Back in 2014, moviegoers everywhere were genuinely shocked by the overwhelming quality of Marvel Studiosâ Guardians of the Galaxy. The once-obscure band of galactic misfits became household names thanks to the combined acting chops of Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, and Zoe Saldana (special shout out to Bradley Cooper for his superior voice acting talents as well). Once the Guardians became multimedia darlings, the video game world obviously took notice. But to everyoneâs surprise, Telltale Games adopted the IP to create a point-and-click adventure game (which was shockingly good, by the way). Fast forward to 2021 and now we have a big-budget, full-fledged action/adventure epic thatâs all about experiencing the madcap adventures of the whole gang. And to this reviewersâ surprise, itâs way better than it has any right to be.
Youâd be forgiven for thinking Marvelâs Guardians of the Galaxy is nothing but a reskinned version of Marvelâs Avengers – it sports a similar art design and comes from the same publishing house that put out the much-maligned games-as-a-service title. But the comparisons stop there – this space-faring journey does things a bit differently in regards to combat, dialogue, audio, and so much more. Guardiansâ visuals shine thanks to the wide variety of planets youâll frequently explore – one minute, youâll be navigating a lost colony filled with debris from a past war. And the next minute, youâll be traversing a showy expanse ruled by some vicious wildlife. The graphics also shine whenever you get to navigate the Milano and take in every part of the shipâs architecture. It takes a minute to adjust to the new versions of the human/alien Guardians on screen that donât look anything like their big-screen counterparts, but youâll quickly get over that nagging issue once you become more familiar with them and even switch up their attires. Guardiansâ looks good and sounds damn good too thanks to the soundtrack that offers sweeping orchestral tunes and 80s jams in equal measure.
From a storyline perspective, Guardians does an excellent job of properly retaining each characterâs likable personality traits and featuring them within a lengthy campaign filled with emotional, hilarious, & extra hype moments. The teamâs adventure starts out on a simple note as they look to capture and sell a rare creature that will solve all their money woes. But soon enough, they become embroiled in a galaxy-wide crusade that involves an army of religious zealots looking to fulfill some sort of âpromise.â Making your way through the game means youâll get embroiled in tons of segments that allow you to chat with your many allies during some intriguing conversations.
Randomly speaking with everyone and everything is definitely worth doing thanks to the strong voice acting and different dialogue options you can select in order to sway the conversation anywhere you want. Youâll find yourself going out of your way to pick up random items just so you bring them up during a quick chat with one of the other Guardians in an effort to get to know them better. After beating this game, youâll quickly find yourself ready to experience it all over again just so you can explore all the dialogue options you passed on beforehand and see how they change up certain moments within the story.