The upcoming Suicide Squad video game, “Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League”, has received mixed reactions from critics after early hands-on previews this week. Developed by Rocksteady Studios, the game features DC comic book villains Harley Quinn, Deadshot, King Shark and Captain Boomerang as playable characters. It is scheduled for release on May 26th 2023 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S and PC.
While some previews praised parts of the game, including boss battles and use of the PS5 controller features, others critiqued the user interface, gameplay repetition and incorporation of live service elements.
Concerns Over Live Service and Gameplay Repetition
Several critics noted the inclusion of live service features such as an online requirement, battle passes and seasonal content. Destin Legarie from IGN said these elements made the game feel “conflicted in its ambitions”, while others felt they detracted from Rocksteady’s traditionally strong single player focus.
There were also complaints about repetitive gameplay and environments in the section of the game available in the preview. Kotaku’s Ethan Gach wrote the gameplay “gets old fast” with enemies that “begin to blur together”.
However Rocksteady has defended the diversity of locations that will be in the full game on release.
Mixed Reactions on Story and Characters
There was praise for Rocksteady’s attempt to craft an original Suicide Squad story not connected to the recent movie. The narrative premise of the team turning against a brainwashed Justice League was generally well received.
Reactions to the playable characters themselves were more mixed. Some enjoyed features like King Shark’s eating mechanics, while others felt Deadshot’s gameplay was less interesting than expected.
Further details on story and locations are expected closer to release date.
What Next for Suicide Squad?
With less than 4 months until the target launch date, Rocksteady will be hoping to turn some of the mixed impressions around with continued marketing and reveals.
Some analysts feel that they need to better communicate what sets this game apart from their past critically acclaimed Batman titles. It remains to be seen whether the more skeptical preview reactions will impact sales and review scores on release.
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