Marvel Avengers’ loot nerf seems to be the hottest topic of discussion among fans since the game released on PS4, Xbox One and a few other consoles early this month. Damien Lucas reviews the game and says forget the loot, it’s a hoot.

Marvel’s Avengers was one of the most hotly anticipated games of the year and so much about it is excellent I’m filled with great hope for future releases.

But – and I’m afraid there are a few buts – it’s far from perfect and suffers several frustrations and let-downs throughout. We’ll discuss these, including the Marvel Avengers’ loot debacle. Stay tuned.

Marvel’s Avengers plot

The game follows Inhuman teenager Kamala Khan, who gained superpowers after exposure to Terrigen Mist during A-Day – a celebratory day for the Avengers but one that resulted in death and destruction.

Blamed for the tragedy, the Avengers disbanded to allow science corporation A.I.M. to take their place. Five years later, when A.I.M. threatens to rid the world of supes, Kamala embarks on a quest to reassemble Earth’s mightiest heroes so they can save the world once more.

That’s where you come in. You take control of your favourite Avenger in third-person perspective to save the planet.

The game looks fantastic

Marvel’s Avengers looks fantastic and features single-player and multiplayer modes. There is also an online co-op mode, which allows you to assemble your own team of heroes.

The initial roster of Avengers include Captain America, Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, Black Widow and Kamala Khan/Ms Marvel. However, more characters are being added in free post-launch updates, which will also feature new areas.

It’s not just a case of picking your favourite character, though. Each hero has a variety of abilities, skills, powers and weapons, which can be upgraded using the easy-to-follow skill tree. You can also customise your character’s costume, which is pretty neat too.

Marvel’s Avengers: hands down the best combat around

The game’s crowning achievement is undoubtedly the combat. There is so much depth to the fighting and mechanics and this only expands as you unlock more moves and special abilities. To be frank, this is some of the best combat around and it’s the main thing to give me hope for future releases.

In many games, characters often feel and play a bit samey. I call it the Ryu-Ken Paradox – but that’s yet to enter mainstream vocab! However, the beauty of Marvel’s Avengers is each character really does feel different from the others.

Of course, that’s how it should be, especially with a roster as nuanced as Marvel’s, but that’s so often not the case. The game should be celebrated as it really adds so much variety to the experience.

Campaign mode

I loved the campaign mode and found it a thoroughly entertaining ride. To be honest, I would have been happy with that as a standalone game in many respects. It does a great job of keeping you fully tuned in while exploring the relationships and conflicts between the Avengers.

That’s not to say multiplayer doesn’t shine in it’s own right. In fact, teaming up online with friends is thrilling and especially rewarding when you work together effectively. Using your Avenger’s special abilities to save the day is a massive buzz.

 

Frustrations

Unfortunately, there are several frustrations too.

The Live game aspect feels like it has been shoehorned in and I’m not altogether sure it adds anything to the experience. If anything, you could argue the game would be better without it.

Marvel Avengers’ loot issues

My biggest bugbear, though, is the loot and grind that comes with it. Don’t get me wrong, the grind is piecemeal compared with the likes of the king of grind – World Of Warcraft. But rarely is it enjoyable, even as you progress through the levels.

Marvel’s Avengers also reportedly has lot drop issues, leading some players to complain about it on the Marvel Avengers subreddit. They began noticing that missions which would have provided higher tier loot seemed to be yielding lower rewards than expected, especially when it comes to legendary and pattern drops on some of the most difficult missions.

This is making some fans suspect that the game has secretly nerfed loot. Marvel Avengers, say it ain’t so!

As good as the teamwork element of multiplayer mode is while controlling your superhero, the mode suffers from a lack of variation in terms of locations and the enemies you encounter. At times it can be a touch chaotic, rendering skill and planning futile.

Technical issues

I experienced a number of bugs and technical issues while playing but hope these will be ironed out through patches.

Overall, I enjoyed taking control of the Avengers and making use of their abilities. The combat, graphics, story mode and some elements of multiplayer are fantastic.

Although too many annoyances hold it back, there’s plenty of potential for future titles harnessing the new power of PS5 and XBox Series S.

Rating: 7.5/10

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