Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is launching tomorrow, and with it, an array of reviews have been released into the wild for everyone to see.
There's been some trepidation around the game, following the mixed reception to Marvel's Avengers, so does the latest Marvel title live up to expectations? Or is it another dud for Square Enix?
Here's what the critics are saying about Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy:
Windows Central (4.5/5)
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is not like Avengers. It could be further from it. It's a single-player, story-driven game, much closer to Sony's exclusive Spider-Man titles. There's no need to worry about another live service title.
Game Informer (8.5/10)
As a fan of the Guardians’ comic books and movies, I thoroughly enjoyed Eidos-Montreal’s unique take on this supergroup. The nonstop character banter and nicely designed choices make this a journey worth taking, even if the gameplay takes a little too long to highlight the team’s true potential.
Push Square (8/10)
For as much uncertainty there has been surrounding Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, the final game has delivered. Fun and frantic combat provide the basis for a long, extremely enjoyable campaign featuring the characters you love and the tracks your kids usually screw their noses up at. A great title that deserves to be expanded upon in the future.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy nicely balances a goofy, action-filled adventure with some genuinely heartfelt story moments, and the choices you’re given can add some surprising personal twists to your particular playthrough. Its combat and level design are relatively simple if still consistently entertaining, but it’s the relationships and banter between its characters that keep everything fresh as they evolve.
By dodging the eager game-as-service guff, Guardians of the Galaxy can focus on being something more compelling - even if you won’t play it for as long. For its ten-plus hour runtime, you’ll enjoy a thrilling, gripping, funny, and surprisingly heartfelt adventure. The game built around that narrative framework isn’t earth shattering - but it is enough scaffolding to allow the story to shine.
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy excels in its storytelling, delivering a narrative that will linger with you long after the credits roll - so much so I am eager to go back in and make different decisions. There's great fun to be had in its combat and puzzle solving, but it's held back a little by a lack of range in its puzzles and mechanics, particularly later on.
As you can see, the reviews are highly positive for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. At the moment, the Xbox Series X ranking on Metacritic is sitting at 83 at the time of writing. It could fluctuate, but it seems to be a fairly strong game overall.
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