Update: I was unfortunately not aware of Shamus Young's severe criticism of Fallout 3 available here to link in the original piece and I regret that. It dovetails rather nicely with what I've written and it's much better executed than my piece. I strongly recommend anyone...
Ever look at a game after you play it and just know that behind it was so much more potential than what was there. Ití¢â‚¬™s kinda like watching a movie that had all the right ideas but all the wrong dialogueí¢â‚¬Â¦ and directioní¢â‚¬Â¦ and scenesí¢â‚¬Â¦ but all the right actors.
As for Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects, the marvel characters tends to carry a lot of the game. If youí¢â‚¬™re looking for a straight fighting game you woní¢â‚¬™t find one here. If youí¢â‚¬™re looking for an in depth story crossing over characters from the Marvel universe ití¢â‚¬™s also not here. However if youí¢â‚¬™re looking for a game to show off the characters of the marvel universe, this is a great start.
Marvel Nemesis really does show off a lot of the characters well, Wolverine looks about at bad ass as you would expect, Spiderman and Venom look very cool slinging around the arena, and magneto flying around with a tank about his head is very cool. It should also be noted that throwing a taxi at your opponent is very fun.
But with all that going it seems like someone spaced on the production of this game. The Imperfects seem to generally be ripoffs off the other marvel characters in the game, so much so that when your playing as Hazmat you feel like your playing as a poor Spiderman, or if your Solara you feel like the Human Torch had suddenly decided to change genders. Even though there is no Nightcrawler you just have to look at The Wink and wonder why they didní¢â‚¬™t just decide to make the game only with Marvel characters, at least then it would feel like different characters were used every time. There are even some characters that feel like a combination of other characters.
The game also has some balancing issues. Some characters are overly strong while other characters seemed to have just been overlooked altogether. For example it is incredibly hard to play as Wolverine; he is the only character without the ability to either use a ranged attack or move fast enough to make his strong melee effective at all. He caní¢â‚¬™t lift too many things either and his health recovers very slowly for someone with healing as their prime healing power, although you will never stay far enough away from anyone unless they are also Wolverine. Paragon is an example of overpowering, she can teleport around everywhere, used ranged attack, pick up even the most heavy items, she is quick and strong at the same time and she also has blades to add to her melee attack. The only ability she doesní¢â‚¬™t have is the ability to fly.
The sound is ok, the voices seemed to fit right and the fighting noises and explosions were where they should have been, although the storylines really didní¢â‚¬™t make use of any of the voice acting and after a while the same 2 intros to each character is kinda annoying.
I liked Marvel Nemesis because it was easy to pick up and play, it does become hard by the end but you can manage to unlock all the characters relatively fast. It feels better as a multiplayer game, however really get any character you need to get through that single player to have more than a few rounds before you start getting bored of the lack of characters to play.
This game had the potential to be so much more. 4 player royal rumble? 2 on 2? Maybe a Co-Op single player? The game could have been more fun and more in depth, and ití¢â‚¬™s sad to see that potential go to waste.
I still strongly recommend this game for a Rental, mainly because the marvel characters look so good and you really can briefly feel like a superhero. And admittedly few games do that. But if you want a game to be more than a button masher, and you want to be able to play it over and over again with friends, Ií¢â‚¬™d give it a miss. Hopefully from this we can see developers learn from their mistakes, and we can get a great game next time round that combines the great characters we love, with great gameplay and story they deserve.