Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is exactly what Marvel’s Avengers should have been, a single-player game based on a strong story. Square Enix’s latest adventure can be recommended to all lovers of Star-Lord and partners.
Date of issue: 26.10.2021
Publisher: Square Enix
Available: PlayStation 4 & 5 (tested), PC, Xbox One & Series X / S
Players: Single player
Age limit: K3
Game played for review: about 11 hours
Published last year Marvel’s Avengers offered a reasonable single-player game, but the poor co-op multiplayer left a mediocre picture of the whole. Fortunately, Square Enix has learned from its mistakes as a new one Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is already a much more successful superhero adventure.
Drawing on Guardians of the Galaxy comics as well as movies, the game offers a new story set in an alternative timeline, where the joint journey of Star-Lord, Drax, Groot, Rocket and Gamora is just beginning. The mixed crowd has not yet found a common tone, which is why it takes a lot of time to quarrel between team members.
The player steps into the boots of Peter Quill, or Star-Lord, who glues the crowd together. One of the main themes of the game is that the player must remain a voice of reason and a mediator when the other members of the gang get together.
In Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, the player is regularly presented with dialogue options that draw from Telltale’s games.
Sometimes it is a question of decisions such as which smuggled goods are hidden in the depths of the spacecraft Milan and what is left to be found by intergalactic police. Sometimes the player says the last word about whether it makes sense for Drax to throw Rocket over the gorge. A (non-) raccoon thrown over the gorge could open a bridge for the rest of the crowd, but at the same time, the short-surfaced Rocket would likely lose its temper.
Some of the decisions are quite trivial, while others affect the events of the game much later.
The story of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy begins when a crowd invades an unauthorized territory according to their customs. The Nova Corps catch the bandits on top of the cluster and slap them with huge fines that are no longer paid with the flutes found between the couches. The Guardians of the Galaxy team must set out to collect the pots required for the fines, while intervening in a crisis that threatens the security of the entire galaxy, which remains to be resolved by the heroes.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is advancing in a linear tube, with little trendy elements of an open game world involved in today’s games. The character’s ability point system is also quite straightforward, and there is also no overall huge ability tree involved. At its best, the “steps backwards” even seem refreshing when the player is allowed to focus calmly on the story of the game instead of the general flute and millions of side tasks.
The story is, after all, the best gift from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. The dialogue and mutual peeping of the team members underscores the characters ’personalities in a great way and the game’s humor is genuinely fun, at least if the not-so-tight-hitting joke familiar from the Guardians of the Galaxy movies sinks into your own taste. Delightfully, Drax, who has been left behind in the films, also gets a more significant role in the game.
Pipeline running doesn’t hurt either in the sense that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is a graphically showy adventure. Even though the game progresses on fairly tight tracks, it’s worth getting a little sideways from the main path at times, as all sorts of nice little collectibles are hidden in the levels.
Progress is paced by a battle in which the player controlling the Star-Lord cannons enemies with blasts during the battles, while commanding other members of the team. Each character has their own special abilities that the player is responsible for using.
In practice, in a chaotic struggle, there doesn’t seem to be a need to think much about strategies. Instead, the most effective tactic seems to be to use all possible abilities as often as possible, while the Star-Lord soars around the field dodging enemy attacks and firing back.
When the combo points are filled, the whole group can be assembled, allowing the Star-Lord to tell their friends words of encouragement and play empowering cheerleading songs. If the piece of dialogue chosen by the player suits the situation, the fighters will receive a momentary power bonus.
The special abilities of different characters can also be used outside of struggle in a light puzzle solution. Rocket can hack doors open, while Drax moves heavy items from place to place. Gamora can cut the cables blocking the road with his sword. while the Groot branches create a bridge for the group over the narrow gorges. The Star-Lord visor, in turn, allows you to look for tips on where to go next in the game.
Overall, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is a great game especially for Marvel fans. The game may not come up with anything very new or revolutionary, but the humorous journey through Star-Lord and partners through the galaxy is still the best entertainment.
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