Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is a little over a month away, coming to Xbox platforms on October 26. Many have had concerns about what the game might turn out like, with understandable early comparisons to the mixed Marvel's Avengers floating around. Thankfully, initial impressions from critics seem to be fairly positive.
We've curated some opinions from various outlets, most of which seem to be pleasantly surprised by just how fun the game is. Here's a quick overview of some of these hands-on previews:
"It seems good, then – promising, even. But the strength of the films may still come to bite it in the butt. There’s nothing inherently wrong with the default character designs or even the snippets of script that we got to sample – but it just doesn’t feel quite up to par with the movies so far. Of course, the MCU set an outrageously high bar for Eidos Montreal to clear, and if it can keep the combat as entertaining as our demo across the entirety of its campaign, then we’re confident that it’s going to live up to spectacle of its silver screen counterparts – even if its gags likely won’t hit as hard."
"It’s obvious Eidos-Montréal nailed the tone of Marvel’s favorite space misfits. However, it remains to be seen how exciting combat is throughout the massive number of encounters we’re sure to have during the game’s total length. Thankfully, we’ll know the answers to any uncertainty surrounding Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy in the coming weeks."
"Guardians of the Galaxy is doing its best to give you the thrills you’d expect from a game in that universe. And like almost every movie licensed game that I’ve ever played, it’s mostly mimicking its superior source material. And yet, I don’t know that I care. I think the game is fun enough that I’m just happy to be hanging out with these characters and doing the stuff that Guardians do.Something like this doesn’t need to end up as a game of the year contender. It just needs to make Guardians of the Galaxy fans smile, and I came out of it smiling."
"Ultimately, I came away far more excited to play Guardians of the Galaxy than I had been prior to my time with it. There’s a surprising amount of depth on offer in both regards to combat and characterisation, with plenty of unlockables and player choice available throughout its systems. All of this while also blaring out Take on Me, The Final Countdown, or Hangin’ Tough? Sign me up."
"Through combat, character moments between fights, and the decision points throughout the demo, it was remarkable how much Guardians of the Galaxy captures the feeling of being a member of a team--even if the rest of the team is controlled by AI. It all suggests that Guardians of the Galaxy is a superhero game that's not going to feel like other superhero games--but it does a great job of capturing the humor, dysfunction, and camaraderie that makes the Guardians of the Galaxy such a great group of characters."
"I found Guardians of the Galaxy growing on me, challenging my ability to plan as well as execute. The slice I played was paced out with enough intrigue and humor to keep the game from feeling like it was shuttling me from one set piece to another."
As you can see, early impressions seem to suggest this could be a mighty fine game. While it doesn't sound like anything ground-breaking or even game of the year material, it does look to be a fun time.
Just over a month to go!
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