The Avengers recently found their way onto our consoles for a serious action RPG based on the comics. It’s an original piece of work with a lot going for it, unfortunately it’s a big hot mess right now.
Since Friday I think I’ve played around 30 hours worth of this game, but I’ve finished the ‘main’ campaign. I say ‘main’ as it has a campaign that includes multiple different sets of missions and stories but ‘Reassemble’ is clearly the main one.
So what is this about then? Well as you can imagine it wanted to carve out it’s own story. The games from movies era ended long a go where we might have seen an Infinity War game to go with the blockbuster film.
In essence the plot of this game is actually a Ms Marvel story, with the main Avengers in support. All throughout the story it centers around Kamala Khan, a massive fan of the Avengers.
She is the representation of the proper Fan Girl type, she’s 11 when we first meet her and by 16 nothing has changed. Her room is adorned with Avengers posters and she has all the memorabilia to go with. During ‘A-Day’ we see how she is unapologetic for her fan girl status and it’s great to see. I know I’ve always struggled to show off about the things I really love.
During her time in A-Day, searching for comics, meeting the Avengers and generally ‘geeking’ out it all goes to turmoil when there’s an attack on the Golden Gate bridge and later the Helicarrier where A-Day happens.
We come to realise the Avengers have been set up and 5 years in the aftermath AIM (an evil tech company) have taken over. When The Helicarrier was attacked it released a gas that turned everyone into Inhumans. If you have seen Agents of Shield it’s all very familiar.
Kamala vows to try and find out what happened that day and in doing so pulls the wrong strings. She finds herself in the middle of a plot to kill all Inhumans with the Avengers to support her.
The gameplay is very hack and slash, just with punches and kicks. It’s what you would imagine a comic book to feel like as a game. You get to play as each Avenger (Ms Marvel, Black Widow, Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man & Thor). Each one feels different to the last but it is all a bit button bashing to throw light or heavy attacks.
The enemies come in many varieties but don’t always feel different from the last. It’s all based in AIM’s robots so there’s not many people enemies and it makes sense because you end up fighting thousands of them.
One of my hopes was that we’d see some really cool bosses. Marvel have a tonne of cool villains that might finally get some screen time. We start the game off with a fight against Taskmaster, which is cool as fuck but that’s all we see of him until post game.
Together with Abomination they are the only meaningful character bosses you face, the rest are just big machines.
Once you finish the main story the game is then just rinse and repeat. You have 2 levels to work simultaneously Power and Character. Neither impacts the other and I find the whole RPG side a little unsatisfying.
Character levels unlock skill which improve your gameplay. I would recommend getting your characters level up a bit before finishing your story as it helps immensely (i didn’t do this and hated it).
Power level comes with gear and adds to your stats and gives bonuses. This can help if you know what you have as it will make you play in certain ways to maximise your build. Loot is thrown at you all the time and it becomes very not important. If you’ve played Destiny 2 this will feel familiar overall as the system is almost identical.
Post game feels a lot like The Division where you just repeat old missions to power up to play higher level old missions to power up etc etc. There’s no purpose to any of it right now in the game. The gear needs to have more meaningful choices.
Overall I did enjoy my time. My favourite character to play as was Black Widow, her style suited my own as I could zip to enemies, go invisible and had a really good ranged ability.
Once I put some time into level up her character I had more fun with it. However playing as anyone else at low levels then felt a chore and not very fun.
The game has a lot of bugs, like way more than a release should have. Cut scenes won’t have audio, very low frame rates and gameplay will freeze AI characters. Sometimes buttons won’t work so you can’t progress and I had a weird one where the level like overlapped.
The loot/ level systems need a bit of work and the post Reassemble content needs some work. I was happy that microtransactions aren’t an issue but the ‘character pass’ isn’t a quick level up (you’re restricted how much you can do a day if you don’t pay). But still it’s all free with the base game.
I reckon by the holidays this game will have a few patches and fixes that it’ll make a great present or cheaper buy. For now, unless you absolutely LOVE Avengers or action RPG games maybe just watch someone else on Twitch.