Guardians of the Galaxy – Telltale Series – Review
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series delivers a brand new story of the universe’s unlikeliest heroes, the rag-tag band of outlaws who go by the names Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot. In the wake of an epic battle, the Guardians discover an artifact of unspeakable power. Each of the Guardians has a reason to desire this relic, as does a ruthless enemy who is the last of her kind, and who will stop at nothing to tear it from their hands.
From Earth to the Milano to Knowhere and beyond, and set to the beat of awesome music, this five-part episodic series puts you in the rocket-powered boots of Star-Lord in an original Guardians adventure, told in the unique and award-winning Telltale style, where your decisions and actions will drive the path of the story you experience.
Episode 1 – Tangled up in Blue
When this series was announced by Telltale, it got me thinking, how many franchises are they going to keep going with? As much as I love seeing all these different franchises coming like The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Batman, Guardians of the Galaxy, Minecraft, when is it time to call it enough? When would it be good for Telltale to try and bring us an original story of their own making?
The way they have brought these franchises together and built amazing stories from them, which episode to episode has had me wanting more, but with the likes of Guardians, Batman etc there is already a connection there to the characters, I love comic books, I love these franchise before they were a Telltale game, so I already know the basis on which they’re built, which makes it easier for me to get into them.
But what I would love to see is an original story, something new, new characters that I can relate to and get to know throughout the episodes. I want my heartstrings well and truly pulled, and it’s not that this doesn’t do it, but when I’m playing as Batman or Peter Quill, I know that they’re going to be OK. I know they will be there in the next episode, after all, can you have a Batman game without Batman? Let’s not go there with Game of Thrones….
A bit of originality to the story, something to really pull me in and want me scraping at my Xbox for more.
Now, Guardians of the Galaxy, that is why we are all here. Episode one has all the quirky humour that you would expect from a Guardians story, Peter Quill and his usual persona as well as Rocket and Groot, Gamora kicking ass as usual and Drax being straight up Drax.
The pace of the first episode for me was a little up and down, overall though it is a good start to the series and I look forward to seeing where it progresses from here. I’m not going to spoil anything with the story as the first episode does have a rather WTF moment in it.
I love the overlay for Guardians as well, the arrows and the design for the button press is really good, however, there were a couple of times were I struggled to notice that a command had popped up onto the screen as it was a bit mashed in with the background colours. But the overall design of the game is very good.
One thing I am going to heap praise on is the music in the game. I could literally sit there on the menu and listen to the music for ages. This is one reason I love the Guardians world anyway with Peter Quills choice of music. 80’s baby!!
One thing that I did find disappointing about the episode was that there wasn’t a whole lot for me to do. There was the usual look around a room and inspect things, but that was all of 2 minutes at best. Most of the episode was heavily dialogued and I found myself thinking a lot of the time ‘Too much yap, not enough that’. As I mentioned about the massive spike at the start of the game, that was the only part where there was a fair amount to do and that it allowed you to use all characters. The rest of the game was mainly Quill and making decisions based on that.
Overall, this wasn’t a bad start to the series, but the story did dip in places after a massive spike right at the start, it kind of came crashing down with a slight peak again towards the end.