A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Plot follows usual comic book theme of good versus evil and what defines heroism, including sacrifice, helping those in need, standing up for what's right even in the face of adversity. Both story and gameplay emphasize the importance of friendship and teamwork, with characters not only working together on the battlefield, but building personal bonds between missions.
Positive Role Models
The threat Lilith represents brings together heroes from every corner of the Marvel Universe. They have different natures and personalities and are shown to be (relatively) human and imperfect. But they're all shown to be heroes at their core, with strong moral codes and strength of character.
Players are able to create their own custom Hunter character to represent themselves. The roster of heroes covers a wide range of diversity, with characters of different genders, ethnicities, ages, beliefs, and personalities. Players are encouraged to get to know the characters on a deeper level, recognizing any differences, accepting characters for who they are beyond their powers.
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Ease of Play
Combines elements of turn-based strategy, role-playing, and deck-building games together into a unique experience that feels both familiar and yet completely new. Basic mechanics take some practice to get used to, and players also need to focus on character development in between missions.
Violence & Scariness
Violence is a large focus, with players constantly fighting against supernatural monsters, Hydra soldiers, even possessed heroes and villains. Plenty of over-the-top, comic book-style action. The game's story has some darker supernatural and light horror elements as well. While violence is not overly graphic, there's occasionally some blood shown on-screen.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Players can choose which costumes the characters wear, some of which can be a little revealing. The characters also have bathing suit options for when they socialize together at certain locations.
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Some profanity, including "s--t" and "a--hole," appear occasionally in dialogue.
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Products & Purchases
Supports downloadable content (DLC) available for purchase apart from the base game. This includes items such as cosmetic skins, post-release content packs that have additional playable characters, and a season pass that bundles content packs and a large number of the cosmetic skins together.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Marvel's Midnight Suns is a turn-based strategy game available on Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Windows-based PCs. The game stars heroes and villains from throughout the Marvel Comics library. Players create a custom character to lead the heroes into different missions that see them fighting using a combination of strategy and deck-building elements. Combat is a core part of the gameplay, with characters using a variety of weapons and abilities in over-the-top comic book-style battles. While there's intense action and some horror elements, there's minimal blood and no graphic depictions of violence shown on-screen. Players also socialize with other characters between missions to form bonds with teammates, emphasizing the teamwork, courage, and compassion of the heroes to help others. Parents should be aware that the game's script does include occasional instances of profanity.
Is It Any Good?
Familiar, yet original. That seems to be the mantra behind Marvel's Midnight Suns. Everything from the story to the gameplay takes bits and pieces from things players expect, and yet fits them together in a way that's unique and different. This is a wholly original story in its own unique corner of the multiverse. For comic fans new and old, this is a great way to get reacquainted with the robust cast of characters from the Marvel Universe without feeling like you've already heard it all before. And there's plenty of time to get to know these characters thanks to its social element. You'll spend a lot of time between missions building friendships with your teammates through conversations, giving gifts, and participating in special hangout opportunities. You'll also explore the grounds and halls of The Abbey, your interdimensional base of operations, as you gather up interesting collectibles and resources, uncover hidden secrets, and gain new insights on the history of the Midnight Suns. While the visuals in these in-between moments aren't the sharpest, the voice acting is fantastic, and the script is packed with entertaining banter and engaging storytelling.
Gameplay in Marvel's Midnight Suns is a hybrid of turn-based strategy and deck-building card games. This blending of mechanics is instantly comfortable to fans of either genre yet still offers something distinctly different that defies expectations. Players take their team of three heroes into battle, each equipped with eight character-specific cards. Each turn, players get to play up to three cards from their randomly drawn hand, redraw and replace up to two cards, and move a team member once for better positioning. While this seems basic on the surface, it actually opens up a lot of fun options when it comes to chaining moves together or working as a team. The game lacks the cover mechanic of other strategy games, but allows heroes to interact with the environment in other ways for additional attacks, which keeps the flow of combat moving at a steady, action-packed pace. What Marvel's Midnight Suns ultimately does best is that it creates that grandiose comic book crossover event sensation and invites fans to be a part of the story in a much more personal way.
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