Wrapping up an episodic narrative game game be tricky, as we have seen from many Telltale seasons. King’s Quest has been both a triumphant tribute to the series of the past and an incredible story in its own right. Successfully towing the line between fanciful humor and genuinely emotional moments, King’s Quest has been one of my favorite games of the year thus far. Episode 5, titled “The Good Knight” wraps up the series by tying up any of the loose ends left and recounting many moments of your journey. The end result is a final episode that provided some of the best nostalgia, not just for the older games, but even for moments from earlier episodes.
One of the most common pitfalls when games are episodic is stagnation. Sometimes just a new bit of story isn’t quite enough to separate it from the other episodes. The Odd Gentlemen have provided an excellent example of how to do this right withe second episode of their reboot of the King’s Quest series. Rubble Without a Cause takes a chance by adjusting the formula set forth by the first episode and succeeds by creating a darker and more intense chapter.
Legacy can be a difficult thing to deal with when a video game series hasn’t been around in a very long time. The Odd Gentlemen stepped into the ring with the monumental task of bringing the King’s Quest series back after a very long break. I’m pleased to report that they’ve knocked it out of the proverbial park with King’s Quest: A Knight to Remember. Sporting a gorgeous art-style, a lovable cast of characters, stunning music and a lot of heart, this game is the return to form that the King’s Quest series deserves.
Sierra has been one of the biggest forces in adventure games throughout the years. The very first adventure game I can recall playing was King’s Quest V. After some time of relative inactivity, late last year Activision announced that Sierra was back and that their first game was going to be a reimagining of King’s Quest. After seeing quite a bit of the game and getting my hands on it at the show, I feel confident it will live up to the name and offer a great experience for both newcomers and longtime fans.