Marvel’s Guardian’s of the Galaxy: A Telltale Series – Episode 2 – Under Pressure Review (PS4)

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series

Because the second episode was already released for this game by the time I purchased this game I figured I might as well jump into the second episode and play it. I wasn’t really that excited going in because I thought the first episode was a little lackluster, you can read my review of episode one here. It was one of those things that I felt obliged to play because I had it. Anyway, onto the review.

Picking up right where the first episode left off, Peter is dead. Luckily he has the Eternity Forge which brings him immediately back to life. Who knew that thing was so powerful. Not only does it show him a glimpse into his past and his past life with his mother, but it can also bring the dead back to life. Because the guardians ship is ruined you’ll be making a trip to Yondu’s palce. Yondu was Peter’s guardian when his mother died and they have this love / hate relationship. Peter needs Yondu’s help to repair the ship and get it up and running. At this time Peter will be pulled in two directions because Rocket will need Peter for some help and so will Gamora. It’s up to you to choose who you’re going to help first and of course it will piss the other one off. Either way the game comes to the same conclusion at the end leaving this episode in another cliff hanger.

To my surprise I really enjoyed this episode. Not the whole beginning and stuff, but the actual meat of the episode. Not much is known about Rocket Raccoon and you’ll get an inside look at what happened to him before he joined the Guardian’s. It was a touching story about how he was a lab experiment with the cutest little otter Lilly. Things don’t turn out so great for them and you have to relive his pain. Then there’s Gamora’s story with her sister Nebula. Both of them were daughters of Thanos and while Gamora went her own way, Nebula stayed with him. She’s going to be needed though since symbols have appeared on the Eternity Forge and she’s the only one that can read them. These were the two interesting parts of the episode as you got to learn more about Rocket and Gamora. Other than that the episode felt a little flat, but these two parts make up for it.

Surprisingly the episode holds up really well as did the previous episode. The QuickTime events are fluid and work very nicely during the action sequences. The loading times are short and the trophies pop when they’re supposed to instead of stalling. I’m really impressed with the playability of this game and it seems like Telltale has made some huge improvements in this department which is just wonderful.

The graphics are still feeling a little bit off for this game and have become the downside of this game. They feel too cartoonish, like Saturday morning special cartoonish, and they just don’t fit the game or the feel of the game. Since we’re two episodes in I know this isn’t going to change and it’s just going to be one of those things that you have to live with.

Finish this episode and you’ll get yourself another 6 trophies to add to this trophy set list. Don’t do anything special, just play the episode how you want to play and you’ll be good to go. You’ll also be 6 trophies closer to getting the platinum trophy for this game which isn’t a bad thing.

As always, no traditional multiplayer for this episode, but there is still crowd play which seems to be a permanent feature that will appear on any upcoming Telltale game. My feelings are mixed on this and since I don’t actually stream the episodes or have the need to play with other people surrounding me it feels kind of useless. If you feel differently, let me know in the comments section.

Overall I give this episode a 4 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ Learning more about Rocket and Gamora are really the highlights of this episode which would have fell flat without it.
+ I have to hand it to Telltale to making another episode that runs flawlessly and without glitches or bugs.
+ A cliffhanger of an ending that makes you really eager to see the next episode.

What’s Not So Great:
The graphics continue to seem off for this series and it’s a shame because I just can’t overlook it.

Overall the episode was a fun one to play and I wasn’t disappointed. I also didn’t feel as lost as I did during the first episode of the game which was a good thing. If you’re still on the fence about this game, I would say to hold off and wait until the full game is released. You might get it at a discounted price or it might even be free one day for PS+ since they have been putting a lot of these games for free in the past few months. If you’re a die hard Guardians of the Galaxy fan, you’ll want to pick this game up and live out your fantasies of being Star Lord himself.

Spoilers! Below are the choices that I made for the second episode.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series

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