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Marvel’s Avengers

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Assemble your team of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, embrace your powers, and live your Super Hero dreams. Marvel’s Avengers is an epic, third-person, action-adventure game that combines an original, cinematic story with single-player and co-operative gameplay*. Assemble into a team of up to four players online, master extraordinary abilities, customize a growing roster of Heroes, and defend the Earth from escalating threats. Marvel’s Avengers begins at A-Day, where Captain America, Iron Man, the Hulk, Black Widow, and Thor are unveiling a new, hi-tech Avengers Headquarters in San Francisco. The celebration turns deadly when a mysterious enemy causes a catastrophic accident which results in massive devastation. Blamed for the tragedy, the Avengers disband. Five years later, with all Super Heroes outlawed and the world in peril, a sprawling adventure ignites when a determined young woman named Kamala Khan sets out to reassemble and rebuild the Avengers to stop the unchecked power of the secretive new force known as AIM. Marvel’s Avengers continues the epic journey with new Heroes and new narrative delivered on an ongoing basis, for the definitive Avengers gaming experience.
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Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

its alright, but I miss Marvel Heroes Omega that was more fun.

Review from Steam

---{ Graphics }---
☐ You forget what reality is
☐ Beautiful
☑ Good
☐ Decent
☐ Bad
☐ Don‘t look too long at it
☐ MS-DOS
---{ Gameplay }---
☐ Very good
☐ Good
☑ It's just gameplay
☐ Mehh
☐ Watch paint dry instead
☐ Just don't
---{ Audio }---
☐ Eargasm
☑ Very good
☐ Good
☐ Not too bad
☐ Bad
☐ I'm now deaf
---{ Audience }---
☑ Kids
☑ Teens
☐ Adults
☐ Grandma
---{ PC Requirements }---
☐ Check if you can run paint
☐ Potato
☑ Decent
☐ Fast
☐ Rich boi
☐ Ask NASA if they have a spare computer
---{ Difficulty }---
☐ Just press 'W'
☐ Easy
☑ Easy to learn / Hard to master
☐ Significant brain usage
☐ Difficult
☐ Dark Souls
---{ Grind }---
☐ Nothing to grind
☐ Only if u care about leaderboards/ranks
☐ Isn't necessary to progress
☐ Average grind level
☐ Too much grind
☑ You'll need a second live for grinding
---{ Story }---
☐ No Story
☐ Some lore
☑ Average
☐ Good
☐ Lovely
☐ It'll replace your life
---{ Game Time }---
☐ Long enough for a cup of coffee
☐ Short
☑ Average
☐ Long
☐ To infinity and beyond
---{ Price }---
☐ It's free!
☐ Worth the price
☑ If it's on sale
☐ If u have some spare money left
☐ Not recommended
☐ You could also just burn your money
---{ Bugs }---
☐ Never heard of
☐ Minor bugs
☑ Can get annoying
☐ ARK: Survival Evolved
☐ The game itself is a big terrarium for bugs
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☐ 10

Review from Steam

Short version:
Pros:
+ Looks good
+ Combat can be satisfying
+ Decent story mode
+ A lot of content
Cons:
- Identity crisis (I will explain down below)
- Bland world design
- Microtransactions
- Buggy
“Long” version:
Marvel’s Avengers is a third-person action-adventure game developed by Crystal Dynamics, Eidos-Montréal and Nixxes. It was published by Square Enix.
This game is hard for me to review. I grew up reading Marvel comics and when this game was first announced, I was super hyped for it. Unfortunately, the radio silence that followed the announcement was worrisome and the gameplay footage that released to the public a year or so later looked underwhelming at best.
Even though the Avengers are in a large part of the game, the campaign focuses on Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan. I am more of a silver age of comics kind of guy, but I have read a few comics where this character was present. She has the potential to be fine… Her powers are lame and I feel like Mr. Fantastic is a way cooler character that embraces the cheesiness of stretchy powers. Anyways, she is a tricky character to nail. If mishandled, she is an annoying character – a fangirl that spews out cringy dialogue and feels like nothing short of a token character for diversity. If handled properly, however, she can be an innocent beacon of joy and hope that serves as inspiration for our battle-scarred heroes.
So… What happens in Marvel’s Avengers? They go a little bit too far with the whole “I was just a Jersey girl who didn’t fit it” and this character takes way too long to develop into someone relatable. Did I hate her? No, not at all. Do I care about her? Nope.
As for the actual story, again, it had the potential to be fine. After a terrorist attack during Avengers-Day, the city is left in shambles and many people are exposed to a dangerous mist that turns them into Inhumans. Picture mutants, like the X-men, but instead of getting their powers once they hit puberty, they have to be exposed to this mist and undergo terrigenesis.
The Avengers get blamed for it, they disband, some disappear, some are presumed dead, yadi yadi yada… Kamala Khan figures out Tony Stark’s password (dumbest plot point in the game) and manages to find some information that will clear the Avenger’s name and reputation. She then embarks on an adventure to reunite the team and become an avenger.
For everything this story gets right, it also gets a bunch of things wrong. Making A.I.M. the villain was a cool concept at first - I was really looking forward to battling the “bee-keepers” – but you find yourself fighting generic robots for 90% of the game. You get introduced to new enemies? It is just a bigger robot with more hitpoints.
It took me around 15-20 hours to beat the campaign with quite a bit of side-questing. That is solid.
I like some of the takes on well-know Marvel characters, but I feel like barely seeing any other heroes and villains makes the whole experience feel less cool.
Anyways, that is enough on the story. Onto gameplay!
Again… It is… Fine. Here is the thing – I liked it, but I can understand why many people do not. Combat gets progressively better due to ability unlocks and some characters have amazingly satisfying moves. Cap’s shield, for example, can be thrown and it will ricochet off of enemies and come back to you. You can unlock an upgrade that allows you to kick the shield once it comes back and it feels super satisfying, especially if you time it in the middle of a combo.
Most characters have something going for them and they all have branching paths on their skills trees. You can focus on a great deal of things, such as DPS, buffs, finishers, etc. It is good.
I do have favorites, of course, but I feel like a single character sticks out as underwhelming – the Hulk. When you have a huge green monster being staggered by a tiny robot… It just does not feel satisfying, you know? Granted, I switched off the Hulk as soon as I could so maybe he does have builds that grant him stagger resistance.
This is one of my main gripes with the game. By adding insane powerhouses like the Hulk and Thor to the mix, they never feel powerful enough. Human soldiers still take way too many hits from these guys – it is lame. I would rather have “street-level” heroes fighting human enemies instead of all these robots. Luke Cage, Hawkeye, Daredevil, etc. would have been cooler additions to the base roster.
Also, I mentioned the lack of villains in the story… Not much of a spoiler – M.O.D.O.K., Taskmaster and Abomination (excluding the DLC)… That is so bad. I love Abomination but come on! Had they gone with the “street-level” concept I just mentioned, I could see awesome, lesser-know villains such as Typhoid Mary, the Wrecking Crew and the Wizard.
After you are done with the campaign, you have quite a few side-quests to complete, but these are super repetitive and underwhelming. The higher the difficulty, the harder it is to stagger opponents and the gameplay does not feel as good against enemies that do not react to your hits; which are quite numerous later on!
You are constantly on the lookout for new gear, which has no place in an Avengers game. This whole “looter shooter” take was poorly implemented and your items do not even change how your characters look. You know what does change your looks? Skins… Which you can buy with real life money… Yeah, I will talk about that later.
You also have loads of different currency used to upgrade some items and, again, it is lame and has no place in a game like this.
Graphics are up next. I think the game looks really good if you look at its presentation. Map design, however, is not good at all. Sure, you have some beautiful areas in the game, especially during the story, but in order for all the characters to be able to move around and get to higher places, the devs decided to include random floating platforms all over most maps and it is super jarring. The lack of visual cohesion after the campaign is overwhelming, sometimes.
Sound effects are good. I loved how satisfying shield bashing someone felt. Some sounds, however, are not as rewarding, like Thor’s hammer.
Voice acting is good too. Some of Kamala’s dialogue feels super forced but the actress did her best with the material she was given. Tony Stark’s humor was super hit or miss but all the other team members sound good and stay in character for the whole game.
Ok, time for the worst part. I mentioned skins… This game is meant to be capitalizing on the whole skin/emote/customization craze that has been happening. It is horrible. You get tiny amounts of currency and upgrade materials. You want more? Spend money on this full-price game. You will slowly unlock character skins by doing daily and weekly challenges with EACH hero. It takes way too long and each DLC character requires 1000 premium currency to be eligible for said challenged. You want to skip that and unlock all of those? You have to pay for it - and for skins, emotes, finishers, you name it…
So… I do not hate this game but I do not love it either. You have some really talented devs that were clearly brute forced by the suits to squeeze out the most amount of money off of customers. Truly despicable.
I got it for cheap so I am fine with all the clunkiness, but I understand why many people are not. It did not turn a profit so I am sure it will get abandoned as soon as possible.
If you find it on a deep sale and you have some friends to play it with (hard to find random people online) I think it is a decent enough time.
Final score: 6.5 out of 10.
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Review from Steam

--UPDATED JULY 2022--
This game may have a mixed rating on Steam and rightfully so, but for some bizarre reason I am still playing.
Marvel’s Avengers is a game I am enjoying currently, but would not recommend unless you have the following:
1. Fandom towards Marvel properties
2. A degree of tolerance for bugs
3. Patience for content and fixes
This game has undergone quite a few changes since my last review (posted in comment below) as well as an addition of the Mighty Thor. Here's an update
The single player main campaign is enjoyable enough as are the DLCs released so far, it’s typical Marvel fare so if you enjoy the MCU (and/or even the comics), you’ll certainly enjoy this except for a few unbelievable plot points here and there (hint: “SCOUR THE EARTH, you will never find our lab!” is where you will find one of them).
The multiplayer has seen some changes, there is no explicit Avengers Initiative anymore, just a direct Play button. Gear is also simplified from before. New players should just play the number game and not worry about which stats should matter first. That can be done later when they get the hang of this slightly opaque game(unless you read Reddit or the codex tutorials). There is a ham-fisted insertion of a spoiler character who explains the multiplayer scenarios to you. Very jarring narrative wise but user friendly.
Still, I’m leveling up the character and gear levels at my own pace, so it has been an enjoyable way of passing the time. Of course the real question is what to do after finishing that. But with my pace it will be long while, and hopefully the developers figure out a way to satisfy that requirement soon with story and character DLCs.
There is an enjoyable feedback loop when you pick a Marvel character and battle bad guys that’s very hard to describe accurately. The punches, the ranged blasts, and the takedowns all feel very satisfying to pull off. When you defeat the final enemy (be it a boss or the last enemy NPC), it feels good.
I've upgraded my graphics card to a RTX 3060 and the game looks really good now on 1080p. It plays very smoothly too.
Regarding the DLCS, most of them were pretty good save for the Future Imperfect which had an anti-climactic ending which is only followed up on a mission in multiplayer of all places. The Hawkeyes (despite my earlier complaint about duplication) and Black Panther all play pretty well. Then there's Jane.
She is possibly the first character added to the game for the sake of game-play variety rather than a narrative increment. Sure there is a cut-scene in comic-book format which explains her entry in this universe and there is some genuinely enjoyable dialogue in-game, but that is the extent of the narrative side of things.
She plays like a speedier Thor and with a greater emphasis on hammer throwing. One good thing is that I now have a variety in my Thor gameplay styles. Which may or may not be fulfilling depending on whether you were enjoying the game before or not.
There is still something enjoyable about having friends together to bash villains up. There should have been an offline co-op support for this game.
Of course, my most disliked feature of Marvel’s Avengers still are the micro-transactions. If it was a free game, I would grudgingly tolerate it. But as I have already paid for this game, this is just more siphoning on top of it. While it gets somewhat stale to see the same takedowns again and again, paying for a variety of animations just feels wrong. At least with costumes, it is understandable to implement a transaction model there, as they fit the definition of true cosmetics.
Can't say I am not tempted to get credits for the sweet costumes that are in the game, but I'll only do it after I exhaust every in-game battle pass for each character and not before.
The other complaints I have about this game is the boss and enemy variety. Hopefully with more content releases that complaint gets addressed.
Online, you will see chatter about balance issues, and raid issues. I am mainly a casual player so these issues have not affected me. So this might be a concern if you are a hardcore meta-player.
This game currently somewhat fills the void that ‘Marvel Heroes’ left for me. It was an action multiplayer RPG game with an isometric camera view that had way more heroes and enemy varieties than Avengers, until it was shut down in 2017. There was a similar feedback loop there, but Avengers has probably the better game-play. Still it has many more levels to go to completely fill Marvel Heroes’ shoes.
Just don’t get this game at full price.
I'm a little concerned about the future of the game ever since Crystal Dynamics was acquired by the Embracer Group. Fingers crossed that even if it does come to a halt they leave behind good content before the end.
As always, as more content and changes comes in, this review will get updated.
TL;DR: A mixed Marvel gaming experience, strengthened by its enjoyable combat feedback loop but mitigated by its micro-transaction model. But if you are a Marvel fan, get this game at a discounted price and you won’t regret it.

Review from Steam

Fortnite has a better Spider-Man

Review from Steam

Ok I've played this game for quite a bit now and have a lot of mixed feelings. I would recommend it at the current price and with hopes of them adding more content.
Pros:
Voice acting is great
Character design is great and the combat abilities feel like they fit each character well
Story is pretty good
Combat is pretty good but also can get dull and repetitive, this is helped by an expanding roster though
Leveling up feels good and it's fun to introduce new skills overtime in that way
The free DLC expansions are also pretty good and add new story and characters to keep it interesting
Cons:
The loot system kind of hampers the avengers fantasy for me. It's annoying to be the hulk and have to punch a normal dude in a hazmat suit 50 times to kill him because the number on your socks isn't big enough. Having your power be tied exclusively to loot is annoying.
Enemies are big damage sponges. Some fights take forever because of the absurd amount of HP enemies have and fights can go from fun to feeling like an absolute chore, especially if you die at the end of a 20 minute fight and have to start over
Enemy variety is sorely lacking. It's almost exclusively robots. I get the story is focused around A.I.M. but damn. Something about beating up on thousands of robots just doesn't feel visceral enough. There's not really any connection with our enemy. They're just hunks of junk.
A very very noticeable lack of bosses. It's the Marvel universe. There are SO many villains to choose from and we get... 3? 2 in the first two missions and then no iconic villains until the very end of the game. It leaves the entire middle of the game feeling empty (except for more robots). We don't really see our enemy at all or have any connection to them. Just find an excuse for other iconic villains to team up with A.I.M. So much missed potential here. And boss fights are typically just "the same robot you've been fighting but now it's bigger and it has a health bar at the bottom of the screen." There's also "the same robot you've been fighting except now it's named because there's a person inside there who you can't see but trust us, they're in there."
I think the game is fun and you can get your value out of it for sure. There's a lot to do and see and you get to play as a lot of cool and well designed Marvel heroes. It just missed a lot of opportunities by failing to capitalize on the IP and the game could have been a lot more if the focus hadn't been on quantity over quality and shoving in microtransactions and grindy endgame. The DLC seems to be addressing some of this and adding more great content, however I'm concerned that it's too late since public reception of the game was so bad that they lost tons of money on it. I feel like the game's going to die before they really get a chance to put in all the content they planned since it isn't financially sound for them at this point, which is a bummer because some of the uncomfirmed heroes to be released are ones that I'd look forward to. Also they're putting a bunch of resources into a spiderman campaign but you can't play it unless you're on playstation so that's lame.

Review from Steam

Single player campaign is absolutely worth $16

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