Released: 18th April 2017

SUMMARY
Quite recently, in a galaxy not so far away, five heroes saved the galaxy… Now, Marvel Entertainment and Telltale Games bring Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot to computers and consoles everywhere in a thrilling new gaming adventure! When the team get their hands on an ancient artifact it’s time to decide what they’re going to do with it, but they are not the only ones who want it. A new and fearsome enemy wants it for themselves and the Guardians have to protect it at all costs, but are some sacrifices too high to make?

“Star-Lord, what do your red eyes see?”

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Telltale Games are renowned for their episodic games that beautifully combine multi-path, decision-based gameplay with interactive storytelling and Tangled Up In Blue is no exception. With a star-studded cast including Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights, The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series) as Star-Lord, Emily O’Brien (Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor) as Gamora, Brandon Paul Eells (Watch Dogs) as Drax, Nolan North (the Uncharted series, Pretty Little Liars) as Rocket, and Adam Harrington (The Wolf Among Us, League of Legends) as Groot, TTG have knocked it out of the park once again. Episode 1 also features music from Electric Light Orchestra, Buzzcocks, and Hall & Oates that perfectly compliments the atmosphere of the series created by the cinematic releases.

Fans of both the films and the comics will find plenty to enjoy when playing as each character’s personality has been well-represented, from their humour to their temperament, with heaps of the deadpan humour we all know and love. At around two hours of gameplay for this first episode and with regular auto-saving, it’s also a nice little distraction that you won’t end up sinking ten hours into without even noticing. (I’m looking at you, Skyrim.) Best of all, at only $4.99 an episode on Steam or £24.99 for the Season Pass, it won’t break the bank.

Although Quick Time Events dominate the majority of the gameplay sections, since they only really incorporate a few buttons and the mouse (on the Windows version) it doesn’t take long to get the hang of keeping up with the commands. As always, TTG offer multiple play paths via dialogue choices that can have drastic effects on the way the other characters treat you and each other. This can range from the hilarious to the tragic, and definitely makes you want to replay several times to try out different combinations to see what happens.

For current fans of Telltale Games releases the game style will likely come as no surprise, but a completely new player may struggle a little at first. Tangled Up In Blue kicks off immediately with timed dialogue choices and QTEs that can be tricky to navigate if you’re not sure how the game works, and since there are no instructions outside of being advised that your dialogue choices can have effects on future gameplay, this can make things a little confusing for newcomers.

As the first episode of a new series sets the scene for what’s yet to come it also gives us its own distinct story and layers it directly into the fabric of their mission. TTG achieve this eloquently. Right from the outset it nails the atmosphere we have all come to know and love with the comics and films, and carries it throughout the episode. Along with the expected comedic elements are a number of deeply moving heartfelt moments between the characters, which will leave you aching for more.

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VERDICT
An amazing start to the series that absolutely has the player wanting more right away, despite one or two minor animation errors that can be easily overlooked. The replay value for choosing all the different options throughout, or just seeing what happens if you don’t make all the QTE hits in time, is high so picking up the Season Pass is a must. 

RATING: 8 out of 10

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