Marvel’s Avengers arrives on May 15th, 2020. Up till now we have had only glimpses of the opening mission along with some alternative skins that can be unlocked for the characters. However, this latest trailer above goes some way to explaining how the gameplay will work in Crystal Dynamics big Avengers game.
As expected Marvel’s Avengers will be a GAAS (games as a service) game with a lot of MMO (massively multiplayer online) similarities, or somewhat akin to a ‘looter shooter.’ The game will see players advance their characters by collecting new gear along with earning upgrades and increased abilities. This will allow each player to customize their characters towards their own playstyle, and more importantly, become stronger the more they play.
This approach is hardly something new and we can see it in effect in many existing games. Where this may be a little different is how the game balances single-player story missions with online co-op. The game has two kinds of missions, Hero; which sees the player tackle a mission solo for the story campaign, along with Warzone; which will allow players to go solo or team up with up to three teammates online to tackle what would likely be more expansive missions. The trailer claims both types of missions will continue to advance the narrative of the game.
One would assume that as the game progresses to its end game state that missions would become too difficult for anything but the most skilled players to solo. However, that is a guess based on other games because as yet, Crystal Dynamics hasn’t talked about the end game. If you are wondering what the hell I mean by end game, no, it’s nothing to do with the Endgame movie. GAAS, or MMO games tend to have easier missions which can be played solo up to a certain point, allowing players to grind, though a campaign and increase the stats of their characters as they go. However, this usually opens up more difficult missions which would require help form other players and increased character levels to even consider tackling. It’s pretty much a staple of this genre, so when I talk about end game in this context, that’s what I mean.
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I still have a few reservations around this game and it’s compounded by the fact we haven’t had any end game information yet. Is this going to be a game you pick up when cheap and complete the campaign before moving on, or will this be a deeper experience that rears players for increasing their power by encouraging replay of more difficult content? We still have quite a bit of time until this game releases next year, so there is still time for Crystal Dynamics to hook me in by showing me some of the end game content. But unless I do see the ‘hook,’ I think this will remain a wait-and-see title for me. I’ve been stung by games like this too many times to rock up as a release day buyer without more information. This latest trailer just confirms aspects of the game which many had already predicted, without really getting into the nitty-gritty of whether this is a proper time sink MMO, or a simple play once and done cinematic game.
What do you think so far of Marvel’s Avengers, is the license alone enough to see you pick up the game, or like me are you waiting to find out whether it’s worth purchasing at full price? Leave your thoughts behind in the comments section before you go.
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