Play Life, Live Games column: ‘Marvel’s Avengers’ are ready to assemble on PS4, Xbox One, PC
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After conquering Hollywood in recent years, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes will attempt to do the same in video games with the release of “Marvel’s Avengers” next month.
While I am ready to assemble now (or at least give the beta a try, more on that soon), the road to get here has not always been a smooth one.
In January 2017, game publisher Square Enix announced they had signed a multi-year, multi-game deal with Marvel, with the first game from that partnership being an Avengers title. Since the first Iron Man movie released in 2008, I have been a huge fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe film franchise, so if Square Enix could deliver that kind of quality to an Avengers video game, then that is a game I would want to play.
Then the game went dark for a couple of years as developer Crystal Dynamics worked on the title, but we finally got our first real look at it last June during Square Enix’s E3 presentation. And it was not a good showing.
The action looked generic and the character designs were not good. Captain America looked like he was wearing a SWAT vest. Iron Man looked like someone cosplaying as Iron Man rather than actually being Iron Man. And Thor’s outfit looked like it had stereo speakers on it.
The game is set in its own version of the Marvel universe, so they weren’t trying to capture the look and feel of the movies or the comics exactly, just take inspirations from the best stories that have been told. But the first showing definitely left me underwhelmed and the game kind of fell off my radar.
That started to change last month though. Throughout July, the website IGN extensively covered “Marvel’s Avengers,” posting new stories, interviews and videos on the game regularly.
The beta for the game is taking place over the next three weekends. This weekend it’s exclusively for people who have already pre-ordered the game on PlayStation 4. Next weekend, the beta opens up to anyone on PlayStation 4. Then the following weekend, the beta will be available to anyone on PlayStation, Xbox One and PC. I definitely plan to give the beta a try.
Early access to the beta isn’t exclusive “Avengers” content PlayStation gamers are getting. It was confirmed earlier this week that Spider-Man will be added to the game’s roster early next year exclusively for PlayStation gamers. Unfortunately, it appears this will be Crystal Dynamics’ own unique take on the Spider-Man character. When I heard the announcement, I was hoping this would be the same version of Spider-Man that appeared in the 2018 PS4 exclusive “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” and that we were getting the video game-equivalent to the MCU’s shared movie universe.
“Marvel’s Avengers” launches on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on Sept. 4 and will be ported to the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X when those systems launch this holiday season. Anyone one who purchases the game on PS4 or Xbox One will be able to upgrade their game to the PS5 or Series X for free when they are released.
Dusty Ricketts is the editor of The Destin Log and The Walton Sun newspapers and can be reached ata email@example.com.