The Expanse: A Telltale Series Reviews
Telltale's latest story-driven adventure may be its best yet thanks to creative environmental storytelling and a strong narrative that pulls no punches.
With its stunning graphics, captivating narrative, well-crafted characters, and seamless integration into the game, the legendary studio is back and continues to redefine its legacy and narrative graphic adventure genre.
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“The Expanse: A Telltale Series” will undoubtedly please fans of the series while offering enough to engage newcomers. It’s a game that respects its source material while daring to add layers of complexity.
Under fire from the Europa's Bane pirates, Drummer must make the call to save her crew. This episode turns up the heat with the introduction of an antagonistic faction, while still allowing smaller moments to bond with the crew members in a way not present in the initial episode. While it feels like more of the same at times, this is a stronger episode in general from the first that gets to the action much more quickly, and has me looking forward to the next stop in this space-faring voyage across the Belt.
Narrative-driven prequel for The Expanse show
The Expanse: A Telltale Series ends with a respective and enjoyable final episode. Overall The Expanse had a nice story in which player decisions played major roles. The game had some ups and downs but overall it marks a nice return for Telltale Games and makes waiting for its upcoming games harder.
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The Expanse: A Telltale Series - Episode 1 demonstrates some potentially interesting gameplay mechanisms, notably with the mag boots and the zero-g movement. There may be a need for minor tweaks, but the overall foundation appears strong enough for a satisfying experience when the full game is finally released. Even though it's still very early but The Expanse: A Telltale Series has much potential but doesn't quite live up to the hype of making an explosive comeback like some fans may have hoped. While the overall concept is intriguing, the gameplay itself falls just short of captivating players. Then again, the narrative is very absorbing, and the new angle provided by introducing Mag boots and zero-g exploration is quite interesting. Go for it if you're a huge fan of The Expanse universe or old Telltale Games such as The Wolf Among Us, Batman: The Telltale Series or The Walking Dead, but don't get your hopes up for a revolutionary new gaming experience.
The Expanse is in excellent hands. Telltale has crafted a wonderful opening duology for its comeback story in episodes one and two. For fans of the developer’s past work, you’ll be happy to know this is a Telltale game through and through. The episodes may be briefer than in the past—at 90 minutes each so far—but they showcase some of the best writing, choices, and animations that the studio has offered to date. Gone may be the walkers and the fairy tale creatures, but The Expanse: A Telltale Series promises scavengers, politics, and even space pirates. I can’t wait to play episode three.
Episode 4 hits with a meaningful and novel flashback and brings a fascinating new character onboard, but the new developments are a reminder of how much was squandered in the earlier installments.
An entertaining finish that decisively delivers the consequences of your many decisions.
Telltale’s entry to The Expanse feels like an obvious move. A world rife with conflict, character and violence is reimagined through the snarky and laser-focused lens of Camina Drummer - and it’s brimming with life and excitement. This carefully spun narrative buries the arbitrary action gameplay, and is totally worth the few hours you’ll need spare to sink this game.
While this episode is short in length, it certainly isn't lacking in excellent narrative execution. The final confrontation between Europa's Bane and the Artemis culminates into an intense altercation with death being a constant threat throughout the episode. A fitting conclusion to Drummer's struggle to survive, even if gone too quickly.
While Camina Drummer may not have been the captain of the ship at the start of the mission, she absolutely takes the reins by the end. Telltale has stepped it up in terms of both visual quality and game play, with a solid yet short intro to their take on a gripping sci-fi narrative. The true depth of which however remains to be truly tested going into further episodes as the narrative progresses.
The Expanse: A Telltale Series is a welcome return for the celebrated company. Although the first episode is particularly short, it sets up an intriguing story that requires no prior knowledge of the franchise, yet will please fans of the show. Several refinements improve the gameplay, however, it doesn’t stray too far away from conventions of the genre. Most importantly though, the world, the characters and the story are fascinating and due to this, I am excited for future episodes.
The Expanse: A Telltale Series is a hugely enjoyable analogue to both the beloved television show and series of books that it is based on, and one that shows that Telltale Games is still very much capable of putting out involving, episodic stories with a cast of characters that are effortlessly engaging. With Cara Gee's thoroughly excellent performance as Camina Drummer anchoring the whole package, only an emaciated final episode and divisive plodding pace tarnish this otherwise triumphant return to form for Telltale Games.
The Expanse: A Telltale Series is a fantastic companion piece to The Expanse show, telling a prequel story with so many weighty decisions that include the lives of various crew members is “classic” Telltale. Even when players make a seemingly good choice you can’t help but think about what sort of negative connotations its going to yield later down the road. I enjoyed virtually every moment of The Expanse, this is Telltalle at their very best anyone who is a fan of their past work shouldn’t miss this series.
The Expanse: A Telltale Series brings one of the best storytellers in videogames back to the forefront, producing a prequel that will delight fans as well as open up the universe to newcomers.
The Expanse: A Telltale Series Episode 1 is a strong start for the series and this iteration of Telltale Games.
The Expanse is Telltale Games' return to its natural place. A good franchise to exploit, a tremendously charismatic protagonist and an interesting turn towards the most realistic stories with an aesthetic that begins to move away from that cartoon style so characteristic of the brand. It has caught us with its interesting plot, with the tragic consequences of our decisions and as a fan of the series, which I have seen in full, it seems to me an essential product for the player who is in a similar position.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
So far, so good then, for Telltale Games. We're two episodes in and I'm hooked, wishing that Episode 3 - First Ones wasn't over a week away. Hopefully the momentum created will continue all the way to the end.