by Cam Shea
Aimed at a relatively young audience, it lets players embody their favourite Avengers characters – 20 in all, including Wolverine, Magneto, Hulk, Thor, Loki and Storm, and the gameplay’s rock paper scissors-style combat is fun, visually satisfying and – importantly – the gestures work. Say you’re playing as Thor. Raise both hands together above your head to call down lightning to your hammer, then thrust them down to send an electric shockwave at your opponent. Similarly, Hulk can rip a huge chunk of concrete out of the ground by basically miming that very act, then hurl it at his opponent by pushing both hands out. Dodging is simple – just lean to the side, while each character has at least one move that’s both offensive and defensive. Rip up a chunk of concrete as the Hulk, for instance, and you can hold onto it as an impromptu shield.
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In a nice touch, Battle for Earth is actually a two on two fighter. Swapping is simple, and the potential for unleashing a launcher then swapping characters to try and continue the combo is pretty appetising. Character swapping can be used tactically in other ways – health recharges for whichever character is not in the fight. The game also supports two person co-op, so younger players can take it in turns and fight on the same team.
No fighting game would be complete without a super system, and Battle for Earth has a two parter. The meter at bottom of screen fills as the player takes damage. When it’s half full they can spend the charge on a ‘breaker’ – essentially a way to get out of the opponent’s attack. When it’s completely full, characters can bust out an Ultra – a devastating airborne assault. The faster you pump your fists, the more hits you get in.
It’s hard to tell just how well Battle for Earth will play over longer sessions – we only had time to get a feel for the motions and how well the gestures work, but I like the philosophy of the game. Unsurprisingly, it’s not about positioning (which is automatic), but guessing what the other player is going to do and countering it.
Marvel fans will also be interested to hear that the game’s story – which plays out across 40 battles and numerous cinematic sequences – is based on the Secret Invasion story run. The game will ship with a number of other modes too, including arcade, challenges and tournaments. Multiplayer’s accounted for too – both splitscreen and online.
Marvel’s The Avengers: Battle for Earth is also coming to Wii U. We’ll have more on that soon.
by Cam Shea – IGN