Contemplating its material, one would possibly affiliate it with the Titanic-esque “too massive to fail” idea, however current updates have gotten me genuinely involved about its future. The announcement of a serious XP grind rework is maybe probably the most worrying signal but, because the builders proceed to repair issues that aren’t truly Avengers’ greatest points.
Having spent nicely over 150 hours in Marvel’s Avengers, its core fight and the best way it makes every character’s skills really feel is what saved me coming again, regardless of a scarcity of content material. Whether or not that be new mission sorts, enemy sorts, and even places. It’s all missing. Working example: six months after launch, there are nonetheless solely 4 bosses obtainable to battle, and that has been the identical since launch. Solely half of those, Taskmaster and Abomination, are literally supervillains.
For the various who haven’t spent all that point taking part in the net part and grinding their heroes up, however have been maybe contemplating leaping in alongside the next-gen model launch or new Hawkeye story content material, that point will now be much more of a slog.
The dev group lately introduced an XP rework that can make grinding hero ranges a slower course of than earlier than.
As you grind your heroes up every of their 50 ranges you unlock skills that basically placed on present the enjoyable that may be had with Avengers, and getting access to these new powers often is what retains it from changing into utterly stale. The dev group lately introduced an XP rework that can make grinding hero ranges a slower course of than earlier than, making an already repetitive course of a fair longer one. As detailed in a weblog publish, the reevaluation of how shortly XP was born from issues about this pacing:
“The present XP ‘curve’ isn’t actually a curve in any respect. In most RPGs, the quantity of XP it’s essential to stage up will increase as you achieve ranges in a curve, however our system is a straight line. This has led to pacing points, resembling talent factors at present being rewarded too quick which can be complicated and overwhelming to newer gamers.”
Whereas most RPGs I’ve ever performed do require extra XP per stage than the previous ones, these have a tendency to supply a stage or selection and replayability that Avengers merely doesn’t have. The truth is, the pace by which you stage up characters and achieve new superpowers was one of many extra welcoming points of Avengers’ postgame. For an expertise designed to allow you to play as a few of the most beloved superheroes of all time, continually gaining new skills and mixing and matching them to create your individual variations of those heroes is what saved me taking part in constantly early on, and I by no means discovered it overwhelming.
This determination is a bit bewildering, particularly when coupled with the minimal quantity of content material added since launch. The XP rework wouldn’t appear to be such an pointless change if there was sufficient selection in gameplay to assist it, however with out that it appears like a step within the mistaken course. Including extra of a grind to a sport that’s at its least fulfilling when grinding, just isn’t what anybody is in search of.
Including extra of a grind to a sport that’s at its least fulfilling when grinding, just isn’t what anybody is in search of.
It’s particularly irritating as a result of I’ve remained hopeful – on the eve of each Struggle Desk stream that’s come alongside I’ve thought to myself, “perhaps that is the one the place the issues are addressed.” That thought has but to turn out to be a actuality.
There’s been no phrase of the Secret Lab missions that are supposed to check max stage characters, and with out these there’s little or no incentive to grind for higher loot in any respect. Months have handed with none signal of a roadmap for his or her addition, and it is simply laborious to not really feel nervous by this – particularly when, bizarrely, some gamers managed to accidentally play part of the Secret Lab missions back in September.
Months have handed with none signal of a roadmap.
Contemplating the state of the world proper now, there are certainly very legitimate causes for delays to a few of the introduced content material. However it’s the dearth of communication to Marvel’s Avengers devoted participant base, coupled with suddenness of bulletins like these, which might be irritating.
March 18 may have been a second the place Marvel’s Avengers rewrites a few of its wrongs to deliver again lapsed gamers and entice a brand new group of gamers, as Hawkeye enters the battle alongside his sequence of story missions plus the arrival PS5 and Collection X variations. However many might now be delay by the elevated grind that awaits them. The XP curve change received’t apply till that date, which means there’s an incentive for gamers who at present personal the sport to play now if they need a better experience to Degree 50, and even the builders appear to know that.
“In case you have a personality who isn’t stage 50 and need to pace up their progress, take this time to take action earlier than the replace on March 18”, reads the announcement.
This may depart many caught between the choice of taking part in the identical missions in an inferior model of the sport now, or ready to play a technically enhanced model however for lots longer. What ought to have been an thrilling new starting for Marvel’s Avengers might nicely flip right into a stuttering restart with a participant base consisting of fatigued veterans and bemused newcomers.
I need to love Marvel’s Avengers. In a yr’s time, I need to look again and see the success it is turn out to be. For that to occur although, there must be higher communication with followers, and a real backwards and forwards concerning the problems followers have with the sport. Of all of the complaints I’ve seen about Marvel’s Avengers, none have been about how surprisingly fast leveling up your heroes could be, however nearly all have been concerning the dearth of enjoyable available when you’ve performed that.
There must be higher communication with followers, and a real backwards and forwards concerning the problems followers have with the sport.
Hopefully the “too massive to fail” idea performs out and I’ll be having fun with this sport for years to return, however this week’s announcement felt like an unhelpful shift within the present forward of a possible iceberg arriving on March 18.
Simon Cardy at present has energy stage 150 Iron Man, Thor and Black Widow however no motive to make use of them. Please sympathise with him over on Twitter at @CardySimon.