Few businesses have the variety of well-known and intriguing characters necessary to produce a platform fighter that might compete with Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. series, for example. Warner Bros. is attempting to employ the several film and television studios it owns to achieve this goal with the aid of developer Player First Games, assembling a diverse cast of fan favorites’ that manages to include Harley Quinn, Bugs Bunny, and Shaggy all at once. MultiVersus is bold in its laser emphasis on competitive multiplayer, even though the end result is some hilarious multiplayer game mayhem. Because of this, some of the more laid-back elements are still unfinished, but the emphasis on 2v2 online battles still adds something new to the increasingly saturated genre.
Contrary to the competent but unimpressive Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl from the previous year, MultiVersus has unquestionably received strong backing from the Warner Bros. family and, more crucially, the funding necessary to realise Player First’s ambition. Characters from Steven Universe, The Iron Giant, and even Game of Thrones are among the well-known faces that are accessible to pilot, in addition to the DC superhero trinity of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. The open beta’s initial cast of 17 is a little too small in my opinion, but we our not concerned about it long term because the cast is already scheduled to grow in the upcoming months thanks to the addition of basketball and Space Jam superstar LeBron James and the expected arrival in August of Rick and Morty.
MultiVersus review: About
We our Jake the Dog from Adventure Time, and I’m here at the rim of a Rick and Morty-themed arena. My comrade Arya Stark is nonchalantly snatching Batman’s face while I’m about to beat Scooby-Shaggy Doo’s into a bloody pulp. A few years ago, this would have caused me terrible whiplash, but nowadays, nothing surprises me when tennis player Naomi Osaka is shoving Naruto in Fortnite. Except for the fact that MultiVersus is really rather excellent.
I can assure you that I had no idea either. I wasn’t too interested in the initial unveiling because it seemed like another lame attempt to mimic Smash Bros., and I’m not really a platform fighter gal. Fighting games like Tekken and Soulcalibur that take place in a small, contained 3D arena are much more my style. I didn’t have high hopes going into MultiVersus, but I soon realized that Player First Games had started to construct the foundation for something truly special. You can buy this game from its official website
MultiVersus review: System Requirement
Minimum system requirements:
CPU: Intel Core i5-2300 or AMD FX-8350
RAM: 4 GB RAM
GPU: GeForce GTX 550 Ti or Radeon HD 7770
OS: Windows 10 64-bit
RES: 60 FPS at 720p
Recommended system requirements:
CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 or AMD Ryzen 3 1200
RAM: 8 GB RAM
GPU: GeForce GTX 660 or Radeon R9 270
OS: Windows 10 64-bit
RES: 60 FPS at 1080p
MultiVersus review: Gameplay
We had enough gold from playing the game to buy three of the four trial characters from the previous rotation when the trial character rotation changed after the early access period had expired, with the fourth character arriving just one day later. For the most devoted players, about 10 hours of gaming for four characters might seem good, but it will take about 40 hours to unlock the whole cast, and by then, at least one or two more fighters will have been introduced.
This also doesn’t include the cosmetics that are only available for purchase using Gleamium, such costume variants for the cast, special announcer packs where the game’s characters serve as the match announcer, and more. Add a combat pass with both free and paid tiers, and MultiVersus has significant monetization. While the free-to-play grind in this game isn’t entirely off-putting, more generous in-game gold policies—or the availability to pay in gold or Gleamium for everything—would cushion the blow.
MultiVersus review: Feature
But both its feature set and presentation still leave a lot to be desired. The game inexplicably won’t let three players start a fight without involving an AI bot and currently offers no mechanism for spectators to watch custom bouts. Even if it boasts rollback netcode, some battles have proven to be nearly unplayable due to lag-filled, teleporting characters. Despite drawing from many of WB’s IPs, there are currently a pitiful handful of stages, and many venues are dull and uncomfortable to battle in. With a few notable exceptions, such as the Steven Universe theme, the music is generally unimpressive as well. The new orchestral renditions of well-known tunes like “Come Along with Me” from Adventure Time or the theme from Batman: The Animated Series just can’t match the originals.
MultiVersus review: Performance
You can play in a variety of game settings on MultiVersus, such as 1v1, 2v2, and Free for All, and you can compete against bots, unranked players, or other players. You can also play in local matches or make your own unique matchups. I had trouble with the online battles while using the Wi-Fi connection on the Steam Deck. Unlike the alpha, I no longer got kicked out, however I did encounter some major desynchs that made characters warp around the screen and interfere with my strategies. However, MultiVersus’ performance on a wired connection was faultless. The online play should get better with time because this most recent release is still considered to be an open beta.
MultiVersus review: Character
Super Smash Bros., a series of fighting games created by Nintendo, is a smash hit thanks to its extensive cast of well-known characters that are drawn from other video game properties. Over the years, numerous other developers have made various imitations of the Super Smash Bros. formula, but none of them have really been able to live up to the high standards that Nintendo’s crossover fighting game has set. MultiVersus, the most recent Super Smash Bros. clone, is the closest to the original game yet, and as long as the creators continue to release new material regularly, it should have a promising future.
In MultiVersus, which is similar to Super Smash Bros., the roster is primarily made up of characters from Warner Bros.-owned properties, along with real-life basketball player LeBron James and the original character Reindog. As in Super Smash Bros., each character in MultiVersus has a unique move set and personality traits specific to the series they represent. Similar to Smash, MultiVersus is difficult to master but simple to pick up and play because players are not need to memorize complex button combinations in order to execute impressive attacks.
MultiVersus review: Multiplayer
Few businesses have the variety of well-known and intriguing characters necessary to produce a platform fighter that might compete with Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. series, for example. Warner Bros. is attempting to employ the several film and television studios it owns to achieve this goal with the aid of developer Player First Games, assembling a diverse cast of fan favorite’s that manages to include Harley Quinn, Bugs Bunny, and Shaggy all at once. MultiVersus is bold in its laser emphasis on competitive multiplayer, even though the end result is some hilarious multiplayer mayhem. Because of this, some of the more laid-back elements are still unfinished, but the emphasis on 2v2 online battles still adds something new to the increasingly saturated genre.
MultiVersus review: Final Words
MultiVersus offers a spectacular team-focused twist accompanied by a lovely presentation. It’s already the most promising fighting game inspired by Smash we’ve experienced, but there are still a tonne of issues that will need to be fixed. The need for more female players on the roster, hollow custom games, latency problems, and questionable matchmaking are a few of these.
Now that we’ve spent more than 50 hours playing the game, we’re hoping it’ll be popular enough to justify frequent updates with fresh casts and locations from our favorite’s Warner Bros. movies. Only time will tell if Player First Game is successful in making this the most played fighting game since Super Smash Bros.