The unstoppable licensed game juggernaut that is Telltale Games continues with Guardians of the Galaxy. This is the second Telltale series set in the Marvel universe, and the third superhero tale.
Actually, let’s be specific. The full name of this thing is Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy – The Telltale Series.
There’s a new trailer up on YouTube to celebrate the imminent arrival of Star-Lord and the gang.
The trailer gives us a look at each of the Guardians, and lets them each get off a couple of wisecracks before Thanos shows up. It looks like the plot will center around the Guardians taking on Big Chin himself.
This is a departure from the movies, in which Thanos has so far only acted through intermediaries like Ronan the Accuser. It’s unusual enough that it makes one wonder if this really is Thanos, or an imposter.
After all, Thanos is one of the most powerful entities in the Marvel universe. It’s unlikely that the Guardians are quite up to the task of defeating him yet, and it’s a sure bet that the real first battle between them is reserved for the movies.
There are plenty of Marvel creatures who can take different forms. The Skrull come to mind, and they would be a nice foe for the games to explore. The movies haven’t even touched on them yet, opting for the Chitauri instead.
Telltale Guardians of the Galaxy Gameplay
Telltale has been on a licensing kick since the breakout success of The Walking Dead. Since the zombie adventure, they’ve scored licenses for Game of Thrones, Borderlands, Marvel, DC, and even Vertigo comic series Fables.
They’ve certainly carved out a niche for themselves, but it’s something of a mixed blessing. Telltale’s first few games were solid old-school adventure games. You know, with puzzles.
After The Walking Dead, they’ve become more and more a purveyor of essentially Choose-Your-Own-Adventure books. The titles are entertaining, but it’s getting harder and harder to really consider them games.
I love a good dialog tree, but at a certain point a Telltale title becomes more “interactive entertainment” than “game.”
Still, they are solid pieces of licensed fiction, and they often feature truly excellent writing and voice acting.
Guardians of the Galaxy has assembled a great cast of veteran video game voice actors. They’re all doing impressions of the film cast, of course, but that’s par for the course.
- Scott Porter (Ultimate Spider-Man) as Star-Lord
- Nolan North (Nathan Drake in Uncharted) as Rocket Raccoon
- Emily O’Brien (The Young and the Restless) as Gamora
- Adam Harrington (Bigby Wolf in The Wolf Among Us) doing his best Vin Diesel as Groot
- Brandon Paul Eells (a newcomer with few roles under his belt) as Drax the Destroyer
No word on who is playing Thanos himself, but we’ll find out in just a couple of weeks.
And if that’s not enough superhero goodness, just wait a couple of months. Telltale has a lock on Marvel adventure games, and it’s a sure bet we’ll be seeing Spider-Man, the Avengers, the X-Men, and who knows what in the near future. Squirrel Girl solo adventure?
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series releases on April 18 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, multiple PC digital stores, and mobile devices.