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

By Josh Di Falco 13.11.2017

Review for Marvel

The final episode of Telltale's latest series is here - Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series - Episode 5: Don't Stop Believin' - as it wraps up a season's worth of story threads and loose ends to provide a satisfying finale. The Guardians are recovering from a minor defeat in Episode 4, while the threat of Hala and the Kree are looming larger than ever. The odds are raised further when Hala publically calls out P. Quill on a live broadcast as the two prepare for the final battle. Is Episode 5: Don't Stop Believin' as good an ending as the entire season has promised thus far?

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.

Simply put, Episode 5: Don't Stop Believin' pays off all the story threads fantastically. The decisions made during the course of the earlier episodes finally added up to something worthwhile. Depending on what decisions were made before, the story in this final episode can have two different ramifications for future seasons, if they were to happen. The flat one-sided decisions that were prevalent so far were the direct opposite due to the final stages of the season having an actual tough call to make that tugged at the heartstrings and are sure to cause heartbreak either way.

The main cast member yet to have a dedicated episode is Groot, and this time it is his turn to take the centre stage. Well, only shortly as his limited dialogue leaves minimal options for a long, drawn-out sequence. However, the small scene he does play a huge role in, is quite a comical scene that brings about some hideous images of the main man, Star-Lord. It also gives a small glimpse into what Groot is trying to say to the rest of the group, which is a fascinating experience.

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

The rest of the character development kind of stalls at this stage, as the rest of the cast does not have a lot of maturing left in them. Unfortunately, previous decisions that were made to try to tear the team apart just cannot cause an actual split, as the game always finds a way to pit the Guardians back together again, even if it makes no sense within the context of the canonical decisions from prior episodes. Alas, when the group does band together to make its final stand, it is quite a powerful moment as each has their time in the sun during the final battle.

Unfortunately, the dull gameplay mechanics are also still present, although thankfully Don't Stop Believin' only has one moment of manual control. Manoeuvring anywhere in Telltale's current gameplay model is never fun, so limiting the movements to just the interior of the Guardians' ship is a welcome one at that. However, the Quick Time Events (QTE) are a lot more refined here, and they do not feel like cheap deaths when there is a mistake. The missed events do seem to be a little more forgiving this time, so as not to greatly impair on the pacing of the episode, which is a nice touch.

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

Cubed3 Rating

8/10
Rated 8 out of 10

Great - Silver Award

Rated 8 out of 10

After the up-and-down rollercoaster that has been this season of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, Episode 5: Don't Stop Believin' has managed to tie together an emotionally-investing story. With an ending that packs quite a punch, this episode finally seems to have gotten right what the rest of the season had so far been lacking. By trimming down the poor gameplay movements, and focusing more on telling a better story without constant replays by cheap deaths, this is probably the best episode of the season. It is just unfortunate that it took so long to actually get to.

Developer

Telltale

Publisher

Telltale

Genre

Adventure

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  8/10

Reader Score

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