So the support abilities boost both the player and their teammates, whether they’re other players or AI partners. But where customization comes in is that players can also tailor their heroics to suit their specific needs.
“You can configure those heroics where you can go in and change the way Iron Man’s Arc Reactor beam fires, like, completely differently. Or you can change the way that the god mode sort of works for Thor and you can turn him into a sort of a beacon of health where he’ll sort of channel health to nearby characters for the duration of his god mode.”
These ability customizations are further augmented with gear perks that can add duration to certain skills, or other buffs. And this loop is expanded by the quest design where since levels are fairly open-ended and large, players can farm gear during a mission as a side quest rather than focus on the primary objective. One of the developers, for example, prefers to play Hulk as a ranged support character rather than an up-close melee fighter. This is the kind of playstyle personalization Marvel’s Avengers allows.Marvel’s Avengers is Crystal Dynamics’ take on the popular Marvel superhero team that will include both an ongoing multiplayer component and a story-driven single-player mode. In multiplayer, players can choose to play as one of the confirmed Avengers heroes like Iron Man, while single-player will include additional characters like Ms. Marvel.
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Matt Kim is a reporter for IGN.