The Expanse: A Telltale Series Reviews

The Expanse: A Telltale Series is ranked in the 63rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
8 / 10
Sep 4, 2023

With only two more episodes to go to complete its story, Telltale shows it can still spin a good yarn. If it can competently wrap up the story threads, everyone involved should get a well deserved pat on the back and extra credits on shore leave.

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80%
Sep 17, 2023

A reflective episode provides hope for the rest of the series at its halfway point.

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8 / 10.0
Aug 15, 2023

Fans of The Expanse, whether that be the books or TV show, will want to pick this game up and give it a go, as Telltale has always been impeccable at throwing players into more of the worlds that fans love.

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8 / 10.0
Aug 15, 2023

The first two episodes of The Expanse: Archer's Paradox are a solid beginning. They're mostly there to introduce the setting, the tone and the characters, but that's really all it needs to do. How well it holds up as an entire story isn't something we'll be able to judge for a few months, but isn't that how most TV shows go? As far as quality as an adventure game/interactive movie, The Expanse is a strong return to form for Telltale Games. If you've missed Telltale's games, even if you're not a fan of the TV show, it's worth trying out The Expanse. If nothing else, maybe it'll get you interested in the shows.

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GameGrin
Top Critic
8 / 10.0
Sep 13, 2023

The Expanse: A Telltale Series is a fun game that doesn't stray from Telltale's normal formula but is strong when viewed within that category. If you like the show or the books, you'll get a kick out of it.

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Jul 28, 2023

Archer’s Paradox is a fantastic way for Telltale to reannounce itself to the world, doing what they do best, while working with one of the best narrative studios in the world. The Expanse: A Telltale Series starts off in an affirming, hard-hitting way, with fun mechanics, optional objectives, and some impactful decisions that will certainly have wide-reaching implications. Slight graphical hiccups, sound quality issues, and a short length do hold this one back a bit, meaning it’s not among Telltale’s best, but none of that is anywhere near enough to stop me from getting hyped for what comes next.

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4 / 5.0
Jul 31, 2023

The first episode of The Expanse: A Telltale Series captures what’s great about both The Expanse and Telltale games. That’s the sort of synergy behind the studios’ best games of old, and it leaves me excited that their return could end up as one of their stronger efforts. Despite some concerns about the more action-oriented gameplay late in this episode, I’m certainly excited to see where things go next.

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4 / 5.0
Aug 4, 2023

Playing this particular game feels like being part of a very well-structured high-end space drama. Stakes are raised every so often to keep you engaged. A triumphant return not too often seen on the gaming landscape, The Expanse: A Telltale Series hits the ground running and doesn’t stop. By the time the first episode’s credits are rolling, you’ll be utterly hooked and counting down the days for the next release of this masterful tale.

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8 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2023

Telltale's The Expanse reinvents their mechanics while being a faithful inclusion to the lore that fans of the books or Amazon's TV series will get the most out of.

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78%
Aug 19, 2023

Episode 2 shows consequences starting to develop from previous decisions, but whether you'll remember them is still waiting until next time.

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75 / 100
Sep 10, 2023

While a lack of story-changing decision moments and elementary gameplay systems mar the experience of this episode, the incredible characters and looming narrative climax continue to drive the series as a whole. With guns drawn on both sides and threat levels at maximum, I'm hoping Telltale has enough left in the tank to execute Drummer's story properly with the upcoming finale.

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75%
Aug 3, 2023

It's an okay start to the series, but with how little there is in Episode 1, more is needed to find out if the right decisions were made.

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75 / 100
Jul 31, 2023

Episode 1 of The Expanse: A Telltale Series is designed by and for the fans, but sci-fi aficionados will appreciate its worldbuilding and deep atmosphere. Those that like a good story will enjoy their time exploring the UNN Urshanabi.

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75 / 100
Aug 8, 2023

The Expanse: A Telltale Series brings back all the features we've seen before in Telltale games, both the good and the questionable. The transmedia text is great, and the rhizomatic bifurcations look promising, but combat and exploration systems remain shallow and unappealing. For fans of the genre and/or the franchise, a treat. For others, not so much.

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7.5 / 10.0
Aug 22, 2023

To begin, you play the role of protagonist Camina Drummer. She soon becomes commander of the ship Artemis. Her crew are salvagers who scavenge for wreckage in space. Like any good narrative game, you'll have to make choices that will have consequences for the story. QTEs (quick actions) add an interesting element to the development of the story in The Expanse: A Telltale Series.The script is well written and the result is that you always want to know what happens next. Unfortunately, the controls in space aren't ideal and can be frustrating. On the other hand, it's not catastrophic, and the graphics are rather pretty.To fully understand the story of the members of the Artemis, I recommend that you read as many of the recordings as possible and delve into every nook and cranny. You'll learn more and become even more attached to the characters.Finally, the choices you make are represented in a chart. You can see this in the third image in the slideshow below. Don't worry, the titles don't mean much and I'm not divulging any important secrets.

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IGN
Top Critic
7 / 10.0
Aug 4, 2023

A solid addition to the Telltale roster that accurately captures its source material while falling prey to the faults of the studio's other licensed games.

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7 / 10.0
Sep 20, 2023

Unfortunately The Expanse: A Telltale Series probably won’t stick with me like The Wolf Among Us or even The Walking Dead did. But there is still some fun to be had, and it’s proof there is the potential to add a little more gameplay to Telltale titles. I even think another proper Expanse entry that has a bit more meaningful of a story to tell could be perfect for the Telltale formula. If that happens, I hope the narrative doesn’t play it too safe next time.

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7 / 10
Oct 2, 2023

The Expanse: A Telltale Series is a return to form, though that form is almost out of style. Each of the five episodes takes an average of about two hours to complete if you’re hunting for all of the collectibles, so the amount of content is on the shorter end. But if you’re looking for solid writing and characters that fit well within The Expanse universe, this adventure is another chance to revisit the series and see Camina Drummer be a badass all over again. However, the dated mechanics and the game’s choice to be a prequel impair the effort.

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7 / 10.0
Aug 2, 2023

While not a mind-blowing start, The Expanse: A Telltale Series - Episode 1 sets things up nicely for the rest of the story.

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70 / 100
Aug 27, 2023

While not the strongest entry so far, episode three still manages to feel like it takes the narrative forward with a powerful revelation and climax. Learning the history of some of the first belt settlers was fascinating, however a lack of decision-making opportunities bogs down the gameplay loop. While it may not be the middle act I was hoping for, Telltale certainly still has its hooks in me with Drummer's story.

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