Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League isn’t the sport loads of Arkham followers wished. It’s additionally one more live-service online game, one thing that folk are much less and fewer enthusiastic about with every passing 12 months. And it’s not had nice previews or trailers. However, I’ve loved Rocksteady’s previous video games so much and the concept of enjoying as villains sounded intriguing. So I hoped that the saga of Suicide Squad would conclude with a contented ending the place the sport turned out to be wonderful. Sadly, 12+ hours into Suicide Squad, I’m undecided that’s going to occur.
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This isn’t a full evaluation. As a substitute, I’m simply going to debate how I’m feeling after placing in over 12 hours into Rocksteady’s new co-op shooter starring Harley Quinn, Boomerang, King Shark, and Deadshot. These criminals are actually compelled to try to save Metropolis, the house metropolis of Superman, from an alien invasion led by Brainiac. And actually, I’ve one query for you pricey reader:
Do you want hanging out on rooftops and taking pictures purple enemies and machines? Effectively, excellent news (?) you’ll be doing that so much in Suicide Squad. Whereas there are missions that shake issues up and have massive setpieces and boss fights, the majority of Suicide Squad is made up of missions that boil all the way down to: Go right here, defend or avoid wasting stuff, kill enemies, go away. Generally the missions have variables like “You may solely kill enemies with grenades” or “Solely crucial hits do injury.” However these tweaks simply spotlight how all of those missions really feel so related, even when Rocksteady challenges you to kill stuff in a sure approach.
The narrative of Suicide Squad is strong to date. I benefit from the writing and characterization of the supporting forged. There’s a way, as the sport goes on, that the folks across the squad are studying to belief them—or at the least not see them solely as evil criminals. And the squad learns to belief one another and even grows to love each other in a approach that can really feel very acquainted to anybody who’s watched a James Gunn-scripted superhero flick. All of this is superb. The cutscenes are genuinely humorous and the in-game banter—although it occurs too continuously—is well-written and made me chuckle usually.
However none of that may distract from the truth that more often than not in Suicide Squad you’ll be flying, leaping, or operating round Metropolis rooftops and skyscrapers defending glowing icons or killing purple issues till the sport goes “Okay, that’s sufficient. Mission full!”
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The fight is basically good. That is a number of the best-feeling gunplay in a third-person motion sport since The Division 2. Weapons really feel chunky and lethal. And whenever you lob a grenade or particular assault into a big group of purple-covered freaks they usually all vaporize into injury numbers, goo, and pick-ups, it seems to be, feels, and sounds satisfying as hell. For some, this will likely be sufficient to assist them grind via all of the aspect content material and stage up every member of the squad to their most stage. I’ll even admit that some nights I’ve discovered myself lingering in Suicide Squad, endlessly killing enemies and attacking small outposts on roofs for additional XP and goodies. Killing stuff is enjoyable on this sport. Little question about it.
The issue is that 12+ hours in, I’ve already executed the identical missions again and again. With buddies, that is extra gratifying, as you all can chat about completely different subjects or make jokes throughout the hectic firefights. But, when enjoying alone with AI squadmates, I couldn’t shake the sensation that Suicide Squad has about 5 hours of content material and is padding out its runtime with loads of same-y feeling missions.
For now, I’ll preserve enjoying, partially as a result of it’s my job but additionally as a result of the fight loop continues to be gratifying and the narrative nonetheless has me hooked. I wish to see what occurs subsequent. I wish to see how this ragtag group of losers really saves the day. Nevertheless, I’m undecided how lengthy I’ll stick round as soon as the credit roll on the principle journey, which isn’t signal for a sport that has a year-long roadmap and seasonal updates deliberate.