Previewed: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order
We’re in the midst of the era of superheroes, people, and if you didn’t know that by now, you’ve definitely been living under an Infinity Stone. Regardless of Avengers: Endgame ‘finishing off’ the franchise, we’re all still fighting about who should take over from Hugh Jackman as Wolverine (#vote for Danny DeVito).
What hasn’t the superhero craze taken over yet? Gaming. But with E3 2019 showing off Square Enix’s Marvel’s Avengers game, the industry is slowly getting caught up in the genre. That’s not the game that should be on your radar though – for a complete scope of what the Marvel Universe is really capable of, movie or game, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is it.
If you think Team Ninja’s take on the Marvel action RPG – strangely set in a completely different universe than the previous two – is just about the Avengers, you’re gravely mistaken. There’s a whopping 34 playable characters (and counting!), which means players will see the swashbuckling Nightcrawler from X-Men slice through foes all while Iron Man blasts them away with his repulsor beams. And with a touch of Groot, of course. Marvel geeks (that’s us) could only dream of seeing that on the big screen, but that’s quite literally the name of the game here.
Like the past two, The Black Order will see gamers make up a team of any four superheroes which they can switch to play as at any point while in combat. Fancy a bit of Ghost Rider chain action or hammer time with Thor? It’s a simple press of a button. Each hero is unique, too, with their own set of abilities and power-ups to keep gameplay fresh. With the roster as big as it is, it gives those in singleplayer the chance to test them all out on the fly.
This is more for multiplayer, though, because who wouldn’t want to get their gang together and fight off hordes of villains as their favourite X-Man? While players can have any hero team up together, the special team-up feature returns, which gives characters special team bonuses such as double EXP or more health. It’s a nice easter egg-type nod for all fans of comics to equally nod back to.
Story-wise, expect a whole new twist on the Infinity War plot, which will take cues from both the comics and the cinematic universe. A tad disappointing as there’s a lot of other stories out there, but whatever brings together our favourite heroes works for us.
Available on Nintendo Switch. Friday July 19.