THE PAST AND FUTURE OF THE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY IN VIDEO GAMES

The Guardians of the Galaxy have existed in some incarnation or another since the 1960’s, but in the world of video games, the characters are in their relative infancy. The first time any character from the Guardians would be playable in any video game would be in the 2011 re-issue of Marvel Vs. Capom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, when Rocket Raccoon was added to the already impressive roster of fighters from both camps:

The team’s leader, or at least the most recent rendition of the team anyway, Peter “Star-Lord” Quill would make his game debut in a rather unusual way: as an add-on to Sony’s play create share game LittleBigPlanet.

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Of course, the Guardians of the Galaxy are a team, and what’s a part against the whole team? On consoles and handhelds, the team made an appearance in the new Marvel manor: during a post-credits scene. This was featured in last fall’s stupendous Lego Marvel Super Heroes. The group unfortunately weren’t part of the story of that game, but side-missions specfically regarding some characters did show up on the open world map, my favorite being the ones about Drax trying to regain his title as “Drax-o-phonist.” Unlocking them on the map opens them up for free-play in all of the games levels, or just to play around with in the open world Manhattan map.

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If you’re strapped for cash and love the Guardians, you can always go the free to play route. Star-Lord and Rocket are among the growing roster of characters in the MMO Marvel Heroes, and while not playable, Groot does appear as a summon attack for Rocket.

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Should an MMO be a little too complicated and graphic intensive for your PC, there’s always the free-to-play Facebook game Marvel Avengers Alliance. Gamora, Drax and Rocket can be unlocked in-game, and the two outstanding members: Drax and Star-Lord, will be available soon to tie-in with the debut of the big screen release of the Guardians of the Galaxy film from Marvel Studios.

While there’s no talks or even rumors circulating around putting the Guardians of the Galaxy in their own game, gamers who have played some or all of the above games to death can look forward to seeing (and purchasing them) in Disney Infinity 2.0. So far Drax the Destroyer has yet to be seen in either in-game or figure form, however Rocket and Groot were teased in the initial trailer for the game via in-game characters:

Conversely Star-Lord and Gamora who have only been seen so far in figure form:

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We have yet to get a firm release date for Disney Infinity 2.0, yet the Star-Lord and Gamora reveal teased a Guardians specific playset coming this fall, so although we don’t have a Guardians of the Galaxy game to call our own, at the very least they’ll have their own segment of the game to call their own. TT Games, the studio behind the Lego game series, is also moving characters from the DC universe off of earth and into space in this fall’s Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, so maybe a Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 will be in the future that will also venture into the stars. The Guardians of the Galaxy would be an excellent guide for the terrestrial based earth heroes, no? Who knows, maybe if the film and the figures become a success, Marvel and Disney will consider pushing to get their own game off the ground independent of another property.

I’ve already written an article about how I would like to see the team in a game, as well as how I’d like to see a game starring just Rocket. What type of Guardians of the Galaxy game would you like to play? What characters would you like to play as? Leave it in the comments below.

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