Marvel’s team of intergalactic misfits are their latest characters to star in a new original adventure.

Teaming up with Square Enix and Eidos-Montréal Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is finally ready to blast off.

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is an original story not based on the film or comics. It starts off a short time after the team's formation, with the gang looking to hunt a valuable monster, so they can sell it.

As things go wrong on the mission, the Guardians are arrested by the Nova Corp and forced to pay a hefty fine.

This sets the Guardians up for an intergalactic adventure that will see them pitted against a religious cult and characters from across the Marvel universe.

The Guardians of the Galaxy get ready to star in a new adventure (

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Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy plot is deeply entertaining without relying too heavily on the comics or films.

Each gripping story arc is spectacularly fleshed out with compelling twists and reveals that will satisfy all fans.

The game dives into complex issues surrounding each character and does a great job at adapting each of their individual story arcs.

The highlight by far is the dialogue between Guardians and there’s plenty of it. The banter between them is downright hilarious but can also be emotional.

It’s clear the developers spent a lot of time and effort crafting each character interaction, which really pays off as it's hard not to feel heavily invested in this gang of misfits.

Visually Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is a stunning game filled with unique and clever designs.

The alien landscapes are filled with bright hues and bizarre details that feel fresh and adventurous.

The Nova Corps play a massive role in the game (

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This creative genius follows through to the wondrous alien inhabitants, with some taking inspiration from the comics, but mostly being creatures I’ve never seen before in the Marvel universe.

It’s great to see the developers really put their own spin on a popular comic.

Each character boasts a brazen design that resembles their comic counterparts, with their beautifully animated character models really displaying their individual characteristics.

The soundtrack in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is amazingly filled with 80s pop tracks, they especially shine during the Huddle, where Star-Lord will use lyrics to help pump the team-up.

The voice acting is a delightful part of the overall experience with the actors really capturing the attitudes and characteristics of each of the Guardians.

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is a very linear action game that doesn't offer much exploration during each level.

The Nova Corps are infected by mysterious force (

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There are a few hidden pathways that are filled with secrets and the Guardians can reach new areas with their skills.

Locations are also filled with puzzles that may feature a funny or unconventional gimmick but they are mostly quite easy to decipher.

The Milano missions are a great break away from combat and puzzle-solving, and even though they can feel short, they are still quite exhilarating.

Players will also have access to Star-Lord’s Visor which will let him be able to scan his surroundings to show what interactive elements are hidden in the level.

It would’ve been nice if each level was slightly expanded or featured challenging puzzles, but the main story is quite lengthy which makes up for the linear progression.

Conversations are a huge part of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, with each character, always having some reaction or thought about their current situation.

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy has a deep combat system (

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Eidos-Montréal / Square Enix)

Throughout the game, Star-Lord will be able to respond to these conversations to help progress the story.

These responses may not affect the overall outcome of the game, but they can affect individual relationships and story developments.

But it's not just a case of someone talking and you responding, sometimes it's better to let conversations flourish and listen to everyone's concerns, which could lead to you finding that right empathetic response.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is a very combat-heavy game and there were lots of layers to get used to.

Controlling Star-Lord, you have access to his gun which shoots lasers that can also be switched to his elemental gun.

He can also string together hard-hitting melee attacks into combos. Star-Lord feels really smooth and fights like he would in the movies, the developers have recreated a great Star-Lord experience.

The combat system has a heavy focus on teamwork (

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One of the Guardians main strengths lies in their teamwork and here is no different. During battles, each of the Guardians can be called in to assist Star-Lord at any point during fights, they each have their own strengths like Gamora can dish out the most damage and Rocket is a long-range fighter.

Part of the key to victory was knowing how to use each member to their fullest potential. They will also fight on their own and even deliver the final blow during Star-Lord's combos.

There is a boost mechanic called the Huddle which sees Star-Lord give the team a pep talk using lyrics from his favourite songs.

During the team talk players will have to select the right answer and depending on the team morale, your answer will either give you a full team buff or just give Star-Lord one.

Combat was really deep, with a lot of choice and consequence elements thrown in there that will allow you to dictate the strategy.

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy will allow players to upgrade their characters by using a crafting currency that can be spent on perks or by gaining ability points to earn new powers.

Having access to all the abilities right from the start is great as you can choose what order you unlock upgrades.

Unlike most games, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy features a customisable difficulty setting where players can tweak different details that will dictate their experience. I think this is a great form of customisation as it makes the game far more accessible.

Verdict

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is a visually pleasing action-adventure that really captures what fans love about the series and the characters.

The gameplay is very linear but the game makes up for that with its great script, cast and accessible gameplay. This will definitely be a fan pleaser no matter what medium you are a fan of.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is out now for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, Nintendo Switch, and Windows

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