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The Guardians Of The Galaxy Game Needs To Get Its Soundtrack Right

Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket Racoon, Groot, and Drax are preparing to make their entrance into video games later this year with Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, and it's going to be a game that needs the right soundtrack. The planet-hopping comic book team has seen a boost in popularity in the last decade thanks to their inclusion in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and though the Guardians have existed for longer in the Marvel comic books, their silver screen depictions are the most well known, and the game's version of each character will have to attempt to live up to those in the films to at least some degree. One popular aspect of the movies that is attempting to be translated into the Guardians of the Galaxy game is a catchy soundtrack, but it may prove to be a difficult task.

Both of the two MCU films have succeeded in delivering iconic Earth songs to the galaxy at large through Star-Lord's Awesome Mix Vol. 12. Songs like Blue Swede's Hooked on a Feeling, Redbone's Come and Get Your Love, Electric Light Orchestra's Mr. Blue Sky, and Fleetwood Mac's The Chain were all hits in their own right, but certainly enjoyed a bit of a renaissance thanks to their inclusion in Guardians of the Galaxy and Vol. 2's more memorable scenes. Guardians of the Galaxy's soundtrack is arguably one of the film series' defining features, being used to great effect in both diegetic and non-diegetic circumstances.

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Though games can be cinematic in appearance, gameplay tends to be much less structured than carefully edited films. This can make music cues hard to implement, and if done incorrectly, could lead to a disappointing implementation for a game based on an IP that is now inextricable from its use of music. Previews of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy's dialogue have been a good sign for the characters, but music is something that can help set the atmosphere throughout the game, making it of the utmost importance to the overall package.

For the most part, each song in the MCU film soundtracks only gets played once. A song is chosen which fits the scene, and the scene is likewise edited to fit the song. By the very nature of gameplay, this symbiotic relationship is nearly impossible. Outside of cutscenes, the Marvel's Guardians soundtrack will reportedly change gameplay with various 1980s pop and rock hits through a feature called the Huddle. The Huddle kicks off a song that plays during combat, where the player can use special abilities from all five of the Guardians. There will be multiple songs that are used by the Huddle, but there is still a risk of the novelty to the mechanic wearing off.

Luckily, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy will also have an original score, so players won't be inundated with licensed songs. Hopefully a balance can be struck between the two types of music so that players don't grow tired of either before the game has been completed. The songs will also have to be good enough that players won't be annoyed at hearing them more than a couple of times. Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is likely to run much longer than either of the films, and while the characters themselves will differ from the MCU, music is now integral to the band of misfits, and may prove to be a difficult thing to implement into a game.

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Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy releases for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch on October 26, 2021.

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