Insomniac Games has been killing it with Marvel properties as of late, but it’s not the only game developer to have a hand in this massive superhero franchise. 2K is working on the tactical RPG Midnight Suns with Firaxis at the helm, and Square Enix has already published Marvel’s Avengers. The latter, unfortunately, was terribly marketed, generally panned by most people, and hasn’t held up enough over time for a live service game. However, Square Enix is letting Eidos-Montréal take on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and it looks to be everything Avengers wishes it was.
Players were already burned after Avengers and remain understandably skeptical about Guardians of the Galaxy, but what Eidos-Montréal has shown so far has a lot of potential. Avengers was too much like a live-service title, neglecting what was an actually good campaign in favor of disappointing endgame and multiplayer content. Guardians of the Galaxy seems to be doing the opposite, much to its benefit.
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Trailers and gameplay demos from Guardians of the Galaxy paint a bright picture.
That already sounds like an exciting adventure, and it’s great to see Eidos-Montréal properly market the game. It’s not trying to blend different genres or do something completely new. Like I said before, it knows what it is. The confidence that Eidos-Montréal is putting into Guardians of the Galaxy will hopefully shine through in the final product.
Instead of having a team of playable characters, like Marvel’s Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy keeps it more simple. Star-Lord is the only playable character, though the rest of the team can be issued commands by the player, similar to squadmates in The Outer Worlds or Mass Effect. Eidos-Montréal now doesn’t need to spend the time balancing half a dozen different characters, each with vastly different abilities. It can focus on making Star-Lord’s combat as good as can be, while the others complement him.
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While graphically it doesn’t look like the most impressive game out there, that’s OK. It doesn’t need to hit the fidelity or polish that something like The Last of Us Part 2 can achieve. A certain amount of jank can be excusable when everything else about the game is good. And honestly, sometimes that just adds to the character of the game. Again, think of The Outer Worlds. It’s a little janky, but a memorable and fun world to get lost in.
Marvel’s Avengers, while also not amazing in the graphics department, didn’t set itself apart in terms of tone or character. It all felt fairly bland, though some additional Wakanda DLC has seen some praise.
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And if none of this has sold you already, remember that Cosmo the Spacedog is in this game.
Heroes for hire
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
A new adventure with everyone’s favorite team
The galaxy isn’t the same as it used to be, and the Guardians hope to capitalize on that to make a quick buck. When things go awry, you’ll suit up to makes things right in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
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