Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Get hooked on a feeling with Marvel's space-age superheroes.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Strong themes of friendship, teamwork, as well as coming together for a purpose beyond own self-interests.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Despite different personalities, the Guardians are still like a family. Although they're a bunch of misfits brought together, they manage to work well as a team, also are heroes who help out those in need.

Ease of Play

Simple controls; easy to learn.

Violence

While not a constant occurrence, some violent moments in the game. Outside of occasional in-game combat, scenes of characters getting stabbed, breaking necks, getting shot.

Sex
Language

Some mild profanity in dialogue.

Consumerism

Based on Marvel's popular Guardians of the Galaxy property, which includes movies, comic books, toys, collectibles, more. Also, this is an episodic adventure, meaning players will need to buy episodes individually or by season pass to get whole story.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

References to drinking, getting drunk peppered throughout game, including characters celebrating at a bar, passing out, being hungover.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series is a downloadable episodic adventure game featuring an original story starring the popular team of misfit Marvel heroes. The game is a point-and-click-style adventure with occasional use of quick-time events (based on your reactions) and investigation. Over the course of the story, players must make pivotal choices which will affect both immediate and future events, many of which play out in other purchasable episodes. Aside from the combat, there are a few violent moments in certain cut scenes showing characters getting wounded or killed in fairly brutal ways. Parents should also be aware that there is some light profanity in the game's dialogue, as well as alcohol use.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDave S. December 3, 2017

Great for kids

My 14 year old boy loves marvel and this was perfect there is little langue and onl a bit of action this is great
Parent of a 10 and 13 year old Written byHendo H. U April 14, 2018

Maybe 10+, maybe 5 star

Not 5 star because you have to pay to play(but still worth price). 14.99 for season pass, 4.99 for one episode
Teen, 14 years old Written byTyler1 May 11, 2017

Great

Another brilliantly crafted story driven game by Telltale games! I loved it! There was a little violence but not enough to warrant a 15+.
Teen, 14 years old Written byBowser24 May 19, 2017

What's it about?

In MARVEL'S GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: THE TELLTALE SERIES, players strap on their Walkmans and step into the boots of Star-Lord and his ragtag group of "a-holes" in a brand new original adventure. The Guardians race into action after they receive a distress call from the Nova Corps, where a Kree planet is being torn apart by the mad Titan, Thanos, and an ancient artifact known as the Eternity Forge. After an epic battle, Star-Lord and his crew barely manage to escape with their lives … and the Eternity Forge. Players choose the Guardians' next moves, dealing with the Collector, the Nova Corps, and other cosmic powers from the Marvel Universe. Unbeknownst to the Guardians, though, they're being hunted by another force, driven by revenge with its sights set firmly on the power offered by the Eternity Forge. It'll take all their strength, all their skills, plus more than a little luck and sacrifice to guard the galaxy one more time. Welcome to the Guardians of the Galax; hope you survive the experience.

Is it any good?

Marvel's intergalactic band of merry misfits and miscreants are back, and fans should be thrilled. Much like Telltale's earlier take on Batman, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series makes its mark by existing in its own world, blending the best elements from the Guardians comic books and movies with completely original elements. Since the story isn't restricted to following established canon, it opens itself up to all sorts of fresh new possibilities. The characters feel instantly familiar, and yet there are still plenty of surprise twists and turns. The presentation is top-notch, too, with fantastic visuals and spot-on voice acting that breathes life and emotion into the overall story. In fact, some of the flashback scenes between Peter Quill and his mother are among the most emotional moments ever in a Telltale game and some of the best in gaming today. It tugs hard at the heartstrings, and you forget for a moment that this is just a game.

Telltale games have never really been about fast-paced action, and Guardians of the Galaxy is no different. You'll spend most of your time watching the story unfold around you as you wait for a key choice, an investigative moment, or an occasional quick bit of combat. Investigating certain scenes just means walking around and finding the right items to click on. And while the combat feels a lot more fluid and natural than that in most other Telltale games, it's still pretty much just getting a rhythm down and punching the right commands at the right time. It doesn't make the game any less fun, but it's also not exactly a test of your keen reflexes either. As for those key plot choices, some of these seem to carry a little less weight in Guardians than they have in other games … at least so far. Like in other Telltale games, a choice you make early on in the story might come back to bite you hard in the buildup to the finale. But at the moment you have to make the choice, there's rarely that real sense of dread or anxiety that comes with trying to choose the lesser of two evils. Still, much like the Guardians of the Galaxy themselves, when you bring all the pieces together, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series somehow manages to gel into an amazing story you just don't want to end.

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