This game should’ve been great. The hype for it was unreal and then it died almost as quickly as it launched when everyone realized that it was yet another live service game.
Marvel’s Avengers is a colossal flop for Square Enix. The game still hasn’t broken even for the company and they’re spending a shit ton of money on it. It’s only a matter of time before they cut their losses and move on to greener pastures. Marvel’s Avengers fell into the same trap Anthem did. It launched with very little content and little to no content added since it released back in September.
Kate Bishop and Hawkeye aren’t going to save this game. The main campaign was a snooze fest with some interesting setpieces. All of which included not playing as Ms. Marvel. She was the worst part of the game for me and added nothing to the story. The enemy variety is lacking when compared to other games in this genre. Even Anthem had more enemy variety, boss fights, and better-designed locations to explore than Avengers.
Despite all of its problems I actually liked Anthem, but I’m not here to talk about that game. I’m here to tell you why Marvel’s Avengers is the worst game of 2020. As I mentioned above, this game has terrible enemy variety, an average at best campaign, and some of the worst designed stages I’ve ever played in this genre.
Want to know what’s worst than all of that? The fact that new content released in this game after months with nothing and the same game-breaking bugs are still present in it. Add in the fact that the community in this game is actually smaller than Anthem’s and you’ve basically got a single player live service game. Now, the gameplay is fun, but nothing amazing.
Every character has their own fighting style and unique abilities to use, but the abilities here pale in comparison to the Ultimate Alliance or even X-men Legends games that came before Ultimate Alliance. There are various graphical bugs, major FPS issues, matchmaking issues (if you can even find anyone because 95% of the community left), and a whole bunch of crashes. My game would crash at the end of a mission and I would be forced to complete it again from the very beginning since this game doesn’t track or save your progress during missions.
The Avengers is supposed to be about teamwork and overcoming obstacles together. There’s none of that in this game. It’s a joke compared to other Superhero games that’s come before it and it is the worst superhero game we’ve gotten in recent memory. I can’t believe Square Enix shelved Dues Ex for this game.
Everyone should’ve loved this game, but Crystal Dynamics dropped the ball big time. The levels are incredibly mediocre, the characters that they’re adding are mediocre, and no one has any idea how long Square Enix is going to continue to waste money on this game before they pull the plug. This was a failed experiment and this game has no soul. It’s a broken, buggy, and a mediocre game that easily earned the number 1 spot on my top 10 worst games of 2020.
Having solid gameplay can only take a game so far. You’ve got to add other good pieces around it for it to succeed and Crystal Dynamics has proved that they can’t do that. The new Kate Bishop DLC proved it. The same boring, lifeless environments with a new coat of paint isn’t going to save this game and make the cash start flowing for Square Enix again. This game doesn’t even play better than any other game in this genre. It’s just here as a reminder of what not to do with a superhero or live service game.
I found a lot of enjoyment out of Anthem’s gameplay and versatile combat that helped make up for the lack of content. I found enjoyment in Destiny 2’s gunplay and customization which helped make up for the lack of content in the free to play version of the game. I found a lot of enjoyment out of The Division 1 and 2 which is literally filled with content. Marvel’s Avengers has nothing and it’s already a dead game in only a few months after launch.
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