MultiVersus: The fighting game that beats Super Smash Bros. ?

Impossible to talk about multiplayer fighting games without mentioning Super Smash Bros. Ultimately. Challengers presented themselves to him, some better than others, without ever succeeding in ousting him. In 2022, it’s MultiVersus’ turn to step into the ring, but can he claim the title as champion?

Summary

  • History
  • Graphics
  • Gameplay
  • Contents
  • Free to play
  • Conclusion

History

Fighting games that rely on a story state worthy of the name are rare, very rare. There is, of course, NetherRealm, which is an exception with the Mortal Kombat and Injustice sagas, but that’s just about it. MultiVersus has decided to completely leave the narrative aspect aside to focus on the match and only the match. The studies responsible for the project do not even, or almost, justify the meeting between the members of the Justice League, Looney Tunes and all the other characters present in the MultiVersus list.

In summary, the icons for Warner Bros. being teleported into arenas to compete and … Voila! it may seem easily presented that way, but it makes the coffee, and that’s the most important thing. Fans of different universes will be happy to learn it some actors and actresses repeat their roles here, but only for the English voices. Thus, Maisie Williams once again lends her voice to Arya Stark from Game of Thrones, while Kevin Conroy wears the costume of Dark Knight. He was the interpreter of Gotham’s vigilante in the animated series Batman: The Animated Series from 1992 … the one that was the origin of the character Harley Quinn who was also present in the game … The circle is complete!


Graphics

What do DC Comics, Looney Tunes, Scooby-Doo, Steven Universe and Game of Thrones have in common? Nothing … other than the fact that these franchises are all owned by Warner Bros. Merging so many universes, thematically and visually very distant, is not easy. Manga fans still painfully remember the artistic direction of a certain Jump Force, which was not unanimous, and that is the least we can do.

MultiVersus takes a diametrically opposite direction when it comes to its graphics. AD could be called “cartoon 3D” and it fits perfectly with the whole cast and even arenas. The care given to the characters who retain their specifics and their qualities is to be commended. Even a faceless person like Arya Stark, whose pictures have been completely reworked unlike Bugs Bunny or even Finn the Human, is doing well.

Technically, there is nothing to complain about. Even on older generation consoles (we played on PlayStation 4 Pro), MultiVersus keeps itself. Player First Games’ games are always fluid once in the arena, which is important for a Platform Fighter. The same goes for the network code, which seems robust at the moment, as well as the matchmaking, which is smooth. Finding players only takes a few seconds, or at worst even tens of thousands of seconds.

MultiVersus: The fighting game that beats Super Smash Bros.  ?

Gameplay

Now let’s get started, because a fighting game is first and foremost judged on its matches. MultiVersus is obviously inspired by the master of things … Super Smash Bros. Ultimately. Nintendo fans will be on familiar ground here. The game from Warner Bros. takes up the basics of the genre, Platform Fighter. To put it simply, multiple players compete in an enclosed 2D arena with the aim of pushing the other fighters out of it by inflicting damage on them. The higher the damage meter, the easier the draft will be.

MultiVersus, like its famous model, is addicted nervous confrontations, instantly funny and accessible to as many people as possible, although it will also be technical … provided you master all the subtleties. This fighting game focuses on teamwork and collaboration. Each character has attacks and “moves” that are specially designed for this purpose. Sammy heals. Wonder Woman saves her from bouncing with her whip. Batman hides his allies in the smoke. Etc. After all, we face classic but effective, with simple and special attacks, dodges, jumps. In short, Platform Fighter in good and proper shape!

Player First Games also adds and “RPG” overlay to the basic formula by integrating a progression system both for the player and for the various characters on the playlist. By winning XP and therefore going up in level, the maximum currently is 15, each fighter unlocks various items and especially Assets. These are passive bonuses that significantly improve the characteristics of the said fighter and / or his teammates. with the risk of creating an imbalance between the players! As for the “Player” profile, its rise in power translates into mainly cosmetic and / or monetary rewards, but we’ll talk about the economic model well in advance.

MultiVersus: The fighting game that beats Super Smash Bros.  ?

Contents

It will be difficult for MultiVersus to compete with the 89 fighters from Super Smash Bros. Ultimately. Warner Bros. certainly has dozens and dozens of characters in stock, but only a handful of them have been announced so far. However, it must be acknowledged the 16 fighters have their own style made from 100% unique combinations and other attacks. The intergenerational list draws from a wide variety of universes, including DC, Looney Tunes, Game of Thrones, Scooby-Doo, Adventure Time, Steven Universe, and The Iron Giant.

Players can choose from Batman, Harley Quinn, Superman, Wonder Woman, Bugs Bunny, Tom & Jerry, Taz, Arya Stark, Sammy, Vera, Finn the Human, Jake the Dog, Garnet, Steven Universe, The Iron Giant and Reindeer Dog. The latter character is an original creation of Player First Games. There are even varieties, otherwise purely cosmetic skins, for the fighters I just mentioned. For example, Batman can swap his emblematic costume for a samurai armor that exudes class. Note that the studies have promised additions of grades without specifying which and the release rate.

We could also dwell on the various arenas available to players. They are currently 6 in number and allow you to explore the Batcave, the haunted Scooby-Doo Mansion, the TROPHY ROOM, the laboratory and finally the house tree. MultiVersus, as the name suggests, gives multi an honor. The offered game modes therefore go in this direction classic 1v1 and Everyone For Self as well as 2v2 and Co-op vs AI. In addition, personal games and eventually Le Labo will train and perfect your technique.

You would have understood that MultiVersus does not offer a single player mode per se., but just a “with bots” version of the modes we just listed, just to offer a “solo” option. Moreover, the absence of true local multiplayer should be noted under this Private Alpha. This should be temporary, at least hopefully. A fighting game, and especially a Platform Fighter, without offline multiplayer would be total nonsense for many players. Finally about the online features, played by Warner Bros. is cross play and cross rescue which allows you to meet the entire community regardless of media and to move from one platform to another without losing your progress.

MultiVersus: The fighting game that beats Super Smash Bros.  ?

Free to play

MultiVersus is and Free-to-Play. That means microtransactions and a host of features designed to entice players to spend their euros. The principle of reward is at the heart of the experience that Player First Games envisions. The more you play, the more you are rewarded. Players thus gain items and earn GOLD by fighting, leveling up and completing various “missions” or goals. They even eventually unlock new characters by using the hard-earned GOLD. Anyway, the heart of the economic model for this fighting game lies in Battle Pass.

This concept, which is familiar to players, encourages them to take up challenges, here called “season levels” in order to pass the 50 levels and thus receive the related rewards (s). The fact is that Battle Pass comes in two variants, one free and the other Premium and therefore paid. The second option, whose price needs to be determined, allows you to get better quality items and especially new skins like Batman samurai. On paper, nothing forces players to spend a penny, and so can the Free to Play approach allow everyone to try the experience. It could also have the opposite effect and repel fans of the genre.

MultiVersus: The fighting game that beats Super Smash Bros.  ?

Conclusion

MultiVersus has arguments to make and boasts of offering a fun, solid and accessible experience for everyone. Will that be enough to overtake the Super Smash Bros. champion? Ultimately? Hard to know as it stands.


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