The not so fantastic of Marvel’s Avengers
Over the past year and a bit since its reveal, Marvel’s Avengers hasn’t been without its controversy. Largely, the micro-transactions and battle pass in the form of a ‘Challenge Card’ has been one of the most prevalent. It bears mentioning that it’s definitely a sting on the quite solid superhero game that it is. I understand the need for companies making their games more replayable and returning more profits off their games, but it’s still absolutely a factor the game could’ve done without.
As mentioned earlier, the Challenge Cards are passes that see you working through daily and weekly goals to level up this pass, earning cosmetics, nameplates and the like for your heroes. Or, you could just pay a considerable amount of money and unlock everything from the get-go. I don’t personally think it’s too egregious, the unlocks provide no bonuses or upper hand over other players. You can simply ignore it, and grind to whatever level you please, maybe only unlocking half the cosmetic skins and still being none the worse off. Still, it saddens me a bit that the state of gaming lately has this in place. I miss the days of a game being re-playable through its quality, rather than just an influx of mechanics. It works enough for me personally, but I can see people having the same issue with grind when it comes to the aforementioned power levelling.
The last issue that bears mentioning is that the game has a considerable amount of technical issues. Marvel’s Avengers is a gorgeous game… when it loads completely. Playing on a base PS4, wear and tear really shows, as a lot of assets are blurred and don’t quite load. This occurs both in cutscenes and out. It’s hard to be invested in a scene where a character is reading a screen or looking at an important image and it takes a few moments to load in. Long loading times after failing a mission in the most arbitrary ways, enemies that just disappear, and your superhero friends clipping out in weird ways will also find their way into your journey. Simply put, Marvel’s Avengers will absolutely push your current-gen console to the limits, for the worse.