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Opinion: Marvel’s Avengers Hawkeye DLC Isn’t Enough

Is Part Two Enough To Warrant Another Season?

 

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Featured in today’s Marvel’s Avengers Wartable blog was an update on Marvel’s Avengers future, but I don’t know if this upcoming update will fix many of the game’s problems. Basically, Marvel’s Avengers was always meant to be a platform to introduce a lot of new MCU characters such as Kamala Khan and Kate Bishop. Yet, exciting as they may be (and arguably the best part of the game thus far), the overall player base has been left mostly unimpressed these past months, which is something that Marvel’s Avengers is trying to fix with their Hawkeye DLC, set for release on March 18th. 

The game was developed by Crystal Dynamics and Eidos-Montreal, and published by Square Enix, Marvel’s Avengers released back in September for PS4, Xbox One, Stadia, and PC. Loved for its campaign but hurt by criticism over its lack of endgame content, the game has released several DLC in hopes of attracting new players, including a Kate Bishop DLC back in December. There is a lot of expectations since the game is now being optimized for the Playstation 5, which is an update that will come free to users who’ve already played the game. Operation Hawkeye: Future Imperfect marks Chapter 2 of Season One of the game. Thus hinting at the possibility for new content so long as the game performs well.

 

Hawkeye’s Future Apocalypse 

 

Operation Hawkeye: Future Imperfect takes place in the future, where the Kree invasion occurred and led to some type of global nuclear disaster. Inspired by the Old Man Hawkeye comic, in this story Clint Barton officially retired and was not there to help fend off the Kree invasion before it was too late. Now trying to make up for it, Future Hawkeye trails Nick Fury across the wastelands in hopes of eventually making things right. 

At a similar point along with two distinct timelines, a young Hawkeye — which we’ve already met in the Kate Bishop tale — goes on a path inspired by the My Life As A Weapon comic. We meet Lucky, Clint’s dog, and then get to see how this Marvel’s Avengers storyline ties together with this future apocalypse.

Surprisingly, the revealed enemy for the story is the Supreme Leader Maestro, who is a character taken out of the Hulk: Future Imperfect storyline. Maestro is like the evil version of the MCU’s Hulk, having both Bruce’s intelligence and the Hulk’s rage.  

After a war with the Kree that scorches the Earth in nuclear fallout, the Hulk, saddened and driven insane by the loss of his friends, absorbs some of Earth’s nuclear radiation. Growing ever more powerful, Hulk takes out every hero and villain, becoming the world’s only survivor, resting on a pile of husks from his defeated enemies.

 

What Makes Clint Different From Kate?

 

Clint’s story takes place in a new region on the War Table, as new villain sectors appear alongside Hawkeye’s Operation much like in Kate Bishop’s Taking AIM. Clint plays like Kate in that he’s an agile melee and ranged combatant, though also slightly different. There’s less focus on quantum teleportation and Clint’s Rhonin character served as more of an inspiration for his melee combat. 

Though similar in ways, Kate’s combat is more focused on closing the gap and utility abilities. By comparison, Barton seems to really have an edge on Kate in terms of his archery. Quickdraw reflexes serve as Barton’s intrinsic defense, allowing him to sidestep and stagger incoming attacks. Atop of this, his deadeye ability allows for focusing damage on a single target unlike Kate’s, which was better utilized as an enemy debuff. 

Barton also comes with a whopping 10 different arrow abilities along with a grappling arrow that works similar to Black Widow’s grappling hook. Clint has Boomerang arrows, Implosion arrows, Tripwire shot arrows, Rocket arrows that send targets flying, and even Pulsar arrows that do AOE (how this and imposition differ, I’m not sure yet). 

Clint’s assault ability sends a hail of arrows that rain on foes from up high. His recovery arrow fires a supportive healing aura in a targeted area. Though it’s really his ultimate, The Hunter’s arrow, that stands out the most as it’s a radar locked bouncing attack arrow that hits for serious damage. If you’ve ever seen Yondu’s Yaka arrow from Guardian’s of the Galaxy, be ready for that. 

 

The Game Is Still More Of The Same

 

 

Even with everything that’s promised, I’m not seeing anything that groundbreaking except for the fact that they’ve optimized a PS5 port. Because while Clint Barton will come with loads of outfits and emotes, I’m not sure that’s going to be enough for the game anymore. Hopefully the villains step it up as the game was lacking in terms of diverse enemies in the Kate Bishop DLC. Though I loved the game and Marvel’s Avengers, I still don’t know if this event can bring in a new audience — which is what the game desperately needs.

If Marvel’s Avengers is going to continue, they need to find a way to raise the player base, as matchmaking is still disappointing almost half a year later. More than anything they need a reason for people to try out this game. Especially if they plan on making profits off their market goods. I think at this point offering the game free on Gamepass and PS Plus might be the only way forward to salvage the game and bring a needed audience. Especially since the only ones who’ll give Clint Barton a chance are the people who are already here.

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A screenplay and comic book writer who grew up on playing everything Blizzard and Final Fantasy, Christian is a part-time entertainment journalist who covers just about everything. He loves attending conventions, meeting fellow creatives, and of course, gaming. You can follow him on Xn_Angeles@twitter.com

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