Guardians of the Galaxy Articles RSS Feed | Guardians of the Galaxy RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Guardians of the Galaxy: How to Unlock All Costumes Tue, 02 Nov 2021 13:27:50 -0400 Hayes Madsen

Just like with any Marvel game, Guardians of the Galaxy has a wealth of different costumes you can use to dress up Star-Lord and the rest of the squad.

Each character has their own selection of costumes, most of which are found by exploring the environment. With that in mind, we'll walk you through how to find each and every costume in Guardians of the Galaxy. 

Pre-Order Outfits

Guardians of the Galaxy does have outfits as a pre-order bonus, however, all of the outfits can also be unlocked by finding them in-game. If you pre-ordered the game you'll have the following outfits instantly unlocked. 

  • Star-Lord — Team Lord
  • Rocket — The Stinger
  • Groot — The Impaler
  • Gamora — Black Vortex
  • Drax — Thanos Imperative

Additionally, if you pre-ordered the Digital Deluxe version of the game then you'll also unlock the following two outfits. 

  • Star-Lord — Sun Lord
  • Star-Lord — City Lord
Outfits Unlocked Automatically 

When you reach Chapter 14 you'll automatically unlock the Gold Guardians suit for all five party members, and they'll instantly be selectable. These are as follows. 

  • Star-Lord — Gold-Lord
  • Rocket — Golden Guardians
  • Groot — Golden Guardians
  • Gamora — Golden Guardians
  • Drax — Golden Guardians

You'll also unlock a selection of outfits for Star-Lord when you complete the game the first time if you haven't obtained them through other means like pre-order bonuses. Here are the five you unlock.

  • Star-Lord — Sun Lord
  • Star-Lord — City Lord
  • Star-Lord — Sleek Lord
  • Star-Lord — Space Lord
  • Star-Lord — Social Lord 
Chapter 1

Rocket - Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Once you slide down and meet Rocket and Groot for the first time, head right and go into the dead-end Rocket tells you about. There's an opening on your left which is where you'll find the chest. 

Groot - Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

After the cutscene where the team finds the Mind Stone look in the right corner of the room to find a wall made out of pink resin. There's a hold you can crawl through to find the chest and outfit.  

Chapter 2

Star-Lord - Nova Lord

Right after you get the choice to "Encourage Her" or "Take Control" when following Nikki, look to the left and you'll see some big yellow pipes. Head around to the side of the pipes and then under to find the Nova Lord outfit. 

Chapter 3

Gamora - Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

While exploring the jungles eventually the team will come to stop and wait for Peter. Find Rocket, and to his right, there's a path that leads to a cave. Fight the two enemies inside, then find the small hole and go through into a room that has the chest. 

Groot - Five Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Once you defeat the two monsters and obtain the cage, the team will head toward a gap that Groot needs to make a bridge over. Head over the bridge then find a narrow path to the left. Follow it and you'll hit a spot where you need to freeze a geyser. The chest will be on top of a cliff at the end of the path. 

Chapter 4

Chapter 4 has only two costumes, but they'll be in different places depending on whether you decide to sell Groot or Rocket to Lady Hellbender. 

Sell Groot Route

Rocket - Five Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Right after selling Groot you'll need to sneak through halls while enemy soldiers sleep. Once you reach a lift head up, but instead of following your party left go to the right and jump over a table to find the chest. 

Drax - Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Once you reach Lady Hellbender's throne room head directly behind the thone and cross to the other side of the room to find the chest. 

Sell Rocket Route

Rocket - Five Horsemen

This one is incredibly easy to find, just go through the level until the team escapes through the sewers. Once you reach a fork the team will head right, so you need to head left and find the chest.

Drax - Guardians (2014)

Follow the level until you escape the throne room and get to the giant fans. Head to the left of the fan by shooting the boxes blocking the way. As you go forward your party will start going to the left, but when you have an option go forward and hop over the platforms to get the chest.

Chapter 5

Drax - Nova Corps

As you start chapter five you'll need to hack some doors to get into the Nova Corps base, which requires Peter to reroute power. Instead of routing power to the main doors, look for the little doors on the left side of the room that lead to the bathroom. Route power to that door and you'll find the chest inside. 

Groot - Nova Corps

After the scene where Star-Lord uses the Nova Corps helmet, you'll battle some enemies and eventually come to a hallway illuminated by orange light. Before following you party to the left, head to the end of the hallway and find the chest behind a forklift. 

Chapter 6

Star-Lord - Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

In Knowhere follow the main path forward until you run into a group of three green children playing finger guns. Star-Lord can actually interact with them, but to find the costume you need to jump over the railing behind them and head to the left over the pipes. 

Chapter 7

Rocket - Nova Corps

Back aboard the Nova Corps ship, you'll eventually come to a large circular elevator room with a generator in the middle. After you raise the elevator the first time you'll have to reroute power in two different side rooms. The room on the left has a platform Groot can raise, so do so and jump off on the higher ledge. Look for a vent you can crawl through, which will lead to yet another smaller room with the chest at the top and a power node you can use to get back. 

Gamora - Nova Corps

As you head toward Nikki's hiding spot you'll head down a staircase that's flooded with electrified water at the botoom. You can use Star-Lord's lighting shot on the switch to take away the lightning. Then look for a section of pipes you can command Gamora to break, and head through to find the chest.

Chapter 8

Star-Lord - Bad Lord

Follow the story until Drax jumps down into the red fuel liquid, then jump down yourself and slide into the next room. Go right at the fork and once through the archway look for a crate Drax can lift to the left. Put the crate right in front of the entrance, then jump up and get the chest. 

Drax - Cage Match

Again just follow the story until you get to the sequence where the Guardians steal a series of moving platforms. Once you finally land on a circular walkway, head to the far end and find the chest. 

Chapter 10

Gamora - Five Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Shortly after Mantis joins you, there'll be a small river you need to cross with a waterfall on the right side. This time it's the age-old chest behind the waterfall. 

Groot - Annihilation Conquest Suit

Partway through the level you'll fall into a pitch-black cave, where Groot will use his power to light things up. Follow the path forward, but keep an eye out on the right side as you get close to the exit. Eventually, you should see a crack lit up with the purple glow of a chest, so head through and get it. 

Chapter 12

Drax - Thanos Imperative

When you land on Knowhere you'll immediately be ambushed by enemies. After defeating them look for a large yellow crate that Drax can move; it'll be tucked under a loader. Have him pull it out then jump up on top for the chest.

Rocket - The Smuggler

Once you hit the marketplace defeat the enemies, then simply follow the main path until Rocket himself is standing in front of a green door. Use Star-Lord's wind shot to pull it out and the chest will be right there.

Groot - Impaler

As you follow the story you'll reach an area filled with yellow faith cubes, and wires Gamora needs to cut. Follow the path and eventually, you'll hit a wall that Drax has to move. Instead of doing that look to the left and use wind shot on a green panel. Have Groot build a bridge and cross, then expect a series of little puzzles. At the malfunctioning door shoot the panel and use electricity shot, then in the next room have Rocket head through the hole to turn off the electricity on the floor. Look behind the palets in the room for the chest. 

Gamora - Casual Kill

Keep going until the battle across rooftops, then have Drax smash a hole in the ground and slide down. Once you land, instead of going forward turn around and crawl through the hole for the chest. 

Star-Lord - Apocalypse Lord

After you find Cosmo you'll gith enemies in an area covered by white brain matter, with a hole in the middle. Once defeated, have Drax lift the box over to the platform on the left. Head up and look for a wall Gamora can stick to, then grapple up to the platform above her for the chest. 

Chapter 13

Gamora - Black Vortex

Now on Maklu IV, defeat the first two enemies, look to the right of the wall Gamora can cut for a wall she can grapple to. Head up and follow the cliff to the chest.

Groot - Five O Clock Sprouts

After the first battle with worms, follow the path until the team sidles along an edge and enters a cave. Look immediately to your right and find the chest.

Star-Lord - War-Lord

Continue until you unlock the fire shot ability, then go until the game makes you drop a piece of ice on a giant skeleton. Head across the gap then look up and to the left for even more ice to melt, which drops a platform Groot can lift to the chest. 

Rocket - The Stinger

Eventually, you'll hit an area filled with poisonous plants that can be destroyed with the fire shot. Destroy the plants until you find the chest in the middle of the area.

Drax - Katathian Monk

Head through the burning village and slide down the ice tunnel. Look to the left and you'll see cliffs with the poison plants. Destroy the plants and climb up to the chest.

Chapter 14

Star-Lord - Team-Lord

As you follow the path in Sacrosanct you'll eventually hit a room with a massive fan that can blow you away. Use the wind-shot to pull up barriers that block the wind. Go about halfway down the path until you see an alcove with a giant yellow crate. Jump up on the crate, then go the higher platforms and use the wind shot to protect you as you get to the chest. 

Drax - Five Horsemen of the Apocalypse

At some point you'll be outside the ship in an area with massive turrets. Continue on until you reach a Groot bridge, but instead look to the right and find an ice wall you can melt with the fire shot. Go through and keep going up until you reach the chest. 

Gamora - Chosen Daughter

Proceed until you have to defeat waves of enemies while Rocket hacks a turret. After the battle destroy the ice wall with your fire shot. Head through and you'll find the chest behind one of the crates on the right. 

That does it for finding all costumes in Guardians of the Galaxy. If you need any more help, make sure to check out our Guardians of the Galaxy guide hub

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Guardians of the Galaxy Crashing Fix Guide Fri, 29 Oct 2021 12:08:59 -0400 Gavin Burtt

Crashing has been a part of the Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy experience for PC players, but you don't have to just suck it up if the game is crashing for you. There are some quick fixes to Guardians of the Galaxy crashing that might help you, and we're going to go over them in this guide.

Reinstall Guardians of the Galaxy

First things first, you're going to want to do a complete reinstallation of the Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. For many players, this has immediately solved their issue of the frequent crashing. Do this and give the game a try. If it is still crashing, you can try these other troubleshooting methods.

Update Your Graphics Card Drivers

Crashing issues like these in games are commonly caused by graphics card issues. You're going to want to make sure that yours is up to date to play Guardians of the Galaxy.

Open up your device manager and find your graphics card under Display Adapters. Double-click it, navigate to the Driver tab, then click "Update Driver". If it tells you that you can't update, uninstall it instead, then reinstall it entirely. 

Verify Your Game Files

If Guardians of the Galaxy is still crashing, it may be an issue with the game's files. Open up your Steam library and right click the title. Click Properties, then Local Files. Choose to verify the integrity of game files.

Occasionally, game files can be corrupted or be missing entirely, so this should recover or repair those if there are any. After it is complete, restart and launch the game once again.

Disable Your Anti-virus and Firewall

Your game files can sometimes falsely be acted against by faulty firewall or anti-virus programs. You can disable your anti-virus software to get around this, if you're finding Guardians of the Galaxy to be crashing.

Start by searching "Windows Security" in the start menu, then go to Virus and Threat Protection, and Manage Settings. Turn off real-time protection, then restart your computer.

Do a Clean Boot

If you're still having trouble with Guardians of the Galaxy crashing, you can perform a clean boot of your PC. To do this, open up your task manager and go to the Startup tab. Disable any enabled applications that launch on startup, then restart your computer. Load the game without any background tasks running and see if this alleviates the crashing problem at all.

If none of these solutions are working for you, you may just have to wait for a patch to roll out, unfortunately. The developers are aware of the issue, as countless players are contacting support about it, so hopefully we see a crash fixing patch roll out soon for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy.

Check out some of our other Guardians of the Galaxy guides here on GameSkinny.

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Guardians of the Galaxy: Stuck in the Mist Cave on Lamentis Guide Wed, 27 Oct 2021 13:13:27 -0400 Hayes Madsen

Guardians of the Galaxy is filled with a variety of weird and wonderful alien planets, each of which poses a unique challenge. Near the game's midpoint, you'll find yourself traveling through a mysterious mist cave on the surface of Lamentis. And you may find yourself stuck. So how to you get out of the mist cave? 

Most of the mist cave section on Lamentis is pretty straightforward, but an area near the end requires you to make a specific choice in order to finally get out. 

How to Get Out of the Lamentis Mist Cave in Guardians of the Galaxy

Ending the Loop in the Lamentis Mist Cave

As you make your way through the mist cave, you'll eventually come to a section where you face waves of enemies, with Star-Lord having to decide what type of enemies the party will face. This section will actually go on forever unless you make the right choice. 

After the third round of enemies, you need don't make any choice. Each time you enter a new room, the choice icon will pop up in the middle of the screen, allowing you to press one of the triggers to make a choice, or a face button to remain silent.

Don't press any of the buttons at all, and just let the timer run out. Doing so will make the mist disappear, and you'll be able to carry on with your adventure. Technically, you might be able to press a face button to stay quiet; however, in our playthrough, this caused the game to bug out with no way forward, making us reload the last save.

Because of that, your best bet is to simply not press anything

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And that's how you escape the Mist Cave on Lamentis if you get stuck. Now that you know how to break the loop, you'll be able to get back saving the galaxy. While you're here, check out the links above or head over to our Guardians of the Galaxy guide hub for even more tips and walkthroughs. 

Guardians of the Galaxy: Lady Hellbender’s Throneroom Puzzle Guide Fri, 29 Oct 2021 13:38:37 -0400 Hayes Madsen

Lady Hellbender's Throne Room in Guardians of the Galaxy holds a real braintickler of a puzzle, once you finally make your way back to get your companion back.

In this guide we'll go over how to complete the puzzle in Lady Hellbender's Throne Room so you can reclaim your companion and keep on your way.

Activating the Throne Room Puzzle

Before you can actually solve the puzzle you'll need to activate it, so turn on your visor and look around the room.

Head behind the throne and examine the boulder to the right side, then examine the pile of rubble leaning against the throne.

After this you'll be reminded that Drax can lift heavy objects, so look at the boulder and press L1+circle to command Drax to throw the boulder. This will clear the rubble and open a tunnel that you can then command Rocket to go into, activating the switch puzzle.

Switch Puzzle Solution

With the puzzle activated you need to be careful where you direct the energy as if it goes to the wrong place you'll open a door and enemies will rush in. Essentially you need to switch the nodes so the yellow current flows around the room and back to the throne. 

Start with the closest node under the throne and press triangle to switch it.

Before you switch the next node, head to the third one and switch it so the stream heads the right way, then head back and do the second one.

Now follow the line and switch the fourth and fifth nodes. After that, facing forward, activate the left node to route power to the first half of the elevator, then hit the node on the right.

Follow the line to the next two nodes and switch them, but wait before doing the third. Again you need to move the switch ahead, in order to make sure the door doesn't open. Do that, then head back and switch the previous node. 

One more time you'll need to skip the next node, go to the switch, and change it to the right direction. Once you've done that, activate the final node and the way forward will open. All you have to do at this point is jump up on the throne and hit the button.

Now that you've solved Lady Hellbender's Throne Room puzzle, you're good to continue your adventure in Guardians of the Galaxy. For even more guides, make sure to check out our dedicated hub

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Guardians of the Galaxy: How to Get a Free Ticket to the Collector’s Emporium Tue, 26 Oct 2021 12:15:55 -0400 Hayes Madsen

Anyone that knows Guardians of the Galaxy, or even Marvel in general, will likely know exactly who The Collector is. While the enigmatic character doesn't play a huge role in the new game, there's a lengthy string of Easter eggs that can be found by visiting The Collector's Emporium on Knowhere. 

Unfortunately, you'll soon find that it's going to cost a whopping 5,000 credits if you want to get in, which puts a big hitch in your plans for paying off that Nova Corp fine. Luckily there's a secret way of getting a free ticket into the emporium in Guardians of the Galaxy if you know what to do. 

Stop at Mantlo's Bar First Thing in Knowhere

Mantlo's Bar.

The first thing you'll need to do is make sure to stop at Montlo's Bar as soon as you see it on Knowhere. Right after the first time you meet Mantis in Guardians of the Galaxy, you'll see the bar, so head to the window and press triangle to interact with Rocket and Groot.

Make absolutely sure that you go into Mantlo's first and don't step forward onto the stairs, which is when Drax leaves your party. If you go to the stairs first you won't be able to get the free ticket. 

How to Get the Collector's Emporium Free Ticket

Lipless and Star-Lord.

Once you step into the bar a cutscene will play, and soon enough Star-Lord will find himself looking down the barrel of a gun held by Lipless, who claims to be an old friend.

To get the free ticket you need to "salvage Lipless' friendship," which involves making the right choices in the following conversation. There are multiple ways to salvage the friendship, but as long as you make the following three choices you'll be guaranteed to succeed. 

  • Pretend You Remember
  • Like A Hurricane
  • Through The Rain

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Once you make the choices, you'll see a message in the top-right of the screen that you've salvaged Lipless' friendship. At the very end of the conversation, Lipless will give you a ticket to The Collector's Emporium, so you won't need to spend a penny to get inside. For even more guides on Guardians of the Galaxy, make sure to check back.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Best Perks and Abilities Guide Tue, 26 Oct 2021 14:23:12 -0400 Hayes Madsen

Guardians of the Galaxy has you directly controlling Star-Lord, but the entire team plays a vital role in both combat and exploration. There are two main upgrade systems throughout the game, Perks that apply only to Star-Lord and four different abilities for each Guardian. 

While you'll likely be able to purchase nearly everything by the end of the game, it's all about picking and choosing what gives you the greatest advantage. With that in mind, here are the best perks and abilities to get in Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Abilities to Pick First

Rocket Raccoon perks and abilities.

All five Guardians, including Star-Lord, have four different abilities they can unlock across the course of the game. The fourth and final ability is automatically unlocked late in the story, but it's up to you on how to spend your points for the rest.

After each battle, you'll get experience points that add to your Ability Gauge, so you'll almost always have some points to spend. Here are the best abilities you'll want to snag first. 

  • Star-Lord: Fan the Hammer (2 Points) - This is one of the biggest damage-dealing abilities in the game, as Star-Lord pelts a single enemy with a stream of bullets. You can use this against large enemies that are staggered to quickly bring down a hefty HP bar.

  • Rocket: Gravistack Grenade (2 Points) - This is probably Rocket's most useful ability simply because it draws a group of enemies together, perfectly setting them up for combos from other Guardians. 

  • Groot: Uproot (2 Points) - This is an important ability to unlock early for Groot, mostly because it's his only ability that actually causes damage. 

  • Drax: Pound and Pummel (3 Points) - Drax's Pound and Pummel is one of the best AoE attacks in the game, and it's perfect for combining with other abilities like Rocket's aforementioned Gravistack Grenade. Just keep in mind that you'll have to unlock Drax's other ability first, meaning you'll need five points in total. 

Best Perks to Pick First

Star-Lord perks screen.

Perks apply specifically to Star-Lord, and they can only be purchased at workbenches - found aboard the Milano as well as scattered throughout various missions.

Components are needed to purchase perks, and these can also be found scattered throughout the world. You'll always have a limited amount of Components, so here's what you should invest in first. 

  • Components Localizer - This Perk is the very first you should unlock as it puts an icon up on the screen whenever Components are near, and also lets you track them in your visor. This perk helps you discover more components, which in turn means more to purchase perks. 

  • Rapid Reload - When Star-Lords guns overheat you can press R2 at the right time to instantly recharge them and get a damage boost. Considering how much you'll be shooting in battles, this is a pretty important perk to have.

  • Knockdown Dash - When Star-Lord is hit by a knockdown blow, you can hit the dodge button to have him slide on the ground with his jet boosts. Getting knocked down can really open you up to damage, and this perk makes Star-Lord's exceptional mobility even better.

  • Perfect Dodge - This perk slows time when you dodge at the last moment and can give Star-Lord a big advantage for getting out of tight situations.
  • Shield Restoration Speed - This perk increases your shield regeneration speed by 33 percent. there are other perks that increase your shields and such, but regeneration speed will help keep you out of danger if you simply focus on taking cover. 

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Those are the best perks and abilities you'll want to purchase first in Guardians of the Galaxy. Make sure to check out our dedicated guides hub if you need more help. 

Guardians of the Galaxy: How to Get Components Tue, 26 Oct 2021 11:08:42 -0400 Hayes Madsen

Components and Advance Components in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy are used to purchase perks at a Workbench, and as such getting Components is a big important part of progression.

Luckily getting Components isn't too difficult, but there are some tricks to keep in mind if you want to get each one Guardians of the Galaxy has to offer.

How to Find Components Easily in Guardians of the Galaxy

Star-Lord and Rocket in front of a workbench.

The only way to get Components in Guardians of the Galaxy is by finding them scattered around the environment. Components look like little batteries on the ground, and you can pick them up with the triangle button. Advanced Components, on the other hand, look like little metal spheres. 

While a lot of Components can be found by default, you'll need to explore off the beaten path in order to really find a good amount. Make sure you explore alternate pathways, look for high-up ledges, look behind items and boxes, etc. 

Past that, however, there's an even easier way of finding Components, and that's by investing in the "Components Localizer" Perk. This should absolutely be one of the first Perks you invest in, if not the very first one.

Once you've unlocked it you'll see an icon pop up in the top right corner of your screen whenever Components are nearby. You can also activate your visor by pressing L3 (or equivalent), and icons showing the exact location of Components will appear if you're close enough.

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Needless to say, the perk vastly expedites the process and makes everything so much easier, so invest in it early on in your adventure. That's everything you need to know about how to get Components in Guardians of the Galaxy. Make sure to check back for even more Guardians of the Galaxy guides.

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Review: A Flarkin Good Time Mon, 25 Oct 2021 09:01:50 -0400 Hayes Madsen

I can pinpoint the exact moment Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy clicked for me. The team fights to save Drax from an otherwordly entity and during a particularly hectic battle, I activate a "huddle." After a rousing speech from Star-Lord, "Holding Out For a Hero" kicks on and the team goes into overdrive.

Everything came together in that perfect moment, and it highlights Guardians as a rollicking space adventure underpinned with serious emotion, even if there are quite a few shortcomings along the way.

At the end of the day, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is easily one of my biggest surprises of the year. 

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Review: A Flarkin Good Time

Guardians of the Galaxy, of course, stars the titular ragtag team as the story opens on the band of misfits breaking into a quarantine zone on the hunt for a rare monster, years after a Galactic War took place. Much like Marvel's Avengers, this is a brand new take on the characters and universe, although one much more inspired by the comics than the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

One mistake leads to another and before long, the bumbling heroes find themselves wrapped up in a fight for the fate of the universe.

Guardians of the Galaxy is an incredibly narrative-focused game, and story is by far the one element Eidos Montreal puts the most emphasis on. 

You directly take control of Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, and as the story plays out, you'll have to make a variety of dialogue choices, some of which can alter the story and outcome of events. The branching paths don't seem to be anything dramatically different, but they can affect how the story plays out, and how some characters treat Star-Lord. 

In my first few hours with Guardians of the Galaxy, I wasn't sure how the overall writing would pan out, as some of the dialogue is cringe-worthy, and there's a huge overreliance on in-universe curse words like "flark" and "scut." One of my biggest surprises, then, is that Guardians of the Galaxy manages to pack in some serious emotional weight along the way.

Like many Guardians of the Galaxy stories, this is a tale about a band of emotionally scarred people finding family. I grew so attached to these characters over the 20-or-so hours I spent with them, and each feels emotionally complex. They all get plenty of "big" moments that add dimension and provide a window into the trauma they've experienced.

While there's certainly a handful of big set-piece moments, Guardians of the Galaxy knows when to slow things down and let some quieter moments play out. One of my absolute favorite segments is when Star-Lord roams around the glowing neon streets of Knowhere.

The general structure of Guardians of the Galaxy has you working through linear chapters while seeing the story play out and making choices along the way. Between most chapters, you'll be on the team's ship, the Milano, where you can talk to the team and examine items. But don't worry, there is plenty of fighting; each chapter is also loaded with a wide array of combat encounters. 

As Star-Lord you can fire your blasters and use melee attacks, but the real catch of the combat system is issuing orders to your fellow Guardians. By holding a trigger button, you bring up a Guardians menu, with each of the four heroes assigned to a face button. Pressing that face button then brings up the various abilities of that Guardian. Each character is on a cooldown, and Star-Lord has his own abilities to use as well.

There are more complexities layered in as the game progresses, too: enemies have a stun gauge, environmental items can be used for attacks, and some enemies have elemental barriers protecting them. Star-Lord gains access to elemental guns with four different options added along the way: ice, lightning, wind, and fire. Each of these elements has a different use in battle, as well as a use for solving puzzles.

For Guardians' first couple of hours, the combat is a bit rudimentary, but as you open up more and more options, things get far more exciting. Figuring out the best combos to use, like having Rocket use a gravity grenade to pull in enemies, then having Drax a devastating charge attack to bowl through them,  can be a blast. Add to that Star-Lord can get around the battlefield easily using his jet boots, and battles can turn into a magical ebb and flow. 

It's unfortunate, then, that boss battles aren't as fun overall. Though they ought to be some of Guardians' biggest moments, and some are quite fun, they're often far too gimmicky, beating their own mechanics into the ground.

Though they aren't as complex as I'd like considering this is a game built around being Star-Lord, Guardians also has two different upgrade systems, both of which are fairly simple.

Battles give you experience for a skill gauge, which you can use to purchase new skills for each Guardian. All five characters have four special attacks to use, and by the end, you'll unlock all of them, so it's just a matter of which ones you want to prioritize first.

A resource called Salvage is also littered around the world, which is used to buy perks for Star-Lord, granting him various benefits such as increased health, a higher firing rate when low on health, or more charge for his elemental guns. The upgrade systems, by and large, are a bit underbaked and feel like they're in the game simply to be there.

I imagine one of the common complaints about Guardians of the Galaxy will be how linear it is. While you make dialogue choices throughout the game, the story plays out in a linear fashion and environments have limited exploitability. You do have the option to search for Salvage, new costumes, and Guardian Collectibles, which grant a new conversation with one teammate aboard the Milano, but that's about it. There's no grand overworld here. 

Another is that it's simply too long. There's not enough variation in Guardians of the Galaxy, especially later in the game, and there were multiple moments where I thought I was reaching the end only to find out that, nope: I wasn't. While I enjoy the combat here, the gameplay systems begin to grow a bit stale by the end of the 20-hour runtime, buoyed by the writing and characters that keep the game surging forward.

The impressive art design adds to that. Guardians of the Galaxy is a good-looking game, but it's the downright weird art design that really keeps things interesting. Environment and enemies are oftentimes strange and a bit creepy, but the good way.

The development team clearly went to the comics for inspiration, and it works. There's some seriously impressive facial animation on display as well, even if other animations can be a bit wonky. 

Of course, I can't write a Guardians of the Galaxy review without talking about the music, and this game has that in spades. There's a general 80s theme that permeates the entire experience, and Square Enix has been upfront about all the licensed music peppered throughout.

While you can listen to a variety of songs aboard the Milano, licensed music is used sparingly and at key moments, which I think is a good thing. The rest of the music sort of falls into the generic movie soundtrack feel with a few exceptions, like the fantastic main theme. 

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy — The Bottom Line


  • Well-written and emotionally complex cast of characters
  • Dynamic combat system that gets better as you go
  • Fantastic art design that makes the game feel unique


  • The game drags on, and simply feels padded at some points
  • Half-baked upgrade system that feels like an afterthought

I really didn't expect to enjoy Guardians of the Galaxy as much as I did. The game's marketing left me incredibly lukewarm, and I wasn't sure what to expect, even after the first couple of hours with the game. What I found, however, is one of the best stories of the entire year.

There's definitely a bit of tedium packed into the overall experience, but Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is an adventure well worth taking, warts and all. 

[Note: Square Enix provided the copy of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy used for this review.]

Guardians of the Galaxy Unveiled at E3 2021, Set for October Release Date Sun, 13 Jun 2021 17:03:52 -0400 Aaron Bayne

Square Enix’s E3 conference kicked off with a bang, as they unveiled Guardians of the Galaxy. Players will take on the role of Star Lord in an entirely original story for the Guardians. Developed by Eidos-Montreal, this third-person single-player game will launch on October 26 for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and GeForce Now. 

Similar to Marvel’s Avengers – another Square Enix title – the Guardians take on a different look from their cinematic counterparts. However, this is a surprisingly good-looking adaptation, with both Groot, Rocket, and Star Lord realized in in great detail. However, visual design is the only similarity between this and Marvel’s Avengers, as Guardians of the Galaxy is an entirely single-player experience.

You’ll be able to command your team (Groot, Rocket, Drax, and Gamora), as you get yourself in a collection of explosive and exceedingly dangerous situations – and all with a bit of rock’n’roll flare too. With dialogue options, you will form and strengthen bonds with your rag-tag space family, as well. 

Eidos-Montreal, who provided additional work on Marvel’s Avengers and published Deus Ex: Mankind Divided has partnered with Marvel Entertainment to draw inspiration from the Guardians’ expansive lore. While this story is original, it will also treat players to a bunch of recognizable characters. And just as was the case with the ever-popular Guardians of the Galaxy films, the game will come with a stacked playlist of classic 80s rock, from Iron Maiden to KISS.

Stay tuned for more on Guardians of the Galaxy as we learn it.