How GOTG brought back my faith in Square Enix

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Author:

Jordan Smith

Publish Date:

1 Dec 2021

Square Enix got off to a rocky start with their publishing deal with Marvel. In my opinion, their Avengers title was, unfortunately, a massive disappointment. Don't get me wrong, a lot was going on within the game, but from my point of view, the choice to go live service was wrong on so many levels, such a story centred game would've been a lot better as just a single-player title with online co-op options, but that wasn't all. The game was riddled with microtransactions, from outfits to in-game currency. It was honestly ridiculous, especially when us players are forced to interact with the microtransaction vendors. Now since then, the team at Crystal Dynamics has made some changes, many of which have been for the better, but for me, it was not enough to restore my faith in Square Enix handling Marvel games.

Obviously, Square Enix isn't the only AAA Publisher who has been taking Micro transactions too far recently, as many others have also been taking a lot of liberties with microtransactions and poor quality content for a premium price. In my opinion, cases like this are driving many people away from certain developers and publishers and has many gamers nervous about the future of their favourite franchises. But among all this darkness, the aforementioned Square Enix has opted to not double down on Microtransactions and live service games with their Marvel deal and instead have given fans something they really want! An original story filled experience with hidden secrets, high octane action, hilarious commentary and a range of cosmetics that are unlocked in the game and not purchased through microtransactions! I am of course talking about Guardians Of The Galaxy!

If you haven't yet played the latest marvel title by Square Enix (Developed by Eidos Montreal), then I strongly recommend you change that. Not only does this newest Marvel game feature the coolest team within comic book universes(Debatable, I know), it also does something not many AAA titles are doing at the moment, it keeps everything simple. The game isn't wrapped in annoying one-time features, time-consuming fetch quests, or forced interaction with "vendors". Instead, GOTG gives us fast-paced action, hilarious, yet gritty cutscenes, a chance to explore the Marvel universe with locations known to fans of both the movie and comic book Guardians and the opportunity to chill out in the Milano listening to some of the finest 80's jams (thankfully not on 8 track).

The combat is a tried and tested formula, filled with high octane battles, sarky quips and lots of explosions, all with a smoother play style of modern gaming that makes it so enjoyable. GOTG are undoubtedly a retro team with some modern twists, and that is precisely what the game is too! Taking from games like Devil May Cry and Uncharted and many others, which are now seen as classic action-adventure games that I loved growing up and bringing this genre to the future with some unique twists like the team huddle and, of course, the individual team commands mentioned earlier.


What truly makes GOTG an amazing game is the story, not just within the cutscenes but also throughout the gameplay, whether that is on the Milano, during a mission, exploring the environment, or even mid-combat. Each of the Guardians will act uniquely to you and to each other based on interactions throughout the game and from events that take place during the cutscenes, much like in RPGs like Mass effect. Naturally, these choices have their pros and cons. They will each send their own shockwaves throughout the game, but going into them is a bit of spoiler territory so I won't go any further into that today!

GOTG has renewed my faith in Square Enix handling Marvel games, as they have seriously done an amazing job bringing this team to life with a blockbuster level story filled with a lot of laughs and just as much action. If you haven't yet played this game yet, please do as it is an exceptional piece of work. If you have already played it, please let me know what you think and whether you agree this is a saving grace for Square Enix and Marvel titles.

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