Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy – Episode 4: Who Needs You Review
Contray to popular opinion, I am finding Telltale’s edition to Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy as one of my favorite ones yet. The previous episode set up plenty of openings for plot lines as well as introducing some new characters into the mix. Leaving the episode on a cliffhanger as per usual. Episode 4; Who Needs you released on October 12 2017, the penultimate episode in the series.
Warning: This review will contain spoilers. You have been warned.
The episode starts right where we left off, but the direction soon changes off the main plot line. A larger portion of Who Needs You focuses entirely on the character’s relationships, with Drax featuring as one of the leader characters in this episode.
As in previous episodes, characters have been having flashbacks, and Episode 4 lets you explore the past of Drax from his perspective. Seeing him interact with his daughter is a delightful experience that tugs at your heartstrings, and the choices you make at the end of that scene are very tough ones to make. I am struggling to think anyone could get through that scene without showing a shred of emotion. It was a very well produced scene on behalf of Telltale, and for that I tip my hat.
Like I said, this episode focuses a lot on the relationships between the Guardians crew. The ending of the episode came as a huge surprise, that left me on the edge of my seat and suddenly I was back at the menu screen as I had finished. I really can’t wait to get back in, and see how the crew manage to overcome the threat that is lingering over the galaxy.
A very crucial decision at the end of the chapter left me heart broken. I’ve not felt like that from a Telltale game since the first season of The Walking Dead when Lee passes away.
Who Needs You features some more combat sequences, using the same mechanics as the previous episodes, with plenty of quick time events marring the experience. I was slightly disappointed to find that Episode 4 didn’t include any real puzzles to solve. The free movement moments were purely about navigating through different environments, and at one point a stealth mechanic scene is played out which was a welcome change to the otherwise stale mechanics offering.
Episode 4 lasts around an hour and a half to complete. With the season ramping up in tempo and the story really tethering off towards a conclusion, Guardians of the Galaxy is really turning into one of Telltale’s best series’ to date.
- Story shines through again that brings out some heavy emotions
- Felt shorter than the previous episodes