“Guardians of the Galaxy” offers a superb video game adaptation
In 2014, James Gunn brought his signature cinematic flair to the ever-growing Marvel Cinematic Universe with âGuardians of the Galaxyâ. Based on a 1970s comic that no one has read, the sci-fi comedy adventure followed a group of misfits on an impromptu quest to save the universe, led by an obsessed space pirate. 1970s rocker named Star-Lord, who was played by Chris Pratt at a time when he was known as the “Parks and Rec” guy. Gunn reimagined the comic book series with an energetic, temperamental tone that quickly made the group a household name among the Avengers.
Now, in 2021, with the surge of licensed Marvel titles like Insomniac’s âSpider-Manâ and Square Enix’s âAvengersâ, we get Eidos-Montreal’s âGuardians of the Galaxyâ. After completing the 15 hours of adventure in this game, I can really say that this title is one of the best of this year.
A true blend of Uncharted Final Fantasy 7 Remake, âGuardians of the Galaxyâ is a single player cinematic adventure like a Sony proprietary title. A rarity out of left field in the modern gaming scene of battle pass infused multiplayer titles, it’s refreshing to see a game fully engaging in single-player adventure.
The story follows the alien abduction of ’80s kid Peter Quill (Star-Lord), straight out of his comedic origins, and then years later as the leader of Drax’s rag-keeper team, Rocket Racoon, Gamora and the always positive Groot in short words. The team lives up to their usual heists when a bad job quickly turns into a quest to prevent an intergalactic cult from assimilating the universe in the name of a tyrannical god. It contains all of Marvel’s jokes and humorous zeal, but the game takes its time to have calmer, more human moments with its cast. The cynical banter and doubt within the squad and the tough decisions the player must make add gravity to the unfolding situation, as the ugly Church of Universal Truth provides a truly intimidating force as its power grows. grows through history. You’ll travel to familiar places like the shady criminal world of Knowhere and exotic new worlds full of cosmic weirdness. It’s a storyline that perfectly captures the courage that makes Guardians the beloved comic that they are.
Star-Lord is the only playable character, which disappointed fans as this game approached release. This design decision was very targeted, however, as Quill offers a diverse set of moves in addition to the fast ability to move. command other goalkeepers to attack with their own set of moves. As the system becomes a bit outdated in its final hours, he’s relieved by the great sense of pace that history takes you. He never gets bored with endless encounters, but he does give enough combat between dialogue to have explosive fun.
Overall, the game is a rare breed of AAA games that has never been delayed, focused single player in its entirety, great adventure, and delivered the full package from day one. In a year of disastrous game launches where every AAA game receives some form of lag and respected studios like Rockstar have blown it away with terribly raw versions, it’s a relief to have a game like this now. Definitely go there if you want cosmic fun this season.
âGuardians of the Galaxyâ is available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.