Couldnt find a specific post for this -- There's alot fo Avengers posts on the site, not related to the game. If it exists point it out, I'll delete this and so on.
Game comes out soon, Betas Have been happening. Here's my impressions form two weeks of BETAs:
Avengers is an online cooperative Beat 'em up , with a meta structure akin to Destiny and Diablo III. People can play as any one of the available avengers (Hulk, Thor, Ironman, Ms Marvel, Black Widow, and Captain America), though no two people can play the same avenger at once. There is a story, it seems to be comic-booky, and that the DEV team has spent significant time on it. Game structure seems to alternate from main and ancillary story missions, to repeatable, grind-able short missions that are very rinse repeat.
Moment to moment game play seems fun. While initially characters seem under powered and overly similar, that falls away as you move further down the skill trees. Stuff like Iron man being able to fly, and having ranged attacks intergrated into his combos, is a nice touch and makes him distinct from charcters like black widow or hulk (who have their own distinct traits). Hulk seems the most cognitive dissonance in game play, but that seems to be a balancing problem of having superhuman monster and a regular person with stun bracelets in the same tier. Combos are also nice, advanced from a beat em up. In the moment it gave me the feeling like playing co-op diablo (though obviously mechanically it was different). Theres enough variety in enemies in the beta that you cant just mash out everything, but have to put a modicum of thought into tactics.
Visuals were nice in game play. I know there is a significant par tof the internet thats put off by the design . The characters looks like stunt doubles for the actors form the movie, since they ape the movies style but without the rights. In game its fine, and fun. There is some issue with the less spatially aware. While I was able to navigate the locations easily, my less spatially aware friends got lost, even with the icons. There needs to be some sort of stronger indication or map to keep players together. When a fight breaks out, with all the movement, you can end up fairly separated with only subjective discription to guide you. That doesn't work when a lot of stuff looks the same. I only had luck as iron man shooting lasers into the sky to indicate my location.
Level Design was a mixed bag. Largely it was cookie cutter, and even the more bespoke arenas seemed a little bland. There were signifgant palette swaps, but within the palettes the building blocks were too similar. Enemies were largely the same, thoguh the 2 or 3 "villains" in the beta were fun and distinct. The one big one was fun, and required some coordination. Gave the feeling of a more recent destiny strike boss.
So generally positive feelings toward game-play, nice fan service. IT definitely doesn't seem like a go it alone game for me. Some worrying things -- samey locations, and some lackluster grind missions (they seem so short and unengaging, they have no appeal). I think theyre meant for epople who can only play for 10 or 15 minutes, but I dont think people play console games that way.
Loot matters and has significant effect on the effective way of playing your character. Are you punchy? Shooty? Based on powers? There is also some wildly different quality effects. Problem: no visual difference to loot, just stats. Which brings us to another worry:
Cosmetics seem overly complicated, and show signs of too many passes by marketing design. They seem to be the main plan for income down the line. There is the now standard rotating "skin" store, that game me gross anthem flash backs. There also seems to be a battle pass system for EACH INDIVIDUAL CHARACTER? I didnt really interact with it, but its worrying in a game where you cant guarantee that you'll play your "main," if you try to play online with pubbies filling out.
So, right now I like the game but might wait a bit for the price to drop and a few more characters to be added. That'll make it more likely I can play the characters i want, since there'll be less to fight over.
Anyone else interested in the game or try the beta? What are your thoughts?