James Gunn took a C-list Marvel super team and made them A-listers in Guardians of the Galaxy. Before the 2014 film, the comic team - in fact the second iteration of the team - had experienced some success due to the excellent run by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning and this is the team that the film and this surprisingly good game from developer Eidos Montreal focuses on.
I say that Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is surprisingly good because around a year ago another Square Enix studio developed and released Marvel’s Avengers and that Games as a Service mess has disappointed fans of the comics, films, and games ever since it was released. The marketing campaign also raised concerns with the trailers focusing on cutscenes and story rather than showing off any of the combat and mechanics. Happily this approach to the marketing meant that the game was a pleasant surprise and an entertaining ride filled with the trademark banter, a great ‘80s soundtrack and decent combat.
Like the lamentable Avengers game, this game treads a non-MCU path. Unlike that game, the voice acting and the characterisation is inspired by the films.
This is truly one of the best-looking games of 2021...
Despite the game being billed as the Guardians of the Galaxy, it is really Star-Lord featuring the Guardians in this regard.
Grumpy Old Man who still collects toys (THEY. ARE. NOT. DOLLS), PC Gamer lured to the Dark Side of console gaming, comic book reader and fan of all things pop culture.
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PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series
26 October 2021
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