A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Marvel's Avengers is a superhero action/adventure game available for the PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Stadia, and Windows PC platforms. Based on Marvel's popular comic series, it has players take control of members of the Avengers in an original story that features the team fighting to redeem their name and save the planet from a malevolent plot. It's packed with lots of comic book-style action, with plenty of combat and violence. Despite this volume of action, there's no blood or gore shown, and enemies fall down and disappear when defeated. There's some profanity that occasionally pops up in the dialogue or background chatter, including "s--t" and "ass," and the online component could expose players to offensive language from teammates in party chat.
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What's it about?
Earth's Mightiest Heroes come together in MARVEL'S AVENGERS, an epic original adventure that gives fans the chance to take on the role of their favorite member of Marvel's premier superhero team. The game takes place five years after A-Day, when the Avengers were forced to disband after a terrorist attack in San Francisco led to a contamination of the city by mysterious Terrigen Mists. Now the city has been rebuilt by Advanced Idea Mechanics, or A.I.M., and its founder, George Tarleton. When the young hero Kamala Khan stumbles upon A.I.M.'s true goals, it's up to her to seek out the Avengers and convince them to assemble once more. Players will take on A.I.M. alone in the game's single-player campaign or, in true comic book fashion, team together with up to three friends in multiplayer missions of truly heroic proportions. Customize your Avengers with original and iconic costumes pulled from the histories and multiverses of the vast Marvel library. Then watch the story continue to grow far into the future as new characters and story content are added for free to expand on the Marvel's Avengers universe.
Is it any good?
Long before Iron Man and Captain America traded one-liners on the big screen, Marvel brought together all of Earth's Mightiest Heroes to fight against evil in the pages of the comics. Now, Marvel's Avengers gives gamers the chance to suit up as their favorite superheroes and become an active part of the action. The single-player campaign is an original tale, building the foundation of this alternate universe version of the Avengers, and it feels at home with some of the best story arcs of these characters. It's engaging and gives plenty of nods to longtime Marvel fans while also serving as a jumping-off point for those new to the superhero scene. Marvel has always been known for focusing on the humanity of its superhumans, because its heroes have always had flaws, which makes them relatable. Thanks to the detail and diversity put into developing each character, Marvel's Avengers takes things a step further. You don't just relate to the characters -- you truly feel as if you are the character.
A staple of comic books has always been the superhero team-up, and Marvel's Avengers delivers that. Separate from the main campaign, players can use the War Table to team with up to three friends and take on objective-based missions. These range from short skirmishes against A.I.M. forces to multi-stage adventures culminating in big boss battles. Since the Avengers always work best together, if you're unable to get a full squad of friends together, the game can fill empty slots with computer-controlled teammates more than capable of holding their own. It's here, with full teams fighting insurmountable odds, that those big splash page moments from the comics spring to life. With a host of cosmetic outfits earned or purchased in-game, along with multiple skill trees that let players customize each hero to their play style, players don't just get to play their favorite heroes, they get to play their own unique versions of them. As much fun as the game is already, this is only the start of an ever expanding Marvel universe. New characters and missions are scheduled to come out regularly as free downloadable content, extending the life of the game and keeping fans invested for the foreseeable future.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the violence in Marvel's Avengers affected by the lack of blood and gore shown during battle? How does the comic book style of action translate to other media like video games and film? What sort of impact can that action and violence have on younger audiences?
Do the powers really make the hero, or is it the character of the person behind the powers? What are some of the traits that define heroism in the real world?
- Platforms: Google Stadia, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
- Price: $59.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Square Enix
- Release date: September 4, 2020
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Superheroes, Adventures, Friendship, Misfits and Underdogs, Robots
- ESRB rating: T for Language, Mild Blood, Violence
- Award: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: November 29, 2020
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