With Marvel’s Avengers finally here, many of you will no doubt be hammering away at the super powered RPG. Whether using Mjolnir, a vibranium shield, or a pair of giant green fists, we’ve got some quick tips and tricks to share.
Marvel’s Avengers isn’t the easiest game to wrap your head around. Although suitable for casual comic book fans and core gamers alike, there’s a dense web of systems – as well as some hidden nuances – you might want to take note of.
Here we’ll be sharing 7 key tips to help kickstart your superhero career. In our Marvel’s Avengers day one review we praised the game’s technical prowess and fun combat but marked the game down for its repetitive mission design and grindy live service hooks.
1. Firstly, head into the settings menu. We found Marvel’s Avengers better to play by switching the graphics mode to “performance” notably boosting the framerate for smoother gameplay. We’d also recommend switching the combat camera to “wide” as this gives you a clearer view of enemies and hazards around you. Finally, there’s an option to adjust the shake sensitivity. Although we’ve kept this setting at its default value to add some cinematic flair to battles, other players report that reducing it to 0 helps when reading dodge/parry prompts.
2. Don’t be afraid to dive straight into the online multiplayer. You can access this mode without beating the campaign, joining up to three friends or randoms in a series of missions. Simply hit the “Avengers Initiative” icon on the main menu. It’s worth noting that these multiplayer missions pick up after the main story so you might want to hold off if you don’t want to snag on any potential spoilers. Your progress in multiplayer will transfer into the campaign and vice versa so don’t worry about losing gear or skill points.
3. Honestly, it’s best to focus on one of the six Avengers first and stick with them. The more you play with one character the more familiar you’ll become with the game’s advanced web of combat and loot mechanics. Once you’re at a decent power level then it’s time to start juggling one or two more Avengers, especially if you’re looking to enter the online quick match queue. Unsure which Avenger is for you? Try completing the campaign or booting up the HARM room practice missions for each one.
4. Learn to dodge. While it’s true that you can get through Marvel’s Avengers easiest difficulty tier by button bashing, being able to dodge, block, and counter will make you a much bigger threat to AIM. Each character has their own dodge mechanic though there is some overlap. Remember to evade attacks with a red indicator and dodge/parry those in white or yellow.
Use Tactical Awareness. You may have missed the tutorial tip informing you about this handy little feature. By pressing up on the d-pad (consoles) you can trigger a x-ray kind of visual effect. Not only will this show you where your teammates are in multiplayer missions, it will also identify points of interest as well as your next main objective.
5. Use Tactical Awareness. You may have missed the tutorial tip informing you about this handy little feature. By pressing up on the d-pad (consoles) you can trigger a x-ray kind of visual effect. Not only will this show you where your teammates are in multiplayer missions, it will also identify points of interest as well as your next main objective.
6. Like it or not, loot is the driving force behind Marvel’s Avengers. Once you’ve wrapped up the campaign, your overarching objective will be to increase the power level of each hero and in order to do this you’ll need to grind away, gathering and upgrading loot. Let’s quickly touch on some loot basics to help you get started. Each piece of gear you find has a colour-coded rarity as well as a power level and assigned stats. These stats determine bonuses such as melee/ranged damage, defence, and your chance to land a critical hit. It won’t matter too much at first but you should focus on raising a handful of these specific stats to match your specific playstyle per hero. As you progress through your Avengers career you’ll notice that more gear will come tagged with perks as well as one of the six elements. Perks offer a range of buffs and bonuses, often requiring you to upgrade loot to unlock them. Meanwhile, elements such as cosmic and gamma will occasionally trigger effects to disrupt enemies.
7. Which missions should you play? Stroll over to the War Table and you’ll be presented with a map covered in icons, each one representing a mission. Firstly, you’ll see a red or green number next to them, indicating the suggested power level. Missions come in several different flavours, ranging from smaller skirmishes to larger story-driven episodes. There’s no wrong answer when it comes to selecting a mission to play though you should try and prioritise those that belong to objective chains (see the objectives menu) while also hovering over them to get a better idea or the rewards on offer.