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Video GameMarvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Review
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Posted: 7 months ago, last updated 7 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is an action adventure where you play the Guardians heroes as they explore diverse worlds, shoot enemies and learn to live with each other (while also attempting to get out of debt and save the galaxy). Unlike similar games, the emphasis here is on fun and the well written story, rather than extreme skill difficulty. It's a different visual take on the team to the films, but a surprisingly fun and heartfelt adventure that adapts to your choices.

You play Peter Quill (Star-Lord) after a cataclysmic war. Looking to cash in on the turmoil, your team becomes a group of bounty-hunter-esque "Heroes for Hire". After a bet on a mission lands you in debt, you go on an adventure to recuperate your losses and save the galaxy from a new imposing threat.

Gameplay consists of firefights, stealth quests and exploration, all while the guardians get to know each other better. You can choose dialogue options that will affect your choices, as well as those of other characters, and sometimes these choices will completely change the way a level is played, such as turning a stealth quest into a fully-fledged battle.

During combat sections, you control Peter, who can shoot his dual blasters and fly using his jetpack. Along with this, you can also assign commands to other teammates, such as making them focus on a particular enemy, injecting a layer of tactics into the game. You also have several abilities that you can use to your advantage, such as special attacks. You can also make Peter play different famous 80's songs from his cassette player during specific boss battles, adding to the chaos of the fights with the already weird aliens.

It's a unique game, both in the Marvel selection of games and in the genre at large, standing out due to its well-written characters that underpin a story both humorous and heartwarming, its unique take on combat, and its colourful and unusual locations and creatures.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/10/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Accessibility: 33 features

Developer: Eidos Montreal (@EidosMontreal)

Players: 1

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 12 hours and 21 hours to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Strong and Sustained Depictions of Violence. Fights involve the use of futuristic firearms, bladed weapons and hand-to-hand combat. When characters are stabbed or shot, there is a flash of light, although no blood is shown. When characters are punched or kicked, they react realistically. When characters' health is exhausted, they remain in view. There is use of mild bad language ('sh*tty' and 'b*stard').

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB TEEN for Language, Mild Blood, Mild Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol and Violence. Players use various types of blasters/guns and melee attacks (e.g., punches, kicks) to attack/kill aliens that sometimes explode into colorful splatters of blood. Peter can also command the other Guardians to assist by using their swords, daggers, and explosives during combat. One cutscene depicts a character clutching a bloody wound. The game contains some suggestive material in the dialogue (e.g., “Your son is rather promiscuous...”; “So how do we impregnate it”; “Copulation with you was a capital offense…”); a handful of album covers and pinup posters depict female figures wearing revealing outfits (e.g., deep cleavage). During one sequence, characters comment on alcohol and alcoholic beverages as they navigate a room full of drunken aliens. The words “sh*tty” and “pr*ck” appear in dialogue.

Skill Rating

13+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Children who watch Marvel films will enjoy this if they are prepared to accept a different take on their heroes. There's quite a lot of reading and dialogue, but children who invest in this will find an enjoyable and well written adventure.

CostsCosts

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy usually costs £59.99 to £84.99.
 

Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy + Marvel's Avengers

XBox Store Xbox One £84.99

Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy: Digital Deluxe Edition

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. The game comes in two editions; the Standard and Deluxe edition. The deluxe edition includes the soundtrack, a digital artbook, and some cosmetic items. You can opt to buy the standard edition then upgrade to the deluxe edition via an in-game purchase.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Accessibility Report documents 33 accessibility features:
A full list of the game's settings, both focussed towards accessibility and otherwise, can be found on the publisher's website.

The difficulty can be set to one of three presets, but can also be customised to give you control over different elements, such as cool down, damage dealt, and more. During combat, you can enter guardians mode, which is where you can assign specific commands to each teammate. This mode offers a Lower Pressure experience slows down time in-game (to an adjustable degree, including a total stop), giving you time to think about your next move, should you need to.

Along with typical audio adjustment, you can set a peak volume level, which will reduce the soundness of sudden loud events and minimise peaks in the soundscape. You can also set it to prioritise the main sounds, such as dialogue and gameplay sounds to a higher degree than normal.

You can adjust whether all the dialogue is subtitled, or just the main dialogue, not including overheard dialogue between background characters, to make it easier to follow the narrative. While the subtitles are large, clear and in high contrast, some other text is not.

There are extensive features (that are gone through in-depth in the above article) that reduce reaction time, negate the need to quickly press buttons, and help with controls.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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