Review: Guardians of the Galaxy The Telltale Series

    • GAME: Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series
    • CONSOLE: PS4
    • RATING: ★★★★☆

It only took me a couple of days to finish this game but I loved the time I got to spend with Telltale’s version of Marvel’s Guardians. First off, I’m a big Marvel fan, especially of the cinematic universe and I loved the GOTG films so I was eager to check out a new story in the form of an interactive, episodic, and choice-based video game.

The plot of this game revolves around a relic known as  the Eternity Forge. If powered up in a special shrine, the Forge is capable of reviving anyone from death from any time in history, regardless of how they died. You can see why it might be sought after so heavily. Hala, a Kree warrior, intends to use the Forge to revive all the slaughtered Kree but there is a catch. In order to bring someone back to life, another life must take their place to maintain balance. If Hala were to get her wish then millions would die to restore the Kree race and the Guardians can’t let that happen.

It’s funny, the storyline in the game changes course quickly. You face off against Thanos in the very episode ( — and WIN, where was that during Infinity War?!) Even though I kept anticipating his return, he never does come back and instead we’re given a wholly new and original story (well original to me I haven’t read the comics of these particular characters so I can’t say for certain). Once in possession of the Eternity Forge, Peter begins experiencing hyper realistic memories of time spent with his mother. The Forge tugs him on a journey to find her, or more specifically, the person who is calling out to the object. It turns out to be Mantis. I was really happy she wound up being included in the game.

From that point on, the game becomes about stopping Hala and also trying to maintain order amongst the Guardians. The possibility of bringing loved ones back from the grave creates emotional turmoil amongst the group and it often falls on Peter (the player’s) shoulders to maintain order and keep the Guardians from falling apart. Everyone has their opinion and stance on how the Forge should be handled, it’ll be up to you to decide who you agree with and the choices you make will sway the course and outcome of your game.

I did think the first episode was the weakest out of the bunch, while I felt episode four was the strongest. Also a choice at the end of the game was particularly difficult and heart-wrenching and I want to give kudos to the writing team for coming up with that one.

I’m saddened by Telltale closing its doors because based on the teaser at the end of this game I’d have liked to see where they go next. That said, as a standalone game it holds up just fine, especially for die-hard fans of the characters and the series. This game is chockful of Guardian bonding, jokes, banter, arguing, 80’s music, hungover Groot, and Drax-isms you should be more than sated by the end of it especially if you’re a completionist and run through all choices and dialogue options. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll bust a move, what more could you ask for really?

STRAY THOUGHTS:

  • Lylla and Rocket broke my heart.
  • Peter looked more like Hemsworth than Pratt, or was that just me?
  • I enjoyed Peter and Gamora in the movies and I did want them to have a romantic subplot in this but it never really comes to fruition. I read something by one of the authors about wanting to keep the development realistic and I think they succeeded in that. I enjoyed the support system Peter and Gamora were able to create for one another throughout the five episodes (depending on your choices of course).

BUY: Amazon | PS4 Store | Gamestop

 

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