The internet can be a merciless place. For all the hype and goodwill an incredible reveal can generate from fans, if there's something not quite right about a game or its trailer, the mood can turn very quickly. Square Enix's upcoming Avengers game isn't coming to Switch, but its E3 reveal trailer has arguably given Switch exclusive Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order an unexpected boost in credibility with fans.
Despite impressing with other aspects of its visuals and God of War-style gameplay, the internet seems to be hung up on the fact that Square didn't pay for the likeness rights of the Marvel Cinematic Universe actors. Consequently, instead of the incomparable Robert Downey Jr., Scarlet Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Chris' Evans and Hemsworth and the rest of the Hollywood super troupe, developers Crystal Dynamics are delivering what gamers are uncharitably calling the 'stunt doubles'. Case in point:
If we compare this - as some posters on ResetEra have been - to the comic book-inspired, stylised depictions appearing in the Team Ninja-developed Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, the Switch game comes off looking more authentic, despite not having the tech muscle of the more powerful systems:
As you might expect, Twitter hasn't been kind to Square Enix's offering:
It's arguably an interesting instance of Switch's limited specs working for it. The cel-shaded aesthetic comes across as a much more authentic take on the comic book characters even though it's still obviously taking inspiration from their MCU incarnations. The Switch game also benefits from being able to include a wider range of characters; Spider-Man, Hawkeye, Wolverine and the X-Men, Deadpool... the list goes on.
It remains to be seen how the Crystal Dynamics game actually plays, but first impressions count for a lot and it seems that Square's misfortune is Nintendo's gain. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is out on 19th July and we'll hopefully get some hands-on time with at E3 over the next couple of days, so keep an eye out for some hot takes.
Do you think the characters on Switch look better than their counterparts in Square's bigger budget version? Would not having the actors' likenesses affect your enjoyment? Let us know below.