‘Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Focuses On The Narrative, Not The Microtransactions

Marvel fans rejoice! The Guardians of the Galaxy game is finally here. After Crystal Dynamics’ (Square Enix) Microtransaction-heavy Avengers looter shooter failed to meet expectations, Eidos Montreal’s (also Square Enix) Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy may just be the redemption we have been waiting for. The long-awaited game will focus on the narrative in a story-driven experience in vein of Insomniac’s stellar game, Marvel’s Spider-Man. Here is everything you need to know about Marvel’s The Guardians of the Galaxy.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Is A Narrative Focused Experience

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy | Official Reveal Trailer

The most shocking news following the announcement of Marvel’s The Guardians of the Galaxy is that the game will be a single-player experience featuring Star-Lord as the main character. One comment said “this is like having a Fantastic Four game where you only play as Mr. Fantastic”. This may sound odd as first, but the trailer speaks for itself. The game seems to features all of the charm and chemistry from James Gunn’s beloved series, but with a twist; this time you have the opportunity to flip the script.

Rocket Will Remember This

Like Eidos Montreal’s Deux Ex series, players are able to pick dialogue options of their choice. While these choices will not change the story in a major way, it will change the dynamic of the team. I am sure we will be seeing “Rocket will remember this” throughout the game. The developers opted in for this single-player narrative-focused style due to the colorful personalities of the team members. If the game was co-op or online, it would not be possible to feature these dialogue options and story changing elements (technically it could, but it wouldn’t feel like these characters have personalities of their own). I personally side with the developers choice; hopefully the narrative is strong and proves this decision is a solid one.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy | Deep Dive

The team in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy have only been together for less than a year. Peter Quill (Star-Lord) is the self-proclaimed leader of the team. Focusing on this period of time is important for the gameplay. In Eidos Montreal’s take on the team, Peter Quill (you) will make decisions that will create heart-warming interactions or haunting and regrettable events. The team seems to lack respect for Quill at this point in time, similar to when the team disobeyed the rock and roll loving leader’s plans on Knowhere in Avengers: Infinity War. The team dynamic will make for endless humorous dialogue as seen in the fantastic gameplay first look trailer embedded below.

Action-Packed Third-Person Gameplay

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy | Gameplay First Look

While the game features dialogue options, it is not an episodic adventure video game like Telltale’s 2017 take on the team. The upcoming title features third-person shooter-like gameplay, where the player can utilize Star-Lords elemental blasters and rocket boots to shoot and navigate around enemies. The game takes a page from Nintendo’s Xenoblade Chronicles, featuring team attacks, abilities, specials, chain attacks, and more. The gameplay slows down when making a tactical decision or commanding a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Command The Guardian’s of the Galaxy

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy

Each character fits a different RPG like role, with Groot being tank, Gamora being an assassin, Drax being a melee dps that pulls a ton of mobs before the tank has aggro, Rocket being the ranged dps / engineer, and lastly Star-Lord being the dungeon leader and additional ranged dps. This is another strength the game actually gains from being a single-player experience. While we previously touched on this from a narrative perspective, even when considering the gameplay the game gains from being a single-player game. Commanding the Guardians of the Galaxy as Star-Lord looks like a ton of fun. I cannot imagine that the execution will feel any less satisfying than it already looks in the gameplay video.

The 11-minute gameplay video is incredibly impressive and promising, and I look forward to playing the game for myself on October 26th, 2021 when the game releases on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Nvidia GeForce Now.

*Edit June 15th, 2021* At the Nintendo Direct E3 2021 Presentation is was announced that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is coming to the Nintendo Switch as well!

The All-Star 80’s Soundtrack of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

Last but not least, the game features the 80’s bangers fans of the Guardians of the Galaxy are known to love. The game’s official website reveals that the game will feature music from the “sweet mixtape of Star-Lord’s ’80s favorites”. This mixtape contains songs from Iron Maiden, KISS, New Kids On The Block, Rick Astley and more. The trailers showed that Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out For A Hero and Joan Jett’s Bad Reputation will make appearances in the game. We can’t wait to see what other tracks appear in this wild game.

Star-Lord Space Rider

Are you excited for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy? I think it has officially made the top of my list for 2021. Let us know in the comments.