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You play Peter Quill (Star-Lord) after a cataclysmic war. Looking to cash in on the turmoil, your team becomes a group of bounty-hunter-esque "Heroes for Hire". After a bet on a mission lands you in debt, you go on an adventure to recuperate your losses and save the galaxy from a new imposing threat.
Gameplay consists of firefights, stealth quests and exploration, all while the guardians get to know each other better. You can choose dialogue options that will affect your choices, as well as those of other characters, and sometimes these choices will completely change the way a level is played, such as turning a stealth quest into a fully-fledged battle.
During combat sections, you control Peter, who can shoot his dual blasters and fly using his jetpack. Along with this, you can also assign commands to other teammates, such as making them focus on a particular enemy, injecting a layer of tactics into the game. You also have several abilities that you can use to your advantage, such as special attacks. You can also make Peter play different famous 80's songs from his cassette player during specific boss battles, adding to the chaos of the fights with the already weird aliens.
It's a unique game, both in the Marvel selection of games and in the genre at large, standing out due to its well-written characters that underpin a story both humorous and heartwarming, its unique take on combat, and its colourful and unusual locations and creatures.
Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 8 months ago.
Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB TEEN for Language, Mild Blood, Mild Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol and Violence. Players use various types of blasters/guns and melee attacks (e.g., punches, kicks) to attack/kill aliens that sometimes explode into colorful splatters of blood. Peter can also command the other Guardians to assist by using their swords, daggers, and explosives during combat. One cutscene depicts a character clutching a bloody wound. The game contains some suggestive material in the dialogue (e.g., “Your son is rather promiscuous...”; “So how do we impregnate it”; “Copulation with you was a capital offense…”); a handful of album covers and pinup posters depict female figures wearing revealing outfits (e.g., deep cleavage). During one sequence, characters comment on alcohol and alcoholic beverages as they navigate a room full of drunken aliens. The words “sh*tty” and “pr*ck” appear in dialogue.
13+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Children who watch Marvel films will enjoy this if they are prepared to accept a different take on their heroes. There's quite a lot of reading and dialogue, but children who invest in this will find an enjoyable and well written adventure.
Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy: Digital Deluxe Edition
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
- In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
The game comes in two editions; the Standard and Deluxe edition. The deluxe edition includes the soundtrack, a digital artbook, and some cosmetic items. You can opt to buy the standard edition then upgrade to the deluxe edition via an in-game purchase.
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Release Date: 26/10/2021
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Content Rating: PEGI 16
Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds
Accessibility: 33 features
Components: 3D Third-Person