If you, like millions of others, got Hooked On a Feeling after watching The Guardians of the Galaxy trailer 500 times and now just can't get enough of its Farscape meets Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy vibe coupled with its wild cast of characters and can't wait all the way until August to see the film, you are in luck! You can experience its extraterrestrial cast of characters right now and not just in the pages of Marvel comics but as big as life across a multitude of video games that have already been released for dozens of platforms.
Rocket Raccoon might seem like the least likely kind of hero possible and that's in a universe that includes a talking ambulatory tree (more on him later), an indomitable combatant blessed with only squirrel-based powers and whatever Doop is, but the savvy folks at Marvel have been laying the groundwork for Rocket's world-wide debut by seeding the diminutive but aggressive mammal in a small host of video games over the past few years.
He made his debut when he was added to the roster for the semi-controversial full scale expansion/re-release of the 2D 3v3 fighter Marvel vs Capcom 3 known as Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3. Here his lack of physical strength is made up for by his superior agility and seemingly endless arsenal of weapons that range from simple lasers and chainguns to complicated traps and the ability to call in air-strikes on his opponents.
Next Rocket Raccoon took the gaming world by surprise by making the cut for the initial roster of characters for the MMO/ARPG Marvel Heroes over dozens of other more well-known heroes including a whole host of Avengers and X-Men. Per information given in dozens of interviews during the game's development its creators were privy to inside information about the direction that the Marvel Cinematic Universe was going years in advance, the developers of Marvel Heroes knew that Rocket was primed to be a breakout character and wanted in on the ground floor. In Marvel Heroes again Rocket's agility and weaponry are his key characteristics, in fact he's among the rare characters that forgo an armor slot for a second damage-stat boosting weapon.
Rocket didn't arrive in the game world alone either, Groot cameos as a summon for Rocket, lending his size and strength to tank for his furry little buddy. These two Guardians won't be last in the game either, for while Gamora and Drax have been rumored additions, Star Lord was confirmed for release sometime this year and while the initial art appears to mimic his masked comic book look, the propensity of this game to release skins mimicking the looks of the movies means playable Chris Pratt is a possibility. Though if you can't wait, a Star Lord skin for the littleBIGplanet franchise’s Sack Boy player character might still be available.
Now heroes are great, but what about villains? Classic Guardians of the Galaxy foe and lurking Marvel Cinematic Universe heavy Thanos has shown his giant purple face in a couple of titles already, first and foremost as the challenging boss of the classic Capcom arcade fighter Marvel Super Heroes where the original Infinity Saga is played out right down to it's cosmic-level climatic battle over the individual gems. Thanos would return as a playable character in the game's more free-flowing sequel but would remain the heavy in such titles as the Facebook's Marvel: Avengers Alliance and the console's Marvel: Ultimate Alliance.
Last but not least, the entire cast of The Guardians of the Galaxy make a cameo appearance at the end of Lego Marvel Super Heroes and are then made unlockable player characters complete with powers that mimic their comic book counterparts.
Any we’ve missed? What would you like to see in a ‘real’The Guardians of the Galaxy game? Post your ideas in the comments!