It wasn't all that long ago that Adventure games (at least adventure titles in the classic sense such as King's Quest & Monkey Island) were officially considered a dead genre. Nothing had really come out of note for awhile, and gamers had moved on to more intense games (both gameplay and graphic wise) that tended to be less about solving puzzles. But suddenly, they started sprouting up again, with the revival of both Sam & Max and the Monkey Island series, from Telltale games. But Telltale has hardly stopped there, releasing Back to the Future (which is fantastic, if you have PSN buy it NOW) and soon to be releasing Jurassic Park titles in the same genre. They have single-handedly resurrected the genre, and thank god, as it's been sorely missed.
And today news comes of 3 new series Telltale will be making in the Adventure genre. Firstly, a series based on the comic book series Fables. Granted, aside from the basic premise, which is about fairy-tale characters living in modern-day New York, I know next to nothing about this series, but it seems ripe for an awesome video game adaptation and the adventure genre should fit well with it. The second is based on another comic book series that is also a hit tv show, The Walking Dead. Now a series about a zombie outbreak may seem like an odd choice for an adventure title, but anyone can play the Resident Evil games (more specifically anything before Resident Evil 4) and see that they are based in adventure games with having to use more than a gun to solve most of the problems.
Finally, and most excitingly, is a long overdue official revival of the King's Quest series. Now the King's Quest games have already had something of a revival with the officially sanctioned, fan-made Silver Lining games, but this will be a full-fledged game made by people who obviously have a ton of experience doing this thing. This is easily one of my all-time favorite series, so I can't wait to see it given a proper resurrection.
Ok that's all I really have for today, but I will almost definitely be back Wednesday with thoughts on the Dragon Age 2 demo along with a few other things. Until then, here's your FREE GAME OF THE WEEK: Rebuild