Top 5 Franchises Telltale Should Adapt James Pungello October 11, 2013 Featured, Top List 1 Comment Telltale Games has impressed us with its phenomenal adaptations of popular franchises including Back to the Future and The Walking Dead. The studio is working on The Walking Dead Season 2 and has just released the first episode of The Wolf Among Us. With all of that in mind, we here at VGU have decided to list the top five franchises we think Telltale should adapt in the future. 5. Star Trek Telltale Games has done some great things with episodic content and Star Trek is at its best when dealing with individual episodes and self-contained stories. The vast universe that the Star Trek franchise has created over the past five decades is full of fantastic opportunities for expansion. A Telltale Game could delve into a time period at any point in the franchise from Kirk’s exploits all the way through to Picard’s journeys in the 24th century. Regardless of the time period or the characters involved, the important thing will be to keep the core essence of Star Trek alive and we believe that Telltale is a great developer to make that happen. 4. Breaking Bad Breaking Bad was one of the best television dramas ever and with the show just recently ending, people are definitely clamoring for more from Vince Gilligan’s meth-driven world of crime and consequences. While Walter White’s story was very focused and therefore set the paramaters of the show, a game could delve into the backstories of other popular characters. The backgrounds of characters like Gustavo Fring, Mike, or even Walt’s brother-in-law Hank could be interesting ways to expand the universe without infringing on the basic premise of the show. Breaking Bad was all about Walter White’s journey, but a game from Telltale could help flesh out some of the many untold stories within the fiction. 3. Dr. Who With Telltale’s track record of episodic success (excluding Jurassic Park) it is the perfect team to handle the ageless Time Lord who has been around from the Big Bang to the End of the Universe. While certain incarnations of the Doctor were fighters (3rd Doctor) most of the Doctor’s incarnations have abstained the use of guns and violence (1, 2, 10, 11) and have outwitted their enemies or disarmed them mentally with perceived stupidity, humor, or buffoonery. This would work perfectly with Telltale as the studio has proven before that they can create engaging experience without the need of violence (specifically, Back to the Future which also featured time travel). This hypothetical Dr. Who game would be the same as Back to the Future in terms of gameplay and unlike other media franchises, there are a LOT of people who’ve written for Doctor Who that are still around and who could help contribute. A collaboration between writers like Phil Ford, Marc Platt, Andrew Cartmel, and Ben Aaronovitc and Telltale no-doubt sounds like a dream come true for many fans. 2. Indiana Jones Indiana Jones has gone through a bit of a rough patch since the fourth movie in the series was released in 2008. Many fans didn’t like the way that the story progressed and felt that it wasn’t a true Indiana Jones film. There have been some Indiana Jones games in the past, but a Telltale adaptation could help bring back fan love of the franchise. The spinoff movie series Young Indiana Jones, which, as the name implies, focused on Indy’s earlier adventuring days, saw nearly as much success as the main film series. A Telltale game could delve even further into Indy’s backstory, both as a younger adventurer and as the seasoned archaeologist we all know and love. The classic action and adventure of Indiana Jones is what initially drew many people to the franchise and it would be great to see Telltale try and recapture that same magic. 1. The Twilight Zone The Twilight Zone is regarded as one of the greatest science fiction/fantasy shows of all time. The classic TV series blended horror, mystery, fantasy, and sci-fi together to create unique and engaging stories for audiences. This vast universe of possibilities is a fantastic playground for creative types and one can only imagine what sorts of stories Telltale could dream up when working within the Twilight Zone medium. Telltale’s games always have an overarching plot, which would be an interesting challenge for them since Twilight Zone episodes acted as standalone stories. While the episodes on their own could be standalone gameplay experiences, perhaps Telltale could find a way (or several) to weave a central theme throughout the entire game. We all love The Twilight Zone here at VGU and we think Telltale could do a great job adapting such a robust universe for gamers. The above franchises are the ones we thought would work well as Telltale games but what do you think? Let us know in the comments below!