Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy - Episode 5: Don't Stop Believin'

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T.J. Hafer

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7.2 / 10.0
Nov 10, 2017

The core of Episode 5: Don't Stop Believin' provides a thrilling and fulfilling resolution to the season arc with a couple interesting surprises in store. I just wish it hadn't been immersed in this flimsy, fake crisis of the Guardians breaking up and getting back together that was never fully realized, and ended up dragging the whole season down. Flaws and all, however, Guardians of the Galaxy is, overall, one of the stronger stories Telltale has put out. This has become the version of the Guardians team I see in my head first when I think about them. I'd be thrilled to hear we might get to join them on the Milano for a second season.

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7.8 / 10.0
Nov 28, 2017

After a shaky start to the season-wrapping episode, the final minutes offer a satisfying conclusion

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5 / 10.0
Nov 6, 2017

In the end, Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series' finale is more a whimper than a bang, but it's not disappointing enough to taint the good times I've had so far with this crew. I can only hope that the narrative seeds planted here turn into something substantial in the future, as this is a family I'd like to stick around with, if I can.

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Nov 6, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy – Episode 5 "Don't Stop Believin'" solidifies this as another Telltale classic. The studio has always handled mixing drama and humor well, and this series proves that they've still got it in them.

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75 / 100
Nov 20, 2017

The narrative is where Telltale Games has shined throughout the series, and episode 5 really proves that.

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7 / 10
Nov 15, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy has been a bumpy ride, with the occasionally poignant character moments and amusing dialogue exchanges drowned out by perfunctory action sequences, tepid puzzling, and the unshakeable feeling that the whole endeavour is just a pale imitation of the Guardians movies. The finale's heightened pace plays to the series' strengths, removing much of what made previous episodes so frequently frustrating, and so perhaps if there is a second season of Telltale's Guardians -- and, like any Marvel movie, you should probably stick around until after the credits for hints as to what might happen next -- we can only hope that it follows the blueprint of Don't Stop Believin'. It's not perfect, but if you're a fan of Telltale's formula or the eponymous Marvel characters, the improved latter half of the series makes Guardians of the Galaxy just about worth playing.

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Nov 12, 2017

Despite walking back the massive cliffhanger from the previous episode, Don't Stop Believin' is a funny and emotionally strong conclusion to Telltale's Guardians of the Galaxy series.

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8 / 10.0
Nov 8, 2017

Don't Stop Believin' isn't the strongest episode of the series, but it does mark a rather fitting end to Telltale Games' Guardians of the Galaxy.

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3 / 5.0
Nov 6, 2017

As a season, Guardians of the Galaxy delivered the kind of experience I wanted. It's the most I've found myself laughing and smiling since Tales From the Borderlands, and I enjoyed the adventure and story laid out here more than the sequel movie that released this year.

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RPG Fan

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73%
Jan 14, 2018

Episode Five is a step back for the series in multiple ways, leading to a conclusion that feels rushed and minimally fulfilling.

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6 / 10.0
Dec 20, 2017

A finale as uneven as the series itself; a few highlights and more meaningful outcomes to earlier choices are offset by Telltale's usual problems of pacing and gameplay mechanics.

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7 / 10.0
Nov 15, 2017

Don't Stop Believin' helps to undo a lot of damage of previous episodes, but this more level-headed characterization is five episodes too late.

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4.5 / 10.0
Nov 11, 2017

The worst episode in a struggling season by far, Don't Stop Believin' proved that I should have just stopped believing in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series long ago.

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6.5 / 10.0
Nov 10, 2017

This is not the ending we hoped for: for the whole series you will not care about the main villain and things are not going to change here. The feeling, when you are face to face with the ending credits, is that with five main heroes and with their amazing uniqueness, this series needed more time (and maybe more episodes) in order to be meaningful and remarkable as it could have been.

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4 / 5.0
Nov 8, 2017

Don't Stop Believin' feels stretched out, but ultimately plays out as an enjoyable finale filled with humor and heart. If this does end up being the final appearance of Telltale's take on the Guardians of the Galaxy, it'll be reassuring to know that the season ended on a high note (in more ways than one), while still leaving an open door for the dysfunctional space family to return in the future.

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35 / 100
Dec 17, 2017

At the end of the day, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy had only two enjoyable episodes. The rest of the season was so poor that even made these two forgettable. Wrong decisions of developers and poor writing ruined the first season for any of us.

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Heavy

Top Critic

9.5 / 10.0
Nov 28, 2017

Episode 5 of Telltale's Guardians of the Galaxy has me anticipating more space-faring adventures with Peter Quill and his family of heroes.

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8 / 10
Nov 27, 2017

Not without its weaknesses, the conclusion to Telltale's Guardians of the Galaxy series nonetheless takes things out on a high note. It's clear that Telltale's storytelling and gameplay are wearing out their welcome, so hopefully the teased follow-up season will do more to reinvigorate this shaky franchise. Despite this, if the earlier episodes had you wondering whether Guardians of the Galaxy would amount to anything, well, don't stop believin'.

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7 / 10
Nov 14, 2017

Don't Stop Believin' is a good conclusion for Guardians of the Galaxy series, even though it still carries almost all issues from the previous episodes. In the end, Guardians of the Galaxy could have become one the best Telltale games if its action and adventure aspects were as good as its story and character development.

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6 / 10
Nov 14, 2017

This conclusion to Telltale's Guardians of the Galaxy needed a lot more runway. The interactions between the crew of the Milano are sharp and full of character, but the mad rush to finish the plot ends up feeling somewhat unsatisfying when all is said and done.

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