Marvel Super Hero Squad
|a game by||Blue Tongue Entertainment Pty|
|Platforms:||PSP, Playstation 2|
|Editor Rating:||5/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||9.6/10 - 5 votes|
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|See also:||Marvel Games|
In recent years, Marvel has been no stranger to the video game scene with popular releases like Spider-Man for the PS4 and Marvel’s Avengers arriving on all platforms. Given their silver screen successes, it would have been difficult for them to fail – Spider-Man was so well-received that it was given a full PS5 release as Spider-Man: Miles Morales just this year; for the Avengers, not so much.
Before all the hype surrounding the MCU with titles like Civil War, Infinity War, and Endgame, only Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk had been released in theaters when Marvel Super Hero Squad was released. A simple beat-‘em-up similar to the likes of the 2007 game TMNT, Super Hero Squad had a bit to offer to the younger audiences it targeted, but was not as impressive in terms of overall gameplay and story.
Assemble the Team
The plot of Super Hero Squad is straightforward, but takes a light-hearted look at the Marvel Universe as Dr. Doom attempts to retrieve and Infinity Shard in order to forge the Infinity Sword to wreak havoc on Earth. Its up to you and your fellow Avengers to ensure that the shard never falls into the hands of Dr. Doom or his cronies, Modok and Mole Man. Each hero has six chapters to play through and you are usually able to select which hero you’d like on any of them, with some exceptions.
Beyond this narrative, there is not a lot to say about the story other than that it is easy to follow and will be great for kids to experience. It’s the perfect story to keep them engaged while not flying over their head. It will be difficult for older players to get much satisfaction from such a simple story. For being an older title, the voice acting isn’t necessarily bad, there are voices that come through crystal clear, while other sound like they have been compressed beyond repair. It’s a nitpick if anything, but it is still quite noticeable for a title that was released in 2009. While I’d like to say that the gameplay makes up for this, there are several issues that keep me from saying that your experience will be flawless.
Battle for Infinity
With the ability to play as over 20 heroes, including the classics Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Iron Man, Wolverine, and the Thing, there’s plenty of fun to be had while destroying bad guys endlessly. Despite the wide variety, each hero will have attacks that are identical to every other one. This isn’t inherently a bad thing, but it makes the heroes feel more like vanity outfits than different playable characters.
Each level boils down to punching every bad guy that comes at you with only one or two unique attacks to do so. It quickly gets repetitive as the AI generally pose no threat unless you’re fighting a boss, but even these battles involve the same amount of repetition. Like I said, this is a beat-‘em-up for young players, but this lack of diversity in character uses still sucks out a lot of the fun. Finally, unless you’re playing solo, the camera movement is hard to deal with when playing cooperatively. It can be done, but camera controls for a brawler should not be so difficult to deal with, especially one that is supposed to be for kids.
Marvel Super Hero Squad is overall an alright game. It has all the necessary components of a brawler, but falls short in gameplay, story, and creativity, but this keeps it simple enough for most kids or even hardcore fans to enjoy.
Even with that said, it could have used more polish, care, and diversity to keep kids interested past the first level.
- Combat is fun
- Lots of heroes to choose from
- Easy to jump in to
- Heroes play similarly, no truly unique abilities
- Story is lackluster, even for young kids
- Camera is buggy, hard to operate