The Infinity Gauntlet's action has a tendency to get repetitive. Each level has two or three generic enemy types that you'll fight over and over again. The puzzles break this up some, as do some interesting flying and shooting style sections. But for the most part, it's button mashing over and over again. Boss battles are a mixed bag. Some of them are extremely simple, some are ridiculously cheap, and some are in the middle. I felt the game was a bit on the short side; I'd estimate we completed the story in four or five hours. A few unlockable costumes and collectibles will keep diehard fans busy a bit longer, but it's not an epic-length title by any means.
Cooperative elements in The Infinity Gauntlet are improved compared to the first Super Hero Squad game. A revival mechanic allows you to bring a fallen buddy back to life. If both players die at the same time, a checkpoint is loaded. Even more cooperative are the puzzles, which often require one hero to use his or her power to open an area while another one pushes a button or grabs an item. Co-op is limited to only two players, and online co-op is not supported. It's shame more than two can't play at a time; two heroes isn't much of a Squad, after all. Challenge mode allows four players to team up in a sort of survival mode, but it just isn't fun enough to keep you coming back for more.
It's clear that Marvel Super Hero Squad The Infinity Gauntlet is inspired by the LEGO series of games, with cute characters, a sense of humor, and kid-friendly difficulty. But it lacks the polished gameplay, inspired boss fights, and challenging puzzles that make the LEGO games so good. The Infinity Gauntlet is a decent game on its own, especially when compared to the first Super Hero Squad title. But there's much more that could have been done to make The Infinity Gauntlet appeal to those who aren't fans of the license.
The Co-Op Experience: Co-Op Play Play with friends as you drop into gameplay as well as change characters in order to solve and overcome different kinds of obstacles. Form your own squad with up to three friends and choose from the 30 heroes and villains from the Marvel Universe
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