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ralphdibny

Hi all and welcome to Game Club's selection for August: Marvel's Avengers!

It was a really close call between this and Yoku's Island Express, they both look like very interesting games.

Don't worry if you haven't finished Dead Space or plan to move on to playing/discussing the rest of the series and the remake. You can keep discussing it in this new Dead Space thread.

Marvel's Avenger's current reception seems to be a bit like marmite, some people love it and some people hate it. Actually some people seem to be indifferent so maybe it's less like Marmite and more just like everything else. 😅 I'm personally quite excited for it though!

It looks like there is a lot of single player content in this game so us old jaded gamers should be able to completely ignore or just paddle our feet into the GaaS stuff. Of course that's a stereotype, I'm sure not of all us are old and jaded so fill your boots with whatever portion of the game you want to!

Please use spoiler tags when discussing spoilerish moments of the game. You do so by typing your spoiler between spoiler tags like this: [spoiler]insert message here[ /spoiler] and removing the space between [ and /


Some HLTB Stats:

(Completionist has a purple highlight on HLTB, not sure what this means but maybe it's to do with the online portion)

Main Story - 12 Hours
Main + Extras - 22 Hours
Completionist - 90½ Hours

(free and included) DLC Main Story Lengths:

Kate Bishop Taking AIM - 3 Hours
Hawkeye Future Imperfect - 2 Hours
Black Panther War for Wakanda - 3 Hours
Spider-Man With Great Power - 6 Hours

You are probably all aware that the Spider-Man DLC is only available on PlayStation but the game appears to be on the PS Plus Extra service according to Push Square's Guide. So by all means, play it on PlayStation if you prefer!


Tag list, please tag me and let me know if you want to be added or removed. I think I've picked up everyone who joined this month but please just post and tag me @ralphdibny to let me know if I've missed you or if you want to join!

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Ok so now, votes for next month.

  • Tag me in a post with your vote(s). (Just hit reply on one of my posts or write @ralphdibny)
  • Write your votes in bold (put two asterisks around it) and try and keep it separate from any paragraphs.
  • One line will do, "My vote is such and such a game(s)"
  • Feel free to make the post longer but try and keep the actual vote separate from the main body of the text and at the top of the post next to my tag @ralphdibny

The votes reset every month and start from Zero. Feel free to suggest new games and I will add them to the list and count your vote toward it!

Brutal Legend - 1 (lvlra,
Conker's Bad Fur Day/Live & Reloaded -
Crysis -
Fable Anniversary -
Immortals Fenyx Rising - 6 (blta, djshp, jvsmp, ltsrg, bnjo
It takes two -
Kameo: Elements of Power -
Maneater -
Ninja Gaiden Sigma -
Ori and the Will of the Wisps - 1 (r1spm,
Perfect Dark - 1 (rlphdbny,
Rage -
Sable -
Sniper Elite 5 -
Trek to Yomi -
Tunic -
Undertale - 5 (blta, akrpln, clnkyld, mghtymt, lkpmre
Yoku's Island Express - 2 (blta, lkpmre

If you have another game you'd like added to the list then let me know and I will add it with a vote from you!


I will link to this post in my signature so you can just click on my signature to get back to this post and see the list of games and current votes!

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ralphdibny

I actually started Marvel's Avengers today and it's freakin wicked so far. I'm not sure if it's just because I love Marvel or whatever but the first level was genuinely awesome where it starts out at the Avenger convention and seeing Ms. Marvel experience it through the player's eyes. I think I loved it as much as she did! I've finished the second sneaking level too and have taken a bus somewhere.

Highlights for me so far:

  • Ms. Marvel, just awesome to see her playable in a game so soon after she was created in the comics. She's a great character and I loved her TV show too but I am glad she is back to being (spoiler for both the TV Show and this game) an Inhuman again!! 😀
  • Captain America, emulating his fighting style from the films is awesome. I immediately tried mixing brawling with the ranged shield attacks (but on up close enemies after I punched them a few times and then going back to punching them) and it was so cool! Punch, shield bounce, punch!!!

I think I understand the criticisms of this game but I still think it is so cool. It's a bit like if they took one of those old Avengers "belt scrolling" beat 'em ups and made it 3D, diversified the gameplay of each character (albeit still limited to melee, range and special attacks) and added a proper story with cut scenes instead of lines/screens of text. Though I won't poopoo those lines/screens of text in old games, they were my lore when I was a kid and I couldn't get enough of them! Hell, Mortal Kombat managed to make a whole movie out of those text screens back in the 90s!


Other things to note. When I booted up the game, I was so confused. I clicked on "Play game" and it showed me a sizzle reel of what I can only assume are spoilers from the actual game. The Campaign can be accessed from this mode after the sizzle reel runs it course but I went back into the main menu and clicked on "Operations" instead. This where all the campaign's can be accessed from and I would assume, hopefully without that spoilerific video being played. The main and original campaign for this game is called "Reassembled" so start with that one!

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Lavalera

@ralphdibny the campaign is usually viewed as the good part of Avengers. The biggest problem people have with it is the multiplayer part, which is pretty boring and repetitive. I also enjoyed the campaign part very much but didn't really touch it afterwards. Maybe I'll try the black panther and Spiderman bits on my ps5

Also my vote for next month will be Brutal legend

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PSNid: Lavalera

ralphdibny

@Lavalera that's fair enough. I've found GaaS stuff to be like that in the past. It's not just GaaS though, I've played plenty of games with boring grindy and repetitive parts. I normally have to love the game a lot and want to 100% it if I'm going to put myself through that though!

I'll be happy if the campaign is good all the way through. It's how I play my games anyway. Play them once and don't play them again unless I really want to.

I think I'm Gona vote for September too, it's actually a game I own because my game pass will be running out this month and I might leave it a while before I resub. My vote is for Perfect Dark

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Banjo-

@ralphdibny

Vote (September): What Remains of Edith Finch

I was late for this month.

Banjo-

R1spam

@ralphdibny I've just done the 1st mission, introducing some of the characters with the major action sequence on the golden gate bridge (not too much of a spoiler, was on all of the promo videos I think). Early days but yeah, not going to lie, I really enjoyed it. Very on rails but lots of fun and well paced. Ms Marvel seems like fun character and nice to see the other avengers framed through her view.
I like the 2d beat em up comparison, I kind of felt that way playing yakuza 0. Combat hasn't been as involved here yet but still very early. Overall, pretty positive on the first main set piece!
For next month, I'll vote for
ori and the will of the wisps.
I must be masochist as I only played blind forrest recently and easily died more in that game than all of elden ring (I only played on normal too).

PSN: Tiger-tiger_82
XBOX: Placebo G

Banjo-

@ralphdibny I haven't played it but now it's optimised for the current generation, it seems a good time before it leaves Game Pass. There are some many Game Pass I'd like to play and not enough time, I don't know if it's the same for the others but that's better than having nothing interesting to play.

Banjo-

Balta666

@R1spam I died more in Elden ring (not done yet) but ori is a challeging game for sure especially in the running sequences. Will of the wisps is absolutely fantastic game! Much much better imo and the first game I played once I subscribed to GP.

Balta666

Lavalera

@Banjo- I think thats the same for most of us. My play later list is always around 40ish games on gamepass alone. And besides those i also have a lot of games i bought i want to play. But yeah it's always better to have to much you want to play than have nothing interesting at all

PSNid: Lavalera

Banjo-

@Lavalera Absolutely. I try to play third-party games first because they leave Game Pass eventually. I also buy and play new games, e.g., Sonic Origins. It makes me wonder why some people complain when there aren't many new additions in a specific month.

Banjo-

Lavalera

@Banjo- Probably since those people are very limited in the games they like or want to play. Some people only care about the big AAA games. For them gamepass isn't really something they can enjoy. I actually love the amount of AA/indie games we are getting. It opens up a library of games i might not have found if i didn't have gamepass. And when i don't like a game that's on gamepass i don't really mind since i didn't pay extra for it.

PSNid: Lavalera

R1spam

@Balta666 that's great to hear as I enjoyed the first game a lot, I had to have done to keep going through like 100s of deaths! I do love me a good metroidvania though, was buzzing when I saw silksong would be on gamepass.

PSN: Tiger-tiger_82
XBOX: Placebo G

trev666

I found Avengers to be fine didnt think the enemies were at all interesting or the combat interesting or the level design or the game design. The story was ok 5/10

I think Guardians of the Galaxy was a much better game

trev666

trev666

its one of those games where if you hear its bad and its actually not bad its a nice surprise where as highly rated games generally have to exceed expectations

trev666

Banjo-

@Lavalera Exactly, the kind of games you don't know if you'll love and finish or hate and give up.

Banjo-

ralphdibny

@R1spam ooo ori, nice choice. I absolutely loved the first one. Easily one of my favourite Xbox games and certainly the best Xbox 2D platformer!


I've progressed some more in Avengers and hit some kind of multiplayer-y style levels now, stuff like a control the point objective -_-. I am sure it's just to get you ready for the GaaS bits later on.

I've also found many somewhat confusing mission chains aside from the main and DLC campaigns. Not really sure about that, I played a Hulk one which was pretty boring (infiltrate and smash facility). I'm beginning to think that the side stuff is the source of the criticisms of monotony.

I think I'm Gona crack on with the main campaign and maybe revisit the side stuff and see how I get on with it at a later date.

I went from thinking this game was as good as Spider-Man if you ignore the online portion to that online bit slowly invading the single player in terms of its content and game play. I think it doesn't help that I don't know what is the campaign and what's not because these inorganic parts are introduced organically as you play. I think I'll just need to see how I get on....

On a positive note, I know this game is developed by Crystal Dynamics and a lot of it is reminding me pleasantly of the most recent Tomb Raider trilogy. Looking forward to digging deeper into this game tomorrow night if I can!

ralphdibny

Soooo, cracking on with the main campaign and I've found I'm well over half way through at "Step" (whatever that means) 16 out of 23. So far, there has been no more levels comparable in quality to the first couple.

There has been a couple similar, I suppose Banner and Kamala going off somewhere uneventful and also Banner and Kamala going off to find Tony which ends in an aesthetically pleasing sequence at the very least. I do feel like the amount of "control point" (so far 2) and just random kill all the bad guy levels with very few set pieces is kind of making me unable to recognise the better parts that I just described. Not sure if that makes sense, it's like those better sequences are made less remarkable by the filler around it.

Also this game seems short, the main campaign part of it at least. I've only found 2 Avengers so far (as well as a very welcome cameo) so I am guessing the pace will pick up pretty quickly in the final 7 "steps" of this campaign as I have 2 or 3 more Avengers to find.

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BaldBelper78

Loving this. Played online a bit but now on with the campaign. It’s one of that’s games that’s just really great fun to play. A real blast. It’s got a lot of niggly glitches which is a pain but overall I’m enjoying the experience.

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