Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy - Episode 2: Under Pressure

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Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy - Episode 2: Under Pressure is ranked in the 41st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 40 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

69

Top Critic Average

35%

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Based on 40 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

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ACG

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Jun 5, 2017
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TheSixthAxis
Unscored
Unscored
Jun 15, 2017

There are still plenty of reasons to tune in to Telltale's Guardians, but this is a B-side rather than a hit single.

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Birth. Movies. Death.
Unscored
Unscored
Jun 14, 2017

While it’s still one of the more outright comedies in the Telltale oeuvre, Guardians’ story is one of grief and loss and regret.

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Scored Reviews

Invision Community
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jul 18, 2017

I loved it so much and it managed to immerse me perfectly into the atmosphere of the guardians. The humor was on par where it could be, there were sentimental moments, enough action and all in all a very nice balance of all elements. I cannot wait to play the next episode and see the big reveal that we found at the end of episode 2.

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PushStartPlay
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 14, 2017

Episode Two ‘Under Pressure’ builds upon the opening episode and then some; it has drama, tension, action and heartbreak, so everything you want from a Telltale Games product.

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MonsterVine
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Aug 4, 2017

Under Pressure veers away from the main story of TellTale’s Guardians to focus on Rocket Raccoon’s backstory, with surprisingly poignant and successful results.

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COGconnected
82 / 100
82 / 100
Jun 11, 2017

In the beginning it seems as if Telltale is struggling to find their groove, stumbling a bit before regaining focus.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Jun 5, 2017

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series - Episode 2 is another great episode from the developer. It's better than the first episode in a lot of ways, but still has troubling technical problems that detract from the fun.

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GameSpew
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 9, 2017

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.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Jun 7, 2017

Under Pressure keeps the story flowing and the jams pumping as Telltale provides a rare look at one of the Guardians' upbringings. The hit-or-miss humor and standard technical malfunctions are still on full display, but the strong storytelling helps keep the season moving forward as the dysfunctional space crew keep searching for answers.

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Sirus Gaming
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 14, 2017

Under Pressure is a great follow up and it looks like Telltale finally found the perfect balance between comedy and emotion and thanks to that cliff hanger of an ending, I can't wait to see what they have for us in Episode 3.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 15, 2017

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy - Episode 2: Under Pressure continues what the first episode began, putting together an interesting tale about a group of misfits who are as often their own worst enemies as they are best friends to one another. Still, the quirky but lovable collection of characters helps to carry what has been only an average story so far, while demonstrating that there is plenty of potential to be had here in the upcoming chapters.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Jun 8, 2017

It may not have you pausing your game and thinking over decisions quite like The Walking Dead did, but Guardians of the Galaxy constantly emanates feel-good vibes, reminiscent of Tales from the Borderlands. While I'm not convinced it'll ultimately live up to Rhys, Fiona and Loaderbot's escapades (my own personal favorite series), for sheer enjoyment, it's shaping up to come mighty close.

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IGN
7.9 / 10.0
T.J. Hafer

Top Critic

7.9 / 10.0
Jun 5, 2017

Under Pressure transitions us off of the high-tempo radio hit that was the season opener and into a more relaxed slow jam punctuated with some meaty action riffs. The slower drip of meaningful events meant I didn't come off of it with the same level of feelgood euphoria I had after finishing Tangled Up in Blue, but Telltale is still doing an excellent job adapting this eccentric hero team to its tried-and-true format - particularly when the focus is on developing the characters and the relationships between them.

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Game Informer
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Jun 8, 2017

The second episode is better paced and more engaging than the opener, but still struggles under its own technical limitations

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RPG Fan
78%
RPG Fan

Top Critic

78%
Jul 11, 2017

Under Pressure provides more of the same with plenty of room for improvement.

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God is a Geek
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jun 9, 2017

Much better than the first, episode two features better pacing and more time being given to the supporting characters. I'm now excited to see where things go for the series.

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Use a Potion
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jun 20, 2017

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series – Episode Two ‘Under Pressure’ doesn’t feel as impactful as the first episode from both an action and storyline perspective, but it does enough to keep players entertained throughout it’s roughly hour and a half run-time. Seeing this deeper look into Rocket Racoon’s past was quite enlightening and I’m intrigued to see how it affects the story down the line – even if it did minimal to progress it right now. I’d probably say I preferred the Episode One over Under Pressure, though only just. The lack of new locations to see and actual exploration was pretty obvious, whilst some of the flaws remained the same here too. That doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy playing through it though and I’m still eagerly excited to see what comes next in the series.

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Entertainment Buddha
75 / 100
75 / 100
Jun 6, 2017

Telltale's Guardians of the Galaxy series continues with Under Pressure, the second of five planned episodes, and while it is competent and features a bit of Rocket lore, it still lacks that Guardians flair James Gunn has perfected in his live action films featuring the same characters.

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Hey Poor Player
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Jun 8, 2017

I am continuously impressed by the personal emotional depths TellTale is willing to dive into with each character. I would argue that this is Rocket’s episode more than anyone’s. He gets a lengthy flashback sequence, which invested me as far into his character as two films managed to do, if not more. Drax and Gamora also show the first seeds of major character arcs that I’m hopeful to see in future episodes.

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BaziCenter
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 7, 2017

The second episode of Guardians of the Galaxy focuses more on character relationships in their pasts and continues to tell a great story. However, some technical glitches along with below par QTE scenes prevent it from becoming a superb title.

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GameSpot
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jun 8, 2017

The second episode of Telltale's Guardians of the Galaxy series takes on a slower pace with more focus on characters (and drama).

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Destructoid
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 6, 2017

Ultimately, while Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series: Under Pressure's array of choices doesn't quite feel as "consequential" as one might expect of the typical Telltale pitch, the new episode improves on the promise of the first outing's strengths in characterization, while still building up the main narrative into something a tad more engaging. Only the future will be able to show if these decisions will snowball properly, but the series now has me wanting to actually see that eventuality, which means it's done its job.

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The PlayStation Hub
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 8, 2017

Although I do appreciate that we get more airtime with the Guardians and experience their relationship with each other firsthand, I just felt I was being deprived of the action. I wanted more space fights, I wanted more action sequences. I wanted to see all of the Guardians in action. I wanted to see the chain of command jumping off from one Guardian to another. I didn't really get to experience that here. It was too far and few in between. The game needs to step it up and I hope that they can improve next episode.

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DualShockers
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 22, 2017

Though some of the series' weaker aspects are unlikely to go away any time soon like some of its technical and visual shortcomings, the deeper focus on characterization and the relationships that players will build between Star-Lord and the rest of the Guardians is one I deeply look forward to exploring in the coming episodes. Telltale nailed the look of Guardians of the Galaxy in the first two installments, and with Episode 2 they're finally getting a little closer to nailing the heart of it.

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Game Debate
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 12, 2017

Wrapping up, Under Pressure continues the Guardians' adventure quite nicely. It lacks a little of the thrilling action that peppered the first episode but compensates with a tighter storyline and good narrative. In short, this episode fulfils all the check marks of Telltale and is a fairly good time for Marvel fans.

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TrueAchievements
Jun 9, 2017

All in all it's a solid episode that feels decidedly rushed in the end — Rocket Raccoon's story is compelling, but it seems like the developer forgot they need to carry the main plot forward too, and left us on a massive cliffhanger to make up for it.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jun 28, 2017

Under Pressure does a good job of showing the cracks that are beginning to form in the Guardians' relationships, while ironically filling some of the cracks that were present in the first chapter's presentation. It still needs some work to make it something truly special, and it remains to be seen whether the consequences will be worth the yawn-inducing build-up. Luckily, things are looking up, and as the main theme suggests, Telltale's Guardians of the Galaxy is still very much a Livin' Thing.

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PSX Brasil
67 / 100
67 / 100
Jun 20, 2017

The second episode of the Guardians of the Galaxy season has its ups and downs. Despite delivering some interesting moments to the development of his characters (especially Rocket Racoon), the episode highlights some of the series' biggest problems: the lack of polishment in the graphics and meaningful game choices.

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CGMagazine
6.5 / 10.0
CGMagazine

Top Critic

6.5 / 10.0
Jun 27, 2017

"Under Pressure" redeems one character, but raises questions about whether some of the series' problems are too well ingrained to be fixed in further episodes.

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TechRaptor
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Jun 26, 2017

Under Pressure continues most of the problems with Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series. It's interesting, but not interesting enough. It's funny, but not funny enough. It has everything to make a good Telltale series, but not enough of it. I'm honestly starting to worry at this point.

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Spaziogames
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Jul 20, 2017

Under Pressure chooses the way of introspection and shows some Guardians' soul to the player, but the main storyline is pratically freezed and there are way too much QTEs to deal with.

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Cubed3
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jun 16, 2017

If Under Pressure was meant to serve as a platform to build up the third episode, then it surely succeeded at that.

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The Digital Fix
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jun 23, 2017

Humour and pacing is sacrificed for a delve into Rocket's past, but even that cannot sustain a lacklustre storyline.

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Push Square
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jul 3, 2017

Poignant character moments and some impressive use of pop music make Under Pressure a better episode than Tangled Up In Blue, but still nowhere near the lofty heights that we know Telltale is capable of. There's enough good work here to indicate that by the time the series is over it'll have given us reasons to care about the cast and what they're up to, but if you're on the fence about whether or not to pick up the season pass, you're probably best waiting a little longer to make that decision. The series has potential, but whether it'll ever manage to escape the shadow of the movies it is so desperately trying to recreate remains to be seen.

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Gamers Heroes
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jun 12, 2017

The second episode of Guardians of the Galaxy does a fair job of setting the stage for future installments. If you can get over the consistency errors and hammy writing, you've got the potential for a b-movie blockbuster full of action, drama, and blue-skinned cyborgs.

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Cubed3
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jun 13, 2017

The same problems as the first episode return. Outside of Rocket's flashback and some interactions with Nebula, the story fails to really grip the audience. The usual Telltale problems are once again in attendance, too, with some terrible performance and too many easy choices to make. That being said, the glimpse into Rocket's history is fantastic, and for those who have enjoyed the films thus far and want to dip their toe into the comics, this is seeming a fitting way to do so.

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Marooners' Rock
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jul 20, 2017

Sadly, Marvel’s Guardians of The Galaxy: The Telltale Series Ep 2 “Under Pressure” was more disappointing than its predecessor. Although Telltale improved on some of the negative factors of the first game, they dropped the ball or did not improve in other areas.

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Player.One
Jun 6, 2017

My big problem with Telltale's take on Guardians of the Galaxy is that it just hasn't grabbed me like the other Telltalle series.

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Digiato
50 / 100
50 / 100
Jun 11, 2017

It's still not clear what Telltale and Guardians of Galaxy are trying to achieve but from what we have experienced so far, there is no hope for the future of this game.

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