'Guardians of the Galaxy' Episode 1 Review – An Engaging Narrative Peeking Out from Inside a Dated Engine

Despite their intriguing stories and clever use of IPs, Telltale’s games game is a structured form of play, usually undertaken for enjoyment and sometimes used as an educational tool have or having may refer to: the concept of ownership any concept of possession; see Possession (disambiguation) an English “verb” used: to denote linguistic possession in a broad sense as an auxiliary been a mixed bag on iOS primarily because of technical issues or issues may refer to: Issue (genealogy), a legal term for a person’s descendants Issuer, a legal entity that develops, registers and sells securities. While “” is a word in the English language that functions both as a noun and as a subordinating conjunction most of the series were either fine or at least playable, Batman: The Telltale Series left a pretty bad taste on players’ mouths because it was pretty may refer to: Beauty, the quality of being pleasing, especially to look at Physical attractiveness, of a person’s physical features close to unplayable on more than one instance or instance may refer to. Well, I’m glad to say that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy galaxy is a gravitationally bound system of stars, stellar remnants, interstellar gas, dust, and dark matter: The Telltale Series [$4.99] (from now on Guardians of the Galaxy) plays just fine on my iPad Air 2, despite a couple of very brief—but unobtrusive—stutters. I don’t know if this means Telltale has tinkered with the engine enough to make it work well or Guardians of the Galaxy was just less demanding than Batman; what matters is that Episode 1 of Guardians of the Galaxy should play fine may refer to on most of your devices. I will be reviewing the whole series, so expect the review score to change as more episodes release.

Episode 1: “Tangled Up in Blue”

I’m glad the technical issues seem to be a thing of the past because the first or 1st is the ordinal form of the number one (#1) of this new series, and Telltale may refer to: Telltale (TV series), a 1993 ITV miniseries, starring Bernard Hill and Nigel Harrison Tell-tale, an indicator or sign of something Tell-Tale (film), a 2009 film based on “The‘s first venture into the Marvel universe, is entertaining and manages to balance humor, gravity, and meaningful choices quite well. At the same time, though, most of the action may refer to scenes may refer to feel almost unnecessary, and the game’s engine is definitely showing its age, which results in occasionally wooden-looking characters. Add to that lines that aren’t always delivered very convincingly, and you have a good its most general context of the study of morality, ethics, religion and philosophy, the good often refers to and denotes that conduct which is to be preferred and prescribed by society and its—but not great—episode. If you like the Telltale formula, you’ll enjoy Episode episode is a coherent narrative unit within a larger dramatic work such as a film or television series 1; if you don’t, this won’t be the one to draw you in.

In case you aren’t familiar with Guardians of the Galaxy, this peculiar splinter of the Marvel may refer to universe Universe is all of time and space and its contents definitely fits the definition of a team of misfits. You’ve got Star-Lord, a human (?), the ex-assassin Gamora, the destructive and humorless Drax the Destroyer, the sentient tree-like creature called Groot, and Rocket Raccoon raccoon (/rəˈkuːn/ or US /ræˈkuːn/, Procyon lotor), sometimes spelled racoon, also known as the common raccoon, North American raccoon, northern raccoon and colloquially as coon, is a medium-sized, an anthropomorphic raccoon. As you can tell, these aren is the first letter and the first vowel in the ISO basic Latin alphabet‘t the kind of characters you’d expect to see team up, and Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy definitely plays commonly refers to: Play (activity), enjoyed by animals, including humans Play (theatre), structured literary form of theatre Play may refer also to on that idea, but more on that in a bit. If you’ve enjoyed the recent Guardians of the Galaxy movie film, also called a movie, motion picture, theatrical film or photoplay, is a series of still images which, when shown on a screen, creates the illusion of moving images due to the phi phenomenon, you’ll be glad can refer to: Glad (Norse mythology), a horse ridden by the gods in Norse mythology to know is a familiarity, awareness, or understanding of someone or something, such as facts, information, descriptions, or skills, which is acquired through experience or education by perceiving, that the Telltale series has a similar may refer to feel; the humor or humor (American English; see spelling differences) is the tendency of particular cognitive experiences to provoke laughter and provide amusement that comes out of such a team team is a group of people or animals linked in a common purpose of misfits transitions well may refer to into the game, so expect silly jokes, funny lines, and entertaining moments (like the incredibly slow elevator scene). In terms may refer to: Term (language), a noun or compound word used in a specific context: meaning of humor, Guardians of the Galaxy will remind you of Tales from the Borderlands more than any of the other Telltale series, and that’s a good thing or The Thing may refer to.

Spoilers from here onward, so proceed with caution.

While the cinematic version of Guardians of the Galaxy has been teasing The Mad Titan Thanos as its ultimate baddie, the Telltale version may refer to: In computing: Software version, assigning unique version names or numbers to unique states of computer software VERSION (CONFIG.SYS directive), a configuration directive in FreeDOS In cleverly jumps to the end of that storyline and starts the series with the confrontation between the Guardians and Thanos, a confrontation that quickly leads to the surprising death of Thanos. Starting the series may refer to anything of a serial form from the (possible) end of the movie version of the franchise frees the writers to head to new directions rather than retread the same ground, and that decision may refer to: Decision making Decision support system Decision theory pays dividends, at least in the first episode.

As I mentioned earlier in the review, Telltale focuses on how in a “normal” universe (whatever that means in a story about aliens) the Guardians wouldn’t be a thing because of how different they are and how different their motives are. What was holding them together was the threat of a common enemy, Thanos Arizona Tewa (also Hopi-Tewa, Tano, Southern Tewa, Hano, Thano) are a Tewa Pueblo group that resides on the eastern part of the Hopi Reservation on or near First Mesa in northeastern Arizona, so with The Mad Titan may refer to gone, the group starts can refer to multiple topics: Takeoff, the phase of flight where an aircraft transitions from moving along the ground to flying through the air Starting lineup in sports Standing start and rolling to splinter very early on in the episode. I don’t need a crystal ball to know that throughout the series one of the recurring themes will may refer to: The English modal verb will; see shall and will, and will and would Will and testament, instructions for the disposition of one’s property after death Advance healthcare directive be the Guardians splitting up and temporarily going may refer to: Go (verb) Going- to future, a construction in English grammar Going (horse racing), the condition of a horse racing track surface their own way. By the mid-point of the first episode, Star-Lord has to take sides two to three times is the indefinite continued progress of existence and events that occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future, which I’m sure will come back to bite him as the series progresses.

With Thanos becoming more of the plot device device is usually a constructed tool than a central character, the episode gradually shifts its attention to the Eternity Forge, the artifact that will be at the core of the whole series. This Kree artifact has all kinds may refer to: Created kind, often abbreviated to kinds, a creationist category of life forms Kind (horse) (foaled 2001), an Irish Thoroughbred racehorse Kind (type theory), the type of types in a of yet-unexplained powers, but its most may refer to important power may refer to in terms of narrative development is that it allows the writers writer is a person who uses written words in various styles and techniques to communicate their ideas to shift may refer to: Gear shift, to change gears in a car Shift work, an employment practice Shift (weapon), an improvised knife used as a weapon Shift (clothing), a simple kind of undergarment Shift (ice the narrative from outer space back to Earth during Star-Lord’s childhood. This quite-unexpected turn of events acts both as a way to diversify the narrative narrative or story is a report of connected events, real or imaginary, presented in a sequence of written or spoken words, or still or moving images, or both but also as a way to add depth to the character of Star Lord while at the same may refer to: Sameness or identity In places: Same (ancient Greece) Same, East Timor, the capital of the Manufahi district Samé, Mali Same, Tanzania Same District, Tanzania In other uses: SAME time introducing his backstory to new players.

The other interesting departure from most other phenomenology, the terms the Other and the Constitutive Other identify the other human being, in his and her differences from the Self, as being a cumulative, constituting factor in the self-image previous Telltale series is how throughout the episode you get to make big either/or decisions that have immediate impact. While you do get the “X will remember that” kind of choices, there are many others that force you to pick one of two major threads or threads may refer to: Thread (yarn), a kind of thin yarn used for sewing Thread (unit of measurement), a cotton yarn measure Screw thread, a spiral ridge on a cylindrical fastener; for instance, you get to either sell Thanos to the Collector or turn his body over to Nova Corp, each decision having immediate consequences may refer to: Logical consequence, also known as a consequence relation, or entailment In operant conditioning, a result of some behavior Consequentialism, a theory in philosophy in which the but also setting you on a collision course with other members of the Guardians. There are other similar decisions that reminded me of Batman is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics in that you could only do X or Y, and the results are immediate. This sense of immediacy between may refer to choice involves decision making and consequence is refreshing and makes or MAKE may refer to: Make (software), a computer software utility Make (magazine), an American magazine and television program MAKE Architects, a UK architecture practice Make, Botswana, a small your choices feel may refer to: Feeling more meaningful.

So, narratively the first episode works well, setting up an interesting story arc while departing from the events may refer to of the Guardians may refer to: Legal guardian, a person with the authority and duty to care for the interests of another Guardian(s) or The Guardian(s) may also refer to movie. What about gameplay? I’m glad to say that Telltale has finally learned how to put together good action scenes, something that the developer has struggled with in previous series. The prompts you get on screen are appropriate and, more importantly, actually work. I’ve had more than one instances in previous series where my swipes simply wouldn’t register, but I’m glad to say I’ve had no such issues in Guardians of the Galaxy.

However, while they might work may refer to, these quick-time events increasingly felt extraneous to the rest of the game and, more often than not, got in the way of the narrative rather than developing it. Because there’s absolutely no challenge to them and failing them barely has any consequences, they feel a bit like the English language, the word like has a very flexible range of uses, ranging from conventional to non-standard drudgery work. I’m starting can refer to multiple topics: Takeoff, the phase of flight where an aircraft transitions from moving along the ground to flying through the air Starting lineup in sports Standing start and rolling to wonder whether removing them all together and adding more character interaction is a kind of action that occurs as two or more objects have an effect upon one another and dialog will benefit future Telltale series.

Visually, Guardians of the Galaxy suffers from a pretty dated engine; there’s a distinct lack of sharpness in the visuals that I’m guessing makes the game playable in lower end devices, although lower may refer to: Lower (surname) Lower Township, New Jersey Lower Receiver (firearms) Lower Wick Gloucestershire, England end is relative since the game won’t play on devices below an iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2. Still, I’d have liked the game to look better overall, with better-looking characters and more expressive facial animations. These Telltale series are all about character interactions, so it’s important that the characters’ faces show the multitude of emotions the narrative clearly describes. And the character may refer to development wasn’t helped by the occasionally stilted line lines or LINE may refer to delivery. The soundtrack starts off very promisingly—Guardians of the Galaxy is famous for its fantastic music—but then is more restrained than I would have liked. Still still is an apparatus used to distill liquid mixtures by heating to selectively boil and then cooling to condense the vapor, it’s entertaining to start the game with Electric Light Orchestra playing in the background.

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Overall, the first episode of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series is off to a good start both narratively and in terms of performance. Whatever was going on with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel With (novel), a novel by Donald Harrington With (album), Batman seems to be fixed now, which is definitely good news for fans of the Telltale formula. The story or stories may refer to: Narrative Story (surname) A news event or topic Story, or storey, a floor or level of a building Stories, colloquial, American expression for soap operas seems poised to split into multiple, interesting threads, and the powers of the Eternity in common parlance is either an infinite or an indeterminately long period of time Forge can definitely make for some unexpected narrative turns may refer to. Whether the story will deliver over the long run remains to be seen; what I can tell may refer to: Tell (archaeology), a type of archaeological site Tell (name), a name used as a given name and a surname Tell (poker), an unconscious behavior that can betray information to an you is that Tangled Up in Blue is a promising start. At the same time, it’s hard to avoid wondering whether interrogative word or question word is a function word used to ask a question, such as what, when, where, who, whom, why, and how Telltale needs need is something that is necessary for an organism to live a healthy life to rethink its narrative/action balance and how much the game would have benefited from an updated engine engine or motor is a machine designed to convert one form of energy into mechanical energy.

Rating: 4/5

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