What It Is
Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth from Ubisoft is a Super Hero Brawler where players battle each other or the computer as any one of 20 different Marvel characters, including The Avengers. Players create teams of two Marvel characters to face off against someone else in the room or the computer in a tag team-style battle match.
Why It’s Fun
The game uses Kinect for Xbox and all the brawling action is controlled by your movements. There are a few standard actions that will result in the game character launching an attack. Like punching your fist will launch a projectile. Each character also has unique powers and abilities that are unleashed through a series of movements and poses. If you perform the moves correctly, they lead you into an Ultra Attack, which uses the Kinect’s microphone and your voice as you shout the attack’s name.
Every match is tag team-style with two Marvel characters on each team. One player can play against the computer and tag their team members in and out throughout the match, but what really makes this feature fun is playing with multiple people. You can play a two-player game where both players control the two team members, or up to four people can play with each person playing as one of the team members.
As far as Kinect-controlled games go, Battle for Earth is very responsive and it seemed like my game avatar was mimicking my movements at almost every pose. All that moving quickly leads to jumping around and the game provides a great aerobic workout.
Who It’s For
Marvel fans of all ages, especially kids ages 7 to 13, are going to love this one. Parents (and uncles and aunts) who loved The Avengers movie will also enjoy this game, which makes it a great game to play with the kids in their lives.
The game is rated T (Teen) for fantasy violence and mild suggestive themes. We didn’t notice any objectionable content and would say that if you are okay with your child watching The Avengers movie, then you can be sure this game is okay for your kids.
What To Be Aware Of
I played the Xbox Kinect edition of the game for this review, however, it is also available for Wii U. The Wii U edition is the same game with some minor tweaks for the Wii U’s controllers.
While most people will want to jump right into a battle (We did.), it’s definitely a good idea to check out the Training Mode to learn exactly how to fully utilize the moves.
The game has a slightly confusing menu system. After each two-player battle, trying to select “Next” kept putting players back to the “Retry” or “Quit” screen.
There are multiple arenas to battle in plus tons of combinations for creating teams and each character has many unique attacks, abilities and attributes. These factors give single players plenty of reasons to play this game over and over. Getting multiple people to play together adds an additional element of constantly changing game-play and even more reason why this game will probably remain at the top of your game pile for a while.