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Multiversus Review (2024) | A Return to the Platform Fighter Spotlight!

80
Story
6
Gameplay
9
Visuals
8
Audio
7
Value for Money
10
Price:
free
Clear Time:
10 Hours
While there are already tons of different available platform fighters out there, MultiVersus comes back to take the genre by storm. With its massive roster and easy-to-learn yet hard-to-master gameplay, MultiVersus scratches that itch of wanting to play another platform fighter that isn’t Super Smash Bros. Being completely free-to-play and having a multitude of different game modes to choose from, it offers a great way to entice people to try out their new PvE modes while encouraging them to stay for the good ol’ PvP.

Have you ever wanted Batman, Bugs Bunny, Morty, and Arya Stark to all swing against each other in a fighting game? Then look no further than WB Games’ MultiVersus! Read our review to see what it did well, what it didn't do well, and if it's worth buying.

MultiVersus Review Overview

What is MultiVersus?

MultiVersus is a free-to-play platform fighter that features Warner Bros. characters from throughout the years, coming from the various movies, TV shows, and other IPs that they own. There are fighters from their more classic series like Looney Tunes and Scooby Doo, to their more recent ones, like Adventure Time, Game of Thrones, and Rick and Morty. With a simple control scheme and surprisingly huge depth in gameplay, this revamped platform fighter is here to stay.

MultiVersus features:
 ⚫︎  Massive and unpredictable roster featuring WB’s numerous IPs
 ⚫︎  F2P model of timed missions and battle passes
 ⚫︎  Multiple game modes that feature PvE and PvP content
 ⚫︎  Surprisingly deep mechanics and characters with simple controls
 ⚫︎  Cosmetics for both characters and your account to show off your personal flair

For more gameplay details, read everything we know about MultiVersus's gameplay and story.


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MultiVersus Pros & Cons

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Pros Cons
Checkmark Easy to Learn, Difficult to Master
Checkmark Huge Variety of Characters
Checkmark Multiplayer PvE Content
Checkmark Completely Free-to-Play
Checkmark Grind to Unlock Characters
Checkmark Some Characters Need Dedication
Checkmark F2P Model

MultiVersus Overall - 80/100

While there are already tons of different available platform fighters out there, MultiVersus comes back to take the genre by storm. With its massive roster and easy-to-learn yet hard-to-master gameplay, MultiVersus scratches that itch of wanting to play another platform fighter that isn’t Super Smash Bros. Being completely free-to-play and having a multitude of different game modes to choose from, it offers a great way to entice people to try out their new PvE modes while encouraging them to stay for the good ol’ PvP.

MultiVersus Story - 6/10

There’s no official story mode except for the lore that’s explained through the trailer and tutorial when you start the game. Although reading into it is interesting, it’s not something that’s been thoroughly explored through its numerous PvE modes at the moment, similar to Smash’s Adventure Mode. It just seems like such a missed opportunity to have different scenarios with all the characters together. It could still be done in a future patch, but as of now, you’ll have to stick with reading into their dialogue, lore descriptions, and trailers that they put out.

MultiVersus Gameplay - 9/10

As a platform fighter, the name of the game is to push them off the screen while keeping yourself alive. It keeps the identity and foundation of the genre, but uses its unique characters to separate itself from other games in the genre. Similar to the competitive platform fighters in the genre, it’s simple to pick up and play, but offers that deep and nuanced gameplay for those who want to take it more seriously. Other than that, it even sports a character-specific progression system that enhances the way you play to add different styles of play for both 2v2 and 1v1 matches.

MultiVersus Visuals - 8/10

It has pretty good visuals, especially since some characters come from live action movies and series and were adopted into the cartoony-3D style that the game has. Of course, the already animated characters look amazing in this style, but some of the more live-action ones, like Arya Stark and Lebron James, tend to look out of place in the roster.

MultiVersus Audio - 7/10

Sadly, this is where the game suffers, as there was a bug that was persistent during my playthrough of MultiVersus. A couple of games that I played had no music at all, which meant that the games were "dead" in a sense. While the voice acting in the game is top-notch, the music leaves much to be desired as I wanted to hear more of it throughout my experience.

MultiVersus Value for Money - 10/10

The game is completely free-to-play! With that being said, it sports the infamous model where you’ll need to put in the effort or pay with real money to unlock the characters. Luckily, it avoids the pay-to-win model, only allowing you to improve the different characters by progressing through the different game modes that the game offers. But still, that’s going to be up to you to do.

MultiVersus Review: A Return to the Platform Fighter Spotlight!

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Never would I have imagined Finn, Bugs Bunny, Morty, and Shaggy fighting each other in one arena, let alone in one scene together. Now, I don’t have to imagine, as I’ve played quite a number of games in MultiVersus! As a fighting game enthusiast myself, I’ve tried a few platform fighters in my career, but I have to say that MultiVersus is the first game in a long time to give me that excited feeling I once had way back when Smash Ultimate came out.

To get the little stuff out of the way, the game looks great visually! Granted, there are some odd-looking characters, like Arya Stark and Lebron James, since there has been no animated version of the former and a pretty lackluster version of the latter (Space Jam 2, for those unaware). The various stages and backdrops look amazing and are reminiscent of the shows they’re based on, like the DC Animated Batcave, Dexter’s Laboratory, and even Townsville.

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Audio-wise, I had a couple of problems with the game’s music. There were times when the game went mute, and I couldn’t get past the emptiness during gameplay. Other than that, everything was stellar; the voice acting and sound effects were notably good.

Now for the gameplay, like I said earlier, I did mess around with a couple of different platform fighters for a while, but I admittedly was never really great at them. Despite that, I did enjoy the gameplay and the “reading” aspect of playing against your opponents. I messed around with Shaggy the most during my playthrough, as he was reminiscent of both Captain Falcon and a little bit of Ganondorf in how he played. As the tutorial character, he’s very easy to understand and use, while allowing you to pull off amazing things once you start to get used to the systems in play.

The objective of platform fighters is simple: get your opponents off the screen to score a point. With that being said, the only way for you to do so is to hit them and knock them out. Each character has their own unique gimmicks and attacks to help you achieve that, but some are harder to utilize than others. For example, Tom and Jerry is a character and a half where you have to position Jerry to get more damage out of your projectiles and other attacks in tandem with how they attack.

MultiVersus has an abundance of these. Each character has their own gimmick to play around with, and it’s best to learn what your favorite character’s is, as these are going to be your most reliable way to deal the most damage. This also comes with some characters being more difficult to use, like Arya Stark, who is a combo monster coupled with different debuffs to use, and Shaggy, who really just wants to hit you and occasionally charge up his special moves.

Other than the versus modes, MultiVersus also offers different game modes for those who don’t want to mess with the PvP aspect of the game. There is a new PvE game mode called Rifts that has daily and weekly missions for players to accomplish and enjoy. The best part? You can bring someone along for the ride so that you don’t have to do it solo! With the F2P model, however, you should expect that the game will be very grindy. Each character needs to be unlocked, and it will take you some time to get the currency to do so.

Overall, MultiVersus is a great platform fighter that’s completely free-to-play and has a lot to offer in its comeback. With WB’s backing, you can expect even more wild inclusions from here on out. If you’re in doubt, then at least the game’s free for you to try out!

Pros of MultiVersus

Things MultiVersus Got Right
Checkmark Easy to Learn, Difficult to Master
Checkmark Huge Variety of Characters
Checkmark Multiplayer PvE Content
Checkmark Completely Free-to-Play

Easy to Learn, Difficult to Master

With platform fighters being enjoyed mostly as a party game, it’s good to see that the controls that the game has are pretty easy to learn. It’s so easy, in fact, that you could probably be pulling off simple combos without much difficulty, even just by simply trying to hit the opponent. However, it also has certain mechanics that reward players for putting more effort into learning them, like the character specific combos and tricks, as well as the game’s Parry system.

Huge Variety of Characters

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With WB’s backing, literally any character that’s within their property is fair game. The roster is already massive, already sporting more than 20 characters at launch, with more to come in future updates. It offers players a wide variety characters to play with, each with their own unique playstyle and gimmicks sure to keep players interested for a long time.

Multiplayer PvE Content

Similar to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the game also has its own PvE content that players can enjoy. But whereas you can only play co-op in the Classic mode on Smash, MultiVersus has a larger variety of missions you can do with another player. This means that doing daily, weekly, and event missions can be enjoyed together with your pal and you’ll both reap the rewards together!

Completely Free-to-Play

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The game is completely free-to-play! That means you can enjoy playing everything without paying a single penny to experience the game!

Cons of MultiVersus

Things That MultiVersus Can Improve
Checkmark Grind to Unlock Characters
Checkmark Some Characters Need Dedication
Checkmark F2P Model

F2P Model

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With the game being free, there must be a catch, right? Well, it runs on the dreaded live-service F2P model with battle passes, limited time events, and everything in between. This means that the game’s progression relies on you playing the game diligently to strengthen and unlock your characters as fast as possible. Speaking of which…

Grind to Unlock Characters

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Regrettably, characters need to be unlocked one-by-one through in-game currency. This is going to take a while to do, especially with its massive roster. While there will be certain characters that will be free for a limited time, you may have those moments where you’ll want to mess around with a specific character. However, you’ll need to unlock them first by grinding the in-game currency, or using real money to buy said currency to try them out.

Some Characters Need Dedication

With the massive roster, there’s a number of characters that have creative gimmicks, but there are some that are also pretty hard to utilize. One example of this is Tom and Jerry. You have to play around and plan your attacks with Jerry in mind so that you have multiple angles of attack as opposed to being predictable with your approach.

Is MultiVersus Worth It?

Yes! Free and Fun for Everyone!

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With the game being a free-to-play platform fighter, you already know it’s going to be worth the purchase. It scratches that itch of wanting to play a platform fighter, but with characters that are easily recognizable. With every game mode accessible as soon as you press play, there’s no real reason for you to not try it out!


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MultiVersus FAQ

Will MultiVersus support 4-player local multiplayer?

Yes! While the review only had footage of 1v1 gameplay for local games, I was able to play the game with 3 other people in one sitting.

Is this considered MultiVersus 2?

No! You could think of it as one big update for a game that was silent for a few months.

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MultiVersus Product Information

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Title MULTIVERSUS
Release Date May 28, 2024
Developer Player First Games
Publisher Warner Bros. Games
Supported Platforms PC(Steam, EGS), PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One
Genre Fighter, Platformer Brawler
Number of Players Single System (2-4), Online Multiplayer (2-4)
Rating ESRB T
Official Website MultiVersus Official Website

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