Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron is the follow-up to the highly popular Avengers games of the last console generation. A lot of gamers are disappointed that the classic lineup of characters, which we loved in the old games, is missing. While the cast of characters does not include any of the Avengers heroes, the game does feature a host of new features, including new story sequences, and plenty of customizable items. This is a step up from the somewhat generic missions of the original games. We’ll take a look at some of the highlights of Age of Ultron.
The Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron
The Avengers: Age of Ultron narrative follows the same plot arc as the earlier games in the series. With the help of a mysterious force, Earth is under threat from an invading alien race known as the Omegaaders. The Avengers, led by Captain America, are called in to deal with the threat. As is typical for any MCU game, you can replay certain missions to earn more credits and ultimately get better ranks, and unlock special weapons and items. However, some of the harder missions are not available to replay, meaning you have to find those ways and attempt them again – albeit with a significantly increased timeline.
Playing as the unlikely hero known as Ant-Man, novice adventurer Sam Wilson sets out to join the fight against the Omegaaders. Unlike the other Avengers games before, where you were, essentially, an errand boy sent on a mission, Age of Ultron sees you taking on a more traditional, military-style role. This shift is immediately noticeable. Not only is the story more serious and far-reaching, but the action is jaw-dropping. For instance, when a massive cloud of sand smashes through the screen, sending debris into every corner of the arena, it’s visually stunning.
However, despite its level of detail, Age of Ultron is clearly still a console-based, PC game. That means there’s not much freedom in the way of what you can do. For example, while you could use every tool at your disposal to get past the opening scene and into the facility, you’re stuck relying on your limited map/world layout. The rest of the game is largely set in the lab where you’ll need to complete several mini-games, puzzles, and challenges in order to move forward.
That’s understandable because the story in Age of Ultron is very different from what we’ve seen in previous Avengers games. While past storylines have featured villains like The Leader and The Widow Maker, A-day will feature an all-new line of enemy fighters who use outdated weapons and super-fast speed to overwhelm their opponents. Here’s my advice: stay clear of the enemy AI, because you won’t be able to take down several dozen supersoldiers without some help.
Luckily, Age of Ultron does have a handful of single-player and multiplayer missions. You can dive into the campaign either alone or with up to four players (or bots) and complete the quests as you fight through the many waves of enemies and obstacles in the campaign.
The Missions and The Player Portion
On each corner of the hub area, you’ll find missions that vary in difficulty and reward you with gear, XP, credits, and even an assortment of Avengers’ costumes for you to wear during your missions. These missions vary depending on whether you’re tackling a big boss or simply an individual objective, so you don’t always have to play against someone. Overall, you should spend at least 30 minutes completing these missions, as it’s just as easy to lose track of time if you’re focusing on more than one objective at a time.
Once you start playing the single-player portion of Age of Ultron, you immediately enter the next phase – the Ultron Vs. AVAD mission. This is also designed as a test run for the post-launch heroes and sets the stage for what could become a very popular system post-launch. There are two objectives here: one is to kill every bot on your side; the other is to reach level 15. Both are fairly straightforward. The objective in the latter part of the mission is to eliminate all the aircraft that fly around the map and crashes into buildings (you’ll see this everywhere in the movie, as most of the aircraft are flying out of skyscrapers). The only difference is that you have two objectives: send the aircraft that’s carrying the Hulk into the base, and destroy every building in the Hulk’s path to kill him.
Overall, I really enjoyed the Avengers games that were included with the Xbox One, apart from the poorly executed “Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” story mode where you have to kill 20 aliens in less than half an hour. Fortunately, there’s a lot more content on the disc than that, including the newest two Avengers games: Uprising and Winter Soldier, which are excellent entries that have been developed by Sledgehammer Games and produced by House of Mouse. As icing on the cake, the game includes the original movie introduction, featuring Robert Downey Jr., as well as a few Easter Eggs that will remind you of the movie. It’s definitely a must-have!