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Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series - Episode Four: Who Needs You (Xbox One) Review

By Josh Di Falco 05.11.2017

Review for Marvel

The penultimate episode of Telltale's take on Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy reaches fever pitch, as friendships are tested and as they threaten to tear the Guardianship apart for good. Episode 4: Who Needs You takes a more Drax-centric narrative, with a minor dip into his emotional back-story. With many narrative threads running through this episode, the final battle with Hala and the Kree has a small diversion when the Guardians find themselves at literal rock bottom. While this episode is light on plot, the character development takes centre stage instead.

Episode 4: Who Needs You begins right where Episode 3: More Than a Feeling leaves off, as the situation with Hala and the Kree turns into an all-out war zone. In an attempt to regroup, the gang falls down into a crevice, into the cavernous world below. The entire episode then deals with the Guardians trying to get out of this unknown place, while escaping the unknown monsters that dwell in this below-land world. While the long-form narrative thread centring around the Eternity Forge and the repercussions caused by Hala's plot for Kree domination takes a backseat, Who Needs You focuses on the Guardians' relationship with each other.

The choices in this episode hold a greater bearing on the outcomes, which was a feature sorely lacking in previous episodes. Now with the series about to wrap up, the differing outcomes are quite drastic. With multiple playthroughs on different saves and making different decisions, watching how this episode pans out is quite fascinating as they are greatly different to each other. The main issue is that, yet again, the choices on offer are highly weighted to one side, with rare moments of actual dilemmas. With one episode to go, these do not look like changing at all, although the ramifications of the alternate choices is looking to have a massive impact on how the series ends.

Screenshot for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series - Episode Four: Who Needs You on Xbox One

Writing dialogue is never easy, especially when there are six main characters that need their equal time to stand in the sun. In an episode where story takes a step back, this venture packs such an emotional punch. Whether it is Peter Quill trying to keep the group together when Rocket and Gamora get into their most heated exchange yet or revisiting old memories from his possessions, or even experiencing Drax's flashback to ensure his daughter is well trained for her trials ahead. This is an emotionally charged episode right through to the end, with dire consequences leaving the story on a cliffhanger, of sorts, regardless what choices are made.

The gameplay areas are back, although they are as clumsy and awkward to control as in previous episodes. A certain segment involves moving Star-Lord from one rocky surface to the next, hovering above a poisonous river of stomach acid. It sounds simple, but the sometimes non-responsive controls are costly, considering Peter has a limited amount of time to reach the next surface area. Between that sequence, and bumbling around fiddling with spare spaceship engines, all the gaming sequences seem so inconsequential.

Screenshot for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series - Episode Four: Who Needs You on Xbox One

Cubed3 Rating

7/10
Rated 7 out of 10

Very Good - Bronze Award

Rated 7 out of 10

Although the base story surrounding the Eternity Forge and Hala seemed like it was ready to finally conclude, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series - Episode Four: Who Needs You does its best to drag out that narrative thread. By diverting the story into a seemingly minor "cave escape" sequence, it surprisingly delivers plenty of emotions and ends up becoming quite an important episode in the scheme of things. The same old menial gameplay features here, though, with some uninspiring sequences to endure in order to get to the meaty parts of this character-driven story.

Developer

Telltale

Publisher

Telltale

Genre

Adventure

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  7/10

Reader Score

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