GAME REVIEW – Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series – Episode 5: Don’t Stop Believin’ (PC)

By Marty Mulrooney

Don’t Stop Believin’ is the fifth and final episode of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, a five-part episodic adventure game from Telltale Games (Batman: The Enemy Within). In Episode 5, the Guardians must put aside their differences and come together to defeat Hala the Accuser once and for all.

The final episode of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series picks up right where the previous episode left off, with Star Lord and Rocket sitting in a bar getting drunk. The Guardians said their goodbyes and went their separate ways following the death of Drax at the end of Episode 4, setting up some exciting possibilities for this final episode.

Sadly, these juicy plot threads are quickly resolved within the first 10 minutes of Don’t Stop Believin’. The Guardians come back together with little fanfare and the reveal that Drax has survived is completely squandered; Mantis basically says he’s still alive and then Peter goes off to find him.

It’s a somewhat disappointing development that feels far too easy, despite the Guardians continually telling Star-Lord – the player – that only he could have brought them all back together again. It just doesn’t quite ring true, which is a real shame. Yet, as with all previous episodes in the series to date, the real reason to play is to engage with the Guardians, who are all wonderfully realised and voice acted. By now each character has been developed beautifully and it’s great fun to watch them bicker.

Which is just as well, as the main story involving Hala the Accuser is severely undercooked. Furthermore, this was supposed to be Groot’s episode, but his flashback simply offers a generic insight into how the Guardians first met. It’s a missed opportunity, especially when taking Rocket’s emotional and touching flashback during Episode 2 into account. This reviewer also found the final battle with Hala underwhelming, which could perhaps be put down to certain choices that were made along the way. However, Telltale’s final episodes usually manage to end on a more satisfying note, regardless of any previously made decisions.

Please don’t take all of the negativity written above as an indication that Episode 5 is a bad game, because it isn’t. It still manages to be very funny at times and the Guardians are as likeable as ever. It’s just a shame that by trying to tell a big story alongside lots of little ones, all of them suffered. Now that Telltale’s take on the Guardians of the Galaxy has been well and truly established (for better or worse), it would be great to see them in a follow-up that puts more emphasis on the here and now rather than the past. With the right story (no more mysterious artefacts or ancient space temples, please), these characters could soar to new heights. Until then? Don’t stop believin’.

7 OUT OF 10

 

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