Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series Review

Introduction

Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series is an episodic point and click adventure game, developed by Telltale. It saw its first episode release in April 2017, with each episode releasing periodically after that. It was released to consoles and PC.

*Disclaimer: This review will most likely have spoilers for all 5 episodes. Be cautious before you read on.

Review

The Guardians Of The Galaxy are on a brave journey. To keep the galaxy safe from villains, and of course, make some money! As they’re on the heels of the worst villain of all, Thanos, they end up doing battle with him. Surprisingly enough, they defeat him. But unfortunately the galaxy still isn’t safe.

At first I thought the game was gonna do what a lot of superhero video games do kind of wrong, which is introducing way too many villains and not giving any of them enough time on screen to really make an impact. It hints at quite a few of them honestly, right in the first episode, which is why I was worried. But surprisingly enough, it brings it all in, and shines the spotlight on one. Hala The Accuser, leader of the race known as The Kree.

After Quill and the team find the Eternity Forge and aren’t entirely sure what to do with it, he finds himself having flashbacks to his old life. He then realizes that someone calls out to him. But will everyone stick by your side when you go to find that voice? You can forge relationships as you see fit throughout the course of the adventure. If you hate Drax, make it known. You love Rocket Racoon, well side with him during everything. Do you hate Groot? Then you’re an absolute monster!

The game plays out with very little gameplay between all the dialogue. The bulk of the gameplay is usually walking around your ship and giving you the choice to interact with the team or choose to go directly to your objective and continue the story. But I loved talking to the crew and getting to see them more in this story. I wanted to know everything about them. It helped that the dialogue between them all made me giggle a lot. I may not be the biggest fan of the Guardians universe, but I do know it is pretty funny at times. There are some characters I would’ve liked to see more of, like Nebula, or Yondu, or even Quill’s mom! They’re all introduced at some point, but have such short on screen time. It even left some questions open, like what happened to Quill’s mom? I’m sure that answered in the comics, but not here.

During really hectic times in the story, you end up needing to do a lot of QTEs. Luckily for most people who aren’t good at them, most of them don’t matter. You can fail most of them, and not die, but there are a few that will kill you, making you need to replay a small portion of it all again. It was fun figuring out what ones killed me and which ones didn’t. Seeing all the ways Quill could die. My favourite was when he was shot and left to float in space, as dark and sinister as that is.

I really wanted to hate the villain here. But I sympathized with her so much. During the big story bending decisions in the game, I thought of how it might affect the villain or everyone around me. I wanted everyone to have a happy ending, even if someone hates me after a specific choice. It didn’t make me feel less bad about my choices, but I just wanted to look out for everyone! What really sucks is that the game teased a second season at the end, which honestly, I don’t think we’ll ever see, which is unfortunate because I really loved this series, even after I heard some not great things about it. The biggest let-down is easily that you can’t compare stats with people anymore, seeing that the servers have been shuttered due to TellTale going out of business years ago. It was always fun to see what others did or didn’t do.

Rating

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Pros:

  • Fun Exciting Story
  • Watching Quills Deaths 
  • Groot

Cons:

  • TellTale Servers Are Now Shuttered So You Can’t Compare Choices
  • Left Some Questions Unanswered

Summary

I absolutely loved this series. I was hesitant to try it because so many friends hated it, who love the Guardians series, but it was well worth the play for me. I encourage everyone to at least give it a shot if they can. Also, love Groot, because he’s awesome all the time.

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Game & Developer Information

Developer/Publisher Website: Telltale Games
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Published by oniwalker

Co-owner of NodeGamers(dot)com. Reviewer and Guide Writer. I'll play just about anything as I cry about my backlog!

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