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Hands on: Is Marvel’s Midnight Suns any better on PS5?

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After Cyberpunk 2077, any game that leads with only PC reviews is right to be suspicious. We just received the PS5 review code for Marvel’s Midnight Suns today, and are excited to put it through its paces to bring you some early impressions. The good news is that, so far, we haven’t had any issues with the console release – in fact, based on some of the stories we’ve heard about the PC version, it might actually be the more stable build right now.

From developer Firaxis, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s an XCOM-style strategy title with a superhero skin. You would be wrong. These unusual outings are actually common in collectible card games like Slay the Spire, as each character—Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Ghost Rider, and Blade—has his own deck. You then draw cards in battle and use them for either attacks or team boosting abilities.

It has the long and the short of it, but there is much more depth beneath the surface. For example, when you play cards you will earn heroism, which allows you to use some of the more powerful cards in your deck. Additionally, you can also invest this currency in environmental attacks, such as jumping from surfaces and the like. You will also get extra turns if you knock out an enemy with a certain type of card.

Needless to say, after several hours of play we’ve only scratched the surface, but as more moves are introduced and additional superheroes join the party, we’re looking forward to the potential that many of the game has. capable of systems.

While positioning isn’t as important as it is in a game like XCOM – there’s no cover system we’ve encountered so far, for example – you need to find good angles to attack from, to do maximum damage. possibly. An example of this is when Captain Marvel is at your party. He has a card that fires a proton blast in a straight line. So, if you can position him in a way where you can blast through multiple enemies at once, you’re going to get a lot of mileage out of that move.

The decks are relatively small for each character, so the game isn’t overwhelming – at least not yet. However, some of the systems we’re exploring now allow you to merge multiple duplicates of the same card to permanently increase its capacity. In the few instances we’ve seen so far, this reduces the bravery required to play a card, as well as increasing its damage output – however, we’re sure there will be cards that deviate from this obvious formula.

We should note, there are two stages of gameplay. Playing as your own superhero – a legendary warrior brought back from the dead to defeat an ancient threat – a good portion of the action takes place in a hub called the Abbey. This is where you’ll spend time and build relationships with your fellow superheroes, bond with social activities and unlock new battle opportunities. Here is a good point of reference Fire sign: Three houses.

It’s an odd cocktail for a Marvel game, but it’s interesting to experience something different. Our biggest criticism so far is that, while the game runs and performs quite well, it looks – technically and artistically – ugly. There’s no two ways about it: the art style is downright ugly, and it’s not exactly helped by the outdated lighting. To be honest, there are moments playing it where it feels like a PS4 remaster of a PS3 game – not exactly a glowing endorsement, considering we’re playing PS5 Version.

As much time is spent in conversation during the aforementioned social sequences, the game leans heavily on its characters, cutscenes, and writing. And the cinematics look like they’re straight out of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, while the script hasn’t quite hooked us yet – in fact, Tony Stark’s funny quirks are already totally freaking us out.

The gameplay is by far the strongest part, then, and we’re looking forward to a return to that card-based battle system. It’s interesting, isn’t it? Marvel Snap The past few months have taken the mobile gaming arena by storm, and now there’s another superhero-themed collectible card game — albeit an entirely different kind of experience.


Have you had a chance to try out Marvel’s Midnight Suns yet, and what are your thoughts so far? Is this game on your radar at all? Show your hand in the comments section below, and look for our full review in the coming days.

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