Square Enix caught everyone off guard by introducing its âMarvelâs Guardians of the Galaxyâ project at its E3 Square Enix Presents presentation. At first, I assumed it was an expansion to the publisherâs flawed âAvengersâ game, but as the debut wore on, and the Eidos Montreal team showed off more of their vision, the more the action-adventure became intriguing.
It looks like the company learned its lesson from last yearâs foray into the Marvel universe by laying out a clear vision of the project. Itâs a story-driven single-player game that tells its own âGuardians of the Galaxyâ narrative. This is different from the comics and film, but it still features a familiar cast of characters.
Players will take on the role of Peter Quill aka Star-Lord as he leads his rag-tag team on an adventure. The exact plot isnât known, but all fans know is that this version of the Guardians have been together for a few short weeks and theyâre running short on funds.
The demo, which was thankfully long, showed off combat, which looks decent and incorporates the whole team. Players can use Star-Lordâs Elemental Blasters to freeze foes. I suspect theyâll add more utility as the adventure goes on. In between shots, they can coordinate with other teammates using face buttons to finish off enemies.
Itâs an interesting way to add team-based combat to a single-player game, but it looks somewhat clunky. Itâll be interesting to see how âGuardians of the Galaxyâ actually feels in playersâ hands.
Beyond the combat, players will have to make choices, which are obvious. For example, they have to choose which of their teammates to sell to Lady Hellbender in order to pick up much-needed cash. (Of course, they plan to break them out afterward.) Players can pick Groot or Rocket Raccoon. Their decisions have an impact in shaping the story. It appears comparable to what fans would expect from âMass Effect.â
Those are two elements that look solid from the demo, but what makes this project distinct is how Eidos Montreal worked with Marvel and nail the feel, music and humor of âGuardians of the Galaxy.â It uses just the right soundtrack and it captures the rapport among the different characters with Peter Quill bearing the brunt of all the jokes with his decision-making.
âGuardians of the Galaxyâ is scheduled for release Oct. 26 on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC and GeForce Now.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTDfTtK35d0ACTION TAKE ON RPGsWhile the Marvel game dominated the showcase, Square Enix had time to reveal more details about two new action-oriented projects. The first is âBabylonâs Fall,â a live-service game made in partnership with PlatinumGames, and the other is âStranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin,â a reimagining of the role-playing game that founded the franchise.
âBabylonsâ Fallâ is notable because itâs a co-op action game that supports up to four players and is made by Platinum, which are experts at the genre. It focuses on warriors known as sentinels who have bonded with equipment called Gideon Coffins. Players can wield weapons in both their hands while the coffin offers two more for a combination of four weapons at once. That variation creates some of the gameâs strategy as players decide how to coordinate teams and equipment together. It appears that the equipment will be tailored to accentuate certain playstyles.
âBabylonâs Fallâ appears to be dungeon crawl in every sense of the word, and it will support post-launch content for free, according to Square Enix. The way itâs described reminds me of âDiabloâ except with action more in line with Platinumâs style. If the project pulls off the melding of those two genres, then âBabylonâs Fallâ could be a compelling game to check out in the future on the PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and PC.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntQ-utIdWWE âStrange of Paradise Final Fantasy Originâ is developed in conjunction with Team Ninja, another studio known for its action-gaming chops. The game appears to be a retelling of the first âFinal Fantasyâ but done in a style thatâs the exact opposite of the original.
Instead of a turn-based RPG, the game appears to follow heroes Jack, Ash and Jed as they throw open the gates of the Chaos Shrine in order to defeat Chaos. The word âchaosâ is mentioned several times over in the trailer. Itâs not really clear what the game will play like but it does have a distinct dark fantasy style as players use spells and abilities from a number of jobs such as warrior, dragoon and black mage.
The game is scheduled for release in 2022, so thereâs plenty of time for Square Enix to fill in the blanks. In the meantime, players can check out the âStrange of Paradiseâ trial version today through June 24 on PlayStation 5.