If Telltale didn’t have a lot to live up to before, they certainly do now after the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. The sequel was just as good if not better than the original and proved to the world that GotG wasn’t a fluke. This is a bankable franchise. So yeah Telltale, no pressure at all.
The first episode hit the ground running, with some fantastic action sequences and the witty dialogue we’ve come to expect from the lovable band of misfits. Episode 2, Under Pressure, isn’t quite as action packed as episode 1, but when you start the series by having the team kill Thanos, perhaps it’s wise to dial things back just a little bit.
With some of the powers of the Eternity Forge being revealed, namely Quill’s resurrection, episode 2 deals more with the team seeking to understand its origins, purpose and true power. The mystery of Quill’s visions still remain, and much of the episode is spent chasing that wild goose.
It also focuses more on the developing relationships between the team, with Star-Lord trying to keep everyone happy whilst also fulfilling the team’s duty as Guardians. There are some tough decisions; some promises to make or break, and they’re only going get tougher from here.
It’s also intriguing to see how these decisions put different members of the team at odds with each other, and how that’ll escalate and pay off in the future. As Star-Lord and team leader, your choices do have impacts, some of which already show in episode 2.
The main highlight of the episode is Rocket Raccoon’s flashback to his time in the testing facility on Halfworld. Without spoiling anything, it’s nice to see the sarcastic, comedy relief get some serious screen time. It wouldn’t be surprising if Drax and Gamora got the same kind of treatment in episodes 3 and 4 before the big finale.
Overall, Episode 2 is another great episode in the ongoing series. The general lack of primary antagonist Hela in this episode might disappoint some, but the decision to slow the pace and focus on our intrepid adventurers was a wise one. Bring on Episode 3!
You can pick up the full season pass from the Xbox Store for £19.19. Check out the trailer for Episode 1 below!
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