Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series - Episode Five: Don't Stop Believin' (PlayStation 4) Review

By Drew Hurley 11.11.2017

Review for Marvel

The final episode is here - Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series - Episode Five: Don't Stop Believin' - and instead of excited noises, most fans are just letting out a sigh of welcomed relief at the thought of this subpar space opera coming to an end. It's not been horrible, but just so lacklustre and unfulfilling that there's little to look forward to here and it has been so completely predictable it's unlikely to suddenly deliver a quality conclusion. The penultimate episode began to get on the right track at least, though, so perhaps this can give a finale that makes the slog worthwhile?

As with all episodic reviews here at Cubed3, there are spoilers throughout for previous episodes. Reader beware, and for those that want to catch up, be sure to check out the other episodes' reviews right here.

The previous episode ended with the Guardians being split apart, based on the decisions of the player that meant at least two of the three Guardians were gone. The Fellowship broken and now the antagonist of the series is out being a cliché Marvel villain, slaughtering worlds on a quest to kill the hero. Halaa with her newfound powers (or army, based on the choices of the player) threatens to destroy all Peter Quill loves; she plans to destroy the Guardians' makeshift home of Knowhere and then move onto Peter's original home of Earth. This means tracking down the team and taking her on.

While the actual narrative that has played out across this game has been rather humdrum, there have been some great moments in the flashbacks that gave further insights into each character and every of them has had some time dedicated to their past. All bar one. He. Is. GROOT! That terrific triffid is playable here with some surprising lines of dialogue. It's just a shame his flashback covers the history of the Guardians rather than the history of the talkative tree.

Screenshot for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series - Episode Five: Don't Stop Believin' on PlayStation 4

This episode takes a step backward after the marginal improvements of the fourth episode, with the interactive segments falling back into bad habits. The writing again is seemingly outsourced and there are decisions that lack any real weight. Even worse, even the comedy falls flat for most of this episode; it's like a really bad '90s sitcom.

After now seeing this story through to its conclusion, finally the main problem is completely identifiable: the characters. The best Telltale stories have memorable characters that the audience can connect with; characters where it's easy to get invested in their journey, to care about what happens to them. The Guardians seemed a perfect fit for this sort of story. These broken, damaged individuals are relatable, even when they include a talking Raccoon and a talking tree. However, here they are just awful. Telltale has tried to emphasise the gruff and argumentative nature of the group. There are moments of brilliance here, truly funny and smart parts, but on the whole, every step forward in ingratiating the characters to the audience is quickly undone with cringe-worthy or obnoxious dialogue.

Screenshot for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series - Episode Five: Don't Stop Believin' on PlayStation 4

Cubed3 Rating

4/10
Rated 4 out of 10

Subpar

As a finale, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series - Episode Five: Don't Stop Believin' is a complete failure. The big action sequence lacks any real punch, and the final moments are not joyous or victorious, instead being boring and feeling like a fan-fiction written by a teenage supporter. Telltale recently announced the lay-offs of 25% of its workforce, so it could produce higher quality stories. Hopefully, this trimming of the fat will return it to the halcyon days that now seem so long ago.

Developer

Telltale

Publisher

Telltale

Genre

Adventure

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  4/10

Reader Score

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