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Why Telltale's Guardians of the Galaxy should give you nerd chills

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I love the Marvel universe and watch just about every movie and television series as soon as they get released. The Guardians of the Galaxy film was released in August 2014, and I feel terrible to admit that I only watched it about a year later. It is one of my biggest regrets to not watch the film in the cinema, but I am going to make up for it by pre-ordering Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy (yes, I know it is one of the biggest mistakes gamers can make).

That is, as soon as I can stop shaking after watching the game’s first trailer, embedded at the bottom of this article. Telltale seems to have captured the Guardians of the Galaxy feeling so perfectly that after watching in five times this morning, I got up, tried to do the famous Chris Pratt hip thrust, said “I am Groot” three times and then tried to calm myself down with by singing “Girl, things are gonna get easier”.

No Chris Pratt isn’t voice-action the role of Star-Lord in Telltale’s game, that honour goes to Scott Porter, while Adam Harrington does the voice for Groot. However, they both do an extremely good job in the first trailer, actually, all the voice acting sounds superb. The trailer has that Marvel quality to it, that undisputed sense of awesomeness (with the exception of Iron Fist) that just pours into every moment like nothing else in the Superhero film and game franchises.

As with all Telltale titles, Guardians of the Galaxy is set to release in an episodic format (five episodes in total). The first episode is called “Tangled in blue”. The game’s cast is the same as that of the movie for the main characters, which is an excellent move. Star-Lord, Groot, Gamora, Drax and Rocket are all there, and then there is the villain…

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If you’ve been following the Marvel cinematic universe, you would know that Thanos is the current big bad, an exceedingly powerful alien that is also the focus of the upcoming 2-part Infinity Wars. It is the introduction of Thanos that gave me nerd chills the most, as his voice and appearance in the first trailer gives a sense that the game will take place on a grand scale.

It isn’t just some small villain Telltale made up, but the greatest enemy the Guardians or even the Avengers will face. His line in the trailer is equal parts frightening and grand, plainly stating “The Guardians of the Galaxy… show me how you die” when he first encounters Star-Lord and crew. Such a grand reveal opens the space-hatches for a story like no other.

However, even with the extremely serious nature of an enemy like Thanos, the trailer still captures one of the aspects of Star-Lord and crew that I love the most; its comedic timing and the light-hearted approach to situations that would make even the strongest heroes quake in their boots.

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Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy’s first episode releases on 18 April 2017. So, after you’ve watched the trailer and calmed down, you can pre-order the game from the links below. Most of them are also on a pre-order special, so you can save a few extra bucks if you buy the game before it releases.

If you would like a physical edition of the game to showcase next to your Star-Lord poster (don’t lie, I know you have one), then you can grab it from local retailer Raru at R359 for both PS4 and Xbox One or from Loot.co.za also for R359 on both PS4 and Xbox One.

Please note that all the prices above are for the full game and not just for the first episode. Further, the physical editions are only expected to ship in May.

Watch the first trailer for Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy below and then tell us what you think about the game in the comment section below.

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"Such a grand reveal opens the space-hatches for a story like no other"

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