Warner Bros looks to give Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros series a run for its money with its new button-smashing platform fighter MultiVersus. Developed by Player First Games, MultiVersus boasts legendary characters from Warner Bros’s endless roster of top-tier animation and live-action properties, including Batman, Shaggy, and even Lebron James. It’s chaotic and brutal and makes you both nostalgic and excited for crossovers you never thought possible. Still, the real question I’m sure everybody wants to know is if MultiVersus is worth picking up.
The premise of MultiVersus is simple. It’s a competitive platform fighter that offers one-on-one, two-on-two, or free-for-all gameplay across different stages. You can try to beat your opponent using each character’s unique skillset and weaponry, like Batman’s bat bombs or Shaggy’s rage ability. In addition to out-strategizing your opponent you can also attempt to knock them out of the boundaries of the stage space. Although the concept of MultiVersus has been done in other Smash clones like Brawlhala or Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, MultiVersus does offer up a fresh take on the genre with its variety of unique characters that fans will be excited to use from various WB properties, including Arya from Game of Thrones, Tom and Jerry, The Iron Giant and recent additions the Gremlins and Black Adam.
Before you can punch the Tazmania Devil in the face using Arya Stark, know that most of the roster of available characters will be locked in the beginning. MultiVersus offers two currency methods to unlock additional characters: gold coins or Gleamium. Gold coins are free, and you earn them from fighting and winning matches, while Gleamium is a premium currency you can purchase. While gold coins are significantly easy to get by simply beating your opponent limb from limb, if you don’t have the patience to do so, Gleamium will help you unlock everything a bit faster.
The gameplay itself takes getting used to as it’s fast and flashy, and you’ll spend more time in the beginning pausing and looking at your controller to figure out all the right button moves to release fury upon your opponent. Once you figure the controls out, then your quest will be to unlock all the characters.
MultiVersus does have a significantly low amount of available characters for my taste, but never fear, as there are reported leaks of plenty more characters to come, like The Joker, Scooby Doo, Fred Flinstone, and many others. In the meantime, there’s enough of a lineup to keep most gamers happy. Another nerdy tidbit that’ll get people thrilled is that a few of the characters are voiced by the actors who have played them, like Matthew Lillard as Shaggy, Maise Williams as Arya Stark, and Kevin Conroy as Batman.
If you’re not sold on MultiVersus, you can always give it a go for free, as the game is free-to-play with the option to purchase in-game add-ons like Gleamium, costumes, and other awesome items. On top of that, MultiVersus has full cross-play and cross-progression support across Xbox consoles, PlayStation consoles, and PC. That means, as far as online gameplay is concerned, you’ll link up faster to play against other people, and playing with your friends will be a breeze. I didn’t experience any connectivity issues while playing the game online. The load times were swift and my connections were all smooth sailing when battling other fighters.
MultiVersus is hours of fun and laughs for the whole family. Online gameplay is a feature gamers will love as you never have to wait long for a challenge. It’s got a strong foundation, and with a few tweaks, additional backgrounds, and character settings, MultiVersus has the potential to be around for a long time. It’s a game worth picking up, and I can’t wait to see the many characters Player First adds down the line.
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