From Sam & Max to Back to the Future and The Walking Dead to Batman, Telltale Games have made many fantastic experiences based on popular franchises. Now that Guardians of the Galaxy is part of their library, let's take a look at it from a newbie's point of view.
A noob in every sense
It may be hard to believe but I have never played a Telltale game nor have I seen any movie based on a comic book and that includes Guardians of the Galaxy. You may think I've been living under a rock but it's probably just because I'm a hipster who loves indie movies and big-budget works of entertainment rarely appeal to me. That being said, I've always thought that Guardians of the Galaxy would make an awesome video game ever since I saw trailers for the films. The crazy cast of characters and science fiction setting make it seem similar to Ratchet & Clank which makes it perfect for the world of gaming.
When it comes to Telltale Games, I've always been interested in playing them except I'm not really a fan of any of the represented franchises. Minecraft: Story Mode seemed like an enjoyable and imaginative take on the game but for some reason, I have yet to give it a try. However, considering I figured Guardians of the Galaxy would be suitable as a video game and I've been meaning to try a Telltale game for the longest time; I'm glad that I finally took the plunge and played through the first episode of Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series. Now that you know where I'm coming from, I'll discuss my thoughts on both franchises.
My first Telltale game
After playing through the impressive movie-like introduction complete with plenty of quick-time events, it was great to finally play as Star-Lord. Although the gameplay in these fully interactive portions isn't much more complex than a simple point-and-click adventure, it was fun to piece together the rudimentary puzzles before advancing the story. One aspect that I found to be awesome is that it tells you when you've altered the plot. In many games, you don't always know what actions changed the plot and how they changed it but Telltale makes it perfectly clear whenever your actions or decisions have an effect on the story. Overall, I'm surprised how well the various yet basic gameplay elements amalgamate to create a brief and fully realised plot that by the end, feels like you just watched a movie.
An introduction to Guardians of the Galaxy
Besides seeing the movie trailers, I didn't know much about Guardians of the Galaxy. Now that I've been introduced to the characters, I can see what all of the hype is about. Star-Lord is your typical Marvel hero complete with absent parents and all, but his free spirit makes him a likeable leader and each member of his crew clearly sees a lot in him. Gamora has an interesting back-story that makes her journey one of atonement and revenge. Drax seems similar in his tale and his blunt attitude is endearing to watch. Finally, a raccoon named Rocket and a tree known as Groot have an interesting relationship where Groot just spouts "I am Groot" and Rocket interprets what he's saying. Even though this dynamic is charming, I must say that I really don't like Rocket so far. His selfish behaviour manages to make him both insensitive and easily hurt which causes some needless turmoil among the members of the crew. He is good with his nimble little hands, though, so I guess he's a valuable friend to have tag along.
Now that I've played through Episode 1 (Tangled Up in Blue) of Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, I'm happy to finally experience both a Telltale game as well as a video game adaptation of Guardians of the Galaxy and I'm definitely excited to play the rest of the series. Have you played through Tangled Up in Blue yet? What are your thoughts on it? Do you have any Telltale Games recommendations for me? Let's chat in the comments below!