With Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 coming out May 5th, we have seen a plethora of promotion for the wacky bunch of misfits that make up the lovable guardians. One of the coolest result of this popularity is that Telltale Games came out with its first episode of Guardians of the Galaxy: A Telltale Series. The first of 5 different episodes, Tangled Up in Blue was a solid mix of humor, storytelling and decision making that we have come to expect from the Telltale game series.
The episode slowly introduces the characters to you in a way that you would expect from a comic book, each showing their own individual personalities and perspectives. The story itself revolves around Peter Quill, AKA Star-Lord, who is a inquisitive character in that he has a good heart but might make the wrong decisions for the purpose of getting rich or obtaining some fame. Even so, Peter had a tough childhood and that takes a front seat in this first episode, with flashbacks to his mother, who passed away when he was young.
The main conflict here in this episode orbits around Thanos, the mad titan, who I think is a total badass. He is killing thousands in his wake of trying to rule the galaxy and is feared by many in the universe. In his quest, he is trying to find a particular ancient artifact and of course it is up to the Guardians to stop him. Without giving away any spoilers, the best part of this episode revolves around him. However, most of the decision making in the story, happens after the conflict with Thanos subsides. I like the rest of the story but at the same time wish that I got more action with Thanos from this episode. When action happens, I am on the edge of my seat, however, the aftermath seems kind of boring and incomplete. With that, I do like how the episode continues on and hard choices need to be made in order to progress the story well.
The main interactions of this story are between Star-Lord and his crew. Gamora, Drax and Rocket all have various feelings on Peter’s choices in the story, however, the main tug and pull is between Rocket and Gamora. Both have different moral compasses and each demands that Peter side with them. I stuck with Gamora most of the time because Rocket is kind of a criminal. Even so, both require some sort of attention. I think this aspect to the game is where Telltale has both their strongest draw to the game and some of the weakest execution. I didn’t feel the repercussions of my choices but I felt the need to always try to make the right choice. Maybe those choices will affect my future in the next episode, maybe not. But I really would have enjoyed it more if it were possible to have different paths to take that ultimately would have taken me down a much different path. Only time will tell for that.
The graphics and voice acting were on point so far, making the voices meet expectations from the movie, even though it’s not the actual actors. The lack of cell shading effect on the game I thought, was the right choice because it made the characters look more like a comic book. The writing was the main attraction here for me, as I loved the dialog and really felt the emotional connection with the characters, mainly Peter. His flashbacks with his mother really stick out to me as the most solid piece to this episode because I could empathize and it’s one of the main forces that drives him to be a “good guy” at the end of the day. One of the reasons Telltale has such popular games is that connection to the characters.
This was a strong first episode for the new Guardians series. Tangled Up in Blue followed the comedy, the emotion and the overall feel of the Guardians movie, while telling its own story. Some of the choice making felt like it didn’t matter to the story as a whole but seeing as this is a series, we might see that change as new episodes come out. With great voice acting and solid graphic design, the newest Telltale series has a promising start but I could have used more excitement. Star-Lord and the gang will be on the big screen come May 5th, however, this little game gave me more than a feeling to keep me satisfied until then, as I wait for chapter 2 to come out.
- The characters are true to their movie/comic book counterparts
- The story is engaging
- Graphics are top notch
- The story could have given more action
- Needed more comedy bits
- I would have liked to have had some more consequence for my actions
Final Score: 8/10