It’s really hard to bring up Marvel’s Avengers in a conversation regarding upcoming games. Many have already written the game off, while others argue that it could be something different. On one end, it’s a games-as-a-service, sporting a myriad of repetitive missions, loot grinding, microtransactions, and comes off as a game made with board members in fancy suits calling all the shots. Everyone has been burned enough by this as is. On the other hand, tucked beneath all that shoddy multiplayer marketing and live service features, lives a story that really is the game’s greatest showpiece.
While Marvel's Avengers isn’t without its flaws, I have to hand it to Crystal Dynamics for sticking to their guns. This is a traditional narrative, where players can enjoy a solo experience and you don’t have to grind for better gear to finish the story. It completely made me forget that this game also has an online experience, and for the most part, that’s a fantastic compliment.
One of the other fears revolved around Kamala Khan, an Inhuman who the story seemingly takes place around. This may be an Avengers story, but Ms. Marvel is undoubtedly the protagonist. The story starts out with the devastating attack on San Francisco, with the Avengers being framed for releasing experimental technology onto innocent people. Kamala takes the call to action upon herself and attempts to reassemble the Avengers and take on the wolf in sheep’s clothing - A.I.M. As a rather proficient fan of the Avengers, Kamala uses her expertise to find a piece of evidence that could set everything straight and stops at nothing to make sure A.I.M is exposed for who they really are, even if she may be way in over her head at times.
What comes next is an odyssey of epic proportions, spanning across the globe in a campaign crammed full of action set-pieces, heartfelt dialogue, and the usual Marvel one-liners you would expect from a Marvel movie. Characters such as Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow, Thor, and the ol’ Cap himself are all given their own time in the spotlight, but the narrative makes a great point of using Kamala as the glue that holds the broken team together. She is an instantly lovable character that can initiate some truly emotional dialogue and high-octane action sequences. Her excitement is infectious and she truly is a very relatable character in various ways, despite a few convenient things taking place throughout the campaign. Kamala is unapologetically a fan thrown into the deep end of a true superhero experience, all while the narrative maintains focus on the Avengers and their dilemma.
[Kamala's] excitement is infectious and she truly is a very relatable character in various ways...
Given the large comic universe Crystal Dynamics has to play with, it was a bit underwhelming to see the lack of villains present.
Some may long for the MCU character models, but I feel like this is a perfect way for Marvel’s Avengers to differentiate itself from the rest of Marvel’s offerings...
Will defend anything Dragon Ball. Occasionally has two-way conversations with himself. Has sleepless nights about Half-Life 3 confirmed.
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4 September 2020
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