Guardians of the Marvel Galaxy apparently understands its original material better than most adaptations. This applies to any adaptation, Marvel or other, regardless of the medium. These are not perfect recreations of any existing version of these characters; It is a new movement comic at once with interactive parts and an incredibly large creative team. When talking about the best video games of 2021, it would be a negligence not to include it among the main contenders.
The video game of Eidos-Montreal and Square Enix raises all the great successes of galaxy guardians for their own games based on games, but the general design remains the same: Star-Lord, Zamora, Draw, Rocket and Groot involuntarily kick from A terrible catastrophe throughout the galaxy only and then realize that they are also the only ones capable of stopping it. With a little help, of course, and sometimes a lot, much greater help. It is a game of shooting in third person with light role-play elements such as individual skills and levels that puts players specifically on Star-Lord’s skin, making decisions for the rest of the team and making difficult decisions.
What at first glance could seem an unforced error when having Star-Lord as the only controllable character between the cast, it turns out to be one of the strongest points in guardian of the Marvel Galaxy. All the game and all their relationships are seen through the eyes of Peter Quill, the de facto leader of the Guardians. More than I would do if the game would allow players to inhabit the bodies of Zamora or Rocket or the rest, play as Star-Lord only isolates his perspective and forces players to deal directly with the consequences of his avatar actions In increasingly volatile situations. It is an intoxicating combination of responsibility, obligation, friendship and, sometimes, mutual respect.
This is, by far, the aspect of the video game that receives more attention, and rightly. If the comedy has to do with time, it is especially difficult to make a comic video game that does not fall into a sensitive clumsiness given the role that the players must assume. The fact that guardian of Marvel Galaxy manages to be fun, genuine, serious, foolish and devastatingly heartbreaking from one moment to another is a testimony of the developers’ capacity, even if the material of origin is already good. They did the work and it shows.
It also helps that all this develops in beautiful places of the galaxy. Although technically relatively limited, guardian of the Marvel galaxy manages to greatly hide its linear trajectory in beautiful environments that provide the illusion of a number of worlds much larger and bright colors. And at the moment when players begin to think about tiring from the last corridor, a new one awaits them that does not look so much like a broker and another attractive place in which to lose a little.
While it is the narrative arches and the dialogues that receive more compliments, the title is also a perfectly competent third-party shooting game. It could be said that encounters can be a little derivative, but they are never boring or their welcome. If another Squadron of Nova thugs is the cost to get to the next Rocket Moral reprimand or the apparent lack of Draw’s Sequitur in front of a beautiful view, it seems a small price to pay.
It would be easy to say that guardian of the Marvel Galaxy only stands out when compared to other Marvel games attempts, especially Square Enix, but the fact is that although that is true in itself, the title also simply stands out in General of the rest of the video games launched in 2021. And, in your favor, Marvel Films Diplomatic Universe as well. Is it the best video game released last year? The competition is certainly hard, so it is difficult to say, but it is much easier to say it deserves to be part of that conversation.