Surprisingly, Marvel’s Midnight Suns has been out since December 2nd but there weren’t a lot of people sold on the game. Despite the fact I’m a massive Marvel fan, I was on the same side. I didn’t care for this the moment I saw the gameplay relied on a “card” system. It looked poor. I see these posts on Reddit all of the time, questioning whether or not the game is worth it. This is my own mini-review and opinions on whether or not it’s worth it.
I bought the game on offer for £47. I’m off from my normal day job for 2 weeks and figured I needed something to play. I was torn between this and Dying Light 2. After some back and forth, some reviews, and some YouTube videos I decided to pull the trigger.
Right into the game, you’re able to play with Iron Man and Doctor Strange before your character (Hunter) wakes up and you begin using him/her. It throws you right into the story with a cascade of characters to choose from on your missions. Here are all of the playable characters. Please note, this will contain spoilers;
- Iron Man
- Doctor Strange
- Nico Minoru
- Ghost Rider
- Scarlet Witch
- Captain America
Deadpool is also right around the corner as a playable character.
As you can see by that list, you have a wide range of characters to play with. You don’t always have to use your created character as well on side missions if you don’t want to.
My major issue with the game is the fact you can only use 3 of the heroes in a single mission and can only play 3 cards per turn(unless you knock an enemy out with a quick strike). I wouldn’t have minded an upgrade to use 4 characters and maybe upgrade the number of cards you can play per turn. After all, the enemies get stronger as the game goes on so this is something I would have liked to see in the game. The graphics are also a bit poor for a game on next-generation consoles and PC released in 2022, but it doesn’t take you long to forget about them.
However, despite those negatives, some of the characters are just super fun to play with. I loved Spider-Man and Wolverine the most. I also love the fact the game isn’t just “battles” all of the time. You need to spend time with the characters to grow friendship levels. Once maxed, you unlock a challenge where you can unlock their Midnight Suns suit and a powerful card.
Some people may find this tedious and it can be to some extent but it’s still enjoyable. I do wish there was an ability to have romantic relationships among the group as well. You do bond well with them. Yes, the dialogue is a bit cringe but if you’re a fan of comics anyway, this shouldn’t bother you. It’s not as dark as the trailers suggested, it’s actually a lot more light-hearted.
The story is enjoyable. I really loved the aspect of the villains that consisted of Venom and Crossbones, plus others including Lilith.
All in all, my first playthrough lasted around 35 hours and that wasn’t doing a lot of the side stuff around the Abbey. I have now decided to go into New Game+ in order to get the platinum trophy.
Obviously, this article isn’t a huge review. It’s more of a mini-review answering the question of whether or not the game is worth it. It is. Don’t let the card system sway you. It’s so much fun. There is a learning curve but after around 2-3 hours you know exactly what cards are better to use within the battles, what enemies to focus on first, etc.
If I gave the game a chance on day one and spent £70 on this, I would have been happy with the return on time investment. It’s a very strategic game that requires you to debate on what you’re going to do as it can go so horribly wrong so quickly. Now it’s not for everyone. If you like Xcom plus comics, this game will fit right into what you’re looking for.
It’s different from Xcom in terms of the cards but it’s still turn-based and whatnot. Either way, I love this game and I am more than happy to have been proved wrong with this. I have provided a rating below which you can scroll down to see. If you are reading this article on AMP, it won’t appear. Please click at the bottom to see the full article.
Here’s the trailer if you haven’t had a chance to see it yet;