Eidos Montreal's Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy has been out since October 26, 2021, and both critics, as well as audiences, have had now some time to play the game. However, despite the "very positive" reviews that GOG has gotten on Steam, we understand if you're a bit hesitant to shell out your money for it. After all, Crystal Dynamics' Marvel's Avengers probably left a bitter taste on your mouth as far as non-Insomniac Marvel games go.
With that said, we've decided to round up what other reputable video game websites and reviewers are saying about Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, to help you make a more informed decision about the game.
What is Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy?
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy was revealed earlier this year and is part of Square Enix's multi-year deal with Marvel Studios. This time around, Square Enix tapped Eidos Montreal, the same studio behind the Deus Ex games and Shadow of the Tomb Raider, to work on a game that is loosely based on the MCU's ragtag bunch of universe-saving misfits.
In Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, players will take control of the team's leader, Star-Lord. It is a sci-fi third-person action-adventure title where players can issue commands to the likes of Drax, Groot, Rocket, and Gamora, in a story-driven adventure that sees the titular group bicker their way to saving the galaxy.
Here is what the critics have to say about Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy.
"Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy nicely balances a goofy, action-filled adventure with some genuinely heartfelt story moments, and the choices you’re given can add some surprising personal twists to your particular playthrough. Its combat and level design are relatively simple if still consistently entertaining, but it’s the relationships and banter between its characters that keep everything fresh as they evolve. It isn’t going to set the world on fire, but Guardians of the Galaxy is still another convincing example of how much fun a linear, no-frills, single-player campaign can be." - Tom Marks
"Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy excels in its storytelling, delivering a narrative that will linger with you long after the credits roll - so much so I am eager to go back in and make different decisions. There's great fun to be had in its combat and puzzle solving, but it's held back a little by a lack of range in its puzzles and mechanics, particularly later on." - Sam Loveridge
"As a fan of the Guardians’ comic books and movies, I thoroughly enjoyed Eidos-Montreal’s unique take on this supergroup. The nonstop character banter and nicely designed choices make this a journey worth taking, even if the gameplay takes a little too long to highlight the team’s true potential." - Andrew Reiner
"Like Spider-Man, the team behind Guardians of the Galaxy can be immensely proud that they've not only made a good game, but they've made a good Marvel game. It pays the highest respect to the franchise by creating its own take on the universe with absolutely superb writing." - Richard Devine
"If you miss hyper linear story games with no live service BS, and are a big Marvel fan, then this might be the game for you. If you are hoping for Devil May Cry level combat and God of War type puzzles and exploration within a linear story, you will be disappointed. But I can safely say this is probably a better end product than most people were expecting, and that alone is a pretty big win for a game that felt like a bit of a risk and like it's been lacking in buzz leading up to launch here. It has issues, but it gets a lot right, and pushes storytelling in ways I haven't seen in this genre before." - Paul Tassi
Is Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy worth buying?
Is Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy perfect? No, it isn't. It's not necessarily good enough to join our list of the best superhero games, but it does make a strong case to get an honorable mention. There are a couple of rough edges that Eidos-Montreal could have sanded out first. Like, for example, the QTEs and Eagle Vision, as well as bullet-sponge enemies. However, if Eidos-Montreal does get a chance to make a sequel, we do not doubt that a follow-up would be near-perfect, especially as the studio has successfully translated the source material's joyful cast of characters and universe into video game form with enjoyable gameplay to boot.
So, should you buy Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy? We think so.