Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy Series Episode 1 Review

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The first episode of Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy dropped yesterday and it’s a pretty fun starting point for our band of misfits albeit short.

The game kicks off with man-child Peter Quill getting ready in his room as Electric Light Orchestra’s 1976 hit Livin’ Thing (Fun fact, this song was originally supposed to be on Awesome Mix Vol.1 in GOTG) plays through his tape recorder. Quill received a distress call from the Nova Corps who are currently under attack by the mad titan Thanos. As the corpsman pleads for help, the player as Quill gets to dance around the room while making asshole remarks and eventually agreeing to save the day.

You quickly meet the rest of the team, Drax, Gamora, Groot and Rocket who are based off their comic book personas, and not their movie counterparts but it’s a pretty blurred line. You can tell the voice actors are trying to recreate the sounds and feelings of the movie. The sounds Hall & Oates and The Buzzcocks also make it feel right in line with the movie version of GOTG. Oddly enough, despite the title “Tangled Up In Blue” the Bob Dylan song never plays. The soundtrack will definitely be worth adding into rotation on Spotify as I wait for a second episode.

The game quickly shows off the relationship between our heroes before marooning you on a planet that Thanos is destroying. From there you will solve some quick and easy puzzles before taking on Thanos himself. Yes, the first episode has you take on Thanos himself in a pretty epic battle. There are no big decisions to make but it is a fun fight scene with a surprising conclusion I didn’t see coming.

From there the game really opens up and you get to start making some of those big choices as well as meet Peter’s mother. Plenty of mystery is built and fun to be had. Take your time here walking around and getting to know each of the characters on your team. There’s lots of little details here from the comics that should delight fans of the series. I don’t want to get into spoiler territory here so it’s worth seeking out for yourself if you like the GOTG world.

I was a bit worried about this game after watching the initial trailer but I found the dialogue funny and the story engaging so far. No technical glitches on my end and the frame rate held steady. I’m still weary after how off the rails Telltale’s Batman series went but I’m eager for the second episode. Hopefully, we won’t be left waiting long.

The first half of the episode is free on the Xbox One if you want to give it a go for yourself.

If you can’t get enough of this world, The Telltale Guardians game is gonna get a prequel comic written by Fred Van Lente & drawn by Salva Espin starting this July.

Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, iOS & Android

Cast
Scott Porter as Star-Lord
Emily O’Brien as Gamora
Nolan North as Rocket Raccoon
Brandon Paul Eells as Drax the Destroyer
Adam Harrington as Groot

Episode 1: Tangled Up In Blue

ReleaseDate: 18th April 2017

Episode 2: Under Pressure
Release Date: TBA

Episode 3: More Than a Feeling
Release Date: TBA

Episode 4: Who Needs You
Release Date: TBA

Episode 5: Don’t Stop Believing
Release Date: TBA

Review Disclaimer: This review was carried out using a digital copy of the game on an Xbox One S.

Brock McLaughlin

Brock McLaughlin

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