The campaign is impressive despite gameplay at times feeling repetitive.
When Marvel first announced a partnership with Square Enix to develop a new game, it was met with excitement and doubt since it’s rare that superheroes get a good video game adaptation (except for titles like Spider-Man of course). Marvel’s Avengers was announced at the height of the popularity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where Avengers: Endgame currently stands as the top-grossing movie of all time. While it’s a great game with lots of replay value, the missions can be quite repetitive at times, though it never distracted me from seeing the best parts of it.
Marvel’s Avengers has a completely different storyline from what we know about the movies and TV shows. The center of the revolves around Kamala Khan, right before she takes on the mantle of Ms. Marvel. She’s a big fan of the Avengers and has vast knowledge about each of the members. The game opens on Avengers Day, A-Day for short, where the Avengers are set to open their new headquarters in San Francisco.
After winning a contest, Kamala was one of the lucky fans who got to meet the Avengers (something we’re all wishing to happen to us) but as you can expect, the bad guys come and attack the city where a Terrigen Crystal is destroyed and has unleashed an infection in the area including Kamala, turning them into Inhumans. The attack saw the disbandment of the Avengers, with Captain America seemingly part of the casualties.
A few years later, we’re introduced to a more mature Kamala, who now harnesses Inhuman powers that she still hides from her father. Once she finds out some information about the A-Day attacks, she sets out to find the remaining Avengers to help them clear their name and stop a looming force that includes the AIM organization and a villain named MODOK.
What wasn’t shown in the trailers and on the recent beta is that Kamala is the heart and center of the story, with the Avengers acting as supporting characters. The depth of her character is mesmerizing, and truly shines as one of the best parts of the game – here’s hoping that Marvel Studios does a similar adaptation.
The campaign plays out much like other Marvel adventures in the comics, TV, and of course the films. While I was expecting something predictable, the story is filled with twists and turns that pack in drama and humor that make it worth playing.
While many were expecting the character designs to resemble the MCU counterparts, I’ve grown to enjoy the likeness especially with the amount of detail given to each of them. From Tony Stark’s goatee, Thor’s flashing eyes, Black Widow’s red hair, Captain America’s face, Bruce Banner’s glasses, each of these characters provided something different yet still familiar that puts it at par with the actors playing them.
As you can expect, you will get the chance to play each Avenger over the course of the game. Each character has its own skill tree that you can upgrade over time, along with added bonuses that you can customize. What I enjoyed was that each character has an entirely different skill set, meaning that on a particular level, playing the Hulk is an entirely different feeling when playing Iron Man, even when it’s the same enemy. Just like the movies, expect a post-credits scene when you finish the campaign.
That’s just the campaign – once you’re done you will get the chance to try out the Avengers Initiative, i.e., online multiplayer. You will get the chance to play online with friends or anyone in a plethora of different missions where you can collect rewards to upgrade your character. The missions are great, but the endless waves of enemies sometimes make it a little repetitive with little to no wow factor. Add to that the rather confusing UI menu that took me a while to get.
The graphics are top-notch when I played the game on a PS4 Pro. I did experience some framerate drops during some battles, but it wasn’t bad enough to ruin gameplay. Here’s hoping that the game gets further optimized when I get the free upgrade to the PS5 version.
It’s not perfect, but Marvel’s Avengers is still one impressive game especially if you’re a Marvel fan. The story is excellent and full of heart, while the gameplay is satisfying despite some flaws. Kudos to Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix for delivering a great Marvel game that’s worth playing.
+ Excellent campaign
+ Fun battles and references
We Didn’t Really Like:
– Missions can be repetitive
Final Rating: 4/5