Square Enix has had their ups and downs over the years and most recently they had a down when they released Marvel’s Avengers. Gamers were looking for a whole lot more than the experience that Marvel’s Avengers ultimately delivered. The game was not a complete overall bust, but I am sure that Square Enix even had higher expectation for the game — especially from a financial standpoint. Now we come to an interesting point in the road. Square Enix plans on taking another crack at the Marvel Universe with a Guardians of the Galaxy video game, this time developed by Eidos-Montréal .
The Guardians of the Galaxy are such a key group in the Marvel Universe and thanks to their films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are some of the most popular characters. Square Enix can not afford to mess up this game.
The pressure is really turned up all the way on high to create a successful Marvel game because you would think that if Square Enix goes 0-2 in Marvel games, it is less likely that they would develop a third game. Some would argue that Marvel’s Avengers is a decent game, but we should expect more from a game with the Marvel license. Despite the potential, poor optimization and gameplay mechanics led to an overall unsatisfactory experience.
From first glance at the trailer, the Guardians of the Galaxy video game has all the comedic beats and lines of the movie. The whole crew still seems to have their sarcastic personalities and it appears that Eidos-Montréal is trying to master each of the Guardian’s personalities.
In order for the Guardians of the Galaxy video game to be a huge success it is going to have to do a few things. The game can’t stray too far from focusing on the Guardians universe. If it’s just a lot of killing different creatures to save the universe, the game might not live up to expectations. We need the characters’ personalities to shine and it seems we’ll get that based on the player choices and interactions that pop up.
There also has to be some sort of connections (even if they are small) to either the Marvel Cinematic Universe or to the comics. Even a small connection or Easter egg type of ordeal will instantly hook gamers into this video game.
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Another major thing this game needs is a really interesting storyline that will make us grow to like this group of characters and not compare them to the ones we’ve seen on the big screen. The characters in this game need to stand on their own, something that failed with Marvel’s Avengers. The characters in Marvel’s Avengers were often referred to as discounted versions.
Based on the trailer and gameplay, we already know that we aren’t going to have the actual voices of the actors that voiced the Guardians in the Marvel movies which is kind of a bummer (but also understandable). I think that if these types of games had the actual actor/actresses voices that would make a game instantly better, but I know how hard something like that would actually be.
The pressure is definitely on Square Enix and and Eidos-Montréal and now only time will tell if this game will be a success or a bust. As a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the love for these characters, I am hoping that this game does well and that it gets better reviews and ratings the the Marvel’s Avengers video game. We will figure out all the answers to any questions that we have on October 26, 2021.