Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Fool me twice

I want to believe that I am actually really good at Telltale games, that the choices I make are always the correct ones and that I actually made a difference in the story. On the other hand, I know that the choices are at best superficial and that everything funnels towards key plot points, much like how time itself is explain to work in Assassin's Creed Origins.

All that being said, I may have really fucked up in Guardians of the Galaxy.

At the end of Episode four Nebula has sided with the Kree, Gamora blames Quill for Nebula leaving and has left, Mantis can no longer handle the group's constant fighting and has left, Groot has left to watch over Mantis and Drax is fucking dead. The only character left aside from Quill is Rocket, which I do not understand, as I have not been exactly nice to him.

It's a mess. I want to believe that it is my mess but I know how Telltale works. Maybe Gamora stays instead of Rocket. That's about the only variation I can see. But damn it, I have fallen for their tricks again and I am dying to play the last episode.

Running through them in quick succession works better for me than the week, sometimes month long breaks between episodes. I remember what is going on and am much more invested. Each character, aside from Groot, has gotten a mid-episode exploration of their past thanks to Mantis' knack for inserting Quill into their thoughts. Gamora was just more Gamora versus Nebula nonsense but Rocket's origin story explains much of his rampant douchebaggery and Drax, well...

Drax is almost a well rounded character. After Thanos' death he doesn't know what to do with himself. His quest for vengeance is over and he is lost. Drax searching for a new mission becomes a theme, and he does not find one, until Quill sees the final moments Drax spent with his daughter in which he literally pushes her off of a cliff as part of a test. She lives, he hugs her and sends her off for training. There is a choice to let her go or hug her for just a little longer. Jesus, Telltale, have you been taking lessons from Pixar?

Later Drax decides to jettison himself from the ship to slow down a giant space worm. Think Empire Strikes Back crossed with Inner Space. Quill says no and Drax, with extraordinary earnestness, asks Quill to do this last thing for him so he can die as a warrior and rejoin his family.

I do not know if choosing to ignore Drax's request would have kept him alive but I do not regret giving him his hero's death and I am going to be pissed off when he shows up again in the final episode for reasons.

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