Marvel's Avengers really did a number on people. It's no secret that most regards last year's superhero team-up game from Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics as a huge disappointment. What was a genuinely promising single-player beat 'em up with classic heroes and a great story was ultimately ruined by live service nonsense, and an endless sea of meaningless loot and upgrades.
You can't really blame folk for being wary about Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy then, can you? Announced during the Square Enix E3 showcase, it's another Marvel game from Square featuring a team of heroes in a third-person action adventure. At first glance, it definitely looks like another Marvel's Avengers. The good news? It definitely isn't, in any way.
Take a look at the reveal trailer below if you missed it last night!
One of the first things that was stressed about the new game is that it's a single-player only experience. That means no live service rubbish, no microtransactions, and no endless grinding in an increasingly meaningless multiplayer arena.
"There isn't going to be any DLC for this game, there isn't going to be any microtransactions" explained executive narrative designer Mary Demarle during a press event for the game. "For us, it's very important that on day one when players get this game, they can have access to everything there is about this game and to experience it. So right off the bat, they can get all of the costumes or outfits that are available. They can find all the abilities as they progress through the game. It's all there."
Great news for single-player fans everywhere, I'm sure. The focus is very much on playing as Peter Quill/Star Lord as you lead your merry team of thieves and killers through a series of gorgeous alien planets. There's a lot more Mass Effect to the game then I was expecting, in fact, with the player repeatedly called upon to make big choices and settle disputes that can affect the relationships between the entire team. You can read our full preview of the game right here.
Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy will release on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC on October 26.
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