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Marvel's Midnight Suns

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: RPG/Strategy
Publisher: 2K Games
Developer: Firaxis Games
Release Date: 2023

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16. 'Marvel's Midnight Suns' (Switch/PS5/PS4/XSX/XOne/PC)

by Judy on Jan. 18, 2022 @ 12:00 a.m. PST

Marvel's Midnight Suns is an all-new tactical RPG where you confront the darker side of the Marvel Universe and live among its legends.

Chris "Atom" DeAngelus: The odd part about what looks to be Marvel's take on X-COM isn't just that it is done by the actual developers of X-COM. It is that instead of focusing on an obvious team like the Avengers, it is based on the relatively obscure, occult-focused team of the Midnight Sons. Rather than Thanos and Ultron, they're based on fighting supernatural threats to the Marvel universe, which lends itself to a far more unique roster. While you have the big names like Iron Man and Doctor Strange, you'll also have more obscure choices like Ghost Rider, Magik and Nico Minoru in addition to your own customizable character. The setting combined with a tried-and-true developer means there's a lot to get excited about with this new entry in the Marvel game universe.

Cody Medellin: Of all the genres that we've seen Marvel games occupy, strategy hasn't really been seen in the console/PC space. Hearing that Marvel's Midnight Suns is being developed by Firaxis gave people the idea that this was essentially X-COM, but seeing cards get involved have made people question whether the team can pull it off. At the very least, it should be interesting to see how it plays after other strategy offerings like Slay the Spire showed how strategy and card games can work together.

Rainier Van Autrijve: Developer Firaxis Games is synonimous with Civilization and XCOM, so it is no surprise that Marvel's Midnight Suns is a turn-based tactics/RPG game. While most of the recent big Marvel titles (Marvel's Avengers and Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy) have been action games focused on the recent MCU movies, Marvel's Midnight Suns is based on the lesser-known Midnight Sons series, which brings together the more supernatural superheroes from multiple Marvel properties such as Doctor Strange, Ghost Rider, Hellstrom and Johnny Blaze. While you will encounter plenty of familiar faces such as Blade,Captain America, Captain Marvel, Iron Man, Wolverine and several others, Marvel's Midnight Suns switches it up by letting you create your very own character (The Hunter). In addition to the tactical combat system, Marvel's Midnight Suns also adds some deck-building, and you are dealt random ability cards before entering combat. Between missions, you roam the hub, where you interact with other Marvel characters and upgrade your character and base of operations.

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