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Marvel’s Avengers Review: Flashy superhero fun, but tries to do too much

Published: 7/Sep/2020 15:00 Updated: 8/Sep/2020 16:44

by Tanner Pierce

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Marvel’s Avengers is a fun time when it comes to its story, gameplay, and graphics but the microtransactions and in-game systems leave the overall experience slightly tainted… here’s the full game review from Dexerto.

Marvel is in a weird boat when it comes to its games. In 2018, the company released Spider-Man on PS4 to critical acclaim and commercial success, which, according to Marvel Games head Jay Ong, marked a change in how it treated its games. Gone were the days of shoddy, rushed tie-in games. Instead, the company now allows studios to work on original ideas in order to improve the overall quality.

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Anticipation for Marvel’s Avengers has been high, especially considering how well-received Spider-Man was. In some areas, Avengers does feel like a quality title with a ton of polish. In others, however, it feels unoriginal and confusing, which can leave overall audiences looking for something else.

The story for Avengers is easily its best quality. You’re getting a standard Marvel story here, so if that your thing, you’ll feel right at home with this title. Without getting into spoilers, there are interesting arcs, twists, and character developments woven throughout the narrative that tell a fun and interesting story.

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Kamala Khan is easily the most interesting character in the entire game and acts as the player’s window into the world.

All the mainstay Avengers are here, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, and Hulk. Each one are fantastic in their own right, but Iron Man in particular is very interesting. While I wasn’t sold when I first heard him in trailers and clips, Nolan North of Uncharted and Destiny fame does a fantastic job as Tony Stark and really sells the character in a completely unique and different way than Robert Downey Jr. did in the Marvel films.

While everyone here is great, Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel is easily the best character in the game. Thanks to an incredibly interesting and fun opening scene, Kamala’s character is a great window into this world. The story is mainly told through her perspective, which is a refreshing change of pace for these types of stories.

The villain, MODOK, is great as well, giving players a good person to hate throughout the story. That being said, he’s not perfect. Good Marvel villains, generally speaking, allow you to sympathize with the character. Loki and Thanos in the films are great examples of this. MODOK doesn’t allow you to sympathize with him at all, essentially turning him into a simple bigot with no redeeming qualities whatsoever.

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The gameplay itself in Avengers is also a ton of fun, albeit simple. Whipping off combos in quick successions will genuinely leave you with a smile on your face. The highlight for the gameplay comes with Captain America and Thor. Throwing the classic hammer and shield at enemies is incredibly satisfying, way more than I thought it would be.

Unfortunately, every character feels too similar to each other. Each one has a ranged attack, normal abilities, and ranged abilities. Honestly, the only area where characters feel truly different from each other are their traversal abilities, but even in that regard, the characters are still similar. Thor and Iron Man can both fly, Hulk and Captain America can jump high into the air, and Black Widow and Kamala can both grapple, swing, and hook onto ledges.

It’s honestly annoying Crystal Dynamics didn’t think to separate these characters’ abilities in order to feel unique. Because of this, you get an identical experience playing through each mission, no matter which hero you use.

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This leads into the game’s in-game systems like armor, upgrading, etc. In short, it’s incredibly confusing, to say the least. First and foremost, players can find loot and armor on the ground and in chests in each mission in order to help “level-up”. Each piece of armor has a ton of statistics associated with them, which is meant to help in certain gameplay scenarios.

In addition, each character has their own exclusive skill tree, which is also meant to change the way that each character behaves. While the skill tree upgrades do make some changes to the overall gameplay, it’s relatively basic. Overall, the upgrade systems in this game feel a bit pointless, at least during the story campaign.

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Also, it’s been said by others before, but there is zero reason that this game should have 10 different materials and 2 currencies. Unifying them all into one or two would have been a much less confusing experience.

Beyond the actual story itself, players also have access to a slew of post-game, multiplayer-only content. These missions take place after the main campaign and allow you to experience smaller stories that the main narrative didn’t have time to tell. That is, if you can get it working.

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Unfortunately, each character feels too similar to each other, resulting in a pretty boring experience overall.

Throughout my time with Marvel’s Avengers, I had numerous problems with the game’s matchmaking. It sometimes took a good 10 minutes in order to find another player to jump into a game with and other times, it failed to match me with someone else at all.

For the main campaign, it’s not that big of a problem, as those missions are relatively simple and all of them can be easily completed by yourself. For the post-game missions, however, you shouldn’t really attempt the missions because they require such a high power. They are designed for multiple players and their power levels reflect that.

Another issue to note is the game’s performance. Both during high-intense battle sequences and during simple cutscenes, the game’s framerate would stutter to point where it would ruin the scene. Now, to be fair, I was playing on a base PS4, however, the fact that it was stuttering even during simple cutscenes is relatively inexcusable.

Overall, I did have a fun time with Marvel’s Avengers. The story is a great ride and the base gameplay is a ton of fun. That being said, it’s muddled and confusing in-game systems that make relatively no difference and bad performance tarnish it from being anything more than just a mediocre game, at least for right now.

Given the fact this is a “games as a service” title and the fact it’s getting a next-gen upgrade could mean all my complaints will be gone in the next several months. Regardless, at $60 it’s hard to recommend this game in its current state. Here’s hoping changes are made in the coming months.

DEXERTO’S FINAL SCORE: 5/10

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How to watch Hitch’s throwback Ghosts tourney: stream, teams, bracket

Published: 7/Oct/2020 19:26

by Albert Petrosyan

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NRG and Team Summertime content creator Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards is hosting a $5,000 charity throwback tournament for Call of Duty: Ghosts, featuring huge names like Seth ‘Scump’ Abner, Patrick ‘ACHES, Price, Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat, and more. Everything you need to follow all the action live can be found below.

The Call of Duty offseason can only mean two things – lots of roster changes and a bunch of throwback tournaments featuring past titles in the FPS series.

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A week after hosting a successful Black Ops 4 tourney, Hitch and his Team Summertime are back at it again, this time putting together a CoD: Ghosts competition featuring some of the biggest names in the community

All of the details for this event can be found below, including the official stream, list of players and teams, the full bracket, format, and more.

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Hitch and Team Summertime are hosting several throwback tournament this CoD offseason.

When is Hitch’s throwback Ghosts tourney?

This event is taking place on Wednesday, October 7, kicking off at 12 PM PT / 3 PM ET and expected to last for a good portion of the day.

How to watch Hitch’s throwback Ghosts tourney

The competition is being streamed live on BoomTV’s Twitch channel, which we’ve included below for your convenience.

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Players & teams

As mentioned above, there are a lot of popular figures playing in this throwback event, headlined by the likes of Scump, SlasheR, ACHES, Parasite, and many other top active pro players, retired legends of the esport, content creators, and more.

Here’s the full list of teams:

  • Envoy, Blazt, Saints, Vivid
  • Scump, MBoZe, Ricky, MiRx
  • Loony, Pacman, Goonjar, ACHES
  • Decemate, Parasite, Twerk, Fero
  • Dougisraw, Rallied, Shiftola, Joe Espo
  • Study, TCM, Twizz, NAMELESS
  • Kenny, Temp, Classic, Huke
  • Kekoa, Larry, Fame, Estanaut
  • Lava, KennyBounce, Precision, Itsreborn
  • TJHaLy, Methodz, SlasheR, Slacked
  • Ampz, SuperEvan, Hugs, Colorrs
  • Nagafen, Remy, Roy, Nemo
  • Xotic, Mochila, Bidz, 2Pac
  • Ramby, Equip, Majormaniak, Teddywrecks
  • Madcat, Joee, SunnyB, Devr
  • TBA
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ACHES, who won the 2014 Call of Duty Championship, is playing in TST’s Throwback Ghosts tournament.

Live bracket

Here is the starting bracket for the tournament and it will be updated live throughout the day on the official BoomTV event page as results from the matches come in.

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TST Throwback Ghosts bracket
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The starting bracket for TST’s throwback Ghosts tournament.

Format & rules

This is a double-elimination 4v4 competition using a Variant format, meaning that the maps, modes, and rules are mostly from the official competitive ruleset for when Ghosts was the main CoD game being played.

In the 2014 season, the three main modes were Domination, Search and Destroy, and Blitz, each with their own set of maps. Here are the map-mode sets that are being used in this event:

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  • WR1: Strikezone Dom, Warhawk SnD, Freight Blitz, Octane Dom, Sovereign SnD
  • WR2: Freight Dom, Octane Snd, Warhawk Blitz, Sovereign Dom, Freight SnD
  • WR3: Octane Dom, Sovereign SnD, Octane Blitz, Strikezone Dom, Warhawk SnD
  • WR4: Sovereign Dom, Freight SnD, Freight Blitz, Freight Dom, Octane SnD
  • LR1: Octane Dom, Freight Dom, Sovereign SnD
  • LR2: Warhawk Blitz, Freight Blitz, Octane SnD
  • LR3: Strikezone Dom, Sovereign Dom, Freight SnD
  • LR4: Octane Blitz, Freight Blitz, Warhawk SnD
  • LR5: Freight Dom, Octane Snd, Warhawk Blitz, Sovereign Dom, Freight SnD
  • LR6: Octane Dom, Sovereign SnD, Octane Blitz, Strikezone Dom, Warhawk SnD
  • Grand Finals: Strikezone Dom, Warhawk SnD, Freight Blitz, Octane Dom, Sovereign SnD
  • Grand Finals Reset: Freight Dom, Octane Snd, Warhawk Blitz, Sovereign Dom, Freight SnD

Movember charity

Of course, the entire driving force behind this throwback tournament series is charity, as Hitch and TST are raising money for Movember – one of the leading global organizations committed to changing the face of men’s health.

This Ghosts event is specifically focused on suicide awareness and prevention; those interested in donating to the cause can do so by visiting https://tiltify.com/@teamsummertime/elgato-off-season-series.