MARVEL AVENGERS: BATTLE FOR EARTH
Amphibious wunderkind Kermit once declared that it’s not easy being
green. But if you’re of verdant hue and built like a nucular-fuelled
brick shithouse it’s not necessarily particularly hard, either. HULK
That’s just one reason why this marvellous bit of Marvel fluff’s
decent, transient fun... Get Bruce Banner’s alter ego typhooned into
an ultra-tizzy and actually yell “HULK SMASH!” at your Kinect and,
well, Hulk smashes. Squeeeeeeeeeeee!
Each character here – name a popular, or even not so popular, Marvel
one and they’re likely on the guest list - has their own shoutable
catchphrase, allowing the super-flying fun smackdown on your hapless
opponent, which could be a Marvel goodie or a Skrull-simulated
goodiebaddie. Those who know the ‘Secret Invasion’ storyline will
get what we mean. Erm, hopefully.
Even if you’ve NFI what we’re on about, this Kinectified
first-person beat ’em up is decent transient fun. But we’ve already
said that. It’s basically last year’s
PowerUp Heroes tweaked,
and with Marvel paint slip-slop-slapped all over, meaning you fight
by standing up and, well, fighting. Jump and duck to avoid hits, and
make all manner of contortions (or just emulate us dancing – forget
button-mashing, it’s body-mashing!), many akin to the hero you’re
inhabiting, to delete your opponent. Chain combos, let loose those
special moves – it’s decent fun. Transiently.
Yes, it becomes repetitive, but most'll plough through the single
player challenges before novelty erodes, while fighting against
others in the same room has more longevity potential.
Kinectimafication’s pretty solid – we found most moves we intended
actually happened, although you need to be on your toeses to
head-off that split second’s lag
Little Marvel fans will dig this more than a desert-bound Digging-est
Dog (do NOT subject children to that you-must-conform-to-be-accepted
hokum, BTW). Many big Marvel fans will be just as keen – just don’t
post any pics webwards of you playing in Lycra, pretty-please?