In recent years, Telltale Games has shown us that you can make a good adventure game driven by your story about anything and this time bring us your new challenge: Guardians of the Galaxy.
The game begins with a wake-up call by the Nova Corps to Peter “Star-Lord” Quill. Apparently Thanos is in search of a mysterious artifact and these need the help of the Guardians of the Galaxy to stop it. And this is where our adventure begins.
Before starting the review, it should be noted that Telltale Games is not used to launch the full game immediately, this review will only cover Episode 1: Tangled Up in Blue.
When we hear Telltale Games contribute its magic granite in a game that includes Guardians of the Galaxy, one can reasonably expect much of the game. And the most important thing in Telltale games is the story, because honestly one does not play these types of games based on the decisions for the gameplay, because the gameplay is basically clicking dialogs, walking balloons and quick reaction events, So if the story is not the most interesting inside the game, there will not be much to look for in it.
As far as I can tell you dear readers, you can rest easy as far as history is concerned, Guardians of the Galaxy has a somewhat captive that can become a little emotional, but so far, not in an exaggerated way. There is some balance. In addition to having a bit of humor, it was something we could expect from our characters, since in the other games of Telltale there may be one another joke, but nothing that opaque the overall tone of the game. But this time, humor takes a more important role, due to the personality of each of the characters.
I try to talk a little about the story without going into details so as not to ruin those who want to experience this game for themselves but what I can say is that so far the apparent plot go somehow on a smaller scale than I expected , Because if you focus on a group of individuals whose job it is to protect the galaxy, one would expect the consequences of failing their mission to be catastrophic, but so far they do not seem to be, (and by this I do not say they failed … or perhaps they did?). Although there are still several episodes to be released for us to actually understand well what is happening inside the game, because the episode leaves us with many questions about the direction in which the story goes.
The game has us (the player) incarnating the role of Guardians of the Galaxy leader Peter Quill and puts us to interact with the rest of the characters that make up that group: Gamora, Drax, Groot and Rocket. There is definitely some essence of the personality of these characters within the game and if you are a fan of the movie or comics, you will find that they have adapted well the personality of the characters in the game, yes, due to the nature of you, As a player, you can choose what your character say as Star-Lord, maybe the decisions you make do not go according to what this would actually do. But that is something to be expected.
If you’ve never seen the movie or read a comic, maybe it takes a bit of identifying with these characters, I’d say that if it’s your first time interacting with them, you’ll need more context to understand their motivations and their way of being.
All video game franchises follow certain formula and if you are a fan of Telltale games, you may have already become accustomed to the way these games unfold, and not that that is necessarily a bad thing, but the series so far Takes no risk in what gameplay is concerned.
If it works, why fix it, right?
The gameplay is based on this mentality, does not bring something new, feels very familiar. If we compare this game with another of his titles as the one of Batman: The Telltale Series that in spite of following the traditional formula of Telltale, brought some new things to the franchise, like that for example Batman connected clues to solve a bigger problem or That you could plan in advance your actions to know how you were going to dispatch your enemies. All these were new things that even though the basics of the game were the same, with these new attributes felt fresh and fast. While in Guardians of The Galaxy there isn’t anything new inside.
This is why, although I lasted about 90 minutes to finish the first episode, I felt it a little longer because it was the same, you talked to a character, walked, quick reaction events and now. Well, now we have to fly while looking for things to click, which in itself is not something that takes away the gameplay, but it does not add.
Another thing is that inside the game there are several loading screens between one scene and another, even if brief, it takes away the immersion. For example, a character is talking to someone when X thing happens then enters a loading screen as 0.5 seconds that as I said before is a bit, but noticeable. In a certain way you get out of the game by taking away some immersion value.
Telltale games are not the best examples for good graphics but is not that it should decrease the value of them. The game performs its functions effectively despite the resources with which they are working. In fact, I dare say that so far this game is the one with the best graphics of the Telltales games (Although it was to be expected because it is the most recent).
In this installment, it does not have cartoon graphics with similarities to Borderlands like those of The Walking Dead or Batman, but they are good. The only fault I find in it is that facial expressions are not handled as well as they should be, they are not as fluid or natural and they may seem to be a bit exaggerated, something that makes the most dramatic or emotional moments, Silly or even humorous.
The design of the sound in Guardians of the Galaxy is excellent, by far, it is the most remarkable value of the game. Everything that goes on inside does not seem out of place, thanks to the sound.
The soundtrack is wonderful. Like the film, our protagonist listens to tapes with very pleasant disco music to the ear that causes you to stop playing to find the song and record it, to listen to it later. Very good choice of soundtrack.
The ambient music is very good, makes you as a player, immerse yourself more into the environment that is projected into the game.
Voice actors are very important in this type of game, because since it draws heavily on stories and characters, if they do a poor job in a game that is 75% dialog, 25% gameplay could definitely have very big problems In relation to the experience that this gives you. And in general, all the voices were carried out in an excellent way.
In conclusion, in Guardians of the Galaxy we can find an enjoyable experience, with interesting characters and a story that leaves you in search of an answer. Maybe the gameplay is not the best it can be, but if you’re a fan of the Telltale Games games it’ll be the same formula you’re used to. I definitely recommend it and I’m anxious to know what future episodes will bring to our heroes.