- Hours of replayable content
- Online co-op multiplayer action
- A varied, enjoyable cast of characters at launch
- Each hero plays differently with its own path of progression
- Combat is frenetic and satisfying
- Playing with friends and combining abilities keeps gameplay fresh
- Disappointing opening
- Mission structure can feel oddly confusing and repetitive
- Live service formula feels detrimental at times
- Very familiar
- Minor framerate drops
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Expert reviews and ratings
In the best superhero games, superpowers are not just weapons, but tools – Spider-man, for instance, offers fun and dynamic combat, but the game’s real thrill is in the heady liberation of swinging over the streets of Manhattan. In Avengers, the superpowers are pretty much just weapons, and there is no real liberation to be found. Not yet, at least.
Avengers is in great shape right now, dazzling with its story and action. I’m hooked on the end-game content that is available now, and I want to see just how powerful these heroes can become after leveling them completely. Avengers, assemble! You have a great game to play!
By MCU Cosmic
I really enjoyed my time with Marvel’s Avengers. The campaign was absolutely worth playing through and delivered a great Avengers story (with just enough dangling threads for future expansions), and the multi-player modes will give the game lots to come back for. If you’re a Marvel fan who likes online games that live on past the end of their single-player adventure, it’s pretty easy to recommend this Avengers game.
Marvel’s Avengers has proven to be a pleasant surprise, even if its live service identity arguably hinders the true potential of its world, story and characters. Engaging combat and rewarding progression have established a solid foundation for Crystal Dynamics to build upon with new heroes and scenarios in the months and years to come.
Marvel’s Avengers offers a new approach for a superhero video game, yet one that still feels all too familiar for anyone who’s played Destiny, The Division, or Anthem. It’s eye-popping in its technical prowess as well as how much it leans on live service hooks, anticipating players will come back day after day. And a lot of players definitely will, especially if they can squad up with friends. Past its flaws and behind the grind, Marvel’s Avengers is still a fun superhero brawler that has plenty of room to grow in the coming months.
When Avengers isn’t getting in the way of itself with its tacked-on campaign, it’s a bit of silly arcade fun. If a lot of these concerns are answered via post-launch patches and the DLC characters are fun to play, there’s plenty of room for improvement with Avengers. At launch, it’s not going to wow everyone. Maybe Marvel wanted this out as soon as possible, but it could have used another delay.
Marvel’s Avengers impresses with a well-written, dramatic campaign. From a gameplay standpoint, the combat is as fun and satisfying as one could hope for in a title based on the superhero team. Though the online live service aspect is bogged down by overly complicated menus, systems, and matchmaking woes, there’s still a fun experience underneath. Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix deliver a perfectly adequate adaptation of an iconic property with Marvel’s Avengers.
As a standalone Marvel experience, this gets the job done, but it certainly wasn’t worth the years of buildup or the epic placement it has as one of the top AAA games of 2020. It’s less of an Avengers: Endgame and more of an Ant-Man and the Wasp, a perfectly serviceable comic adventure that will draw players in when there’s a new story available, but probably not before.
Marvel’s Avengers beta has enough content to let players know if the full game will be for them.”
Marvel’s Avengers works well as a flashy single-player action-adventure if that’s all you’re looking for, particularly if you’re already a fan of Ms. Marvel, and I can see value in picking it up for that alone. I’m a bit skeptical of the live service aspect’s ability to keep me grinding for loot once I hit the level cap, or finish the story-themed post-game missions, but now I’m over that initial hurdle, it is kind of fun to bash waves of enemies with friends.
First Impressions: This is a robust, challenging action-RPG that’s built an eminently likeable vision of the Avengers, and it’s one I can see myself sticking with for the long haul. If the content holds up through the endgame and the devs can deliver on their long-term plans for continued episodic content.
Avengers is a perfectly fine game, but if you and your friends are interested in playing together, there’s probably already something in your collective library that’s worth a few of your shared hours. You just might need to do some reassembling.
First Impressions: I’m hoping that the elements that still feel disjointed will start to come together in the endgame of Marvel’s Avengers, and the game will become challenging enough that teamwork will be important, skillful fighting will be required, and paying attention to character specialization and gear loadouts will give you an important edge.
By The Washington Post
First Impressions: As far as technical concerns go, there were a few graphical bugs, and one moment where I was unable to progress the story. A simple restart made the proper story mission pop up. And the game runs well on the PlayStation 4, with little slowdown and no crashes. So far, “Marvel’s Avengers” is shaping up to be well worth the cover charge. That’s a redemption arc I didn’t see coming.