Yesterday afternoon, Telltale Games quietly released it’s highly anticipated Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series just in time for the debut of the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 movie. The title is a welcome return for Starlord and his team: sure, this game doesn’t have much to do with the film franchise, but it still has enough familiar elements with the movies and the comic books to make it a hit with GotG fans.
One thing that really set theGotG movie from other Marvel films is its music, which features a lot of awesome classic rock. One of the first thing players will notice in the Telltale game is the music, meaning that the indie developer got licensing for some of those awesome classic rock songs. Players not grooving to Hall & Oates during one scene in this episode are just playing it wrong. This immediately sets up the game universe in a way that makes it a lot of fun.
Another thing Telltale fans will immediately notice is that the usual 2-D comic book-style animation is gone. Instead, characters are 3D, and it looks pretty good. There are a few jerky animation moments, particularly when characters are walking under the guidance of players, but it’s still a different look and feel from other Telltale game series.
In the first episode, “Tangled In Blue,” Starlord and his team are going after Thanos. But Thanos is not the big baddie for the series: that comes later in the episode. There’s also a lot of background on the character of Starlord, some of which is probably more true to the comic book story than the movies.
Fans love the humor of the GotG movies and comics: that’s in no short supply here, thanks to some snappy visuals and hilarious dialogue. Starlord’s snarkiness is front and center, although there’s one particular scene where no one is talking that’s beautifully awkward and funny. There are some great laugh out loud moments to keep fans of the franchise entertained. There are also dialogue choices, and everything the player decides will affect how the story plays out. Note, though: Rocket Raccoon will probably get mad at you no matter what you say and do.
A little note: don’t miss checking messages on the spaceship. There’s a nice little Easter egg in there for Marvel fans.
There is a lot of action, right from the beginning of the game, and it feels a little more advanced than the usual button-mashing of previous Telltale titles. Yes, it’s still button-mashing, but the mechanics of it in this game just works. This time around, the button-mashing and action scenes are a lot of fun.
As this game isn’t really based on the movies, but more on the comic books, don’t expect Chris Pratt to turn up as the voice of Starlord. However, Scott Porter nails the character’s sarcasm and snark in a way that channels Pratt’s take on the character. Nolan North is Rocket Raccoon, and might make players wish he were the voice of the character in the movies because he’s just that good. The rest of the voice cast works well, too, but Porter and Nolan are the stand-outs.
GotG fans looking for a quick fix will enjoy this first episode of Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series. It offers up a nice appetizer for those waiting for the opening of the new movie in a few weeks. It also offers a brand new story with these beloved characters. Finally, it’s good for a laugh and reminds fans of just how silly and awesome this franchise can get.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series is available now for download on PC and consoles.
Rating: (4.5 / 5)
Note: FanGirlConfessions.com received a review copy of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series for PlayStation 4.