Yesterday Square Enix showed us Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy for the first time, also revealing many details on the title arriving in October.
After Square Enix's not-so-successful attempt to take us to the world of the Avengers with Marvel's Avengers, it's now the turn of one of the most beloved superhero groups. The Guardians of the Galaxy, already popular in the comic world, have been a great success especially after the two films by James Gunn. Yesterday during the conference for E3 2021 Square Enix wanted to show us that he had learned from his mistakes by showing us another title in collaboration with Marvel Entertainment.
The new Guardians of the Galaxy
In Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy the development team will put us in front of a completely story driven adventure that will focus above all on the bond between the characters and the writing of the dialogues. The games as a sevice structure of Marvel's Avengers is therefore abandoned. Having been able to work closely with Marvel, Square Enix has managed to create an excellent design of the characters and settings (many already known to fans) while detaching itself enough from the comic or cinematic counterparts.
As already mentioned, the strong point of the production will be the link between the protagonists, which will strengthen during the adventure. The incipit of the game will start from a serious accident, caused by Star-Lord and his companions, which will have a dramatic impact on the fate of the universe. It will be up to the Guardians of the Galaxy themselves to find a way to fight and resolve the situation. The problem is that the team, in the universe conceived by Square Enix, has been formed for less than a year and for this reason the difficulties will be even greater. From the narrative point of view we don't know anything else, but we are sure that the developers will update us soon with new information.
Combat between laser and Walkman
In the presentation video we were able to witness a long sequence of gameplay that highlights all the strengths and some uncertainties that Square Enix brings with it from Marvel's Avengers. If in the latter we could control all the avengers, in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy we will only play Peter Quill, "Known" in the galaxy as Star-Lord. Despite this during the fighting we will have the possibility to give orders to our comrades about the attacks to be launched: Rocket will be able to hit enemies with volleys of bullets, Gamora will use her skills as a lethal assassin, Drax will be able to take them down with her size and Groot will be used to block them in the branches.
In short, the variety is not lacking but the biggest doubt is perhaps Star-Lord, which seems almost a recycle of the Black Widow of the title on the Avengers. To be sure, however, we will have to wait for a hand test of the combat system, which in any case is frenetic and fun. Another problem encountered in the phases in which our Guardians clashed with alien creatures is that of the animations, a bit woody and very similar to those of Marvel's Avengers, not to mention some annoying frame drops that could But be due to the fact that the title is still in an early state of processing. It then remains to discover the structure of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, which would seem to be quite linear without many freedoms left to the player.
On the other hand, there are two elements that surprised us positively: first we saw the presence of a system of choices during the dialogues, and we understand that these will affect the between the five heroes. The developers, however, let us know that these choices will not affect in any way the ending of the game, which will be unique for everyone; we were then shown some sort of Super used by Peter, who, during a fight, pulled his famous Walkman out of his pockets and started one of his 80s songs that make the fight even more adrenaline. Certainly the music has always been the strong point of the Guardians, and in all probability they will also be central in the videogame version.
There are still many doubts that revolve around Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, but based only on the material shown so far we can only be confident and hope that thanks to a noteworthy writing full of irony, jokes and emotionally more intense moments, maybe by filing those imperfections in gameplay and animations, the title could be Square Enix's redemption after Marvel's Avengers. Waiting to learn more, we remind you that the title was announced for October 26 this year for PS4 / 5, Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One and PC.