I continue to be perplexed by the choice to pursue a loot-based advancement system for the Avengers game. It works well enough for Iron Man and Black Widow, but that only serves to further amplify the ludicrousness of the system on a hero like Hulk. Arbitrarily deciding between stat values for Hulk’s bicep, spine or rib cage does not feel natural or make a lick of sense in context. Surely there was a better, skill-based advancement mechanism to adequately reflect the growing power of a leveling hero.
Still, with that said… I am happy to report that Avengers is downright awesome. The beta did this game zero justice at all, zipping around to a few disparate action sequences without any of the story that makes them all work. And the campaign is, thus far, really enjoyable.
Perhaps because I grew up reading comic books, I never had an issue with the Avengers not looking like their MCU counterparts. I’m used to my heroes looking slightly different, sometimes month to month depending on the artist. And it took all of 10 seconds with these characters in the opening sequence to buy into them as their own spin on the heroes we all know. With a dynamic that is immediately familiar, and yet still carving its own facet onto the crystal that is Marvel interpretations.
And at the center of that is Kamala Khan, the character that single-handedly makes the rest of it work. Ms Marvel has yet to appear in the MCU, so she seems the most freed from any preconceived baggage, and her enthusiastic fangirlishness immediately draws you into a world where the Avengers have been around, and are a larger-than-life presence. It’s through the lense of her devotion to the team that we get to know all of the more hardened heroes, and that helps a lot.
I’m still romping around the campaign, so I cannot yet speak to the longterm appeal of the “Destiny” portion of the game (re-running missions, grinding loot, raids and daily quests etc). But I can definitively say that I’m glad I kept the faith despite some questionable early previews and betas. Avengers is really, really fun.