During Square Enix’s E3 press conference, the first trailer for Marvel’s Avengers debuted. After over a year of anticipation, we finally got our first look at the latest Crystal Dynamics game. After the trailer ended, I couldn’t help but feel underwhelmed. Let’s dive into what went wrong with the debut of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
Those Character Designs
It goes without saying that our favorite heroes have had different designs over the years. Whether you’ve read comic books, played games, watched the shows or movies, these characters don’t always look the same. The problem is that Iron Man and the rest of the Avengers are now household names. Because of the ten years of films in the MCU, it’s tough to find someone who doesn’t know what these characters look like. Upon the initial reveal of the Avengers, I couldn’t help but sigh in disappointment. The character models look unappealing. The studio could’ve gone with the likeness we’re accustomed to, especially since Marvel is on board with the project. Instead, we’re left with character models that don’t live up to the hype.
One problem I’ve had with the press conferences this E3 is the lack of actual gameplay. Many trailers featured CGI visuals to entice players, but for the most part, I think these companies failed. Regarding Marvel’s Avengers, it was cool seeing the characters I love fighting alongside each other, but the action was kind of dull. To alleviate my problems, seeing actual gameplay footage may have calmed my nerves. Instead, I closed the stream in frustration. There will be gameplay available at Square Enix’s booth, but why couldn’t the company just show people footage on the stage? With so many people watching the stream, it was the perfect opportunity to introduce audiences to the universe.
Exclusivity. No Thanks
One of the biggest aspects that affect Xbox One players is the fact that Marvel’s Avengers has exclusive content on PlayStation 4. From the wording in the conference, it doesn’t look like that exclusivity is timed like Destiny 2. Marvel’s Avengers appears to have exclusive gameplay content that will make PlayStation 4 the best place to experience the game. As someone who owns both consoles, and prefers Xbox One, I’m at an impasse because I’d love to see every possible piece of content I can. With the marketing deal between Square Enix and Sony, the Xbox One looks like it’ll get the inferior version.
@Marvel & @SquareEnix are excited to unveil Marvel’s Avengers, an epic action-adventure game that combines cinematic storytelling with single-player & co-operative gameplay, developed by @CrystalDynamics in collaboration with @EidosMontréal, @NixxesSoftware, & Crystal Northwest. pic.twitter.com/vDA4p59Eqc
— Marvel's Avengers (@PlayAvengers) June 11, 2019
Games as a Service? Not Again
I’m getting kind of tired of games as a service. Destiny 2, Anthem, and Fallout 76 all exist and have varying degrees of success (and failures) depending on who you ask. Are we ready for yet another game that uses this model? Games as a Service only work depending on the community. If there’s a rocky launch, it’ll ruin the momentum. If Crystal Dynamics can’t support the game quickly after launch, the audience might drop off fast. The studio says that players can experience Marvel’s Avengers solo, but with a game revolving around the Avengers, will it actually be fun alone? It seems like a game that should be experienced with a group. I’m concerned that using the Games as a Service model will be detrimental to the overall health of the title. I wish Marvel’s Avengers would have just been a traditional game.
Avengers Assemble or Avengers Disassemble?
Marvel’s Avengers launches next May. There will be a beta. It’s going to be on the E3 show floor. Over the next few months, we’ll be learning and seeing more about the latest comic book game to hit consoles. Will it be the game that people were hyped about a year ago or will it fall flat? Only time will tell but the official reveal didn’t wow me at all. In fact, I’m less interested than I was earlier in the day. As a gamer, I’m underwhelmed. As a Marvel fan, I’m disappointed. It’ll be exciting to see more about Marvel’s Avengers in the near future, but for now, I’ll be proceeding with caution, and that’s a shame.