The Walking Dead: Season Two

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Telltale's take on The Walking Dead was always good in spite of its zombies, not because of them. Early in its first season we're given a none-too-subtle parable about how man is the real monster, a shrug-worthy observation that gets repeated umpteen times throughout the ongoing franchise. The titular walkers stopped being interesting ages ago: their purpose laid bare as a malleable plot device that could force our would be heroes into various uncompromising situations. With the gears of such a lazy, clichéd threat so readily transparent, it's a testament to Telltale that the developer manages to keep its human drama captivating among its resilient, war-torn leads.

The Walking Dead: Michonne gets a debut trailer

The Walking Dead: Michonne gets a debut trailer

Three-part standalone spin-off due in February.

The Walking Dead: Michonne, Telltale's three-part miniseries set after The Walking Dead: Season Two - is slated for a February release on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PS3, Android and iOS devices.

Telltale teased the upcoming spin-off in the following trailer at The Game Awards earlier tonight:

Like Telltale's other The Walking Dead titles, Michonne is canon to the comic series. It follows the titular character, played by Samira Wiley (Poussey Washington from Orange is the New Black), as she braves the zombie apocalypse between comic issues #126-139.

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PlayStation Plus November free games revealed

Mass Effect 2! Walking Dead Season 2! Magicka 2! Beyond Good & Evil!

UPDATE 4.45pm: November's other PlayStation Plus games include the excellent Mass Effect 2 and Beyond Good & Evil on PlayStation 3, plus Invizimals on Vita and Dragon Fin Soup across PS3, PS4 and Vita.

Telltale's The Walking Dead Season Three won't launch this year

Telltale will not launch a third season of its The Walking Dead game this year, the developer has confirmed.

A third round of episodes will arrive at some point - likely in 2016 - although the studio currently has a full slate of other projects in production.

Writing on Twitter, Telltale spokesperson Job Stauffer confirmed fans would have to wait a little longer for more episodic undead action - but something "big" related to Walking Dead would still be released.

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Hunger Games film studio Lionsgate announces Telltale Games partnership

Hunger Games film studio Lionsgate announces Telltale Games partnership

UPDATE: Ex-EA boss John Riccitiello also aboard.

UPDATE 25/2/15 9.10am: Former EA boss John Riccitiello has also joined the board of directors at Telltale Games.

Riccitiello left EA in 2013 to become CEO of game engine developer Unity Technologies, among other things. His appointment to the Telltale board comes on the same day as film studio Lionsgate's investment, detailed below.

"Telltale has created something entirely new," Riccitiello said in a statement. "Their games combine linear storytelling and gameplay in an entirely new way that is fresh, unique, and compelling.

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Telltale's The Walking Dead gets PS4 and Xbox One release date

Telltale's The Walking Dead gets PS4 and Xbox One release date

Both seasons set for simultaneous re-animation.

Both seasons of Telltale's The Walking Dead will be released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 24th October.

Physical and digital copies of each season will be available on the same date, Telltale announced (thanks, IGN).

Both seasons contain five individual episodes, while the first season also containing the bonus episode 400 Days.

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The Walking Dead next-gen retail release dated for October

The Walking Dead next-gen retail release dated for October

The Wolf Among Us to follow in November.

Telltale has confirmed on Twitter that both seasons of The Walking Dead will be hitting retail on PS4 and Xbox One in October.

Additionally, Season Two will arrive in retail form on PS3, Xbox 360 and Vita. Season One already did just that last year.

Telltale also revealed that The Wolf Among Us is coming to retail in November on PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360.

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The Walking Dead: No Going Back review

The Walking Dead: No Going Back review

Baby steps on the road to Hell.

Note: As with all episodic game reviews, this review contains spoilers for previous episodes and, to some extent, for the episode in question. Proceed with caution!

You know things are bad when zombies showing up comes as a relief. Zombies are easy. You shoot them. You smash them. You run from them. You survive. They're simple. But people... people are complicated. Especially people who have only broken hopes for the future, people for whom the one tragedy capable of pushing them over the edge came at least five tragedies ago.

Price and availability

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Telltale's The Walking Dead: Season Three confirmed

Telltale's The Walking Dead will return for a third season of episodes, the developer has confirmed.

The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and Telltale founder Kevin Bruner confirmed the news during a panel at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend.

The developer is currently wrapping up the game's second season - its penultimate episode released last week, with the finale expected in the not-too distant future.

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The Walking Dead: Amid the Ruins review

Note: as ever with episodic games, this review may contain spoilers for previous episodes of Season Two of The Walking Dead. So proceed with caution!

Price and availability

Xbox 360, PS3, Vita and iOS: individual episode £2.99-£3.99, season pass £9.99-£10.49

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The Walking Dead: Season Two - Episode 4 release date announced

The Walking Dead: Season Two - Episode 4 release date announced

Telltale's penultimate episode arrives next week.

The penultimate episode of Telltale's The Walking Dead: Season Two launches next week for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and Xbox 360, plus iPhone, iPad and Mac.

PC and Mac gamers will get the episode first, on Tuesday 22nd July, alongside North American PS3 and Vita owners.

European PlayStation 3 and Vita owners must wait until the 23rd, alongside Xbox 360 owners worldwide.

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The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us confirmed for PS4, Xbox One

The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us have been confirmed for PS4 and Xbox One releases later this year, Telltale has announced.

This will include both seasons of The Walking Dead and these will be available as retail releases, as previously rumoured.

Additionally, retail versions of The Wolf Among Us and The Walking Dead Season Two will be coming to retail on PS3 and Xbox 360, just as the first season of The Walking Dead did last year.

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The Walking Dead: In Harm's Way review

Note: as ever with episodic games, this review may (probably will) contain spoilers for previous episodes of season two of The Walking Dead. Proceed with caution!

Welcome back, one and all, to Telltale's semi-regular dose of post-apocalyptic misery, as we hit the midpoint of the second season. Episode 3: In Harm's Way is fairly short - around 90 minutes or so - but such brevity is welcome in a series that likes to put its players through the emotional wringer as frequently and as forcefully as The Walking Dead does.

It also means that In Harm's Way feels slightly less flabby than the previous two episodes; with most of the exposition out of the way, both plot and character development can proceed pretty much unhindered. There are new faces to meet, but introductions are dealt with briskly as the group finds itself under the reign of the menacing Carver, played with throaty relish by Michael Madsen.

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The Walking Dead: A House Divided review

Avoiding the spoilers, there's not a vast amount left to say about this second episode of season two of The Walking Dead. It's not that nothing happens, even if it does take a while to; it's because there's at least one big continuation from the 400 Days bridging episode, the big dramatic moment would be mean to even hint at, and the finale... that's about as off-limits as things get, except to say that it's very effective, brutally tense, and best only played once for more than one reason.

Um. What else? The Christmas Duck from Gone Home is in it. Does that help?

Away from spoiler territory, this is a solid episode, though a slow-burner that once again involves lots of walking through the woods - and the same old QTEs against zombies, which suggest that the one good thing about the apocalypse is that the hordes of the undead will serve double-duty as the best bubble wrap ever. Bad day? Hungry? Just storm outside with a clawhammer, smash a few skulls open, and wander back inside, frustration gone.

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Broken Sword, Minecraft, Walking Dead, Eufloria

It's the final PlayStation Store update of 2013.

Got a Vita? Get the first episode of Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse in today's PlayStation Store update. This is the game Revolution Kickstarted a while back - point-and-click adventure at its most nostalgic.

The Walking Dead: All That Remains review

The Walking Dead: All That Remains review

Telltale's acclaimed horror series returns in the first episode of its second season.

Officially, this episode is called All That Remains. A more accurate one would be Pulling No Punches, because if it's about anything, it's Telltale proving it's absolutely not afraid to hit a little girl. Emotionally. Physically. Repeatedly. Anywhere and everywhere it could possibly hurt. No longer are you shielded from the apocalypse by Lee, a muscled man capable of taking charge with both wits and fists. Now, you're just Clementine; small, frail and alone, in a world that hasn't gotten any kinder since the apocalypse. Zombies and scavengers don't discriminate though, and neither does pain. There's no shortage of any of them in store for her.

This being The Walking Dead, I'm going to try to avoid direct spoilers wherever possible. As a capsule summary though... this is more The Walking Dead, with a new story, picking up about 16 months after the last series. Nothing's really changed that much, for better or worse, and while so far it seems to be making a largely clean break from the specifics of the last one, it'd be worth playing the first series if you haven't already. Save games carry across from both that first season and the 400 Days DLC, but the Previously On before the episode starts will give away most of the biggest moments, whether you start with a save or not. You have been warned. (So far there's no real sign of any changes as a result of those games' choices, but it's still very early days.) If you really, really want to avoid any spoilers, the number at the bottom of this page is an 8. Enjoy your adventure!

For everyone else, this episode only drops the broadest of hints about what's coming up over the rest of the series. There's a new set of survivors, and they have a big secret. There are other, nastier figures at work too, their motives as yet to be glimpsed. Really though, neither is the focus here. Episode 1 is all about reintroducing Clem and establishing her as a main character, and it does both very well indeed.

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The Walking Dead: Season Two gets its first full trailer

The Walking Dead: Season Two gets its first full trailer

Reveals a new returning character.

The first episode of The Walking Dead: Season Two, All That Remains, has received its debut more-than-a-teaser trailer.

This time around players will assume the role of Clementine, the orphaned little girl we were tasked with protecting in Season One. Several months have passed since we last saw Clementine, and while her outward appearance hasn't changed a whole lot, she's had to grow up fast in this crazy, zombie-infested world.

Most of the cast of Season Two appears to be fresh faces, but returning characters Christa and Omid can be seen briefly in the new trailer.

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The Walking Dead: Season Two finally gets a release date

UPDATE: The Walking Dead: Season Two will launch for Xbox 360 on 18th December, a day later than Telltale first announced. It'll cost $4.99 (about £3).

The 18th is a Wednesday, rather than the usual Tuesday launch day for Xbox Live Arcade games, Microsoft's Major Nelson blog reported.

The game's Season Two Pass for all remaining episodes will go on sale for $14.99 (about £9) at the same time.

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The Walking Dead: Season Two details revealed, due this year

The Walking Dead: Season Two details revealed, due this year

Oh my darling, oh my darling, oh my darling Clementine!

Telltale Games has finally spilled the beans on its highly anticipated second season of its rendition of Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead comic book series.

Due to premiere later this year, this latest season will put players in the role of Clementine, the precocious nine year old girl we struggled so hard to take care of in Season One. Based on the screenshots and teaser trailer below, it doesn't look like much time has passed since we saw her last.

The Walking Dead: Season Two will be coming to PC, Mac, "home consoles," iOS, and "additional platforms to be announced." So pretty much everything then. In fact, the PC and Mac versions are already available for pre-order on Steam and Telltale's online store where a Season Pass is 10 per cent off at $22.49 rather than the full-priced $24.99.

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