After playing through most of Telltale Games’ catalog of hits, it appears there’s nothing they can’t turn into one of their awesome, choice driven titles. The latest one is the five part adventure, Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series. Episode One titled “Tangled Up in Blue” is an awesome start to a hopefully epic season of action and adventure that captures the fun and humor of the characters we know and love from the hit movie and comic book series as only Telltale can.
Featuring a nice voice cast including an unrecognizable but hilarious Nolan North as Rocket Raccoon, this adventure kicks off with the police-like Nova Corps requesting help from the Guardians on a nearby Kree planet where Thanos is searching for a powerful artifact known as the Eternity Forge, and killing Nova Corps troops left and right while doing so. Being the heroes they are, they land and help out while managing to handle Thanos after much tribulation. With the Eternity Forge in hand, the heroes celebrate their hard fought victory by getting drunk, and when Peter Quill aka Star-Lord awakes the next day and touches the forge while thinking of his deceased mother, it triggers a flashback when he talked with her as a kid that feels all too real. It isn’t long before another comes looking for the relic, namely Hala the Accuser and a small army under her command. It’s up to you to help Peter make the right choices to keep this family of heroes together and stop Hala from taking the forge, all while hopefully making some money in the process.
As soon as I started playing, I knew I was in for a fun time as the game captures the humor, action and adventure from the movie and comic series. It’s like they kept the look of the comic book (as evidenced by Gamora’s yellow eye shaders) but threw in the comedy and most noticeably the sweet, classic hits of the 70’s and 80’s from the films that rock on throughout the gameplay. As with all of Telltale’s titles, there are plenty of choice driven bits that shape the story as you go, parts where you’ll have to walk around and interact with objects, and of course have quicktime button battles that are pretty well done despite being used to death in most games nowadays. Telltale does this by making some of the actions require more than just a single button press and instead has you performing actions such as press down and the X button at the same time. This combined with the added cool feature of being able to use Peter’s rocket boots to fly up and hover between different floors during the exploration and object interaction parts breathes in some welcomed life into Telltale’s game formula.
I had a blast playing Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series Episode One, which to me is both the best and worst thing about this first episode. It’s so good yet so short that the ninety minutes or so of gameplay zooms by way too fast and leaves you feeling like episode two, “Under Pressure”, can’t come soon enough. Still, anyone who loves choice driven games, Telltale titles, and the hit movie will want to pick this one up for some out of this galaxy fun.