My least favorite moment in the history section of free Black Panther: War for Wakanda extension to Marvel’s Avengers is when the rest of the Avengers show up. Until then, it’s the T’Challa and Shuri show, and it’s perfect.
Far from the new king we know from the Marvel movie universe, Marvel Avengers‘Black Panther is some years into his reign. He escaped his father’s shadow and formed into his own version of the panther king. He is worshiped and respected by his people, he is not afraid to lean on his family for guidance, and he has full faith in power and sovereignty in Wakanda.
So when Ulysses Klaue shows up at his doorstep with an army of mercenaries eager to drain Wakanda of its precious vibranium, T’Challa does not run to turn on the Avengers signal … he takes care of business on his own. The expansion’s opening mission is a solo Black Panther joint as the king runs through the jungle, solving challenging puzzles to unlock ancient temples and using his defensive heavy pull set to take out Klaue’s mercenaries, some of the game’s first brand new enemies since its launch. late last year.
As a fighter, Black Panther is extremely technical. His core abilities involve blocking and pairing to store kinetic energy in his suit. This energy can be used to drive special abilities, such as a blow that pushes all enemies away and increases the damaged damage. You can also use it to start normal movements, giving them a little extra power. His special attacks include a spear that can pinch up to three enemies, Kimoyo beads that seek out enemies and do stun damage while reducing impact resistance, and his ultimate, which summons Bast’s power to buff damage and defense and use kinetic forces without consume energy.
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I admit I died a few times before I got a handle on the Panthers’ powers. I’ve been waiting for the character for so long I just wanted to get mad. There is room for random flail here, but not much. Pairing is hugely important, especially in the first boss fight against B-lists Crossbones, so use weaker enemies as an exercise. Use T’Challa’s skills effectively and he will be a strong addition to your team.
Eh, the team. The Avengers are allowed to enter Wakanda at Shuri’s command, but they’re not here to lend a hand. The expansion writers, one of whom is former Kotaku the author became cartoonist Evan Narcisse, has gone to great lengths to ensure that this episode is not about the Avengers saving the day. Instead, Cap, Tony, and friends show up to ask T’Challa for help. Corrupt vibranium is popping up around the world, and they need the world’s leading expert on foreign metal to make heads or tails out of what’s going on. Wakanda does not send out emergency signals. Wakanda answers them.
After briefly taking control of Captain America for a tour of the new Wakanda Base, a beautiful blend of ancient history and modern technology, the rest of the Avengers are just awkward, while T’Challa puts the rest of the history of expansion in motion. It’s almost like they do not belong here and they feel a little awkward about it, which is good.
Lush new jungle lying aside, the rest of the expansion story plays as any fan of the game can expect. The Black Panther and any Avengers you notice run through the jungle from lens to lens, removing the powers of Klaues and his employers, AIM, while the villains try to infiltrate Wakanda’s powerful defenses. It all leads to a magnificent confrontation with Klaue undergoing a transformation to make him more of his pure sound cartoon counterpart.
When the final battle is over, we get an epilogue that fans of the Black Panther (and his supporting role) will absolutely love. Then ol BP runs with Avengers to take part in their match against AIM, and we are quickly reminded that this is still Marvel’s Avengers and not a brand new game with T’Challa, in which the Avengers only appear as special guest stars. Pity.
That War for Wakanda storyline only takes two or three hours to play through, which is on par with the associated story content for the two Hawkeyes, but it feels so much richer than the previous additions. Wakanda is its own lush world, one that could easily be the setting for a full game. Black Panther is a compelling character both in and out of battle. And as a special added bonus, he does not use a cursed bow and arrow. Almost makes up for his lack of a tail.
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That said, Black Panther and War for Wakanda expansion does not change magic Marvel’s Avengers for a better game. When it’s over, we’re back to the same old gate, only with a new friend in tow. However, it is nice while it lasts.