‘Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth’ Preview

By | 4 years ago 

Following in the footsteps of San Diego Comic Con, Toronto’s Fan Expo 2012 convention is in full swing. After Thursday set things off with celebrity Q&A sessions and the first round of autograph signings, Friday continued with LG’s 3D Gaming Championships, public rounds of PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale for prizes, and more cosplay than you can shake a wand, sonic screwdriver or keyblade at.

We got a chance to take a look at Ubisoft‘s Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth for Kinect – at least until a super special guest arrived to test the game himself (more on that below) – and so far it could be shaping up to be one of the best Kinect titles out there.

The demo allowed for casual players to quickly get in on the action – and features four of the most well-known characters in the Marvel universe: Spider-Man, Hulk, Iron Man, and The Mighty Thor. Gamers can fight against an AI opponent or with a friend using split-screen – obviously the more enjoyable way to play (and watch). Specific Kinect gestures are used and turned into corresponding attacks – translated to each character for their own specific move set. The paralleled gesture mechanic in turn makes the game easier to learn and much more fun to play.

Avengers Battle For Earth Screenshot

Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth has also done well to close the age gap between players, as children and adults can easily enjoy the same game for the same reasons – stepping into the shoes (iron boots, monstrous green feet) of some of their favorite comic book heroes. The Marvel spirit is certainly alive and well in this game, even in the demo stage, and exemplifies the core Kinect principle – bringing players of all ages and experience together.

Of course, when the game is released this fall, gamers won’t be limited to a handful of characters. Marvel and Ubisoft have worked closely to fit twenty of the comic franchise’s best characters for motion control, including the other headlining Avenger, Captain America, as well as fan-favorites like Venom. Utilizing Marvel’s Secret Invasion timeline, there’s bound to be a lot more to see and do in the full game.

While Battle for Earth may live up to fan expectations, there’s really only one okay that Ubisoft needs to hear: that of former Marvel president, Stan Lee. Lee was able to take some time to publicly test out the game – playing as Hulk and taking out other Marvel heroes with smashes and combos.

Check out images of The Hulk Stan Lee below:

What do you think web-slingers and Hulk-smashers? Are you as excited for Battle for Earth as the man himself?

Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth assembles this fall on Xbox 360 with Kinect and the upcoming Wii U.

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