Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy was the stand-out hit of 2021 – an impressive, well-told, visually gorgeous adventure that eclipsed the meagre expectations of players to become one of the best games of the year. Now, it’s joining the Xbox Game Pass line-up, leaving no excuse not to check it out.
It’s fairly rare for non-Xbox blockbusters to join Xbox Game Pass so quickly after launch, but given the game’s sales figures reportedly disappointed Square Enix, it’s likely a very smart ploy to get more people engaged with the title.
Early trepidation was understandable – Marvel’s Avengers, also published by Square Enix, was a major disappointment for many. On top of that, Guardians of the Galaxy starred a cast of characters that barely resembled the movie versions of the Guardians everyone knows and loves.
An adaptation inspired by the popularity of the film, featuring all-new interpretations, was always going to be a hard sell – and while it does take some getting used to, it’s fair to say the game overcomes this difference within its early chapters.
If you’ve yet to give it a go, its inclusion in Xbox Game Pass is the perfect chance to dive in.
In addition to Guardians of the Galaxy, this month’s Xbox Game Pass inclusions feature a number of other heavy-hitters. Kentucky Route Zero, the existentialist road story, will join the service on 10 March, alongside Lawn Mowing Simulator and Young Souls.
Far: Changing Tides and Microsoft Flight Simulator (Cloud Version) are now available, and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 will be available on 3 March.
It’s a stacked lineup, and one that certainly justifies the monthly subscription cost of AU $10.95 on PC or Console (or AU $15.95 for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate).
Those wishing to check out Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, who aren’t currently subscribed to Xbox Game Pass, can subscribe for AU $10.95 and will likely be able to play through the entire game within the span of that subscribed month. It’s currently the easiest, cheapest, and most accessible way to jump into the game – and the perfect option for those still on the fence.