Sunday, December 3

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series - Episode 5 Review

Telltale Games is in a delicate situation. To the laureate study, the hen of the golden eggs has been fed up. Their titles are less and less successful, and they have been forced to dismiss a large part of their workforce. His time seems to have passed, consummated by the over exploitation of an idea that at the time became very attractive, but that today, looks completely out of time. Yes, Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series there are no important elements, returning certain phases of exploration and puzzles - limited, but grateful - to their interactive narrations wrapped in the guise of a graphic adventure. But has he achieved his adaptation of Marvel, redeeming the many sins and mistakes that have been brewing in recent years in his breast?

Note: This review serves as a review of the entire season of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: Telltale Series, which consists of five episodes.


As usual, the duration of the last episode of Telltale's Guardians of the Galaxy has been placed in the middle. In an hour and a half, you will have been able to finish it, making the average duration of the entire season, reach 7 or 8 hours of gameplay.


Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, began very well. His first chapter captured the best of the most eclectic and strange team of heroes and heroines in the galaxy, and wrapped them in the usual interactive storytelling structure of this type of games. Teltalle could have done the easy thing, which was to adapt the Marvel movie and take it's three or four most striking elements, packing them in any way to take advantage of the pull of the license taken to the cinemas by the hand of James. Gunn. But they took a courageous step and decided to delve into the comics and rebirth of the series by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, and even embodied much of the ideas of Arnold Drake and Gene Colan, original creators. And it worked.

The past of Star Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket or Groot has been very important, with echoes that have upset the fibers and strands of the relationships of this dysfunctional group of heroes. Throughout the season, Telltale has shown that he knows a lot about them, that he knows them perfectly, noticing minute by minute that he has studied them in his adaptation, writing superb and well-stitched dialogues, which end up giving some of the best dialogues and moments in the work of the study. However, as in other seasons, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: Telltale Series, suffers from the same problems as other products, with irregular chapters -like More than a Feeling-, sometimes tedious, that touch very interesting topics but that they aren't refined and finished -Who Needs You-, giving the impression that the chewing gum is stretched to the paroxysm, hurting and much the rhythm of the narration.

Through the  last episode titled Don't Stop Believin ', the season brings you to the conclusion that many include me, expected, with a very good climax, and a satisfactory resolution partly due to the very appropriate use of Marvel mythology and a villain who, it has been growing chapter after chapter. But is it enough? Despite the many buts that can be attributed, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: Telltale Series has won there in what the other series of the study does not: entertain.

I have emphasized it in the first episode, I have seen it in The Walking Dead and, I have suffered it in it's adaptation of Batman: what three or four years ago seemed unique and special to me, a new form of interactive narration with an emphasis on exploration, Now it is heavy and somewhat boring, because all the games of Telltales are living an excessive repetition of the same formula over and over again. Telltale has tried to add more exploration, some simple puzzle and a conversational system somewhat more fluid, but everything comes down to business as usual. I will choose one option and another, I will live two or three sequences of uncertainty, and I will end in the planned conclusion of always.

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: Telltale Series yes it is true that opted for something more freedom, with somewhat larger levels, and many puzzles - simple and forced, but there they were -. The problem is that the action sequences, disseminated throughout the season, have been uninspired, and in the end, everything has been reduced to the same as always: dialogues, elections and little else. Yes, i repeat: they have been better than on other occasions. But at this stage of the game, it doesn't seem enough.

Graphics & Design

If anything in particular Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: Telltale Series stood out, it was in their aesthetics. The game took all the feel of James Gunn's film, condensed it under the telltale filter of comics, and straightened it under a 3D that seemed, at times, an animated film. The animations were exaggerated and funny, very similar to the vignettes, with very colorful graphics. But the season, although it has been teaching incredible scenarios, recreating emblematic moments of the comics and guessing right in the representations of heroes and villains, the used motor has resented in multiple moments.

I've seen popping, late load of textures and even, falls of frames. Maybe they have not bothered too much in the development of the games, but they have been there, very present, teaching you that although there is a lot of care in adaptation or writing, technique is not up to par. On the opposite side of the technical aspect, you have the soundtrack, full of classics of the eighties and the dubbing, by actors and actresses of the likes of Emily O'Brien (Gamora), Nolan North (Rocket), Adam Harrington ( Groot), Brandon Paul Ells (Drax) and Scott Porter (Star Lord).


Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: Telltale Series, is like reading the best possible tracklist of the best cassette tape ever recorded, for a posteriori not being able to make it work on your old cassette player, forcing to pull the mp3 or your favorite streaming service. There are good ideas, a great material, a very decent invoice and a quality, a priori, remarkable. But nevertheless, everything ends up shipwrecked to take you by exploited paths again and again. Entertaining despite all, the first season of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: Telltale Series deserves continuation, perhaps shorter, condensed and worked, because if there is something that Telltale Games does very well is to build and profile their characters.

And honestly, there are few heroes and heroines as attractive as the Guardians. I'm looking forward to them returning to the screens and monitors, and once again, in addition to saving the entire galaxy, they do so with Telltale itself. They may well be your last hope. You already know what they sang from Journey: Don't Stop Believin'.

*Game was provided by the developer/publisher for this review.


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