Review: Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy – The Telltale Series (PS4)

Review: Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy - The Telltale Series (PS4)

Formats:

  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One
  • PC, Mac
  • iOS, Android

Format/Hardware Used:

  • PSN Download
  • PS4
  • HDTV

Extras:

  • DualShock 4 Required (1)
  • Move None
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Title: Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy – The Telltale Series
Format: Blu-ray Disc / PSN (TBD)
Release Dates:

Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games
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ESRB Rating: T
PEGI: 16
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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Gameplay:
Telltale at this point is a machine. They continue to roll out high profile properties to varying degrees of success and show no signs of stopping anytime soon. Their latest adaptation comes from The Guardians of the Galaxy which is nicely timed to coincide with the sequel film releasing on May 5th.

It’s not surprising at this point to know that the writing continues to be solid and the gameplay mechanics are for the most part what we’ve come to expect from Telltale.


Episode 1: Tangled Up in Blue

Episode 2: Under Pressure

Episode 3: More Than a Feeling

Episode 4: Who Needs You

Episode 5: (TBD)

Visuals:
The game looks pretty good. Telltale has a set style that this falls in line with. The presentation does not have the appearance of a comic book like The Walking Dead or Batman. There are no hard lines to mimic the style of comics, instead the game takes a more clean and straightforward approach.

The art appears to take a bit from the movies and comics together to comprise the art style, though I think at this point the comics have taken inspiration from the movies so it’s hard to differentiate the two. For the most part I like the designs of the characters, but I have issues with Rocket Raccoon and Groot.

Because Telltale Games has never been great at facial animation it causes these two characters to suffer the most. Something about these two in particular looks kind of stiff and plastic when they move and speak. It’s a small gripe that over time I’m sure I can get used to but it’s hard to separate them from their movie counterparts that are far more capable of showing emotions.

Unfortunately there are still technical issues that always seem to pop up with Telltale games. There’s some hitching that takes place when characters are interacting. Nothing too egregious, but it’s definitely noticeable.

Audio:
If there’s one thing the movies have established about The Guardians of the Galaxy it’s that they must have an awesome soundtrack and Telltale have succeeded on this front. Episode One features songs from Electric Light Orchestra and other great bands from the 1970’s and 1980’s. The songs all fit the style established by the movies and I didn’t come across a single one I didn’t like.

The voice actors for the core group of main characters are great. Most notably, Nolan North as Rocket Racoon is an excellent choice. Telltale did a great job acquiring voice actors that were not cast to mimic the movie actors and instead that best fit their version of the characters.

Online/Multiplayer:
First seen in Batman – The Telltale Series, Crowd Play returns. This is where multiple people can vote on each choice made in the game. It’s restricted to local multiplayer only because it requires people to be able to vote on decisions quickly and doing so over the internet would have too many issues with delay and lag. I haven’t tried it personally because I don’t like playing games like these with other people, but it is available for those that do enjoy that type of experience.

Conclusion:
Telltale might have another winner in their growing catalog of adventure games. From the start I was thrown into an established universe and I was able to begin to make it my own with every choice I made. The story appears to be going into interesting territories and I look forward to seeing it all play out.

The gameplay mechanics aren’t breaking new ground and if you have a preset bias against the Telltale style of games this one won’t change your mind. With that said, fans of the The Guardians of the Galaxy, both the films and comics, should be happy to play as them in this game.

PS Nation has changed the way we approach episodic games. A score will only be given once the final episode has been reviewed.

Score:
score-tbd

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

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Written by Michael Cwick

Michael Cwick

Just a nerd from the Windy City. I’m actually really bad at describing myself because I get all self-critical and self-conscious. Follow me on Twitter, @The1stMJC, to see my borderline insane rants on tv shows and other non important subjects. If I’m not tweeting I’m probably just watching Buffy or Firefly for the millionth time.

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