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Marvel’s ‘Avengers’ Beta Teases Promising Action-Packed Game With Kamala Khan Front and Center – Review

Marvel’s Avengers is almost here and I cannot wait! Marvel’s Avengers is an upcoming action-adventure video game co-developed by Crystal Dynamics and Eidos-Montréal and published by Square Enix. When it was announced at last year’s E3 event, it immediately became of my most-anticipated games of the year. Thanks to the team over at Square Enix we got our hands on the Marvel’s Avengers beta code.

The first part of the beta starts with the story campaign. If you’ve followed the coverage around the game, then you’ve probably seen the A-Day sequence that kicks off the game’s beginning. This basically sets up the main story of the Avengers failing and showing the ramifications of our heroes’ actions when they can’t save the day. Although the mission is a lot of fun, it is more of a tutorial versus the real missions that you do later on.

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the Marvel’s Avengers beta. I have been itching to play it again since the early beta ended, which I believe is a great sign that you have a good game. The purpose of a beta is usually to give consumers and players a small taste of what’s to come, while also letting them know that the game is still currently being worked on. For a beta, I was surprised with how much content they gave to us without really giving away key story details or revealing anything we haven’t seen before. 

Kamala Khan in Marvel's Avengers Beta
Kamala Khan in the Marvel’s Avengers video game (Courtesy of Square Enix)

What’s in Marvel’s Avengers Beta?

The beta includes four Hero Missions that are part of the Campaign, 3 HARM Room challenges, 4 War Zones, and 5 Drop Zones. The four Hero Missions are “The Light that Failed”, “To Find Olympia”, “Missing Links” and “Help Dr. Banner”. Two of these include boss fights with classic Marvel villains. However, you can replay the War Zones content with any of the heroes as companions or as your key hero to try them out and level them up. 

What is a HARM Room? 

  • The HARM Room (Holographic Augmented Reality Machine) is a holographic training room where you can practice playing with each available Hero.  

What is a Drop Zone? 

  • Drop Zones are short missions with a single objective, such as defeating a high value target or sabotaging a critical AIM facility.  

What is a War Zone?

  • War Zones are types of missions that range from sprawling cities to dense forests and can be played with up to four players, or solo with a group of A.I. teammates. There will be five beta War Zones to play, filled to the brim with human and robotic AIM baddies to beat. In the full game, War Zone missions can range in duration from as short as 10 minutes to around two hours in length. 

Kamala Khan

A big surprise I didn’t expect was how much fun Kamala Khan is to play with. The story seems to be about Kamala becoming a hero while trying to get the team back together and I’m pretty excited about that. The Spider-Man PS4 game gave us an older Peter Parker who was already experienced, so I’m glad we’re getting a new young hero to join the Avengers.

Out of every player we got to test out, Khan was by far my favorite. Not only because of her story, but because of her gameplay. Her abilities allow her to cover a wide range of enemies that other team members might struggle with. Her emboldened ability and her ultimate attack are truly game changers when it came to combat! A good chunk of the solo campaign in this beta are missions that revolve around her which I thought was smart because some people might not be too familiar with the character.

Another thing I thought was cool was that Bruce Banner and Khan have this mentor/mentee relationship and I think it’s ironic that it’s Troy Baker doing the voice of Banner because his character Joel had a similar type of role when it came to Ellie.

Marvel's Avengers Beta
Hulk in the Marvel’s Avengers video game (Courtesy of Square Enix)

Gameplay

With a game of this scale and characters with all different abilities I was glad to see that there was a customized skill tree for each of the characters. Of course, it’s not going to be as in-depth and detailed as a game like Ghost of Tsushima, but for the amount of heroes you’re getting I think it’s a fair trade off. Speaking of Ghost of Tsushima, I thought a lot of Captain America’s and Black Widow’s gameplay felt familiar to Jen Sakai, but with enhanced superhero elements.

Hulk was another character I had a blast playing with. His traversal and combo attacks never get dull, and smashing things will never get old. You only get to play with Thor during the first mission so I can’t speak much about his gameplay style. Iron Man’s gameplay is probably the most complicated of all the characters. I don’t say this to steer you away from the character because I actually enjoyed the complexity of his gameplay. From flying in the air to using the repulser blasters, they capture the feel of Iron Man in every way.

Graphics

When the game was originally revealed at E3 it it was met with some lukewarm reactions due to some of the character designs (one of them being Black Widow). The team heard the concerns and made some much needed cosmetic upgrades. Black Widow looks like an entirely new person in comparison to her first reveal. If you’re looking for quality on par with The Last of Us Part II, you won’t find it in this game. However, in my opinion, that isn’t a deal breaker. When it comes to character designs, they look great and you don’t see the front side of the character you’re playing with too often unless it’s for a cutscene.

Co-op

Besides the campaign itself, the co-op mode is definitely where the game shines brightest. I had a blast playing with Collider’s Dennis Tzeng during the co-op missions. Getting to talk on the mic about the strategies we were planning made me feel like an Avenger myself. Let’s say you want to do a War Zone or Drop Zone mission but don’t have any friends online; the computer has an A.I. that will fill in those spots and help you in the battle.

Overall, I’m really impressed with the Marvel’s Avengers beta and I can’t wait to see what the full game delivers when it drops later this year.

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