Family-friendly game publisher Outright Games continues to pump out games with the latest being DC’s Justice League: Cosmic Chaos from developer PHL Collective. It’s out now across all the major platforms and what is surprising about this one is that if you’re an older player like me you might just enjoy this as much as the younger players. Here is my review of the PlayStation 5 version.
The story in Cosmic Chaos has you playing as Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman as they team up to take down Mr. Mxyzptlk who is a prankster from the 5th dimension who has descended upon Happy Harbor to annoy Superman. It’s all very lighthearted and goofy as you would expect for a family friendly title like this and it was nice to get a villain that you wouldn’t usually see. You still run up against some other well-known faces like Clayface though so don’t think Mxyzptlk is the only antagonist present.
The game is playable solo but does have an optional co-op instant action mode you can play with a local friend. This is a bit disappointing as playing through the actual story with your kid would’ve been the optimal thing to do. When you are playing alone you can switch between and play as all three characters although it would’ve been nice to be able to play as some of the other heroes you run into in the game like Cyborg. Gameplay is presented from an isometric viewpoint and Is set in the open playground of Happy Harbor. You can freely explore the town doing the main missions, taking on side missions from NPCs, or just running around. You can drive around or get around using the different character’s abilities like flying with Superman.
It isn’t just the navigation that is fun to do but the combat as well. Fighting as each of the heroes feels satisfying and you can switch between them in the midst of combat to chain attacks together. You can even level up your heroes and gain new abilities over time helping to keep the gameplay feeling fresh over the dozen hours or so that it will last you. You can also find collectibles that will unlock new outfits for your characters and DC fans will find many little easter eggs scattered about showing that the team put a lot of love into this. Visually, the game looks good with the colorful cartoon style and the voice performances are delightful as well with some well-know actors being present like Nolan North.
DC’s Justice League: Cosmic Chaos is a delightful and fun super hero adventure that both older and younger players can enjoy. It has some witty writing, fun combat, and enjoyable exploration although all of this would’ve been better if you could play the campaign in co-op and had a bigger roster of playable characters. Still though, out of all of the games from Outright Games that I’ve played this one was the most enjoyable and DC fans looking for something a little different should give it a look.
*DC’s Justice League: Cosmic Chaos is available now on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. PlayStation 5 version reviewed. Review copy provided by the publisher for this review.