Finally! A mobile fighting game that isn’t solely pay-to-play. Nobody enjoys a game that they can play for 5 seconds and then have to wait 24 hours to play again unless you spend your next paycheck and then some. Anyway, this is one of Marvel’s latest apps and it was quite surprising in its performance (much like me in the sack). That being said, let’s proceed to the rest of the review.
Blue Ball Score: 18 out of 25 balls
OK, so I have the ability to play as Iron Man, Thor, The Punisher, and even Wolverine, but can I customize anything? Can I change Deadpool’s swords into dildos? What about making Wolverine’s claws pink? Unfortunately, you cannot do any of those things, but there is some customization offered. You can upgrade your champions, unlock abilities, and create multiple teams of heroes. Although this isn’t the high level of customization that modern-day games offer, this game isn’t about customizations. It is about simple mechanics and strategy.
Finally, I will briefly discuss the lack of pay-to-play concepts in this app. Every couple of hours you get free crystals or gifts that are given to you by the game. You can use these crystals to get new heroes or items that will allow you to upgrade your current heroes. And, the ability for your characters to heal after you complete a quest or battle will allow you to continually play the game without having to buy anything at all. There are also different forms of “currency” in the game. You have gold, battle chips (multiplayer currency), units (campaign currency), and a few others. You acquire these through beating quests and winning multiplayer matches and, once you earn enough, you can use them to get additional heroes or upgrades as mentioned above.
The only complaint here is redundancy. The controls for every hero are the same and, after a while, some gamers may lose interest. Personally, I enjoy the simplicity and the game does get quite difficult at times the farther along you get in the campaign. So, due to the simplistic nature, solid mechanics, and slight redundancy, I give this a 3.5/5 balls.
Regarding the campaign itself, there are several acts in the game which consist of 6 “levels.” Furthermore, each level has different fighting “routes” you can go on that consist of fighting different people. Some routes are harder than others. So, to fully complete a level, you may have to play it 3 or 4 times. Yes, it is redundant, but you also get the filling feeling of fully beating a frickin’ level (way too much F for my taste). If you fully beat a level (do all the routes) you get some additional rewards at the end; so there is definitely some incentive to reach 100%.
I have yet to beat the campaign, but then again I have a life… and a job… and a boyf, I mean girlfriend. Not much else to say here folks. 5/5 balls.
The multiplayer experience is decent. Yes, it could be better and you could actually be fighting another person. But, to compensate for this, they have added different “playlists” if you will. You can fight the typical 1v1. Or, you can do an arena style of play where it is teams of heroes and you gain points with each victory. The more points you get, the better rewards you get. Pretty basic concept here. The arena playlists are for a limited amount of time so this is a good incentive to keep your gamers gaming on.
Also, you can join an “Alliance.” In layman’s terms, this is a clan. By joining alliances, you can get additional rewards, you can help alliance members out in their quests, etc. This just adds on to the interactive experience and slightly compensates for the lack of a true multiplayer.
Finally, there is always something new going on. A “limited-time” hero, or a “limited-time” crystal. All of these things suck our lives away slowly and force us to play this spectacular game. Kudos to the developers for causing me to be single now. And alone…
Due to the lack of a true multiplayer, I give this a 3.5/5 balls.
Regarding sound, I don’t really know how I feel about it. It isn’t bad, but it isn’t good. Eh, mediocre at best I’d say. The sound effects were…meh. They were there, but that is probably the weakest point of the game. Sometimes Iron Man sounded like a metal suit and sometimes he sounded like a Jedi – a bit inconsistent. The sound wasn’t terrible, but it could use some refining.
For these reasons, I give this a 3/5 balls.
The answer to this question depends on the answer to this question – How serious do you plan on taking this game? If you want to be a hardcore hero and try to get them all, upgrade them all the way, do every event/quest, and spend hours a day playing this game, then sure spend away! I have not personally sunk any money in this game as I am totally against this (if you haven’t picked up on that yet), so I am unable to answer if you get good rewards by doing so. Perhaps other readers can chime in on this subject?
As with any game, if you find it enjoyable, I would always recommend sinkin’ some of dat papuh into it. But, keep in mind, this game can get redundant. So, if I was a hardcore gamer, I would find it hard to sink money into it simply because I would want to spend my money on a game that could keep my attention for months on end.
Due to this, I give this hot topic a 3/5 balls.
In conclusion, this game was much appreciated by this gamer. It was simple, easy to learn, the mechanics were solid (no noticeable glitches or server issues), and fun to play as different super heroes and kick ass! It is a bit redundant and repetitive, but if you are looking for a casual game to play and not a game that you can burn the midnight oil on, then Marvel: Contest of Champions is a game I would definitely recommend! To be fair, the controls could arguably be over-simplified and a bit of uniqueness among characters could be appreciated. So, for these reasons, this app gets a grand total of 18 out of 25 balls.