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New Marvel Avengers gameplay teasing shows Thor hammer robot, supervillian MODOK

When the Crystal Dynamics Avengers got late game and left a very big hole in the spring release schedule. I can’t say I was surprised though. Last year’s revelations didn’t go quite as smoothly as Square Enix (and Marvel) presumably expected. The strongest opponents simply complained that the titular Avengers did not look like their film-screen counterparts, but concerns about level design and repetitive combat also abounded.

Crystal Dynamics broke the radio silence today to rejoin The Marvel Avengers in the first of what he calls his “Table War” fountain. The bad news? It didn’t really alleviate any of my worries — even if it feels like the faces are a bit different, as if they’re running right up to similar lines with borrowed actors without the need for a license.

The stream, which erupted in a relatively short 30 minutes, also revealed that MODOK is the main villain. That feels like a strange choice. I don’t think of MODOK as being that popular or commercial. But hey, I guess Marvel only has so many supervillains that can threaten the entire galaxy and not just threaten a few city blocks.

Last but not least, we saw a new mission. Titled “Once an Avengers,” the Thor-centric mission marks his return to the Avengers. Summoning his hammer, he joins Iron Man and Mrs. Marvel-in-the-making Kamala Khan to beat some robots. This is really the sum of the action. It’s maybe five minutes of punching in robots of different sizes.

Avengers just not demo all that well, I think. That doesn’t mean the game itself will be boring, because I honestly don’t know. But he’s a straight-looking brawler, and while Thor’s powers seem appropriately heroic, it’s all a bit repetitive from afar. Maybe that changes when it does you make these combos happen, but now I feel like I face down 30-plus hours off Arkham combat and grit my teeth a bit.

I want to stay hopeful though. Again, the aspects of The Marvel Avengers that I am most interested in coming after release, and free story expansion and the like. Crystal Dynamics talks about having a five-year plan, which is definitely intriguing — though perhaps premature. Here’s to expecting Avengers prove more like Destiny than Im, eh? Otherwise we can never see where this story is going.

Find out The Marvel Avengers on September 4, aka same day and Tony Hawk remasters. You can either listen to “Superman” or be … oh wait, that’s it other hero. Never forget.

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