Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth Review
Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth Box Art
System: Wii U
Dev: Ubisoft
Pub: Ubisoft Quebec
Release: December 4, 2012
Players: 1-4
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes

Every match in every mode awards you with experience and a medal based on your mastery of basic and super attacks, as well as defense. Adamantium replaces platinum as the medal of perfection. The experience, however, does little more than promote your rank to display on your gamer card. The cards themselves are nifty looking banners with different Marvel montages. More are unlocked after completing different objectives. Alternative costumes are also unlockable, though besides the movie outfits, most others offer nothing more than a color swap. The collector cards and costumes are superficial rewards. The only worthwhile unlocks are more characters, as only ten of the twenty are available at the start. The remaining roster of heroes and villains are unlocked simply by completing the Campaign Mode a single time.

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Considering the lack of substance in the unlockables and the overall mild challenge, the solo modes are only worth a single playthrough, giving replayability a low grade. The multiplayer matches are more exciting, but they’ll still lose their appeal after a few rounds.

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It's hard for me to truly say I love or hate Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth. I can't even say I'm indifferent toward it. There are parts that are exciting, yet others that I know need work, and some features that feel unnecessary. This is Ubisoft Quebec's first foray into the Marvel fighting realm, and I applaud them for bringing a fresh methodology by using motion and touchscreen controls. They have a solid platform to build on, and I would love to see a sequel in future with a focus on more content and a deeper challenge. Still, I enjoyed my time with this game, and even mild fans of the Marvel universe will find it at least worth a rental.

By
Sean Engemann
Freelance Writer
Date: December 11, 2012

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.8
Graphics
The comic book aesthetic and smooth animations are nicely done. Things just get redundant after a short while.
4.3
Control
A great new direction in gameplay for the fighting genre. It's a bit simple for hardcore gamers though.
4.2
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Great voice work and epic orchestrations. But, just like the graphics, the audio quickly becomes repetitive.
2.8
Play Value
There are enough modes, but none save the multiplayer are worth more than a single playthrough.
3.7
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Embody Iconic Marvel Super Heroes and Villians: Choose from 20 classic Marvel characters, each equipped with four unique superpowers.
  • Use Motion to Fight as a Super Hero: Trigger super attacks with your movements.
  • Experience a Wide Variety of Game Modes: Co-op, Campaign, Arcade, Challenges, Versus, and Tournament.
  • Tons of Bonuses to Unlock: As you work your way through the battles, you’ll unlock unique outfits and collector cards.
  • Battle with an Enhanced Fighting System: Use Super Attacks, Velocity Boost, Breaker, or Frenzy to beat your opponents.
  • Eye-Catching Comic Book Style: Inspired by iconic comic artwork based on the Secret Invasion storyline.

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