Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series is an episodic graphic adventure game based on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Like most Telltale Games, Guardians of the Galaxy released multiple episodes with 5 in total. Telltale Games developed and published the game for the PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One, iOS, and Android. The first episode came out on April 18, 2017. After the initial launch, each episode update came out one to two months apart with Episode 5 rounding out the episodic series on November 7, 2017.
Telltale Games is known for its episodic series based on popular media like The Walking Dead, Borderlands, and Batman. One of their most recognizable games is, of course, The Wolf Among Us, which is based on multiple fairytale characters living in the same city. The main protagonist is a modern take on the Big Bad Wolf. Telltale Games is infamous for forcing players to make crucial decisions that will impact the protagonist’s relationships with the other characters, and even the outcome of the game.
Telltale’s take on Guardians of the Galaxy plays similarly to the rest of the developer’s games. Players spend most of their time playing Star-Lord (Peter Quill), but will get to control some of the other Guardians as well. The game received an overall decent reception at launch. Most of the reviews of Guardians of the Galaxy sway towards positive, with some mixed reception thrown in.
Please Note: Due to Telltale Games shutting down and changing over to LCG Entertainment, Inc. in 2018, the company lost some of its licenses. Unfortunately, Guardians of the Galaxy was one such license. Getting a copy of the game that has access to all five episodes is next to impossible these days. It is no longer available for digital purchase and hard copies may not allow the player to play past the first episode.
Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series Premise
Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series is primarily based on the Marvel comics and puts the player in control of the Guardians. Although players mostly control Star-Lord throughout the game, they do get to play the other Guardians. The episodic series focuses on the Guardians’ discovery of a powerful artifact known as the “Eternity Forge”. Each Guardian takes an interest in the artifact for different personal reasons, but they aren’t the only ones who want it. The Eternity Forge’s power pits them against Kree Hala the Accuser, who is determined to claim the artifact’s power.
The first episode starts off with Nova Corps reaching out to the Guardians for aid in a fight against Thanos. Thanos is the first person in the story to uncover the Eternity Forge and take its power for himself. Fortunately, after a drawn-out battle, the Guardians defeat Thanos with Peter dealing the final blow. After a night of partying on Knowhere, the team has to sell Thanos’ body to cover the extreme bar tab they acquired the night before. Peter considers offering the Eternity Forge for extra funds, but he decides against it at the last second. The relic sparks a flashback where Peter sees his dead mother, Meredith. After seeing the flashback, he’s unwilling to part with the Eternity Forge despite not knowing what caused the relic to show him such a thing.
When the Eternity Forge shows Peter another vision of his mother telling him to find her, the Guardians become suspicious that the relic is capable of resurrection. This is inevitably what prompts their interest in the Eternity Forge. Rocket wants to use it to bring his friend, Lylla, back. The Guardians try, but it doesn’t work. This leads them to the discovery that the Eternity Forge grants control over life and death, but in order to bring someone back to life, another person must die. This creates a rift in the team, as they aren’t sure if they should destroy the artifact or continue investigating and potentially using it.
Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series Main Characters
As expected, the game follows the beloved members of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Since players get to control the Guardians as the playable characters, they’re the most important major characters of the game. In addition to Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Gamora, Drax, and Groot, there are several other characters that help fill out the game’s world-building and plot
The Guardians of the Galaxy
- Star-Lord: Star-Lord, also known as Peter Quill, is one of the main protagonists of Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series. Star-Lord is the member of the team that players control throughout most of the game and he usually represents the leader of the Guardians. Peter is easily identifiable by his iconic leather coat and love of classic ‘80s music. For fans of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Telltale’s version of him is a comfortable and familiar representation. Not only is he fueled by the love he has for his team, but he’s also extremely family-oriented. This quality is highlighted in the game by his relationship with Yondu and also his determination to resurrect his mother with the Eternity Forge.
- Gamora: Gamora is the “adopted” daughter of Thanos. As a child, Thanos conquered her people and took her against her will. For most of her life, she remained loyal to Thanos, who trained her to be a skilled warrior and assassin. Splitting off from Thanos’ toxicity eventually led her to the Guardians of the Galaxy, where she found redemption. Due to Gamora’s expertise in battle, she’s often referred to as “the deadliest woman in the universe”. Gamora is closest to Peter out of the group. They consider each other best friends, but the Telltale adaptation does keep their romantic feelings for one another intact.
- Rocket Raccoon: Like Gamora, Rocket Raccoon is a criminal-turned-hero, and he’s a genetically enhanced raccoon. Rocket had been best friends with Groot long before the duo joined the Guardians, but after breaking out of prison with Peter, Drax, and Gamora, they became a team. When Rocket learns of the Eternity Forge’s potential, he wants to use the relic to resurrect an old friend of his, Lylla. In truth, his relationship with Lylla goes much deeper. She was his partner, but she was killed after Lylla and Rocket attempted to escape the Halfworld science lab where they were being experimented on.
- Drax the Destroyer: Drax the Destroyer, like many other characters in the game, has a negative history with Thanos. Thanos is responsible for killing Drax’s wife and daughter, so Drax wishes to return the favor by taking Thanos’ life. Although Drax isn’t the one who ultimately kills Thanos, Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series does gift Drax his revenge.
- Groot: Groot is a tree-like species and best friends with Rocket. Before joining the Guardians, Groot and Rocket ran bounties together to make money. The duo often found themselves locked up by Nova Corps due to their criminal activity, which is how they met Peter, Gamora, and Drax. Groot is often regarded as the glue that holds the team together. He makes the hard (and often logical) decisions when the rest of the team argues amongst themselves. Groot can attest that this happens often.
Other Major Characters
- Mantis: Unlike some timelines where Mantis has already joined the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Telltale game takes place before Mantis’ recruitment. Mantis does play a huge part in the game, though. She’s been sending messages to Peter using his mother to draw him in. Mantis is an empath, meaning she can feel the emotions of others, but she can also manipulate them as well. Mantis is the one who explains the forge to the Guardians and she also acts as a guide for them.
- Nebula: Nebula is the “adopted” daughter of Thanos and Gamora’s “sister”. As children, Thanos forced Nebula and Gamora to fight, which always resulted in Gamora’s victory. This often resulted in Thanos’ cruelty towards Nebula. When Nebula first shows up, she’s attempting to get Thanos’ body back from whoever the Guardians sold it to. The Guardians capture her and she ends up translating some important information about the Ancient Kree. Depending on the players’ choices, Nebula might join them or part ways with them.
- Hala the Accuser: Hala the Accuser is the main antagonist of the game and she’s seeking the power of the Eternity Forge to resurrect her people. Thanos wiped them all out. Hala has a sympathetic cause, but a few problems arise as she attempts to execute her plan. She wants to use her people to conquer the galaxy. Beyond that, the Eternity Forge forces the user to take a life to resurrect a life. To repopulate an entire species would cause genocide and unrepairable damage to the galaxy.
Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series Titles in the Series
Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series is the only Guardians of the Galaxy title in Telltale Games’ library. The game is an episodic graphic adventure video game that includes five episodes in total. Here are the five episodes in order of release:
- Episode 1: Tangled Up in Blue
- Episode 2: Under Pressure
- Episode 3: More Than a Feeling
- Episode 4: Who Needs You
- Episode 5: Don’t Stop Believin’
Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series Cheat Codes
Telltale Games produces episodic graphic adventure video games for almost every title. These games are heavily cinematic with very little gameplay. Most of the gameplay consists of walking around, exploring the environment to search for clues and collectibles, and QuickTime events sprinkled in during moments of intense action. What most Telltale Games fans look forward to is the decision-making aspect of the game. Throughout each episode, players need to make choices that impact the outcome of the narrative. The player’s choices dictate character relationships, paths, and the game’s ending. These games always have great replayability value to see how different decisions change plot points and outcomes throughout the story.
Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series is no exception to the developer’s standard gameplay mechanics. Since the gameplay is relatively simplistic, there aren’t cheats or exploits to make the game easier. The only way a person can “cheat” at a game like this is to look up a guide that lays out specific outcomes. These guides will allow players to make choices based on their desired outcome to ensure they get the results they want.
There are also technically no right or wrong decisions while playing the game. Some decisions will lead to more positive outcomes, but that’s not necessarily the best or only way to play Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series. To get the full experience of a game like this, experiencing every outcome is the most ideal.
There are about 30 trophies and/or achievements depending on the player’s system. Each trophy/achievement is related to finishing every chapter of every episode. As long as the player completes the game, they will unlock all of the achievements for the game. Players can’t miss the trophies because the only requirement is playing.
Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series Cheat Codes FAQs
Most of the frequently asked questions on Google have nothing to do with Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series. These results are because of a couple of factors including Telltale Games losing the license for Guardians of the Galaxy and the Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy game developed by Eidos-Montréal in 2021. When searching “Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series cheat codes”, most of the frequently asked questions are about Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (2021), which is a completely different game.
How long to beat Guardians of the Galaxy Telltale?
According to HowLongToBeat.com, one playthrough of Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series takes about 10 hours. This put each episode at about two hours of playtime, which is on par with other Telltale games. If players decide to replay the game to receive alternate endings, this playtime will obviously increase.
Why was Guardians of the Galaxy Telltale removed?
Unfortunately, Telltale Games actually shut down in 2018 for a number of reasons. After Telltale Games’ initial shutdown, LCG Entertainment, Inc. managed to acquire the company as well as most of its licenses. This saved the company, but Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series was not one of the licenses they managed to get back. The game is no longer available to purchase on the PlayStation Store or the Microsoft Store. Hard copies of the game are still available for purchase through retailers like Amazon, but since the game works on a season pass for the additional episodes, players will have issues accessing anything past Episode 1.
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