Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition): Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Space action game is hard to navigate, has mild violence.

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Positive Messages

The Guardians work as a team toward a common goal. Much like other superheroes, they can do a lot of damage along the way.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Although much of the characters' backstories are left out, movie watchers know this unlikely group is made up of thieves, assassins, and bounty hunters. But in the end, they choose to fight for a cause greater than themselves. 

Ease of Play

Multiplayer split screen is an issue, making it difficult for players to quickly see their surroundings. And there are lots of platforms at different levels, making it hard to get from one spot to another. But tutorials are available, and there are prompts for special moves and guides for finding targets.

Violence

Plenty of fighting with heavy-duty weapons or superpowers. But no blood, and playable characters don't die. When their health meters run out, they can be healed by other players -- or you can wait for them to regenerate.

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Consumerism

Requires a full Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) starter set to play. Additional characters are available for purchase, with pressure to purchase them all to unlock statues in the "Hall of Heroes," obtain unlockable content, and play certain challenges. Additional "discs" can be purchased for extra powers. Also part of a wide range of Guardians of the Galaxy merchandise.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition): Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is an add-on play set for the Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) franchise. It requires a starter set to play. The plot is based loosely on the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, but much of the backstory is left out. Here the characters seem more like "pure" superheroes than the more complex versions you see in the film or comic books. The game is heavy on fighting, with occasional missions to gather objects. But there's no blood, and playable characters don't die. There's a lot of pressure to purchase additional figures or discs to unlock additional content. Players may also find their names on Disney Infinity leaderboards.

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What's it about?

DISNEY INFINITY: MARVEL SUPER HEROES (2.0 EDITION): MARVEL'S GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY takes place in Knowhere, an intergalactic space station. Peter Quill, also known as Star-Lord, has stolen an Infinity Stone from Ronan the Accuser and escaped to Knowhere to hide out. When the Sakaaran military descends on Knowhere to retrieve the Infinity Stone, Star-Lord and the rest of the Guardians must fight to protect it and keep the Stone out of Ronan's hands. Gameplay revolves around fighting off the Sakaaran fleet, whether battling them on the ground or shooting them out of the sky. Some missions set you in search of missing objects, while others involve finding your way from point A to point B. There are unlockable challenges, such as riding a series of complicated rails, using the antiaircraft weapons, and getting as many collectibles (colorful orbs with point values) as possible. In the Toy Box, this Play Set unlocks theming and decor (such as a portrait of each character), as well as some of the small costumed characters that roam the landscape.

Is it any good?

Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition): Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy finally takes us out of New York City and into space. It's a refreshing change from the other two play sets, but that also brings a new set of challenges. Since none of the included characters can fly, navigating a multilevel, platform-based landscape can be tedious. You're provided with special launching pads that propel you to rooftop landings of various buildings, but they don't always get you where you want to go. You may need to search a building to find a pole or ledges to climb, or you may need to scale the building next door and jump across. Some of that navigation is part of the fun, but it can be frustrating when you really just want to get where you're trying to go.

Knowhere has several areas, and the game's missions will take you through all of them. Each seems to have a slightly different flavor, whether it be skyscrapers or moving platforms. Gameplay is heavy on the "Sakaarans are attacking, fight them off" missions, but it does mix them up with both obstacle-course-style challenges and collecting challenges. The time to complete the story is comparable to the other sets (about five to six hours), if that's your focus. There are additional missions to complete, as well as the challenges, and many kids will just enjoy roaming around the environment and exploring. It's a good play set but not quite great. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about good vs. evil in games such as Guardians of the Galaxy. Are there people who are purely good? Purely evil? How does your perspective impact your point of view?

  • Discuss violence. When, if ever, is violence justified? When, if ever, is it OK to destroy life/property for the greater good? Who can make those decisions?

  • When companies release groups of linked products that don't cost much individually, it's often with the intent to encourage people to gradually buy them all before they realize how much money they're spending in total. Do you notice that happening to you? What are some ways you could exercise self-control in these situations?

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