I'm a big fan of the creative works of Telltale Games. I was a fan as back as Sam & Max and Back To The Future, but what really made me take notice was when Tales From The Borderlands became the backdrop to the early weeks of my girlfriend and I starting to date each other. Whenever Telltale takes on a favorite franchise, I'll be there, so when the company sent over a download code for Guardians of the Galaxy, I eagerly joined up with the Milano crew. I'll have a lot to say about Episode 1: "Tangled Up In Blue" on an upcoming episode of the Power Button podcast, but for today I want to share three moments from the first episode that, without spoiling any plot points, encapsulates while I enjoy both Telltale products and the Guardians characters.
Like many mainstream Marvel movie fans, I'm predominantly familiar with the Guardians from the two Marvel Cinematic Universe films built around them, and while the Telltale game borrows from the elements and relationships in the movies, it also takes material from the original comic books and melds them all together for a new, separate take on the characters. Like the studio did with last year's Batman, this is the Guardians franchise distilled down into familiar base elements from which it can expand in whatever way Telltale wants without impacting the comics, films, or any other ancillary media that Marvel may choose to develop. Fortunately, the humor comes shining through.
Playing as Star-Lord, it's a common requirement to talk to the other Guardians for advice and insight. Or you can talk to Groot.
You can always count on Drax to simultaneously oversimplify and overcomplicate matters.
I'll have more to say about Telltale's Guardians of the Galaxy as additional episodes are released.