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Why I am dissappointed with the Episode-Model

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Hello there, I bought the game because it looked cool and started playing. TBH I didn't do much research on the episodes or lenght of the game etc. I started playing at roughly 4pm. 2 Hours later I was done. Don't get me wrong the game was great and all but it was just far too short and leaves me with a disgusting taste. I don't want to wait for 1 or 2 months or however long every time for ONLY playing 2 hours. That's kind of ridicilous.

I told 2 of my friends about the game and they want to buy it too but I adviced them to wait until ALL GAME has been released in its entirely and THEN buy it. I would certainly have donew that if I knew beforehand. I mean 2 hours is just too short no matter if the game is great. I felt really empty and Like "WTF? that was IT??!" after finishing the episode after such an ridicilously short amount of time.

Any one else feels the same kind of frustration?

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  • Just be paitent guys! The next episode will be here soon! I'm using the time to try and get different outcomes :)

  • The episodic nature of The Walking Dead game is one of the flaws I noted in my review. Once the full game is released, if the two hour length of New Day is any indication of the length of the games to come, then the whole series will last 10 hours. While that's not exactly a short experience for $25, some of us would rather have a full hearty meal as opposed to small bite-sized snacks. I doubt Telltale Games will be able to deviate from their episodic model since it's done so much good for them, but here's to hoping that future episode will be longer in length.

  • I sort of get it with this (the relatively short play time).

    I'm not the best with some of the puzzles in, say "Sam & Max" for example, so I would typically get 4 hours or so out of each episode of those, and would play them over 2-3 days.

    As a credit to Telltale, "Walking Dead" went by in what seemed like a heartbeat (started at 7:00pm, was done by 9:00pm), so I was a bit "That's it?" when the credits were rolling - but I enjoyed it - and like many others, I'm used to the waiting period between episodes at this point.

    Besides, just started playing through "Alan Wake" again - that's keeping me occupied!

  • Considering the Walking Dead has an Episodic TV show AND a comic series, Episodic Gaming is a good fit.

  • @vaeiou said: The episodic nature of The Walking Dead game is one of the flaws I noted in my review. Once the full game is released, if the two hour length of New Day is any indication of the length of the games to come, then the whole series will last 10 hours. While that's not exactly a short experience for $25, some of us would rather have a full hearty meal as opposed to small bite-sized snacks. I doubt Telltale Games will be able to deviate from their episodic model since it's done so much good for them, but here's to hoping that future episode will be longer in length.

    First off, if you're going to deem that quality a flaw, you should do the same to their other games, or even The Walking Dead mediums such as the comics and TV show. For many reasons they are doing this model: to give themselves more time to program the next episode, to replicate the hype and anticipation felt by fans of the other mediums, and to take in the responses and algorithms (sequences) of how player do things and what they don't do..hence the stats at the end of the episode.

    And no, they will not deviate from this episodic method..they didn't before, why start now? And those who want a "full hearty meal" out of this will just have to wait the many months until the season is finished. Like others said, there are also people who can take the hype and anticipation rather positively, me included. Hell, I spend time replaying episode one just thinking of what me, in Lee's shoes, could be doing at this and that time, and I find it fun. Especially what I COULD say to Larry or Hershel.

  • Okay, first off, you didn't make ANY sense in that statement of yours. And I know this isn't a comic or TV show, but it's BASED on a comic, and the comic is released within set intervals..so the game will be as well. And of course they use revenue from the gross sales of their product to feed more development for the game.

  • @dubesor said: Hello there, I bought the game because it looked cool and started playing. TBH I didn't do much research on the episodes or lenght of the game etc. I started playing at roughly 4pm. 2 Hours later I was done. Don't get me wrong the game was great and all but it was just far too short and leaves me with a disgusting taste. I don't want to wait for 1 or 2 months or however long every time for ONLY playing 2 hours. That's kind of ridicilous.

    I told 2 of my friends about the game and they want to buy it too but I adviced them to wait until ALL GAME has been released in its entirely and THEN buy it. I would certainly have donew that if I knew beforehand. I mean 2 hours is just too short no matter if the game is great. I felt really empty and Like "WTF? that was IT??!" after finishing the episode after such an ridicilously short amount of time.

    Any one else feels the same kind of frustration?

    Welcome to Telltale Games. I'm with you.

  • I'm getting more and more happy I got used to this model with SBCG4AP. A game with no total story, so I got used to the episodic formula without wondering what happens in the next part of the story.

  • Indeed. SBCG4AP and the firs two seasons of Sam & Max were much easier to handle because the episodes were more self-contained, with a slight connection between them all culminating in a conclusion by the end. It's much harder to accept with these stories now being told in chapters. Funny, before TMI came out I thought Telltale's model would be perfect for that format. In practice I can't say I disagree more, now. I kind of wish Telltale would go back to more self-contained episodes.

  • Only problem i have with it,is the length.I feel it should have been longer.I dont think the 5 episodes together if they are each this length,will feel long enough for me.

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