Guardians of the Galaxy new game plus explained

Guardians of the Galaxy new game plus
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The Guardians of the Galaxy new game plus options are far from obvious, so it's understandable that you'd be looking for some guidance on what NG+ option if any is available to bring your new-found abilities along with any items, upgrades, and powers into subsequent playthroughs on greater difficulties. If one run through the story wasn't enough for you – perhaps you want to see how all Guardians of the Galaxy choices pan out for yourself while using your additional powers – then here's what you need to know about Guardians of the Galaxy new game plus and how it affects your next playthrough.

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Does the Guardians of the Galaxy game have new game plus?

Yes, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy does have new game plus, as an NG+ option that unlocks on the main menu after completing the campaign for the first time. Once you select that, you can pick the completed campaign save file, and the game will carry over certain aspects of that playthrough into a fresh campaign, starting you back in the first levels all over again.

However, it's important to remember that new game plus does not increase the game's difficulty - so if anything, you'll find it easier, because now you have experience and all of your powers from the start. Difficulty and challenge is something you have to choose or alter manually from the pause menu, so if you were planning on facing greater threats with your increased arsenal, you'll need to quickly tweak that before going into any fights.

Guardians of the Galaxy new game plus changes

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Certain things will carry over or be affected when you select new game plus, though not necessarily everything you'd expect. We've outlined all the changes to the game below, including what you do and don't get to take with you.

Does carry over

  • Guardian abilities (including final abilities unlocked at certain story points)
  • Workbench upgrades
  • Components
  • Unlocked outfits and costumes
  • Database entries

Does not carry over

  • Units/money
  • Guardian Collectibles
  • Choices/consequences
  • Special items (i.e., the Passkey or Nova Tracker Disabler, though you'll still have their database entries)
  • Elemental blaster variants (plasma, ice, etc)

These variations mean that your second playthrough of Guardians of the Galaxy will be more of an enhancement than a complete reinvention of the experience. Still, with the game's divergent paths and frenetic combat, the chance to test your sharpest outfits and weapons on the game's enemies again may be enough.

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Joel Franey
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Joel Franey is a writer, journalist, podcaster and raconteur with a Masters from Sussex University, none of which has actually equipped him for anything in real life. As a result he chooses to spend most of his time playing video games, reading old books and ingesting chemically-risky levels of caffeine. He is a firm believer that the vast majority of games would be improved by adding a grappling hook, and if they already have one, they should probably add another just to be safe. You can find old work of his at USgamer, Gfinity, Eurogamer and more besides.