Console played on: Played on the PS4 and PS5
First of all, before I start getting into my feelings, discussing what I think works about this game and what holds it back, I just want to make it clear that this is not going to be a review. This is going to be more me spilling my thoughts, hopefully for your enjoyment. Some parts you might not agree with me and some parts you may think I am a secret genius.
Part of the reason I wanted to write about this game is to shed a ray of light on a game which seems to be getting hammered (and I know that is has made a huge lost for both Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics) but it is a game that I don’t think is deserving of the heavy criticisms.
So I wanted to start with the positives about this game – the main one being that it is a game featuring the AVENGERS. And yes I know there are plenty of games where you can play as superheroes (Insomniac’s Spiderman, Marvel vs Capcom, Marvel Ultimate alliance – just to name a few) but this is the first where you can play as multiple avengers in a more real-world setting. Each of the heroes are all unique, even Hawkeye and Kate Bishop, who are both bow wielders but have completely different move sets and abilities. The skills trees are complicated to look at first, but once you get your head around them, there is plenty to explore throughout these trees, allowing you to make your experience different from other players. My favourite ability, through a few of the characters is to pin or trap enemies to the wall and watch them struggle.
The first thing you will notice about this game is the incredible graphics – even before I made the shift from PS4 to PS5, the graphics on this game are some of the best I have ever seen. The level of detail on both the characters themselves and the environment is mind-blowing and unlike some games, I didn’t spot any blurred textures or the environment taking ages to load in. A lot of effort has clearly been given to this game and I for one very much appreciate this.
The other thing that stands out within this game was the story – and that includes both DLC story-lines (although Hawkeye’s didn’t last as long). The story starts with a hero that has built popularity over the last few years: Ms Marvel aka Kamala Khan. Starting the story was a little slow but set the scene for the rest of the game perfectly. The theme of the story was a little redundant and I don’t want to spoil this in case you are planning on playing it. But the story does justice to typical comic story-lines and I very much enjoyed it.
Now for a couple of the critics for the game – the first critic is the facial models for some of the characters and their costumes. I understand that they were clearly trying to set themselves apart from potentially the film adaptions of the heroes but I think they missed the mark slightly. Personally I don’t see anything wrong with familiarity and would have been happier with characters closer to what I am use too. Tony Stark and Hank Pym are two faces that come to mind here, I would have much preferred a Paul Rudd lookalike in video game form! Who wouldn’t!
My other issue is the repeated use of level designs within the game and this is a problem I can utterly understand. It takes a lot of time and memory within a game to be able to produce unique areas for each and every mission within the game, so I can appreciate why the same areas are used lots of times. I think a little more thought could have gone into the mission design to spread the use of these areas out – I haven’t played more than a couple of hours into the end game content, but I have punched through the same turbines 3/4 times, at the time of writing this.
My final issue might be a strange one, it is one that is particular since moving it over to the PS5 and it could just be something effecting little old me. That is the haptic controller. Ever since I migrated the game over, every jump or arrow I shot is met with a slight vibrations or a beeping from my controller – usually a strange mix of both. Put simply it is too much – I don’t want my hands to vibrate and beep like some demented robot as I am trying to save the world! I wish you could just turn the haptics on or off and maybe this is something that needs exploring in future games.
This post has become so long that it might as well have been a review – but never mind 😀 If you haven’t played the Avengers yet and you are a massive superhero nerd like me – then it is definitely worth a play. And if you just like playing games, then I think it is worth a try – especially since it is always on offer pretty much at the moment!