MultiVersus: the fighting game that knocks out Super Smash Bros.?

Impossible to talk about multiplayer fighting games without mentioning Super Smash Bros. Ultimo. The challengers presented themselves to him, some better than others, never succeeding in dethroning him. In 2022 it’s up to MultiVersus to step into the ring, but can he claim the title of champion?

Summary

  • History
  • Graphics
  • Game
  • Content
  • Free to play
  • Conclusion

History

Fighting games that rely on a story mode 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 about it. MultiVersus has decided to leave the narrative aspect completely aside to focus on combat and combat only. The studies in charge of the project do not even justify, or almost, the meeting between the members of the Justice League, the Looney Tunes and all the other characters present in the MultiVersus roster.

In summary, the Warner Bros. icons are teleported to the arenas to compete and … Voila! it may look light presented like that, but it makes coffee, and that’s the main thing. Fans of different universes will be happy to find out some actors and actresses reprise their roles here, but only for English voices. Thus, Maisie Williams once again lends her voice to Game of Thrones’ Arya Stark while Kevin Conroy wears the Dark Knight costume. He was the star of the Gotham vigilante in the 1992 Batman: The Animated Series animated series … the one behind the character of Harley Quinn 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. To unite so many universes, thematically and visually very distant, is not easy. Manga fans still painfully remember the art direction of a certain Jump Force that wasn’t unanimous, and that’s the least we can.

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

Technically speaking, nothing to complain about. Even on older generation consoles (we played on PlayStation 4 Pro), MultiVersus holds its own. Player First Games play always runs smoothly once in the arena which is essential for a Platform Fighter. The same goes for netcode which looks robust for the moment as well as matchmaking which is smooth. Finding players takes only seconds, or even tens of seconds at most in the worst case.

MultiVersus: the fighting game that knocks out Super Smash Bros.?

Game

Now let’s get to work because a fighting game is judged mainly on the basis of its fights. MultiVersus is openly inspired by the master of matter … Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Nintendo fans will be on familiar ground here. The Warner Bros. game takes up the fundamentals of the genre, that of the Platform Fighter. To put it simply, several players compete in a closed 2D arena with the aim of expelling other fighters by dealing damage to them. The higher the damage indicator, the easier it will be to expel.

MultiVersus, like its illustrious model, is reliant on nervous confrontations, immediately funny and accessible to as many people as possible, even if he also wants to be technical … as long as you master all the subtleties. This fighting game focuses on teamwork and collaboration. Each character has attacks and “moves” specially designed for this purpose. Sammy heals. Wonder Woman saves her from expelling her with her whip. Batman hides his allies in the smoke. Etc. For the rest, we are faced with classic, but effective, with simple and special attacks, dodges, jumps. In short, Platform Fighter in good and due shape!

Also adds Player First Games an “RPG” overlay. to the basic formula by integrating a progression system for both the player and the different characters on the roster. By earning XP and then leveling up, the maximum currently is 15, each fighter unlocks various items and above all Resources. These are passive bonuses that significantly improve the attributes of said fighter and / or his teammates. at the risk of creating an imbalance between the players! As for the “Player” profile, his increase in power mainly translates into aesthetic and / or monetary rewards, but we’ll talk about the economic model in due course.

MultiVersus: the fighting game that knocks out Super Smash Bros.?

Content

It will be difficult for MultiVersus to compete with the 89 fighters from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Warner Bros. certainly has dozens and dozens of characters in stock, but so far only a handful of them have been announced. However, it should be recognized that the 16 fighters have their own style 100% made up of unique combos and other attacks. The intergenerational roster 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 between Batman, Harley Quinn, Superman, Wonder Woman, Bugs Bunny, Tom & Jerry, Taz, Arya Stark, Sammy, Vera, Finn the Human, Jake the Dog, Garnet, Steven Universe, Le Géant de Fer et Chien-Renne. The last mentioned character is an original creation by Player First Games. There are also variants, otherwise purely aesthetic skins, for the fighters I just mentioned. For example, Batman can swap his emblematic costume for samurai armor that exudes class. Note that the studios have promised additions of characters without specifying which ones and the rate of publication.

We could also focus on the different arenas available to players. Currently they are 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 the place of honor to multi. The game modes offered therefore go in this direction with classic 1v1 and Everyone For Self as well as 2v2 and Co-op vs AI. Added to this are personalized games and finally Le Labo to train and perfect your technique.

You would have understood, MultiVersus does not offer a single player mode per se., but simply a “bot” version of the modalities we have just listed, just to offer a “solo” alternative. More, the absence of true local multiplayer should be noted during 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 on the online features, Warner Bros. game is cross play and cross save which allows you to take on the entire community regardless of medium and move from one platform to another without losing your progress.

MultiVersus: the fighting game that knocks out Super Smash Bros.?

Free to play

MultiVersus is a Free to Play. This means microtransactions and a whole host of features designed to entice players to spend their dollars. The reward principle is here at the heart of the experience imagined by Player First Games. The more you play, the more rewarded you are. Players thus obtain items and earn GOLD by fighting, leveling up and completing various “missions” or objectives. Eventually they also unlock new characters by spending the hard-earned GOLD. However, the heart of the economic model of this fighting game lies in the Battle Pass.

This concept, well known to players, encourages them to take on the challenges, here called “Season Levels” to overcome the 50 levels and thus receive the related rewards. The fact is that the Battle Pass is available in two versions, one free and the other Premium and therefore paid. The second option, the price of which remains to be defined, allows you to obtain better quality objects and above all new skins such as Batman’s samurai. On paper, nothing forces players to spend a dime and the Free to Play approach can allow everyone to experience the experience. It could also have the opposite effect and reject fans of the genre.

MultiVersus: the fighting game that knocks out Super Smash Bros.?

Conclusion

MultiVersus has things to do and can pride itself on offering a fun, solid and accessible experience for all. Will this be enough to overcome the Super Smash Bros. master? Last? Difficult to know how it is.


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