(Rating System: There are five categories that each receive a rating of one through five with one being the lowest possible score and five being the highest possible score. At the end, the scores of each of the five sections are compiled together to create an overall score for the game.)
Marvel Future Fight is a mobile game published by Netmarble Games. Players have access to both heroes and villains from the Marvel universe. They are able to develop characters and build teams to play in a variety of different Player versus Environment (PvE) and Player versus Player (PvP) game modes. They can master skills, upgrade gear, collect new characters, and build their own unstoppable force of superheroes.
Fun Factor (Score: 4/5)
Marvel Future Fight was released on April 30th, 2015. I started the game very early and quickly got hooked by their depiction of the Marvel universe. If you are familiar with Marvel at all, you’ll instantly recognize both heroes and villains in the game that you can collect and fight.
I love the character collecting and building aspect to the game. Once you’ve passed the introductory lessons to playing the game, you can start to look for and collect your favorite superheroes and supervillains. You’ll be able to see all of the available characters in the game and you can embark on missions to collect them. There were a ton of characters that I remembered and instantly wanted to collect, as well as numerous characters that I had forgotten about or was unfamiliar with.
One of the huge things that I enjoy about the game is that there are both PvE and PvP aspects to it. If you’re the type of player that is just there to collect your favorite characters but you’re not really into fighting other players, you can focus on that. But if you like to build teams and test your setup against other players, you can do that too.
An aspect that I was a bit disappointed with is the social setup of the game. You can connect with friends and create alliances, but the social aspect to the game seems a little bit dead. There are numeric incentives to join an alliances and fill up your friends list, but I can’t see myself connecting with my real life friends to play the game. It just isn’t that type of game. Hopefully the developers will add things in the future that make playing and working with your friends a benefit and fun.
Control and Gameplay (Score: 4/5)
Starting in the game is fairly easy. They give you a basic tutorial to go through and once you complete it you’ve got a few superheroes and you’re off to the races. There isn’t a way to bypass the tutorial (that I know of) but it is short enough that you can get to the meat of the game fairly quickly.
One of the things that I like about the game is that you can manually control your characters in the game. However, there are also areas in the game that you can allow the game to take control of and play your character for you. I found this to be beneficial on missions that I had already completed. I just let the game control my character and generally it will finish it for me. I think a “real” person will usually beat out the game’s A.I., but if you’re comfortable letting the game play certain missions for you it will typically do an okay job.
The game plays easy on all of the mobile devices I’ve played it on. I haven’t had too much issue with server lag, although little issues do pop up here and there. The most frustrating thing I’ve had happen due to server lag was completing a mission and then having it lag out before I received my reward. This rarely ever happens, but the few times it did was frustrating.
Graphics (Score: 5/5)
The graphics in the game are awesome. I think that the bar was set fairly high in this area because most fans of the Marvel universe are going to expect a lot. The characters look awesome and their powers and skills are very representative of what you would think that they should look like. The “high” setting for graphics truly are awesome. But if your mobile device doesn’t run the game well for some reason, you can always turn them down.
One of the really cool things about the game that I love is that you can acquire different costumes for your characters. They typically bestow different bonuses on your hero or villain, but in addition to the numerical bonuses they also give your characters different looks. Although not every character has different costumes, Netmarble seems to be adding new costumes all the time.
Overall, I think that the graphics are the defining and best feature of the game. The overall look of the characters and even the game menus are outstanding.
Sound (Score: 4/5)
The sound for the game is pretty representative of what you would expect from a solid mobile game. While you are battling, you can listen to the background music and hear the different powers from each character going off. The sound is not required to play the game though. I don’t feel like it gave me any advantage to be able to hear the enemy’s powers going off.
I normally play with the sound to the game off, as I am typically listening to something else while playing the game. I’m not a huge fan of listening to the same background music and same powers going off over and over. I’d rather listen to some music, like Pandora, or a Podcast while I’m playing the game. But that is just my personal preference. With that being said, the overall sound to the game is solid.
Replayability (Score: 4/5)
In the beginning I was really concerned about replayability with the game. I wasn’t even playing that often and I was getting to where I had collected almost all of the characters and leveled them to the soft cap of 40 (at that time). The max level was 50 and I saw higher level accounts that had very few, if any, characters left to get to 50. It really concerned me that hitting the maximum on every character in the game could become a legitimate issue for hardcore players.
However, shortly after that issue came into my mind Netmarble increased the level cap to 60. They also have been periodically adding additional characters into the game to collect. When the movie Guardians of the Galaxy came out, several new characters, new costumes, and new missions were added. The same happened with Ant-Man. They even just recently had a patch where the Agents of Shield television show characters were added into the game along with new costumes and missions.
They’ve definitely set the game up where when a new Marvel movie or television show comes out, they’ll be adding things to the game about that product in a timely manner. I specifically remember the Ant-Man patch being added about two weeks prior to the movie being released. All the players rushed to collect and level their favorite new characters that were added. It was super fun to be a part of that as a player.
So there definitely seems to be a lot of replayability with the game if you are interested in collecting new characters, leveling them up, and playing new missions that are associated with the new products.
They also have been periodically adding additional in-game features, like Team-Up Play, Battleworld, Alliance Battle, and more. So the developers are continually adding different things to the game that appeal to a wide variety of playstyles.
Overall I really like Marvel Future Fight. The game is completely free to play so to enjoy it costs nothing. There are in-app purchases that allow you to acquire in-game currency that let you do numerous things. You can collect your favorite characters faster, purchase energy to play more throughout the day, get power-ups that allow you to level your characters faster or acquire gold quicker, and numerous other things. However, the game is absolutely not a pay to win game (not currently at least).
I think that if you’re a fan of the Marvel universe, you like collecting your favorite Marvel superheroes and supervillains, building them up, and teaming them together, you’ll enjoy this game. Give it a shot and I bet you’ll be happy you did.
(This review is the author’s opinion and only the author’s opinion. I do not use other reviews to influence how I review, nor am I being paid or compensated for this review. If I was paid or compensated in any way, I will tell you…)