It’s crazy to see how far the Guardians of the Galaxy have come. At one point in, Star-Lord didn’t even have a clear-cut origin. Stan Lee forgot he even created GROOT. No one cared about those characters until Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning helped turn a group of obscure D-listers into a team that Marvel Studios saw potential in. James Gunn truly gave them the charisma and character that fans know and love. Never did I think that the GotG would ever have their own Telltale Games series, but here we are. Episode 1 – ‘Tangled up in blue’ has arrived. Brah! I have great news!! E1 starts off strong and has me hyped for the next four episodes.
One thing you might need to know is that this game is its own thing. Yes, the characters look and act similar to their movie versions. Drax still doesn’t understand jokes. Star-lord is still a loving wise-ass that loves the golden oldies. Rocket is still the hilarious smartass. Telltale Games nailed the characterization. This is still their own story, so don’t go in expecting this to be a sequel to the movie or a continuation of the comics. While the characters look and act similar to their movie counterparts, they are not them. Bill Rosemann, head of Marvel Games, talked about how he wanted developers to have the freedom to create their own stories and this is Telltale’s story. Which means don’t get pissed that Star-Lord doesn’t look or sound exactly like Chris Pratt, ok?
Telltale Games are all about the story and Great news! The story, thus far, is stellar. The game starts with a distress call. Thanos, the mad titan, is on a warpath. The Guardians come to the rescue. I won’t spoil what happens, but it was not what I was expecting. At all. In a good way! The Writers started off with a ‘bang’ laying the groundwork for a zany yet serious storyline. I’m sure there will be plenty of twist and turns to come. GotG fans, the story does not disappoint.
Graphics are very detailed and represent the look and feel of the characters and their universe well. Looking back at games like the original The Walking Dead shows you how much time and effort TTG have put into updating their engine. It isn’t without hiccups though. At times the action might freeze up for a brief moment or characters might begin speaking before they appear beside you. Nothing that a patch can’t fix. Hopefully. I know Batman: The Telltale series has a few glitches that still have yet to be resolved.
If you’ve never played a Telltale Game before, I’ll give you the rundown. Your choices matter. Does Drax deserve credit for a major moment or does Rocket’s fury ass get some glory, too? Did meeting with one character over the other really screw your chances with saving the galaxy (again!!) in another chapter?! The decisions can make or break Star-Lord’s journey and it’s something I’ve always really enjoyed about The Telltale Games. So remember. Making fun of that nasty looking alien might get you killed later on, so choose wisely.
Also, if this is your first time playing a TTG, I hope you don’t enjoy action 90% of the time. They’re the modern day point and click titles. You get to walk around the environment, highlight various object that helps move the story along. There’s quite a bit of QTE events, so you best to be paying attention during the game, not glancing at your notifications on your phone (Oops!). You do get to use Star-Lord’s mighty blasters from time to time, if your trigger finger get a bit anxious. If none of that sounds like your cup of tea, you might want to pass on it. If you’ve played most of the TT Games, you know what to expect, as this game doesn’t try to change the award-winning formula, for better or worse.
When you mix it all together, I highly recommend Episode 1 to fans of the Guardians of the Galaxy and/or Marvel to spend the $5 for admission to this show. The series starts off with a great opening, as the characters are represented almost perfectly. While it doesn’t reinvent or change the Telltale formula, it is certainly some of their best work to date. Just do it. Take a chance on this galactic adventure. As GROOT always says.. I AM GROOT!!!
By the way, any game that features Hall and Oates “You make my dreams” certainly deserves a thumbs up or two from The Brah..
Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games
Release date: April 18