How ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Forged Its Own Identity By Stepping Beyond the MCU

No game more pleasantly surprised me this year than Guardians of the Galaxy. I'd written it off after a poor reveal, figuring MCU fandom would be the reason I played it. What I found was a game rich with heart, characters confidently stepping outside the looming cultural shadow of the MCU, and sharp writing. That last point is vital, because the thing about the Guardians is how they are always going on, bickering and sniping in the cosmos. That's their schtick, and the game leans into this hard. The writing has to work—or the game doesn't.

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