Marvel's Midnight Suns is shaping up to be a very interesting spin on superhero games. While most major adaptations of the comic book vigilantes tend to be third-person action adventures, developer Firaxis is taking a fresh view. As you can see in the above gameplay video from Game Informer, it's closer to a turn-based RPG, with your available moves represented by cards.
Now, cards and deck-building tend to turn people away, but it looks to work pretty effectively here. Instead of a fixed set of commands for each character, Midnight Suns gives you a randomly drawn hand of cards, meaning you'll need to be adaptable and think on your feet to overcome the baddies. Each hero brings different opportunities; Spider-Man can web up enemies to stop them from moving for a turn, while Magik can send bad guys flying through portals. It looks like you will be able to come up with some great combinations of abilities, depending on who joins you in battle.
The studio is known for the most recent XCOM games, but this is looking to be a departure from that formula too. There's no cover — although plenty of environmental objects to take advantage of — and you can't move every character in a turn, while all attacks will always land — no percentages here. It looks to have a lot of potential while also being more accessible for casual Marvel fans.
What's more interesting is Game Informer's discussion about the Abbey, the hub you visit between missions. You play as a new hero, The Hunter, and you will be able to build relationships with whichever characters you like by spending time with them. It sounds like there's lots to do in this hub area, with some parts locked off until you have the requisite powers unlocked. Watch the whole video above, as there's much more info in there.
We're pretty impressed by what we're hearing about this game, but what about you? How are you feeling about Marvel's Midnight Suns after seeing this gameplay? Tell us in the comments section below.
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