Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy proves to be a perfect fit for developer Telltale Games. Episode 1: Tangled up in Blue creates the perfect balance of capturing what director James Gunn did with the film adaptation, and adds a perfect blend of Telltale’s original ideas to make it feel truly like unique.
First off this isn’t an origin story and it’s not tied into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is a completely standalone story created by Telltale. The story starts off with Thanos threatening the galaxy, and the Guardians are tasked with stopping him. When the Guardians finally catch up to Thanos, one of Telltale’s best fight sequences occur. During the fight, you switch between the 5 Guardians. After the events of the fights, Starlord is left to try to keep the team of huge personalities together. The choices that we’ve come to know Telltale games for, pit the members of the team against each other multiple times in the story. By the end of this episode there isn’t any immediate consequences based on your choices. So we’ll have to see how things play out. While the main story is progressing, flashbacks of Starlords mother provides a good B story that adds to the narrative. All in all the story was fun, witty, and intriguing, mixing a balance of James Gunn’s movie adaptation and original story ideas to make this a fun two hour experience.
The gameplay is exactly what you’ve come to expect from a Telltale game. There are parts were you walk around detective style, searching for clues and parts with dialogue that changes the way certain characters view you is in this game. However, the one unique piece of gameplay is how Starlords boots are used. During the detective scenes, you can activate Starlords’ rocket boots to reach new place or to simply get around quicker.
The sounds of this game are exceptional. I wasn’t sure Telltale could get the licensing for popular songs that the Guardians become known for but they did. The soundtrack adds another level of polish to this episode. The voice acting works perfectly. Nolan North’s Rocket Raccoon works and at times you forget that it isn’t Bradley Cooper. Scott Porters’ Starlord isn’t as witty as Chris Pratt’s Starlord but that helps create a relatability to the character. Drax, Gamora, and Groot are almost a doppelgänger to their on-screen counterparts, played by Dave Bautista, Zoey Saldana, and Vin Diesel.
The visuals aren’t going to wow you, but I’d imagine you knew that coming into a Telltale game. That by no means, means the game is ugly. It just means it is no Horizon: Zero Dawn.
TellTale's Guardians of the Galaxy Episode 1: Into the Blue Review.
Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy Episode 1: Into the Blue is a strong start to the series. Episode 1 is an enjoyable, intriguing, and unique take on the characters. I’m left wanting more and that’s always a good thing in an episodic series.