Guardians of the Galaxy Episode 4 Review
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The fourth episode of Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy finds our heroes between a rock and a hard place – literally. Should you help these fine young citizens, or is this more of a lost cause?

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Guardians of the Galaxy Episode 4 Review

The fourth episode of Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy finds our heroes between a rock and a hard place – literally. Should you help these fine young citizens, or is this more of a lost cause?

Guardians of the Galaxy Episode 4 Review

Picking right up after the events of episode three, “Who Needs You” has Peter, Gamora, Drax, and the rest of the gang stuck in a subterranean area after failing to stop the evil Hala. Their main goal this episode? Escape this area, board the Milano, and find a way to get back home.

For better or worse, this objective means that the main story revolving around Hala and the Eternity Forge takes a backseat. The antagonists may be briefly mentioned in passing, but the action is primarily focused on the here and now. In a brief 90 minutes, threats in the form of rock burrowing worms, stomach acid, and exploding crystals all rear their ugly head. Those who liked the bombastic action sequences found in the movies will likely appreciate what’s present.

Telltale’s conversation style and choose-your-own-adventure format are present here, but they aren’t as drastic as players have come to expect. There are some more major decisions to make, but they often break down to who’s doing what or who’s going where. There is a fairly serious choice at the end, but during our playthrough, the less chosen option led to some random results. It is far more linear than fans have come to expect, so expect to see some somewhat unorthodox situations if you go for the more unique option.

The game also has a number of flashbacks that flesh out the backstories of Peter and Drax. Though they are interesting, they are somewhat shoehorned in, popping up at the most inopportune times. It is interesting to see more of these characters in action, but the timing could have used some work.

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Thankfully, the gameplay found in this episode is well done. There are still a number of quick time events, but there is also the chance to sneak around and traverse select areas with your hoverboots. Peter also has a scanner that can look at creatures back in time, and can also talk to his crew via a communication system. It’s not the deepest thing around, but it is still a welcome addition nonetheless.

If anything, the second half of the game improves upon the first. Without spoiling too much, it really sets the stage for the final episode of the game. The more personal interactions between the Guardians of the Galaxy really shine, and are also what made the previous episodes stand out so much. If the final episode doubles down on these moments, gamers are in for a real treat.

The fourth episode of Guardians of the Galaxy might be filler, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. Though it does not move the plot as far along, those that like the action sequences found in the movies will appreciate what is present here.

This review of Guardians of the Galaxy Episode 4 was written based on the Steam version of the game. The game was purchased digitally.