

    That's another good point actually, there are so few adventure games just now, especially on xbox, my preferred console. I appreciate all I can get of a (hopefully not) dying genre!

    I'm certainly not afraid to complain, but then, I seem to be more forgiving than most gamers. I also usually come to appreciate the flaws for what they are, if I love a game enough. I don't ignore or deny them. Some of my favourite games have horrible translations, contrived plots, wonky controls. Some of my favourite films, books and TV series are poorly executed in some ways, too.

    I think this game doesn't bother me too much because I tend to judge fiction on its overall plot, message, and most importantly, how it makes me feel.

    EDIT - I'm Scottish and female. Complaining is something I excel at, if I feel the need ;)

  • @DreadMagus said: Some are in denial about Lee... which is understandable, he was a fantastic character.

    Some were expecting an open world/choose your own adventure... which I find amusing.

    I'm sure there are other reasons, but these are the two most common ones from what I can tell.



    Yep Dread pretty much summed most of the haters up. There are also

    Those who are angry at the ep being so short

    Those who are angry that their decisions didn't seem to matter.

    I think quality not quantity applies to the first group and I still don't understand the second group. TT only has so much recourses, they can't make two completely different plot lines. Also if they say made a way for Lee or Carely to survive then everyone would go back and make the right decisions, which is stupid.

    Also another Scot in this forum! Yay!

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