Review | Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series Episode 1

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The latest addition to my beloved Telltale Games series has finally released. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series is a fact and is going to win over the hearts of Marvel, Guardians and Telltale fans all over the globe with its first episode Tangled up in blue.

I have been a fan of the Telltale Games series ever since the studios take on The Walking Dead, – I tried their previous work later on, but I did not think these were as good as their recent work. When they announced their partnership with Marvel Studios for an untitled game set in their universe I was more than thrilled. Especially after I have seen what the studio can do with comic book properties like, The Walking Dead, Fables and Batman.

When Guardians of the Galaxy, one of Marvel’s lesser known super hero teams got their own blockbuster movie I was a bit underwhelmed by the idea of this team I knew so little about. I was an avid comic book reader – I still am, but less hardcore – still I did not know anything about this team of strange characters. I went to the cinema hoping to see a decent Marvel movie and came out having found my most beloved movie to date. I became a fan of the team pretty quickly. I bought some of their comics and started following their current run of comics.

It’s when Telltale announced they will be making a Guardians of the Galaxy game my mind was completely blown. In my mind this could go either way. This could be the best game they have made and will ever make in the future. Or I will be disappointed that the movie and current comic run is so much better than what Telltale could offer. After seeing the game’s first trailer I was kinda disappointed. It looked like the game did not have its own personality. The characters tried to look like the movie versions of themselves while staying true to the current comic book versions. The music, the visual style, the whole trailer shouted “look we are as cool as the movie, while looking more stupid”. Even the new launch trailer which you can see below didn’t convince me this would be an amazing Guardians of the Galaxy game.

Luckily, I could not have been more wrong. The game’s first episode Tangled Up in Blue leaves a lasting impact and got me hooked from the game’s main menu op to the episode’s credits. Everything about this game shouts Guardians of the Galaxy. From the game’s soundtrack to the use of colors. From Star-Lord’s charismatic looks and moves to Rocket’s crazy but lovable personality. All is there. Speaking of Rocket. Nolan North’s portrayal of Rocket is so spot on if Marvel ever needed to get rid of Bradley Cooper, Nolan could without a doubt take his place. He is and always will be one of my most favorite voice actors – It all started with Nathan Drake and even his take on Deadpool was cool- but his Rocket will always be remembered. Rocket stole the show in this first episode and I look forward to seeing more of Nolan’s Rocket in the near future.

Guardians doesn’t deliver genre defying storytelling or ground breaking new gameplay additions. It’s basically just another Telltale Game. And that’s a good thing. There will always be people who do not like the studios approach on story telling and gameplay, but those who do like it will get something familiar. However, Guardians is the studios best looking and best running game to date. Okay there still are some weird glitchy animations and sometimes Rocket’s fur looks like play-doh. Yet the studio managed to pull of a completely new visual style for this game. They ditched their trademark Heavy outline, comic book style for a more stylised and smoother approach. Their new style leans a little more towards the “realistic” end of the spectrum. I really like it and it works perfectly for the character models and the wilder color use of the Guardians setting.

I don’t want to go to deep into the story of this first episode, but it’s quite good. The game features a brand new story of the universe’s unlikeliest Super Heroes. It involves Rocket being Rocket and Groot being Groot. Star-Lord is there as well and Drax has some funny comments without even knowing it. They take on a certain purple Titan , which they defeat. Gamora is a bit sad about this event. No one knows why. After Rocket’s new toy rips the baddie a new hole, the Guardians discover an artifact of unspeakable power, which also functions as a glass for liquor. Each of them 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. See. Nothing out of the ordinary.

The only downside to the game’s story is the fact that it is not newbie friendly. If you know and love the characters it is amazing, but the game takes no effort to properly introduce the characters I love. Seeing as this episode is more focused on Star-Lord it could be that the rest of the cast will be more fleshed out over the remaining episodes.

Verdict

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series is of to a good start and gives us the best looking Telltale game up to date. The game’s story is promising and is certainly not afraid to give us something new. The performances of the voice actors is outstanding. However, Nolan North‘s Rocket stole the show with a spot on portrayal of the one and only Rocket Raccoon. The story is not newbie friendly, but fans familiar with the characters will love it. Obviously!

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, premieres the first of five episodes on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC, and Mac, as well as available to download on the App Store and Google Play. The series will also be available as a special ‘Season Pass Disc’ on May 2nd at retailers across North America, and on May 5th at retailers elsewhere across the globe. For more info check out the game’s official website.

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Ain't no thing like me, except me. I am the biggest half behind this website and love to write about my deep love for fighting games, (J)RPG's and Destiny. Really do not like Call of Duty and absolutely love pizza.

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  • Andy Gilleand1

    April 19, 2017

    Matthew McConaughey? Sureky you mean Bradley Cooper?

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    • Kevin “Method” van Dongen2

      April 19, 2017

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