Marvel Future Revolution preview – I need a hero

Gear up, face some bad guys, kick some ass, and be the hero the multiverse needs you to be

Star Lord without his mask on

Our Verdict

Despite a few teething issues with performance, Marvel Future Revolution is a must play for Marvel fans everywhere. The open world is a joy to explore, and the customisation makes for a personable experience.

I am a long-time Marvel fan. Be it the comics, movies, or video games, anything Marvel-related always grabs my attention. So, it should come as no surprise that Netmarble’s new open-world RPG, Marvel Future Revolution, caught my eye. From day one, since its announcement, I have been keen to get my hands on this mobile game – and finally, I did.

First things first, let me get the most obvious attraction out of the way: the heroes. You can’t have a Marvel game without some of its most prolific characters, and Future Revolution features eight of them: Black Widow, Star-Lord, Iron Man, Captain America, Storm, Captain Marvel, Spider-Man, and Doctor Strange.

The expansive open world is the biggest pull for me. As an RPG fanatic, I have a fondness for vast landscapes that require exploration, and Marvel Future Revolution doesn’t disappoint. There are several environments for you to explore, all of which differ, offering you a different experience in each location. For example, New Stark City is a rich haven filled with tall buildings, whereas Hydra Empire takes you through back alleys, offering a darker environment.

But, the world is not enough. It never is. No, there needs to be a good story, and let’s just say that Marvel Future Revolution begins with a bang. It’s no secret that Tony Stark, AKA Iron Man, is witty, sarcastic, and incredibly charming. So, it seems fair that the game starts with him chatting to Star-Lord, another charismatic personality.

Star-Lord stood in the middle of a street

There are many explosions within the first few minutes, which gives you a good indication of what to expect. However, this isn’t exactly revolutionary. Explosions, guns, action, and combat, is Marvel’s bread and butter.

The story is simple: beat some bad guys, save the day. Except, you’re not just saving the world, you’re saving the multiverse – no pressure, it’s not like there are multiple versions of billions of people relying on you. Given this involves numerous universes, not only do you face villains from your reality, but you need to defeat their counterparts too.

Fortunately, this works both ways. Sure, there’re new versions of multiple villains, but that also means our heroes have alternate versions. So, it’s time to jump between realities and recruit multiple heroes from across the multiverse.

One aspect that makes Marvel Future Revolution standout – apart from its open world – is the customisation. Trust me. You will not meet another hero with the same fashion sense as yours. Your character is unique to you, thanks to the hundreds upon hundreds of customisable options. You may lose a lot of time just choosing how Black Widow is going to look today, though she looks great in pretty much anything.

Black Widow looking out over a ruined city

Furthermore, it’s not just fashion that’s customisable. Each hero has several skills that you can tailor, chopping and changing to suit your playstyle. In addition, there’s a system known as Omega cards, which determine your hero’s stats, so pay attention and equip the ones that best serve your needs.

Related: Check out our Marvel Future Revolution tier list!

If there’s one thing that I can’t wrap my head around, it’s the auto-play feature. Marvel Future Revolution is a vast, open world, action-packed RPG, so why would I want to watch it rather than truly experience it? This is the closest I can get to being a hero, so you can be damn sure I’m going to take advantage. However, for those of you that want an easy time – or need a break – that also rewards you, sit back, relax, and watch the action unfold before you.

No game is perfect, however, and Marvel Future Revolution certainly has its flaws – particularly when it comes to performance. For example, gameplay becomes choppy at times, and movement becomes sluggish. But, I’ve been playing a preview version – on a Samsung Galaxy Note20 – of the game, so these issues could be non-existent come full release.

Storm stood in front of a skyscraper

Marvel Future Revolution delivers hours of entertainment, and puts you in the shoes of some great heroes. Though not overly original, the story is interesting and certainly lives up to the action-packed heights that the series is known for. Furthermore, the customisation options allow you to have a personal touch while exploring expansive worlds with your favourite heroes. It’s not just about being good, it’s about looking good too.

Despite the name, the game itself isn’t particularly revolutionary, and the framerate has a tendency to drop. But, you’re in for a fun time with this one if you love Marvel.