Telltale Guardians of the Galaxy Episode 2: Under Pressure
After the resurrection stone brings Starlord back from the dead, everyone wants to find out its deal. Meanwhile, Nebula’s back and she’s ready to take vengeance for her father’s death.
This story picks up where Episode 1 left off, with Starlord’s resurrection and everyone wondering what happened. You can bet that the Guardians are not going to believe that Starlord came back from the dead and, when they finally do, they’ll want to investigate the relic that made it possible. To do this, they have to go to Yondu.
That’s right, our favorite blue-skinned pirate finally made his appearance. The meeting even brings a few funny scenes, such as Yondu and Rocket meeting for the first time. That’s what I love about Guardians of the Galaxy; it can be humorous without undermining the tragedy in the story. Believe me when I say that there is some serious tragedy.
The main plot of the game is Nebula retrieving Thanos’s corpse from either Nova Corp or the Collector, whomever you gave the body to. However, there is a side story involved with Rocket, should you choose to take it.
Yes, when I said the game involved serious tragedy, this is what I meant. The side story explores Rocket’s past and reveals that he once loved, and still loves, a female Otter named Lylla. Even though her character is, to use a common saying, stuffed in the fridge, the story of how the scientists treated living beings as science experiments is still a serious tearjerker. Add what happens after we meet her and it gets worse, much worse. Just watching this scene and seeing Rocket’s emotions afterward made me cry. Even after I played the game, everything about Rocket’s side quest put me in a seriously bad mood. Even as I write this, I feel like crying. Despite the effect the scene had on me, I still recommend that you take a break from the main story and explore Rocket’s side quest.
The rest of the story involves Gamora trying her best to fix things with Nebula and failing. Unlike Rocket’s back-story, Gamora’s plot actually ties in with the main story. The language of the relic is Kree and only Nebula can speak it. However, it’s tough luck getting her to cooperate. I wish I could give a more detailed review of the main plot but the problem is that I still find myself affected deeply by Rocket’s side quest. Therefore, it’s a little hard for me to focus on everything else going on in the game. I will tell you that Yondu has the hots for Gamora which, considering Starlord, who Yondu raised as a son, and Gamora’s ship tease in the movies, I find a little creepy. However, there doesn’t seem to be a ship tease between Starlord and Gamora in the games, more like a deep friendship. Then again, I could be wrong. I will admit that I kind of like the hint that Yondu and Starlord’s mother might have been involved.
The game play is much like your average Telltale, picking dialogue options for Starlord being the main aspect. However, I’ll admit, from the description of the episode and having not seen the trailer before playing, I thought that you’d play Rocket for the whole episode. Since Rocket’s my favorite character, you can bet that this excited me. While you can play as Rocket if you choose to take the optional side quest, you mostly play as Starlord. The game also features QuickTime events requiring you to press the right key or button in order to survive. Let me warn you, it will come when you least expect it. You can also explore the ship and, once again, check your monitor. However, the second part didn’t feel quite as fun as I found it in the last episode. Mainly because you learn nothing new about the characters or places in the codex, save for a few places and characters that the game adds. In addition, you can’t respond to email people send you; you just read it. However, it is a bit cute to discover that Groot believes in chain mail. At the end of the Episode, you can compare your choices with ones from other players.
This game is tragic and a bit of a disappointment. I give it 7 out of 10, two points added for Rocket’s side quest.