Review: Suicide Squad is Guilty of the Worst Crime
Suicide Squad Commits The Worst Crime
If you like the idea of a group of people being forced to do something they don’t really want to do to keep their overlords happy or risk being severely punished… go join Rocksteady, the team of developers that was asked to make Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League.
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In Brightest Day
In case you didn’t get the memo, this is the next game from the Batman Arkham people – but instead of playing as the awesome face-bashing, window smashing Dark Knight of Gotham, you play as Task Force X, made up of Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang and King Shark.
Your mission? Kill the Justice League because they’ve been mind-boned by Brainiac and are evil now, but also, because your boss will explode your head if you refuse.
The graphics are pretty and run incredibly smooth, gameplay feels strong, and reminds me of games like Sunset Overdrive, Infamous and Crackdown. The cutscenes are super cinematic and often a lot of fun, complemented by some good humour that had me laughing out loud.
Sounds pretty awesome, right?
In Blackest Night
Thing is, it’s not too long until the live service elements start creeping in to spoil the fun. Missions are often shallow and repetitive, with end screens that force you to check out the loot you’ve unlocked. I was met with upgrade trees and crafting I had no interest in, and a host of other features meant to keep me playing and spending more once the story was done – and the more I played the more I just realised that there was a lot less to Suicide Squad than I had hoped.
I slowly just found myself less and less enthusiastic about what was going on, until I realised that I really just didn’t care about what was happening all that much anymore. In the end, the game delivers a non-ending, because of course it does – it’s a live service game.
No Evil Shall Escape My Sight
When will they learn? Suicide Squad, Gotham Knights and Marvel’s Avengers are not great games – and how could they have been, when – instead of being the product of passion, creative energy and a love for the source material – they’re the result of what happens when you give a team of people a financial model first, and then ask them to wrap it in a popular franchise second. Maybe I was naive, but I thought that if anyone could pull this off, it would have been Rocksteady.
What a waste. If you’re looking for a great game about a ragtag band of misfits on a big adventure, complemented by a fun story, great banter and some really good graphics – go play Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
Verdict: Not Recommended – Suicide Squad commits a crime worse than being a bad game, by giving us a glimpse of its true potential – right before the reality of its true nature sets in.