Avengers Initiative Review
- Weighty and occasionally unpredictable combat; feels like a real clash of the titans.
- Multiple paths and scaling enemies; makes grinding feel less repetitive, especially if you can find a bonus area.
- Clean, yet detailed designs; as though the characters walked off a comic.
- Hard to beat that sense of deja-vu; relatively minor innovations with the gameplay.
Avengers Initiative may take its cues directly from Infinity Blade, but if this is just the beginning we can expect a lot of fun times ahead.
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With all the recent buzz of Unreal powered titles, you’d be forgiven for thinking Avengers Initiative is packing this powerful engine beneath its gorgeous exterior. You’d be wrong, though it’s one of the few things the title hasn’t borrowed from the inspirational Infinity Blade. From the swipe-based combat to the level-grinding repetition, it’s Chair Entertainment’s classic in a nutshell, but it’s the small details that help it to stand on its own sturdy, green feet.
Who better to take out the monstrous rogues-gallery of minions and villains than the Hulk-ster himself? Actually it could have been anyone from The Avengers, but there’s something satisfying about smacking a Skrull upside the head with two fists instead of some super-powered weapon.
In fact, reducing the combat to melee strikes gives the game a far more unpredictable feel to its combat, something veterans of the genre should enjoy as counter-blows and dodging becomes second-nature and feels all-too-easy at times.
Whether you side-step, block, counter or parry blows, the end result is a vulnerable enemy that you can whale-on with combo attacks or the occasional ‘Rage’ ability (including a handy life-leeching attack to save you from chewing up precious health packs).
Leveling up allows you to distribute a variety of stat points, while ISO-8 (the game’s version of currency) can be used to upgrade abilities, purchase augments to improve your base stats, and unlock various outfits that provide set bonuses such as improved drop rates and rage generation.
Taking out villains such as Wendigo, Zzzax and Abomination is just the beginning (in fact, should you fail to defeat Abomination, you’ll have to repeat the earlier levels again), but there’s plenty of spare ISO-8 and experience to soak up to give you an edge on your repeat attempts.
Hopefully the rumor of this being only the first chapter in a series is true as the game does feel devoid of objectives once the big-bads are put away, but thumping bad-guys as Hulk rarely feels tiresome and is definitely worth experiencing for yourself.
DescriptionFor the initial download, please note:
• A WiFi connection is highly recommended for faster download.
• Due to the size of the game, please ensure you have approximately 1.6GB of storage space (some devices might require more) and expect longer than usual downloading time.
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"IGN People's Choice Award" - IGN
"The Best Touch-Screen Brawler released this year" - IGN
"One of the Best Fighting Adventure Games on the App Store" - Mojodo
"4 out of 4 - Must Have" - Slide To Play
Level up, gear up, and fight as CAPTAIN AMERICA or HULK in the latest installment of Marvel’s episodic series built exclusively for touch screen devices. Track down and defeat some of the world’s most notorious villains and help THE AVENGERS pull the world back from the brink of catastrophe.
Episode 2: As HULK rounds up escapees from The Vault breakout, Nick Fury briefs CAPTAIN AMERICA on a top secret mission: S.H.I.E.L.D. security has been compromised by an unknown traitor and Cap must ferret out the mole to find out who or what is behind this dangerous new threat. Cap takes the fight to an ambushing HYDRA Helicarrier and faces a merciless rival.
Episode 1: In the wake of The Pulse, The Vault, a top-secret S.H.I.E.L.D. facility in the Rocky Mountains, has busted open, releasing all of the super-powered criminals and monsters imprisoned there. Aboard the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, Nick Fury recruits a reluctant HULK to round up all the monsters he can while S.H.I.E.L.D. can assemble the rest of THE AVENGERS to figure out who opened the doors to The Vault -- and why.
Experience raw, SUPER-POWERED COMBAT with blazingly responsive swipe, attack, and combo controls in a complete gesture based action game.
Stunning HD Visuals
Battle huge BOSS-SIZED enemies, experience amazing special effects, and visit incredible and icon Marvel locations.
FULLY CUSTOMIZE Hulk and Captain America to play the way you want to play. Acquire exclusive costumes, unlock incredible super-powered abilities, discover explosive augmentations, and upgrade the combat stats of Hulk and Captain America.
Marvel’s CROSS-OVER MOBILE GAMING EVENT continues with updates, scheduled events, and anticipated character reveals, setting a new standard for mobile gaming.
Marvel XP is now featured in Avengers Initiative and newly optimized for touch screen devices! Marvel XP is a FREE LIVE SERVICE that TRACKS YOUR PROGRESS, REWARDS YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS, and helps you experience Marvel on a whole new level across multiple games, including Avengers Alliance on Facebook. REGISTER NOW to unlock awards, character dossiers, and other bonus content exclusive to the Marvel XP community.
What's New in Version 1.05- Optimized for iPad mini and iPad Retina display
- Added support for iPhone 5 resolution
- Captain America now fully playable, improve your skills with Captain America's agile takedowns and tactical shield attacks
- Fight aboard the Hydracarrier against Taskmaster and the forces of Hydra.
- Go up against Hydra War Drones, Skrull, Hydra Brutes, and Taskmaster himself.
- Added new Hulk costumes, including Mr. Fixit
- Added new Captain America costumes, including WWII Super Soldier
- Added Russian language support
- Unlock new Marvel XP audio logs including Mockingbird's undercover mission and new Captain America Awards
- Fixed Verizon iPhone 4 framerate bug
- General bug fixes