Square Enix’s Marvel Avengers game has been quite the controversy since it was revealed back in 2019. Albeit it was a work in progress, most of the fans didn’t quite like what they saw.

Such as the character models which didn’t look right and gained the popularity of being joked around as stunt doubles. Even the gameplay didn’t seem to be on par with what you’d generally expect from a AAA game.

You can check out our coverage of the Avengers reveal before we jump into it.

Avengers stunt doubles.

With just a month left to go before the Avengers game is officially released, Square Enix needs to convince it’s player base; that it’s a game that we would be willing to pay for and what better way to do it with betas. Last weekend, PlayStation users who pre-ordered the Avengers game were given the first opportunity to take part in the close beta.

Avengers Assemble!

First off, I’m going to put it out there that the only reason I pre-ordered the Avengers game was because of the reveal of being able to use Hawkeye as a character. So as you can tell I wasn’t expecting much from the game based on what I saw in 2019 but I’ll admit, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would during the beta.

The Avengers game’s very own version of Hawkeye!

Beta characters

The beta allows players to choose as either the Hulk, Iron Man, Black Widow or Kamala Khan once they’ve completed the initial quests that lead up to the multiplayer portion of the Avengers game. Each character plays very differently and their abilities closely follow to the comic source material such as Hulk’s signature move ‘Thunderclap’ or Iron Man’s ‘Hulkbuster’.

Combat Mechanics

Due to this versatility, it makes you feel like you’re who you’re choosing to play as and your role in your team becomes all the more significant. For example, if you pick the Hulk and use him, you immediately feel more powerful than your teammates and it shows when he goes up against bigger enemies with his animated grab attacks.

Hulkbuster to the rescue!

Another example, by choosing Black Widow, you would expect her attacks and presence to not be as powerful as the Hulk but to shine in terms of agility. Her move set proves just that, by allowing her to traverse the battlefield with ease and perform combos that make her a killing machine in the hands of a veteran player.

Hulk gotta look good while smashing!

Visuals

The combat mechanics in the Avengers game were engaging however there are aspects in the game that make it difficult to enjoy it thoroughly; which brings me to my next points: Motion blur and Camera shake.

I know it might sound like I’m nitpicking but it’s a real issue that ruins the overall experience of playing the game. Motion blurs are heavily used in combats and it makes it difficult to play for long periods.

It gets even worse when the excessive camera shakes take place during battles and leads the whole experience to become a mess; which you’re spending most of the time adjusting your eyesight to navigate. To confirm this, I asked if Sal faced the same issue when he played and he did as well which is why he chooses to play as Iron Man to fly above the chaos.

Iron Man keeping his distance.

Conclusion

If I had to sum up my experience during the Avengers beta, it would be that I enjoyed it but it was quite chaotic. I can find myself spending hours in the Avengers game but there is room for improvement and certain things that need to be fixed before the game comes out.

If you’re interested to take part in Square Enix’s Marvel Avengers game and experience it for yourself, here are the upcoming beta dates for the various platforms.

Avengers Beta datesPlatforms
Friday, August 14th to Sunday, August 16thPS4 (open access) Xbox (closed access) PC (closed access)
Friday, August 21st to Sunday, August 23rdAll platforms (open access)

The official release date for Square Enix’s Marvel Avengers game is on the 4th September 2020 and you if you would like to preorder, please click on this link.

Ibrahim's a hardcore gamer and Star Wars fan. He's obsessed with Obi-Wan Kenobi, even claiming that he's a descendant of the fictional Jedi Master. Other than that delusion, Ibrahim's pretty down to earth, collecting figures and buying games he'll never finish.