Marvel is on a major role, both in terms of the films they create and now with their game releases. While it isn’t a full blown AAA release, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series – Episode 1 is an excellent addition to the Guardians world. No matter the developer working on the game, it seems Marvel’s world fits perfectly in gaming.
Telltale is doing a phenomenal job of capturing what makes Guardians of the Galaxy so special. The unique personalities of Star-Lord, Gamore, Drax, Rocket and Groot were essential for the studio to bring to life and they did so in exceptional fashion. I truly felt like I was participating in a Guardians film. The cinematic qualities are play in Episode 1 “Tangled Up in Blue” are outstanding.
The visuals of Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy are ones you’d expect to find in one of their films. Environments such as Milano, Star-Lord’s ship, are as authentic as what we see in the films. Activities characters perform on the ship also correlate with what we see in previously established lore. Moments like Rocket tweaking a powerful weapon fit perfectly with the world we already know.
Not only is Star-Lord’s ship true to form, but so are the adventures to Unknown locations. The vibe in each of these areas feel like ones we would find in the films or comics. There is a great color palate, which I attribute to much of what we already see in this franchise. Both in the world and the characters we find, there is never a dull color palate, but rather one with great vibrancy and life.
Switching to the gameplay, everything is rather straight up when it comes to combat. Guardians‘ combat is more of a quicktime based system, so don’t expect anything major. However, when it comes to a Telltale game, you come for the story, not some long-drawn out combat system that gets in the way of it.
Combat serves as a nice bridge that provides diversity for how we transition from scene to scene. It makes the experience feel more varied and does a nice job of entertaining in the meantime. These quicktime events are simple tasks like moving the left analog stick to the left, right, up or down.
Other actions require the press of the “X,” “O,” etc. buttons. You get the picture, I think. While combat won’t be winning any Game of the Year awards anytime soon, it doesn’t need to because it serves its ultimate purpose quite well.
There are certain instances where players get to explore small gameplay spaces. During these investigative moments, players can learn more about characters like Rocket, Gamora and others. These conversations can be important in establishing alliances or alienating characters, depending on what you say.
Some conversations are optional, for those who want to just blaze through the episode. There is one instance in which players fly around a crash site and inspect what happened. This is a nice way of diversifying gameplay, and like combat, serves as a nice bridge between each scene.
Like any other Telltale game you have played before, your choices are paramount to your experience in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series – Episode 1. Saying the right thing can net you a positive relationship with a character and the opposite is true. Additionally, not saying anything at all can be an appropriate response in the right moment.
There is a moment during Episode one where you defeat a famous foe. You have possession of his body and are trying to decide what to do with it. There are several options for where you choose to deliver the body and it’s up to you to decide. Do you give up the body to The Collector or the Nova Corps?
Where you choose to send the body will have a serious impact on your relationship with several key characters. I personally chose The Collector and ended up disappointing someone who I already had a quarrel with before. Ultimately, this led to a nice financial gain for our team, something that greatly pleased one character in particular.
Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy possesses plenty of surprises for gamers. It does a magnificent job of immersing players in the incredible world we’ve come to see on the silver screen. Thanks to top-notch voice-acting, meaningful personal choices, effective storytelling and fun gameplay, Telltale has yet another special series on their hands.
I can’t wait to see where Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series heads next. Episode 1, “Tangled Up in Blue,” is available now. You can find it on PS4, Xbox One, PC and MAC. Stick around here at We Write Things for more on Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
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