Telltale Games have moved onto the Marvel universe and given us the joy that is Guardians of the Galaxy, and what a wonder it is.
In ‘Tangle Up In Blue’ we join the escapades of Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket and of course Groot as they take on increasing doom and somehow managing to come out the other side without a scratch…well almost!
Now obviously this post will contain massive plot spoilers, so if you have the game downloaded onto your system of choice and are intending on playing through I would recommend playing it and then coming back to read my review.
So you made it past the spoiler alert and you want to read on, well firstly let me start by saying Telltale have kept their secret formula to making a great episodic game and they have just built on it. Whilst I might be overly gushy during this review it is solely because I have a man crush on Star-Lord.
Graphically the game has a massive nod to the comic versions of all the characters, most likely to disassociate itself from the incoming Guardians of the Galaxy 2 movie and so that it stands on its own two logs. It looks fantastic with smooth lines and bright colours, giving off a typical Telltale style.
As with every Telltale game, it’s the voice acting that makes the game, with each decision and response causing the game to move in an alternative direction, and Guardians of the Galaxy is no different. With the voice acting of some well-known actors the game draws you in and puts you in the rocket powered boots of Star-Lord, voiced by Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights, The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series). The relationships between Star-Lord and the rest of his band of merry men are at some times frustrating yet endearing to know that everything will be OK.
The rest of the star-studded cast is made up of Emily O’Brien (The Young and the Restless, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor) as Gamora, Nolan North (the Uncharted series, Pretty Little Liars) as Rocket, Brandon Paul Eells (Watch Dogs) as Drax, and Adam Harrington (The Wolf Among Us, League of Legends) as Groot.
When you fire up the game and start the story you are dropped into an emergency call from the Nova Corps asking for your help against Thanos, yes the big purple tyrant is present straight away. Obviously you accept and are whisked to the same system where the fighting is at..after a quick look at your “You Are Awesome” poster you can head out and get started trying to take down the Mad Titan. Bizarely and probably totally against anything that you might have thought, the Guardians manage to defeat Thanos with the help of a rather large gun that Rocket designed.
Thanos was looking for an ancient relic that you soon find out has some pretty nifty powers and so the struggled begins, there are people who will kill for the powers this relic holds as well as creating some friction within the group itself. How will you handle each decision thrust into your face?
The gameplay is basic, but effective, with a new addition of being able to use Peter Quill’s rocket-boots to move up levels and explore further than you would be able to with your feet on terra firma. Interaction between your character and objects throughout the game give you the ability to either dive in as much or as little as you want. I massively advise you to try to find each and every interactive point throughout your adventure as this will give you the best Telltale experience and with a franchise as big as Marvel getting in on the act, you really don’t want to miss anything out.
Sound wise aside from the voice acting we are greeted with a few classic music tracks as well as great sound effects during the battles giving a great feeling of immersion into the universe.
Coming in at around 90 minutes this episode does seem short, and the time flies by with all the cinematic moments dotted throughout the episode, it really does feel like the flow has been taken straight out of Hollywood. Although I was left slightly dissapointed at the length, when I sat back afterwards and thought of what I had been through, it felt just right. There were no points that left me wondering why it was put into the game, and at no point was I rushed into making any decision that I did not feel was the right one.
Overall the first episode of this new series has drawn me in and left me wanting more, with its graphical charm and voice acting giving a great balance between the characters. If you are a fan of any of the other great series’ by Telltale then Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is one that you simply must add to your collection.
Tangled Up In Blue receives a celestial Gold Award