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Publisher: Square Enix Europe LTD
Genres: Adventure, Action
While there is a great game somewhere in here, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: Cloud Version has many, baffling issues seemingly exclusive to this version. On top of not being comparable to other console versions, it somehow performs even worse to the point of being almost unplayable most of the time. As usual, your results may vary depending on internet connection, but this version still needs a lot of work.
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is a great game, a fun and colourful adventure full of excellent writing, brilliant acting and plenty of wacky action and exploration to dig into. However, this Switch cloud version renders pretty much any praise we could lavish upon it entirely inconsequential as it serves up a truly messy, laggy and unreliable experience - even when played via our super solid, ultra fast internet connection. It is, in short, a disastrous and ridiculously expensive way to play through a game that deserves so much better. Pick this one up on another platform if you can and steer well clear of this mess.
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: Cloud Version presents an enjoyable and original story for the beloved troublemakers on Nintendo Switch. Excellent writing and vocal performances build a narrative that is both comedic and surprisingly heartfelt. A meaty but meaningfully varied campaign introduces fun locations and surprises for Marvel fans, and it's backed up by a killer '80s soundtrack. Combat makes clever use of synergizing the team's abilities as well. However, that combat doesn't evolve enough throughout the story to maintain its appeal. As far as cloud games on Switch go, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is as good as there has been for gameplay. However, unless Switch is your only way to play this game, I would recommend playing Marvel's latest gaming adventure on hardware that isn't reliant on the cloud.
While my high-speed internet connection should be easily able to run this game smoothly, it is clear that this version was an afterthought. The characters, story, music, and gameplay are all completely up my alley, but having to play the game in this sluggish way-and of course having to play via an internet connection-made for quite a miserable experience. I'm 100% I will pick up Guardians of the Galaxy somewhere down the road, but the Cloud Version should be skipped by anyone even remotely interested in what's on offer here.
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Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: Cloud Version - Announcement Trailer - Nintendo Switch | E3 2021