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Mar 5, 2024

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'SUICIDE SQUAD: KILL THE JUSTICE LEAGUE' | VIDEO GAME | REVIEW

With a title as crazy as ‘SUICIDE SQUAD: KILL THE JUSTICE LEAGUE’, you expect the game to feature some mad gameplay, and mad gameplay you will get.

We have had the chance to try Rocksteady studios latest game: ‘SUICIDE SQUAD: KILL THE JUSTICE LEAGUE’, or ‘SSKTJL’ for short, and this are a recollection of our thoughts.

While we are introduced to a game that features some captivating gameplay, a group of fun characters, and an intriguing story. The game that we get to play in the end is not perfect, and lacks variety, especially in the terms of environment. We also need to add that the many different gameplay mechanics in the ‘SSKTJL’ makes it feel too extensive at times. While it can be positive for some, or most, it is for me simply overwhelming.

‘SUICIDE SQUAD: KILL THE JUSTICE LEAGUE’ is nonetheless a solid game, but it is not perfect. Although we for this review have not finished one hundred percent of the game, we still have gotten a feel for the story and the overall gameplay.

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Talking about the overall gameplay, it is rather satisfactory. The different traversal mechanics for each character is fun and makes swinging (or jumping) through Metropolis a breeze. Combat is mostly solid, but traversal combat can be a bit too much ‘over-and-out’. The city is colorful and filled with fun easter eggs and mysterious side missions. It does, however, at times feel like the city of ‘Metropolis’ is too much of the same in terms of buildings. This is only a small negative, nevertheless.

The four main characters of ‘Task Force X’ or ‘The 'Suicide Squad’ that we get introduced to deliver fun dialogue and have great personal chemistry. My favorite became ‘Captain Boomerang’, as his traversal abilities and unique combat style fitted me the best. However, ‘King Shark’, ‘Harley Quinn’ and ‘Deadshot’ were as good. Having the chance to switch between each character with the press of a button also made for a flawless gaming experience. You have the opportunity to play online with up to 3 friends or play offline with 3 bots. I played with the computer as my friends and thought it did an okey job for the time beeing.

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But everything is not a dance between roses. As we mentioned, the environment can at times feel repetitive and unrealistic, and the same goes for the combat. While you can switch between different characters and different weapons. The blasting of the same different ‘alien enemies’ made for a somewhat boring combat experience after some time. There are different enemy classes, but the design of the enemies felt dull after some time. Too many buttons to press on the controller also made for a complicated experience in learning to get that 10x combat streak.

Other than that, there is not too many more negatives surrounding our experience with ‘SUICIDE SQUAD: KILL THE JUSTICE LEAGUE’. The characters and their dialogue are mostly fun. While the four main characters and their jokes can at times seem, ‘stupid’. I still found it to be fitting for Task Force X and the overall chemistry of the squad.

Same goes for the story, it can at times feel, stupid, and ‘unrealistic’ compared to previous game installments. But it works well together with the different character included in 'Task Force X'. While I would have liked a more ‘grounded’ story, I still found the inclusion of the ‘evil’ Justice League to be intimidating and interesting.

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Visually the game looks fantastic. I found the art direction of it all to be solid. Not perfect, but solid. The HUD of the game, according to me, looked mostly great. I have however, heard some other opinions go around. At times the HUD could perhaps be considered cluttered with too many buttons ready to be pressed. But this is mostly coming down to personal taste.

I personally, enjoy colorful games with a weird touch, and ‘SUICIDE SQUAD: KILL THE JUSTICE LEAGUE’ was exactly it. The game had a great look & feel. I could also not notice any major bugs in the game, I think it felt finished enough to be released to the public. While I personally have not played the game in its early stages, meaning the closed beta. I cannot find many of the flaws that most other people pointed out. I honestly had a blast playing ‘SSKTJL’.

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The gameplay, and especially the characters are also highly customizable. I did not venture to far into customizing them as I personally enjoy a simpler gaming experience. But, if you want to, you could change out some guns and outfits. Important to notice on the other hand is that this game also includes purchasable skins. It is a live-service game for those who might be wondering. Most might be seeing that as a really bad sign. Personally, I did not mind it too much. But in the end, live service or no-live service games is a question of personal taste. So, I will leave it at that.

Most importantly, for me, is that the game was funny. It is a statement that is very much true for ‘SUICIDE SQUAD: KILL THE JUSTICE LEAGUE’ and I am so happy for it. Might the game destroy an already perfect grounded trilogy that were the ‘Arkham series’? Depends on who you ask. I have not played the original games, and for me the question in how ‘SSKTJL’ connects to the other games is somewhat unclear. So, I can sadly not answer the question.

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What I can say nonetheless, is that the game while fun at times still feels like to much to take in. Additional content will also be added to the game, which mostly feels exciting. But with a complex enough story and vast amount of game options & mechanics, it can certainly make the water rise above the edge.

‘SUICIDE SQUAD: KILL THE JUSTICE LEAGUE’ is nonetheless a ‘great’ game. It is not perfect, far from it. But, with fun characters, thrilling gameplay, and a story that is somewhat crazy. ‘SSKTJL’ is truly deserving of its title. What it might also kill however, can be your wallet. The combination of purchasable skins and a high ~69,00$ starting price would by most be considered high. However, most games land at these numbers when it comes to price nowadays, so it will not really affect our overall rating of ‘SSKTJL’. While I personally would need a couple more hours of game time to fully experience the vast game, I think I for now can give it an honest rating that draws together my complete experience with the game.

Rating: 3,5/5

By

Eddie Gustafsson

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