Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Review

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Review

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Is Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Plot Good?

If you aren’t familiar with the Guardians of the Galaxy, they are a group of misfit would-be heroes, who for the most part are always looking for the next big scheme to make a quick buck across the galaxy. They are certainly good at heart but are usually looking to get out of trouble and to con their way into money and out of trouble.

They are trying to make good though and to brand themselves as heroes for hire across the galaxy. The game starts off as they are planning to capture a rare monster that they hope to sell for a huge payoff. Unfortunately, their monster is hidden in the quarantine zone, so their trip to get the monster isn’t exactly legal.

What starts off as the latest scheme ends up leading to a galaxy-spanning quest to save the galaxy. The Guardians of the Galaxy are led by Peter Quill, who grew up on earth and was kidnapped as a child and builds a team of unlikely heroes.

Each hero in the Guardians of the Galaxy has their own skills and abilities and very unique personality. The team doesn’t always mesh well and as you play the Guardians will often be bickering with each other as you explore. This is definitely one of the best parts of the game as the team chatter is always very entertaining.

You control Peter Quill or “Star Lord” and often are given multiple choices of how to chime into the conversations between characters. This makes your playthrough a bit different each time depending on the choices you make. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is very story-driven, and it is also one of the best parts of the game.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Action Adventure Gameplay

When it comes to the gameplay of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, it is a combination of action-adventure, 3D platformer, and 3rd person shooter. Throughout the game, you’ll control Peter Quill, and he has two powerful guns that can blast through enemies and obstacles.

The guns also have elemental abilities, so as you progress through the story you’ll earn a variety of powerups to use ice, electricity, wind, and fire. These gun abilities can lead to some unique puzzles as you explore, like powering dead machines and creating ice platforms you can jump on.

On top of those, you’ll need to work as a team to get past large gaps, reach high places, and get into narrow spaces. Each Guardian has unique abilities that can be used to explore the map. Groot for example can build root bridges that can help the team cross gaps that are too big to jump across.

Drax can punch through huge stones and walls blocking the team’s path, and much more. The game also has a level-up system where you can earn new abilities for each of the Guardians that they can use in combat.

On top of that, you’ll find components hidden throughout each chapter that you can have Rocket use to upgrade your equipment. This could be things like improving your shields in combat, having a smaller cool downtime on your elemental guns, and much more.

Another fun element to the game is you can find many costumes for each character that is from the Guardians of the Galaxy movies and comics. There are even a few ship battles throughout the game where you get to pilot the Milano in space dogfights.

Guardians of the Galaxy Controls And Combat

The controls of Guardians of the Galaxy work pretty well. Star Lord has some jet boots that he can fly and dash with to some extent so you can jump gaps and reach hard-to-get places.

There are a few branching paths that will typically have hidden resources you can use to power up your character, but the platforming to reach them is usually pretty easy.

Scattered throughout the story of Guardians of the Galaxy you’ll also have combat encounters with various types of enemies. While combat doesn’t happen too often early on, it is definitely one of my favorite parts of the game.

During this combat mode, you’ll make use of your elemental gun and can lock onto enemies and use regular ammo or your special elemental ammo. Some enemies will have shields that you need to use a specific element to disable or have a high defense and you’ll need to stun them to do significant damage.

While you don’t directly control the other Guardians, you can activate their special abilities every now and again as they charge up. You do however have to push several buttons at once to do this so often I found myself stopping everything with Peter Quill in order to use the other Guardian’s power.

Enemies do drop a lot of health items so it’s pretty hard to die in the normal mode of the game, and you can huddle up and fully restore your health if things get desperate. This huddle-up meter charges over time and you can do a quick pep talk with the other Guardians to boost everyone’s abilities and health for a short time.

Are The Graphics of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Good?

I recently got an Xbox Series X and played the game on both an Xbox One and Xbox Series X. I really thought that the graphics on the Xbox One were amazing, and the character models looked super realistic. However, when I played on the Xbox Series X on a 4K TV things got even more impressive.

You’ll explore many different planets all with drastically different environments from snowy worlds to strange planets filled with vibrant colors. These amazing graphics really pull you into the story and it really feels like you are playing a Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

There were some random glitches here and there that I noticed like characters moving in weird ways or their mouths not matching up with what was being said. However, this was few and far between on my playthrough and for the most part, the graphics and facial expressions of the characters were amazing.

Whether you play on the last generation of systems or the current generation of systems you’ll be very impressed. If you really want to be blown away by the visuals playing on a new system is worth it.

The high level of visuals really makes it that much more fun to play. The fast-paced space battles were also another place I felt the graphics were astounding. Guardians of the Galaxy is definitely one of the best-looking games I’ve played recently.

How is the Replay Value?

There are a few elements that increase the replay value of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. First, there is the option of choosing how Star Lord reacts throughout the story.

You are often given two choices of what to say in most conversations throughout the story. This means that on multiple playthroughs of the game you can choose different options. This will give you a slightly different version of the story. These aren’t major changes to the story, but it could be worth a second playthrough to see them.

There are also hidden artifacts throughout the various chapters. Finding these will unlock side stories with the other Guardians. If you missed some of these artifacts on your first playthrough you can play again to find them all.

The game also features a new game plus mode. This allows you to play the game again but with most of your skills, abilities, and items, carried over.

The story of the game is really great and I could see many people wanting to experience it again. However, if you are more of a completionist like I am, you might find most secrets on your first playthrough. If that’s the case you might not see the need to replay the game on a new game plus.


Overall I was pleasantly surprised by Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. I haven’t really played many Marvel-based games in the past. I did really enjoy the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, so I gave this game a shot.

After playing through the entire game, it has really become one of my favorite games I played recently. The story was incredibly funny and engaging, the graphics were phenomenal, and the combat was fast-paced and addicting.

The RPG elements that were present in the game also kept me wanting to play more. At some points of the game, I wished there was more combat. However, the later chapters of the game had a good balance of combat and story.

The replay value isn’t necessarily as high as other games. However the different dialogue choices, hidden items and costumes, and new game plus give the replay value a boost. If you haven’t played Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy I definitely recommend it!

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