Picking up directly from where episode 1 of Guardians of the Galaxy: A Telltale Series left off, episode 2, Under Pressure, is another solid instalment in what is shaping up to be one of Telltale’s best series yet.
It opens up with the Guardians left aghast by Peter’s swift recovery from what appeared to be mortal wounds. Unsettled by the Eternity Forge’s display of power and battle-scarred after their run-in with Hala, the Guardians head out to visit Peter’s old pal, Yondu, eager to find out what he knows about the relic and also get their ship repaired. What they learn makes Gamora believe that Nebula could be the key to discovering the Eternity Forge’s mysteries. Locating her and getting her to cooperate, however, won’t be so easy.
Episode 2 also gives players the chance to discover more about Rocket, should they decide to help him with a personal matter. It’s quite possibly the highlight of the episode if you’re smitten with the furry little rascal like so many of us are, letting us see a softer, more vulnerable side to the wise-cracking critter.
In fact, we may only be two episodes in, but it’s clear that cracks are beginning to show in the group. After ending Thanos’ life, Drax is now missing purpose, Rocket yearns for a break and obviously has other things on his mind, Gamora is unsure how to approach things with her sister, and Groot, well, he’s just Groot. Trying to hold everything together is Peter. Though even he is visibly becoming more troubled by the visions brought on by the Eternity Forge, and is struggling to keep the gang together. It’s going to be interesting to see how the dynamics of the team work out in future episodes.
Like the one prior, episode 2 of Guardians of the Galaxy: A Telltale Series is well-paced, mixing up the action from scene to scene to keep you on your toes. Alongside the usual action scenes laden with QTEs, you’ll get to revisit and explore some familiar temple ruins, as well as shoot down some Navy Corps ships. That may not sound ground-breaking, but it’s nice to see Telltale add more gameplay elements to their games rather than water them down to just dialogue choices.
In terms of audio and visuals, there are no surprises. The Guardians remain good-looking, their voice-acting top-notch, but their animation is often underwhelming. One thing I will say though is that the use of Sparks’ This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us is inspired. It’s easy to love Guardians of the Galaxy when such good music is employed.
All in all, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: A Telltale Series – Episode 2: Under Pressure does little, if anything, to disappoint. Some may feel that it ends rather abruptly, but it leaves you wanting more, which can only be a good thing. We’re now two episodes in, and it’s exciting to speculate as to where the story might go. If you’re a fan of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise and yet still on the fence with regards to the Telltale series, I’d consider getting down and making a purchase, pronto.