I played the Guardians of the Galaxy Telltale Series for the first time recently. What do I think of it?
Game: Guardians of the Galaxy The Telltale Series
Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games
Platform: Xbox One
Release date: 18th April 2017 (Episode 1) – 7th November 2017 (Episode 5)
Well basically I can sum it up by saying it is a Telltale game. I’m not saying that as a bad thing (as I really like Telltale games), but it is as you expect from a Telltale game in terms of the style of gameplay. You make choices throughout the various episodes which build into an overall plot. The choices you make influence the outcome in some way. Personally, I enjoy this as it is so story based and you develop an understanding of the characters.
The Guardians of the Galaxy story plays out mostly from the viewpoint of Peter Quill aka Star Lord, although you do at times take control of other Guardian characters. The story has some elements of humour in the writing (the humour really adds to the feel of the story) as you hope from a game related to these characters which works really well. I really enjoyed seeing how the characters interact and relate with each other. The story told across the five episodes was enjoyable.
I personally didn’t find too many of the decisions as emotional as in other Telltale games (Walking Dead Season 1, Lee for example) but this could just be me, although some of the story was emotional. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a nice and enjoyable story, and the ending was so fitting. It works so well for the Guardians of the Galaxy characters and some of the little moments were sweet or funny which work perfectly. I thought the story was well written and the voice acting goes well.
There was one moment in the story that seemed very definite. Almost like it didn’t matter what choices you had made leading up to it, it was going to play out this way. Not wanting to give anything away but the character that sided with me (Quill) wasn’t who I would have thought it would be given past decisions I had made. Perhaps there is something in the background that did affect this bit, it just seemed like this would be how it ended up regardless to me. Though I may try to do another play through to see if I get a different result here, however this isn’t top of my list of things to do at the moment.
The Telltale art style is recognisable and looks great here. The characters are familiar looking, comparing with the film they are simplified versions but the main features are there without going too detailed.
I enjoyed seeing some little details. The photo of Peter Quill and his mother. The cassette tape. Rad mix. The “You are awesome” poster. The description of Knowhere that can be accessed (It’s inside a big head. What’s not to love?). Things like this are very cool and perfect little details that show that the details have been considered so carefully. The music comes under this category too, it seems so fitting and carefully done.
I would say this game would appeal if you like Guardians of the Galaxy, and of course Telltale style games. If you aren’t invested in the characters and wanting to play in that universe then it is a fairly short choice based game which you could play through perfectly fine but some of the details might not seem as cool but I think you would still enjoy the game. Admittedly my experience with the Guardians of the Galaxy has been based on the films so I’m sure there are plenty of things about the characters that I am not aware of. I would recommend this game for the moments within it, the music choices and the humour/character interactions, the Telltale style works so well here.
Have you played this Telltale game? Did you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments.
The Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series is available on Xbox One, PS4, PC, Android and iOS.