• November 29, 2021

War For Wakanda is the best Marvel Avengers downloadable content

A screenshot of Black Panther in Marvel's Avengers in which T'Challa poses against a snowy mountain.  .

T’Challa examines his kingdom.
Screenshot: Square Enix / Kotaku

My least favorite moment in the free part of history Black Panther: War for Wakanda expansion for Marvel Avengers This is when the rest of the Avengers appear. Until then it’s the T’Challa and Shuri show, and it’s perfect.

Far from the fledgling king we know from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers Marvel‘Black Panther has been in his reign for a few years. He has escaped from his father’s shadow, transforming into his own version of the panther king. His people adore and respect him, are not afraid to lean on his family for guidance, and have absolute faith in the power and sovereignty of Wakanda.

So when Ulysses Klaue shows up at his doorstep with an army of mercenaries, eager to drain Wakanda of his precious vibranium, T’Challa doesn’t run to turn on the Avengers signal … he takes care of matters on his own. The expansion’s opening mission is a solo Black Panther ensemble as the king races through the jungle, solving challenging puzzles to unlock ancient temples, and using his defense move set to eliminate Klaue’s mercenaries, some of the first. truly new enemies to the game since its launch. late last year.

Black Panther attacks a mercenary in Marvel's Avengers War for Wakanda.

It’s nice to have new guys to hit.
Screenshot: Square enix

As a fighter, Black Panther is very technical. His basic abilities involve blocking and parrying to store kinetic energy in his suit. This energy can be used to empower special abilities, such as a percussive blast that knocks all enemies away and increases damage dealt. You can also use it to boost normal movements, giving them a bit of extra power. His special attacks include a spear that can immobilize up to three enemies, Kimoyo beads that seek out enemies and deal stun damage while reducing impact resistance, and his last one, which summons Bast’s power to enhance damage and defense and use powers. kinetic without consuming energy.

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I admit it, I died several times before mastering Panther’s powers. I’ve been waiting for the character so long that I just wanted to go crazy. There’s room for random hits here, but not much. Parrying is very important, especially in the first boss battle against B-lister Crossbones, so use weaker enemies for practice. Use T’Challa’s abilities effectively and he will be a powerful addition to your team.

A screenshot from the War for Wakanda expansion for Marvel's Avengers with T'Challa in front and Tony and Cap in the blurred background.

This is not your story, Cap and Tony.
Screenshot: Square Enix / Kotaku

Hey, the team. The Avengers can enter Wakanda at Shuri’s urging, but they are not here to lend a hand. The expansion writers, one of whom is the former Kotaku Writer-turned-comic book author Evan Narcisse has done his best to make sure this episode isn’t about the Avengers saving the day. Instead, Cap, Tony, and their friends show up to ask T’Challa for help. Corrupted vibranium is showing up all over the world, and they need the world’s foremost expert on alien metal to know what’s going on. Wakanda does not send distress signals. Wakanda responds to them.

After briefly taking control of Captain America for a tour of Wakanda’s new base of operations, which is a magnificent mix of ancient history and modern technology, the rest of the Avengers simply stand awkwardly while T’Challa sets up the rest. of expansion. history in motion. It’s almost like they don’t belong here and they feel a bit uncomfortable about it, which is good.

A lush new jungle aside, the rest of the expansion’s story unfolds as any fan of the game could hope for. The Black Panther and the Avengers you let go run through the jungle from target to target, eliminating the forces of Klaue and his employers, AIM, as the villains attempt to infiltrate Wakanda’s mighty defenses. It all leads to a major confrontation with Klaue, who undergoes a transformation to make him more like his pure comic book counterpart.

A screenshot of the Avengers fighting Klaue in the War for Wakanda expansion.

Klaue, in all his purple and red splendor.
Screenshot: Square enix

Once the final battle is over, we get an epilogue that Black Panther fans (and its supporting cast) will absolutely adore. Then old BP runs off with the Avengers to join their battle against AIM, and they quickly remind us that this is still Marvel Avengers and not a new game starring T’Challa in which the Avengers only appear as special guest stars. Pain.

The War for Wakanda The story only takes two to three hours to play, which is on par with the content of the accompanying story. for the two hawk eyes, but it feels much richer than the previous additions. Wakanda is its own lush world, one that could easily be the setting for an entire game. Black Panther is a compelling character both in and out of battle. And as a special added bonus, he doesn’t use a damn bow and arrow. It almost makes up for its lack of a tail.

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That said, Black Panther and the War for Wakanda expansion does not magically transform Marvel Avengers in a better game. Once it’s over, we go back to the same old routine, only with a new friend in tow. However, it is nice while it lasts.

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