Telltale's Guardians Of The Galaxy's Conclusion Gets Stuck On A Feeling

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Telltale's Guardians Of The Galaxy Episode 5 Review
The final episode in Telltale's Guardians of the Galaxy Season 1 spends too much time on things we've already seen. TELLTALE

Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy wrapped up its first season by doing what it’s done best so far: sticking to the past instead of moving forward. While previous episodes have at least used the flashbacks to give characters added depth and motivation, Episode 5 instead forces players to relive moments they’ve already experienced in the previous episodes.

Episode 4 of Guardians, which Player.One felt was a major improvement over the previous episodes, ended with most of the Guardians storming off. It seemed like the team of superheroes had come to an end, with everyone mad at Peter for his choices (regardless of what they are). That means it’s time to get the band back together immediately to end the threat of the Eternity Forge.

So how does this reunion process go? Unfortunately, a big chunk of it is spent in a plain, blank environment looking back at moments from the series so far. This means you get to go through a bunch of audio clips of things you’ve already experienced. I guess it’s a nice way to recap the series, but all five episodes feature a combined ~10 hours of gaming. Spending one hour on the content and another half hour recapping it seems like a waste of limited time.

To make matters worse, you’re then sent to gather your fellow Guardians. This means going back to the lab where Rocket came from. While this area served as a great way to humanize the typically smart-mouthed rodent, it feels like we’ve already helped him here, and we’re only back again because there’s nothing else to do.

Peter tucks his tail between his legs and apologizes to get the Guardians back in one room together. It would be one thing if you were deliberately mean or did something to offend, but in my playthrough, I did just about everything in the best interest of everyone. So basically, I’m apologizing to everyone for their bad behavior. Only one person apologized back to me, because I had the audacity to stop them from throwing their life away.  

However, once the reunion finally happened, Episode 5 really started picking up. The final attack on the Kree ship had some fun and exciting moments, as well as a wonderfully choreographed fight set to Heart’s Crazy On You. This second half of the game, with the team running on all cylinders, is the Guardians I was hoping to see from Telltale from the start, even if the final moments are almost directly ripped off from the ending of the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

Telltale also has ended Guardians on a cliffhanger, hinting at a Season 2. While there have been no confirmations one way or the other, it just doesn’t feel like a second season is needed. The whole “internal conflict” storyline for the team has already been done, so where does the story go from here? That said, a season of Guardians without the team at each other’s throats sounds more appealing than what we got in Season 1.

The full season of Guardians of the Galaxy is now available to play on PC, PS4, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices.

So what do you think? Are you interested in the season two teaser for Guardians of the Galaxy? What did you think of the season as a whole? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

REVIEW SUMMARY
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series - Episode 5
6.5
Telltale's Guardians Of The Galaxy's Conclusion Gets Stuck On A Feeling
Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy ends by reminding us of all the low points of the series so far.
  • The Guardians working as one is a sight to see
  • The Crazy On You fight sequence is great
  • Too much time spent retreading old territory
  • The ending feels ripped off from the first movie
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