We’ve finally reached the final act of Guardians of the Galaxy: Telltale Series with its fifth episode – Don’t Stop Believin’. This roller-coaster ride, filled with emotions has led us to the Guardians final test, but it does prove to be a finish far less deserving than it should as the story wraps up far too quickly and with many of the unresolved issues found throughout still unsolved. Still, the final episode from Guardians of the Galaxy: Telltale Series offers enough to keep you engaged up until the very end, even with its anticlimactic ending.
The story picks up right after the events of the game’s fourth episode as Peter and Rocket (through my choice) are sitting at the bar after the Guardians went their separate ways. It was expected that you’d have to get the group back together, but it was all too easy and quick of a process to find the remainder of the Guardians whereabouts. This could have played a pivotal role in the game’s final act, but unfortunately, falls flat as it is rushed and forced upon players far too quickly.
Unlike the previous entries to this episodic title, the fifth acts decisions bear little weight to the final outcome. While the game does a nice job in ensuring that the Guardians are left happy and together, never focuses on any of the issues from the previous episodes that leaves many questions left unanswered and a few issues unresolved. Instead, it goes by giving unsatisfying answers, making much of the work from the last four episodes feel as though they were all for nothing.
This becomes a reoccurring theme throughout the final episode and shows with its lack of character interactions and quick time events. Only counting two separate sequences that offered any sort of action through quick time events which are featured in the game’s final moments really makes it disjointed from any other entry to the title and the characters inconsequential actions just add to the disappointment of what was set up to be a grand ending for the Guardians.
While much of the game does feel rushed, it does a good job of ensuring every character gets in on the spotlight and shows how much each of the Guardians have grown as the series progressed. Sure, it is done in a cookie-cutter fashion, but each hero gets their own little quirky moment and hopefully, this carries on with what seems to be a teaser for something else that is shown in classic Marvel fashion.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Telltale Series: Don’t Stop Believin’ ends on a less stellar note than the previous acts, but still manages to give it a fitting closing act. The game still delivers on its witty dialog and a strong cast of characters that come together for one last hurrah but misses out having the game’s key moments play out in the forefront. When it is all said and done, Guardians of the Galaxy: Telltale Series final act wasn’t the entries strongest showing, but offers a safe and simple ending.
A copy of Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series was provided to Link-Cable by the publisher for the purpose of this review.