News | EA may also be working on an Iron Man game

Electronic Arts would not only be working on a game around Black Panther, but also make a game about Marvel hero Iron Man.

Journalist Jeff Grubb reports during the Giant Bomb Game Mess Mornings stream that the publisher is “making another Marvel game with a single-player focus.” Journalist Tom Henderson responded that he has heard rumors that it is an Iron Man game. Henderson does warn that he is not sure how much the rumor can be trusted.

Grubb recently shared that he had heard that EA is also working on a single-player game around Black Panther. According to Grubb, the game, which is only just in development, starts when Black Panther dies, and players must prove themselves to become the new version of the hero.

The Black Panther game would be developed by a new EA studio in Seattle. It is unknown who is working on the possible Iron Man game. In any case, both games have not been officially announced as of yet.

Andrew Wilson, the CEO of EA, recently mentioned in a conversation with shareholders that single player games are still very important to the company.


News | New Marvel's Midnight Suns trailer revolves around Iron Man

A new trailer for Marvel's Midnight Suns focuses on Iron Man.

Iron Man has the advantage that many of his moves become stronger if you draw an Iron Man card several times in the game, which is of course essential to win battles. One has to be careful with which heroes Iron Man is allowed to work with; it must be heroes who can support him well as Iron Man gets stronger and stronger.

Marvel’s Midnight Suns is a tactical RPG set in the Marvel universe, where players create their own character The Hunter and meet familiar heroes such as Captain America, Blade and Ghost Rider. The concept of the game is based on the Midnight Sons comic series from the 90s, in which supernatural heroes come together.

Midnight Suns is being developed by Firaxis, the studio behind modern Xcom games. Also in Midnight Suns players engage in tactical battles, although there should be more focus on relationships between characters. The game will be released on October 7 on PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and S, and Xbox One. A Switch version should be released next year.


Review | Marvel's Avengers

Developer Crystal Dynamics has made it clear that Marvel's Avengers must become a living universe. With a cooperative multiplayer mode that is constantly updated with new content, Marvel’s Avengers should last for years. The story mode intended as an introduction and the cooperative multiplayer are qualitatively far apart. It's surprising that the "single player mode" is the signed winner.

The narrative part of Marvel’s Avengers knows how to perfectly respond to the inner Marvel fan by not putting someone like Captain America or Iron Man at the center, but rather the young superhero-in-the-cap Kamala Khan. The fantasy trip for Marvel fans kicks off right when Kamala enters Avengers Day, sort of an open-air Marvel convention. The biggest difference is that the visitors do not marvel at cosplayers, but at the real superheroes in the flesh. If the future Ms. Marvel suddenly bumps into Thor, she’s not the only one who squeaks with enthusiasm.

However, that euphoria is short-lived. The Avengers giant airship goes up in flames after an attack. The nasty stuff that is released during this process turns Kamala into the very flexible Ms. Marvel. Then a classic origins story unfolds, in which Kamala not only discovers her own super powers, but also brings the fallen Avengers back together.

Although the story does not really surprise, it is a succession of fan material. In addition to Kamala, you regularly get the other Avengers under your control. They all have roughly the same type of attacks, such as a light and a heavy attack and a remote attack. But where Iron Man, for example, shoots with his repulsors, Captain America throws his shield , Thor with his hammer and The Hulk just pulls a fresh piece of debris from the ground towards the ill-fated enemy.

The unambiguous controls allow you to switch effortlessly between the different heroes, but you can also take the time to master a specific superhero. The story mode is not nearly enough to unlock all skills for the different heroes. This game is made to last much longer. The multiplayer DNA is deeply rooted in Marvel’s Avengers and the narrative part cannot be separated from the cooperative battles.

For example, during the “single player” you will be presented with missions several times that you can play with multiple players. If no partners are found through matchmaking, computer-controlled heroes fill in the blanks. These missions are immediately out of tune, the environments stand out against the locations you play through on your own, objectives are generic and the interaction between the Avengers lacks the credible touch that Kamala and Bruce Banner put on the stage in the beginning.

It is a shame that it has been decided to put so much emphasis on multiplayer, because at the moment there is a lot of fun to be had in Marvel’s Avengers, especially as a single player game.
That line continues unabated once you launch Avengers Initiative: the real multiplayer part of the game. This is set after the campaign, when the world is still plagued by various threats and the Avengers are needed everywhere to quell conflict. Some missions are done in minutes, others take considerably longer, but none of the online activities really surpass the single player.

Interiors are eagerly reused and usually have the ambiance of a dental practice. Usually the ultimate goal is to smash a few generators, defend a few checkpoints, or protect a few S.H.I.E.L.D agents. In addition, you should of course punch everyone you meet in the face, because that is what Marvel’s Avengers is all about: fight and fight, preferably as spectacular as possible.

Sometimes that results in unadulterated superhero fun, sometimes the chaos simply becomes too much. When vibranium shields, divine hammers, green fists, bullets, lasers, debris, robot parts and outstretched limbs fill the screen, it’s not just your eyes that struggle to keep up with the chaos.

Nevertheless, there is enough in the barrel for any superhero. In addition to the missions and routine gear upgrades, there are also daily and weekly challenges that earn you points as part of the Hero Challenge Cards. You can complete those challenges anywhere. In a story mission, online, on your own: everything counts. This way you can unlock new costumes, emotes and name tags per character. The game only gets a bit of an appearance because you can also unlock everything in the Challenge Cards with real money.

If the online activities were really cool and you enjoyed playing them over and over again, that was until then. But now that the missions are also repeated after a short while, you have to grind a lot to complete the Challenge Card and thus unlock all costumes.

Marvel’s Avengers really does need some work to break through online. In addition to the fact that the missions get boring relatively quickly, the game is not entirely perfect technically. Sometimes you fall through the ground, enemies end up in closed environments and there are quite a few graphical oddities in the game. Crystal Dynamics will add new characters in the coming period, including Hawkeye, Kate Bishop, Black Panther and, exclusively on the PlayStation, Spider-Man. That will only make Marvel’s Avengers attractive to more people, as playing as your favorite Marvel hero is the game’s biggest draw.

The fighting system is right, the powers are right, the balance is right: every superhero is fun to play with. The heroes’ designs are debatable, but the unlockable costumes solve that problem for most people. It is a shame that it has been decided to put so much emphasis on multiplayer, because at the moment there is a lot of fun to be had in Marvel’s Avengers, especially as a single player game. The multiplayer is now on level The Incredible Hulk (2008). Let’s hope it doesn’t take Crystal Dynamics eleven years to reach level of Endgame.

Score:

8,0

+ the “single player” turns out to be surprisingly good
+ Great sound and special effects
+ Every superhero is well put together with their own moves and custom costumes.

– Overly cluttered War Table
– Multiplayer recycles content
– Various technical issues


News | New Fortnite season is all about Marvel

The fourth season of Fortnite Chapter 2 was revealed by Epic this morning. Nexus War is all about Marvel.

Earlier this week, the upcoming Marvel theme was already teased, it showed Thor and Galactus. An image with Wolverine was also shown. Several Marvel heroes take on Galactus in the chapter. In addition to the aforementioned heroes, characters such as Iron Man, Storm, Doctor Doom, Groot and She-Hulk are also coming to the game. Wolverine isn’t coming to Fortnite until sometime later this season.

It is not the first time that superheroes have a role in Fornite, the Avengers, Batman, Deadpool and Aquaman have already been guests in the game. However, it is the first time that a complete season revolves around superheroes. In addition to skins for the heroes, adjustments are also made to the game world. For example, players can visit the Marvel Helicarrier. The fourth season will be available later today.


News | Dataminers discover new characters in Marvel's Avengers beta

Dataminers scoured the beta of Marvel's Avengers on PlayStation 4 and found the names of various characters.

The code refers to Kate Bishop, She-Hulk and War Machine. However, these characters have not yet been revealed for the game. They may be DLC characters or they may be in the game as a surprise. They may also refer to skins for existing characters or collectibles. Finally, it is possible that there is code around these characters in the game, but the developer ultimately did not use them.

Marvel’s Avengers will be released on September 4 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.