With absolutely no word on this game ahead of its release, you'd be forgiven for being a bit wary of DC's Justice League: Cosmic Chaos — a sandbox action title aimed squarely at an all-ages audience. But this cutesy take on DC's superheroes is actually pretty good. It's a surprisingly heartfelt release, featuring chunky combat, charming dialogue, and a clear appreciation for DC's storied comic book history.
You play as Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman throughout the whole game, and you can switch between the three heroes at any time. In battle, this lets you string together fun combos and unleash powerful special attacks, each of which are set to a short cooldown. It's basically a streamlined action RPG, but combat's got a satisfyingly punchy feel.
In between encounters with aggressive fish people — monsters summoned by the mischievous Mister Mxyzptlk — you'll spend your time traversing the colourful town of Happy Harbor. Essentially, this is a small open world setting, complete with optional dungeons, quests, and NPCs. The map's size feels just right for what is a ten-or-so hour campaign, and each hero has their own method of faster travel, be it Superman's ability to fly or Wonder Woman using her whip to swing through the streets. You can even hop in a car if you fancy it.
As you progress, you'll steadily level up your team and unlock new abilities. It's never anything too in-depth, but testing out your latest toys is always fun. What's more, you can trade collectibles for additional outfits — many of which are niche throwbacks to very specific comic books. All of these bits and pieces help keep you engaged with what is a fundamentally simple and accessible game.
Given Cosmic Chaos' broad appeal, it's a shame that you can't play through the campaign with a friend or family member. Local co-op is instead locked behind the game's freeform 'Instant Action' mode — a mode that just dumps you into the map with no objectives or guidance. It's better than nothing, but it definitely feels like a missed opportunity.
If you're looking for breezy superhero action that's especially well suited to younger players, then DC's Justice League: Cosmic Chaos is well worth checking out. Full of character and easy to pick up, there's fun to be had in Happy Harbor.
Interesting! I love this type of game so I might buy it even though it looks a bit more kid-oriented.
Is it a good plat?
If anyone's got any questions about this one, let me know and I'll try to answer them.
@AFCC I think the Plat's quite grindy but certainly doable.
How simply charming, I enjoy seeing these kind of releases coming out
Ah shame I was interested up until couch co-op sounding like an afterthought.
@ShogunRok dang it. I hate grindy plats.
@ShogunRok This looks kind of like a DC version of Cat Quest. How similar are the two? I was a huge fan of both Cat Quest games.
I love top down games with cute little character models so I'm in.
I imagine the lack of fanfare and announcements for this game is because it's a kids game. I don't see any kids on this group of websites, although I see plenty of people who act like them. So really what has happened is that a kids game has released, and as soon as the kids have seen it, they are going to ask the parents to get it. No kid will have watched the press conferences thinking "mum, dad, can you please preorder this for me?"
Regardless of that, as I established in the other post about this game, DC doesn't have as good a reputation amongst kids as Marvel does, but it can be argued it's just as good for the kids.
@glassmusic Honestly, it's not far off, I had a similar thought while playing it. If you liked the general structure of Cat Quest I think you'll like this.
@BeerIsAwesome Yeah especially in our kind of more hardcore gaming sphere you're never really going to see much of games like this. Makes me wonder if it'll have ads in kids magazines, comics, toy websites, etc.
Sold! I like to balance my blood and guts with wholesome stuff. I think I'll get this and Postal 4 and play each every day till done.
I like kid's games. I happened to have been one my entire childhood.
@ShogunRok Nice! Thanks for the reply. I’ll likely check this game out once it’s on sale for under $20.
visually speaking, it looks like a budget wii release from 2010 or a generic mobile game. i am in complete disbelief they are asking for $65 for THIS? it has free to play written all over it... WB is on a roll of late with all of its misguided decision making. business as usual i suppose.
@ShogunRok Yeah, that's simply all it is. There is a DC Super Hero Girls game on the Switch that arrived to little fanfare, but the reviews for it are charmingly positive for what it is. Being the general DC fan that I am, I'm curious to check it out one day.
Wait so its just the Trinity and not the whole JL you play as? Lame, if it was the entire team i might have got it.
@glassmusic Same plan here! I suspect this will be easily $25 New by Black Friday.
Good things come to those who are patient .
@WallyWest Three of the other members are 'support' characters who you can temporary summon to fight with you, but that's all.
It looks horrible to me and I love stuff like 8bit games how can something like this have framerate issues.
Digital only? I don't see a physical ps5 version in atores.
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