Telltales Guardians of the Galaxy episode 1 Tangled Up in Blue is an excellent addition to the Guardians of the Galaxy universe. The episode doesn’t reinvent the wheel by any means but it does manage to capture the tone and feel of the movie while cleverly blending comedy and action in unique and interesting ways. The episode does a great job at exploring Peter Quill’s past and explains his motivation for leaving earth in the first place. If you are a fan of the movie and are looking to spend some more time with these characters before Guardians of the Galaxy 2 then I highly recommend playing through this episode.
STORY & CHARACTERS
The characters and story presented in episode 1 are both great and we get to see all the familiar characters from the film interact within a new story context. If you are not familiar with the lore of Guardians of the Galaxy and have not seen any of the films then the main characters introduced in this episode are Peter Quill, Star, Aka Star-Lord, Rocket Racoon, Drax, Groot and Gamora. My favorite moments of the episode were interesting conversations between the various party members, Telltale really gave us plenty of options to craft our own story and create our own relationships with all of the characters. We were also given plenty of dialogue choices and the choices we were given were sometimes hilarious and sometimes took a more somber tone. The story overall in this episode was good and there’s a pretty interesting plot twist towards the beginning that I definitely did not anticipate. In this episode, we are also presented with some more backstory for Peter and learn about his overall motivations and how he ultimately became a ravager. The main villains presented in this episode are Thanos the mad Titan and Hala the accuser who shows up with a Kree army toward the latter half of the episode. Both villains introduced in episode 1 are great and the series seems to be setting up Hala as the main antagonist in future episodes. I personally believe Telltale is at its best when the studio is able to inject humor into their properties and playing through this episode felt very reminiscent of Tales from the Borderlands. Overall the story and characters in episode 1 were good and the episode did a great job at appeasing fans while also introducing these characters to a new audience.
The gameplay in episode 1 revolves around the normal Telltale dialogue options with a few quick time events and some puzzle solving sections. My main complaint about the gameplay in this episode was the fixed camera and the fact that the gameplay does feel a bit clunky in some sections. If Telltale would have just given you the option to rotate the camera during the walking portions it would have made the gameplay a much more enjoyable experience overall. There were also a few technical hiccups I encountered and some significant framerate drops during the action centric moments. The technical problems weren’t too bad overall and really didn’t detract from the quality of this episode. Overall the gameplay presented in this episode does its job but unfortunately it really doesn’t add anything new to the genre.
GRAPHICS & SOUND
The graphics presented in Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy episode 1 are good and the cel shaded art style works well with the universe being depicted. Telltale also did a wonderful job at staying true to the characters while also sticking relatively close to their movie counterparts. The voice acting is also top notch and each voice actor does a great job at representing each character. The music in episode 1 is arguably the best part of this episode. Every track Telltale chose represented the scene perfectly and the eclectic mix of music was a joy to listen to. Overall the graphics and sound in this episode are both great and Guardians of the Galaxy was definitely high up on my list for potential Telltale properties.
Overall Telltale studios has done a wonderful job at taking an existing property and really putting their unique stamp on it. The story and characters are great and I’m excited to see what scenarios the characters will come across in future episodes. Episode 1 Tangled up in Blue does a great job as an introduction and really lays the groundwork for some interesting possibilities later in the series. If you are a fan of Guardians of the Galaxy then you owe it to yourself to give this episode a chance.