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GKick Review: Marvel: Avengers Alliance

Marvel Avengers Alliance | Available Now
PC (Facebook) | Publisher: Playdom, Inc. | Developer: Playdom, Inc.

Normally, we don’t really talk about Facebook games on this site. At least not from a review standpoint. But, one game in particular really stood out to me and I felt it was deserving of a little limelight here on GKick.net. The game is Marvel: Avengers Alliance. The game pits you in the role of an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., the espionage and law enforcement agency fronted by Nick Fury. As an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., you’ll need to form a band of superheroes to help defeat classic foes and wage PVP conflict against other Agents and their teams.

Like all Facebook games, Avengers Alliance is free-to-play with a pay-to-win backbone. In AA, the currency is simple. You can purchase Gold which can be redeemed for various types of in-game currencies or items which will allow you to expand your roster of heroes, buy upgraded items for your Agent, or various supplies and Iso upgrades for you or your heroes’ gear.

The game starts off simple enough, by putting you into basic team-up situations with other heroes as you accomplish different quests and expend your Energy, the artificial limiter the game uses to require you to either pay more to play more or to redeem using in-game gifts. As you progress, your Agent will gain levels as will your hero team, albeit the heroes earn levels at a much slower rate. By completing quests and redeeming rewards, you’ll earn enough currency to buy more heroes and train them to new levels appropriately.

Other parts of the game include a Flight Deck option that lets you ship your heroes off on side quests for a token amount of XP and a bit of silver (the basic game currency) to help you gear up and stock up; a Research mode which unlocks new gear and supplies from the Store at a price; and the true secondary mode of AA: PvP.

The PvP mode in Avengers Alliance uses the same basic combat engine as the missions do, but pit you and your two chosen heroes up against another Agent and their team. This 3-on-3 battle is influenced by the use of items added to your PVP Armory, which can include everything from basic consumables to special PvP items designed around the bonus to offensive and defensive stats. In addition, your roster of heroes - and their levels - also gives your team bonus stats heading into your matches. Depending on your heroes’ classes - Blaster, Bruiser, Scrapper, Infiltrator, or Tactician, the number of heroes you have of each class and their levels, you’ll gain extra base stats to improve your odds even further.

For a Facebook game, Marvel: Avengers Alliance is actually quite fun and surpringly deep. An extra perk is the volume of free gifts you can send and receive from your friends who also play the game, making it very easy to make a lot of progress in any area of the game.

Marvel Avengers Battle for Earth

If you’re after a new super-hero style game to play and you’re also a Marvel fan, this is certainly a game for you.  Marvel Avengers Battle for Earth is the ultimate super hero brawler set in authentic comic book-style art environments base on the iconic Secret Invasion storyline. Battle for Earth provides endless entertainment through a variety of gameplay modes including co-op, campaign, arcade, challenges, versus and and tournament. Fans will enjoy embodying their favourite Marvel super heroes or villains within the game including Avengers Captain America, The Hulk, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Loki.

Developed by Ubisoft, Marvel Avengers Battle for Earth will be released on both Kinect for XBox 360 and Nintendo Wii U for this upcoming seasonal period.

As of yesterday, they revealed the full lineup of Super Heroes and Super Villains for Marvel Avengers Battle for Earth and key art created by Marvel comics artist Stefano Caselli.

Fans of the Avengers and Marvel Comics will get to play as 20 different characters including:

  • Black Widow
  • Captain America
  • Doctor Doom
  • Dr. Strange
  • Hawkeye
  • Human Torch
  • Iceman
  • Iron Man
  • Loki
  • Magneto
  • Phoenix
  • Queen Veranke
  • Scarlet Witch
  • Spider Man
  • Storm
  • Super Skrull
  • The Hulk
  • Thor
  • Venom
  • Wolverine


Movie Review: The Avengers

After gathering up over $200 million in the box office this weekend, I had the opportunity to catch the most highly-anticipated super hero movie ever in The Avengers. Ever since Samuel L. Jackson took on the role of Nick Fury and made his first appearance in the post-credits scene of Iron Man, we’ve all been looking forward to “The Avengers initiative”.

Starring Mr. Jackson, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, and directed by Joss Whedon of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” fame, not only is The Avengers a hugely star-studded affair, but it’s perhaps one of the best super hero movies ever released.

In The Avengers, Loki is preparing to declare war against Earth to reclaim an artifact known as the Tesseract, an item of limitless energy. Loki uses the Tesseract to arrive on Earth and prepare the planet for the arrival of his massive army of Chitauri. In response, Nick Fury begins to rally together the collection of superheroes to complete the Avengers initiative.

The movie, like many superhero stories, is full of action. Avengers, however, takes it a step further. Running a solid two and a half hours, there is barely a moments rest in the film as you follow the formation of the group and their many battles against Loki and his minions.

Even if you’re going into this movie having not seen any or many of the related films (Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk), you will still be able to pick up on the plot and understand the characters pretty quickly. However, seeing those other films will do you a whole lot of good and give you a bit more appreciation for what’s taking place.

Sam Jackson takes on the role of the noble yet elusive Nick Fury very well, despite being one of the few starring “non-heroes” of the story. Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role as Tony Stark with the same wit and comedic timing that made his performance in the first two movies so terriffic. As Captain America, Chris Evans is exciting but there isn’t much time to see much of Cap’s “character” come into play, so he comes off as just a bit stale but still exciting to watch in action.

Mark Ruffalo delivers on his Bruce Banner, taking over for the previous player Edward Norton. While The Hulk itself is a CGI masterwork, Ruffalo still manages to play the role of Bruce Banner with the undercurrent of anger and feeling of helplessness that is key to the role. Jeremy Renner is a bit understated in his role as Hawkeye, but the focus shifts so frequently in this movie that it’s hard to understand much of Renner’s character, but he plays the part of the super-archer very well.

Two personal standouts, in my opinion, were Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Tom Hiddleston as Loki. Johansson’s performance, combined with the writing of her character, goes a long way in removing the typical “emotional woman” stereotype that seems to permeate Hollywood action movies. Her character is clever, brilliant and plays a key role throughout the film and only seems to be “helpless” when face to face with a rampaging Hulk, but so was everyone else.

Hiddleston’s performance as Loki was just as impressive as it was in Thor and the character’s delivery of his powerful lines, the menacing facial features, as well as the few comedic moments here and there (including what is perhaps my favorite scene between Loki and The Hulk), he truly stands out as the villain star of the film.

When it comes down to it, The Avengers is a superhero movie like few before it. Trumped perhaps only by The Dark Knight, The Avengers is full of action and excitement, witty dialogue, stellar acting and a great story. I can’t recommend it enough.

OVERALL RATING: 5 out of 5

And before I go, the most important thing is to remember, like all of the other Avenger-related films, be sure to stay after the credits for two terrific scenes that both wrap the movie up and hint at the sequel. Want a spoiler? Click on the link below and I’ll tell you (SPOILER ALERT!)