The world has gone Marvel mad. Between the annual feature films and duo (soon to be quartet) of TV series dedicated to the likes of Jessica Jones and Daredevil, the company’s expanded universe is slowly seeping into every cultural nook and cranny, except video games.
Marvel’s approach to the games industry has been decidedly laissez-faire. Lego Marvel Superheroes was well received in 2013, but given its similarity to the cartoonish platforming of the Disney Infinity series, one can’t help but feel like the pair are treading on one another’s toes in a modestly sized lineup of Marvel titles.
One way in which Lego Marvel Avengers definitely isn’t mimicking Disney Infinity is its approach to unlockable content. Infinity forces players to purchase costly statuettes that unlock content – Lego Marvel Avengers, on the other hand, will let players step into the shoes of hundreds of crusaders without stumping up extra cash, just as in its predecessor. Quicksilver, Luke Cage, and Ms.Marvel are just a small sample of the legion of faces from Marvel lore on offer. According to the game’s developer, TT Games, a slew of less well-known characters from various comics will be brought into the fold, with an estimated number of two hundred playable heroes by release day.
In addition to the gargantuan cast, an equally towering pile of content from the recent Marvel films is set to feature. Lego Marvel Avengers will allow players to experience the central plots of The Avengers Assemble and Age of Ultron, as well as moments from Captain America: Winter Soldier, Iron Man 3, and Thor: The Dark World. To this end, players can now launch themselves into space within a Shield jet. From here it’s possible to travel to different locations around the world. An open world Manhattan is still available for players to explore, but some missions will require players to leave The Big Apple behind and hop off to locations from the films and beyond.
TT Games also wants to stretch the bounds of every hero’s powers in this installment. Regulars such as Iron Man and The Hulk have all recieved their own updates that the team believes better reflects their unique characteristics. The latter, for example, is now in possession of a mile-high jump that allows him to dart across the city with furious green speed. Cooperative platforming inevitably trumps solo play. With that in mind, TT Games has added special ‘double team’ attacks that are specific to pairs of heroes allowing players to interact, albeit superficially, with one another during combat.If your own duo chooses to adopt Captain America and Thor at once, it’s possible to make the Asgardian slam his hammer full strength onto The Cap’s shield, creating a massive shockwave. Another ‘double team’ involved The Hulk throwing Black Widow into the air as she span in a circle, raining bullets in all directions.
Lego Marvel Superheroes won a great deal of its praise for its sense of the ridiculous, and in Lego Marvel Avengers it seems that the same tongue-in-cheek humour is still very much present. Outside the massive set-pieces lifted directly from the films, the Lego Marvel Avengers plans to fill in the moments we never saw on screen with a comedic slant. It’s charming and silly in that very idiosyncratic, Lego kind of way. This brings something new and old to the Lego franchise and may save some wallets burdened by the toy to life games. What do you think about this? Are you excited for a new Lego Marvel game?
Source News: Stuff