Telltale Games has been on one amazing roll as of the past few years. These unique games that are based more on storytelling than gameplay have found an audience always eager for more.
And this audience expands each game thanks to the great storytelling and the licenses they’ve made games off of in the past few years. From The Walking Dead , Fables, Game of Thrones, and most recently Batman. They put you in the character’s shoes like no other way really possible, you’re the writer and star of these shows, which is what makes them fun.
Their latest game license is also their first foray into a Marvel property, a well timed release of a Guardians of the Galaxy game, just in time for the new movie, Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2
The game takes their own continuity with this one, not quite movie based but not quite comic book canon either. Instead it takes the best parts of what people know of the characters.
In this first episode, the team has to stop Thanos, the Mad Titan from getting his hands on a powerful alien artifact, The Eternity Forge. And from there you deal with the consequences of your choices, as with the usual way these games play out.
I must admit as a fan of both the Guardians series and of Telltale this first episode is one of the weaker installments overall.
Ifelt like the first half of this game was stalling, dialogue choices that didn’t really further anything going on, and some of the backstory changes made for the game I wasn’t quite feeling either.
What I did enjoy was the soundtrack to the game, keeping in the spirit of the team as established in the James Gunn movies, its classic rock/pop all the way including “Livin Thing” by ELO and some Hall and Oates as well.
The voice acting is mostly serviceable and feels like the characters, though Nolan North’s version of Rocket just feels the same as his Deadpool, whom he’s played in a few video games now, so that kind of threw me off a bit.
I’m still looking forward to playing the rest of the series as it gets released, and I’ll say if you’re a fan of the characters or the movies you can do worse than spending $5 on playing this first episode.
Guardians of the Galaxy:The Telltale Series Episode 1- Grade: C