Fun fact: there’s more than one game involving the Justice League game releasing this year.
While superhero fans are salivating at the prospect of hunting down a rogue Justice League in Rocksteady’s Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, PHL Collective’s Justice League: Cosmic Chaos allows players to take control of the crime-fighting team instead. And there’s another major difference: the target market.
With its colourful, cartoon-like visuals, Justice League: Cosmic Chaos is primarily aimed at children. Played from a top-down viewpoint, it seems to be a fun and fast-paced action RPG that offers enough gameplay depth to make it fun for all.
An open world jaunt, players get to take control of three members of the Justice League – Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman – going up against the little-known villain called General Mxyzptlk. A prankster from the 5th Dimension, he’s gone and filled Happy Harbor with an army of fishy monsters, and it’s up to the Justice League to save the day.
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Operating out of Mount Justice, Justice League: Cosmic Chaos will allow players to take on a large number of missions and side missions. As they go, switching between Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman instantaneously at will, they’ll power up their trio of heroes, gaining access to new skills and more. Characters can even be changed mid-combo, allowing furious and creative onslaughts that can make mincemeat of enemy health bars.
Both melee and ranged attacks are available, with Batman being able to make use of Batarangs, for example, and Wonder Woman being able to draw enemies closer with her lasso. Adding yet more flair is the fact that each character has elemental properties, making switching characters to exploit weaknesses something you should probably do. And while you can’t play as them, additional members of the Justice League can be summoned to assist you in combat once a gauge is full. You’ll need to unlock them first, though.
Being an open world game, you’ll be pleased to hear that each hero also has their own unique traversal option. Take to the air with Superman, flying and floating around without any limits, glide as Batman, or swing around with Wonder Woman – it’s up to you. Alternatively, you can jump in any vehicle you find, be it a van, car or even boat, and explore the world that way instead.
It seems like it’s going to be worth exploring the world of Justice League: Cosmic Chaos as well. Investigate nooks and crannies and you’ll find collectibles that allow you to upgrade your characters and provide them with a range perks that can be equipped. You’ll also encounter opportunities to put down more bad guys and gain more loot thanks to optional dungeons. And if traversal, as good as it is, feels like too much hassle, a fast travel system will make it easier to get around.
We’ve only seen a small slice of what Justice League: Cosmic Chaos has to offer, but it’s safe to say we’re keen to go hands-on with the title. Set for release this March on consoles and PC, it will even offer local couch co-op action for those who want to play it with friends or family members. Dark and gritty it isn’t, so if that’s what you want you’d better look elsewhere. But if you like light-hearted fun, it aims to provide it in abundance.
Justice League: Cosmic Chaos launches 10th March on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch and PC.