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Law & Order Los Angeles: FTW or WTF?

posted by StrongBrush1 on - last edited - Viewed by 584 users

When I saw that Telltale had announced Law and Order, I was a bit worried about Telltale. These guys are going to work themselves into the ground if thay don't slow down soon. I'd rather have one or two good series a year than five back to back new and not-guaranteed-to-kick-off projects being announced every week or so.

Other than that, though, seriously, Telltale? Law and Order Los Angeles? I might understand a game based on the original show, but a spinoff that not a lot of people watch or care about? That's just going a little too far in my book.

I was never really a fan of the original show, but my parents watch it ALL THE FRICKIN' TIME! Looking at all these CSI-style shows they watch make me notice an odd pattern:

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[*]The Actors are either over the top or too subtle
[*]Everything that happens is always either completely random or extremely predictable
[*]All of the main characters could be interchanged with each other and nobody would notice the difference
[*]and they talk WAY too quietly.
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So, what do you think, guys?

Is Telltale getting in over their heads, going the right pace, or not doing things fast enough? And, as for the game, do you think it will be good, bad or just meh? Please explain.

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  • @Bloody Eugene said:
    Personally I've asked many times about localizations or translations. It's been two years since TOMI and no sign of Italian language at all. TWO YEARS. And the same for all the games they did. I asked about that many times and one or two times I got their usual answer: "we are trying to do everything". Yeah. And then nothing. And nothing. And still nothing.
    I asked many times to be clear about that. But maybe Telltale is open to their fans only by facade.



    So, what? They're supposed to provide translations and voice-acting in Italian now too, for the handful of people who speak Italian?
    Personally I'd rather have them focus on their new productions instead of devoting resources to unnecessary translations of their existing games.
    That, and the game would lose the majority of its jokes anyway with a translation into foreign languages and it would become a second-rate product.

  • [QUOTE=caeska;488403]Personally I'd rather have them focus on their new productions instead of devoting resources to unnecessary translations of their existing games.
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    If TT says this would be ok.
    But TT doesn't even say this, and leave us in a limbo without proper answers.
    Just tell us: are they working on translations? Are they working on a patch for BTTF or Poker Night? Are they going to publish on Xbox again?
    I tell you the standard answer: "We're trying to reach the wider audience possible". So, no specific answer.

    (BTW, proper translations include jokes, 90% of them can be translated correctly. And Spanish is the biggest language in the world, but don't tell TT this!)

  • Never watched Law and Order, never a fan of ANY "police dramas" so far; I just can't sympathize with any of the characters because I never wanted to be a cop I guess.

    All I can leave here is a personal point. This license is, so far, the fourth one that I have NO interest in. I won't buy the games or drop any ideas about them on forums. This is merely disappointing. I'd like to see titles with more surreal settings, which were associated by Telltale back in the day but I guess, not anymore.

    I be crawlin' in my Sam and Max forums now.

  • @Bloody Eugene said:
    (BTW, proper translations include jokes, 90% of them can be translated correctly. And Spanish is the biggest language in the world, but don't tell TT this!)



    Erm... isn't that Mandarin?

  • @Ribs said: Erm... isn't that Mandarin?



    According to Torchwood it is.

  • @Bloody Eugene said: (BTW, proper translations include jokes, 90% of them can be translated correctly. And Spanish is the biggest language in the world, but don't tell TT this!)



    That would be Mandarin, actually.

    Also, forgive me if I don't know the full story or anything, but since you seem to know English why not just, you know...play the English version? Or have you been pumping this whole thread into Google Translate?

  • @RAnthonyMahan said: Or have you been pumping this whole thread into Google Translate?



    Are you using such tricky words intentionally? Because I'm sure as hell Google will take that one word so literally it'll warp the entire sentence out of its predesired meaning.

  • @Falanca said: Are you using such tricky words intentionally?



    He has my contrafibularities.

  • @RAnthonyMahan said: That would be Mandarin, actually.

    Also, forgive me if I don't know the full story or anything, but since you seem to know English why not just, you know...play the English version? Or have you been pumping this whole thread into Google Translate?



    It's not for me: one is for my dad (he likes so much Monkey Island :) ), other copies (of TOMI and S&M season 3) I'd like to give, gift and suggest to friends and collegues that work with me. I usually told them how nice the games are, and it's a pity that they can't buy them because they're english only and - after 2 years - Telltale doesn't give a single word about *IF EVER* will be a translation.

    These lacks of communications on language, patch and console portings, along with rushed, raw and bugged episodes, are the double edge sword that could (will?) kill Telltale. Expecially now that they're trying to make "The Big Jump".

  • @Bloody Eugene said: It's not for me: one is for my dad (he likes so much Monkey Island :) ), other copies (of TOMI and S&M season 3) I'd like to give, gift and suggest to friends and collegues that work with me. I usually told them how nice the games are, and it's a pity that they can't buy them because they're english only and - after 2 years - Telltale doesn't give a single word about *IF EVER* will be a translation.



    Yeah, but if you don't speak English in this day and age, then that severely limits which entertainment products you can enjoy. Not all computer games get translated AFAIK, and even if they do it takes time for it to happen. You can't blame the developers for that, nor can you expect time and resources to be devoted to that.
    Besides, it's less time consuming to actually learn to speak English, is it not? And more enjoyable since you get to experience movies, TV series and games the way they're meant to.
    Hey, I'm not from and English-speaking country but I learnt alot from playing text-adventure games when I was a kid. And Monkey Island!

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