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30th November 2019: A Little Bit Of Gaming

At the start of the month, a couple of little things happened in the board gaming world. For starters, we played our first game of Marvel Legendary for quite a while. Facing Mysterio and the Clone Saga scheme, we ended up choosing a bad combination of heroes, who were quite expensive to recruit. We found it tough to get up our combos, especially as we had to discard down to 3 cards at multiple points. By the time we'd built up enough strength to start knocking down the mastermind, the villain deck ran out and we lost. Oh well, it was more of a refresher game anyway.

About the same time, I finally received this little beast:

Something to get our teeth into

Something to get our teeth into

When I originally pre-ordered it, I was only going to have to wait a few weeks for it. Ended up waiting 3 months. Not that it matters, as we haven't got round to trying it yet. But still.

7th October 2018: Legendary

A game we've played a few times recently is Marvel Legendary, which I finally picked up. Me and Scoob played three games and managed to win them all quite easily. But then yesterday, we had a five player game and lost for the first time, finding it much more difficult to build up our decks and combos. However, we went straight back in for game number two and managed a fairly comfortable win.

A two player game against Doctor Doom

A two player game against Doctor Doom

Loki trounces the five players arrayed against him

Loki trounces the five players arrayed against him

21st September 2016: Marvel Heroes Update

Though I may play LoL again at some point, it's doubtful I'll be going back to Marvel Heroes. As expected, Scoob didn't want to carry on, but I tried to continue and finished chapter 2. I quickly got tired by the frequent and huge updates, as with my net speed it meant it often took twenty minutes or so to log in. I don't have that kind of patience. Shame, as despite its flaws it has some good things going on, especially for free.

Taking out The Hood

Taking out The Hood

25th July 2016: Marvel Heroes

Though I've been working on finishing a couple of other games these last few weeks, the vast majority of my time has been spent playing games that don't really have an end. Up first, I dived into Marvel Heroes for the first time along with Scoob, as we're both fans of Marvel and it seemed wrong that we hadn't tried it before.
You're allowed to pick your first hero without paying, so I unlocked Psylocke as she's one of my favourite X-Men. Still pissed off they made her a villain in the last movie, but oh well. Alongside Scoob's Wolverine I got chopping and slashing villains left and right, and we went through the first chapter and started the second.

Still a little bit unsure of my thoughts on this game. It's a pretty standard isometric button masher like Torchlight or Diablo, but I think I'd rather play this than those other games because of the theme and characters. I also like how you can try all the heroes up to level 10 before deciding which ones to buy. However, as its only servers are in the U.S. the performance is a little laggy, and the fact that loads of other players are running around make it a bit chaotic at times, adding to the button mashy mayhem. It's a shame they don't make European servers, or even better have developed it as a standalone type game with online and LAN options.

I don't think Scoob is really bothered about carrying on. But I might come back to it at another time. Maybe.

Getting ready to chop

Getting ready to chop

Kicking some villain butt

Kicking some villain butt

Arrgh, bright light!

Arrgh, bright light!

Scrappin with some Venom symbiotes

Scrappin with some Venom symbiotes

16th December 2014: Not So Marvel-ous

Getting on for a decade ago now, Scoob bought the two X-Men Legends games on the PS2. After borrowing it from him, the first one became one of the few games I ever completed on that console (well, I do only own eight). We played most of the second one co-op, but never got around to finishing it for whatever reason. Nevertheless, we both remember those games fondly, and the chance came to re-visit that era when I picked up Marvel: Ultimate Alliance for the PC cheap from eBay.

I'd recently bought a 360 controller to finally get around to Witcher 2, so we started off with Scoob using that and me on keyboard. Unfortunately, aiming ranged attacks while using keyboard is almost impossible, so I was forced into using close combat champs. We formed The Skumsplattaz superhero team with Scoob using Wolverine and Thor, while I went with Deadpool and The Thing. When using the keyboard had got on my nerves enough, I looked at other options. Luckily I found out there was a new, better way of installing PS3 controllers on Windows, as I was not a fan of the software that I used for Resident Evil 3 a couple of years ago. Of course, this means I didn't need a 360 controller after all, as I could have just used both my PS3 controllers. But whatever.
With joypad in hand, I replaced The Thing with Iron Man, to get some long range energy blasts in there.

So what's the game like? Unfortunately, we found the whole experience very underwhelming. Maybe it's because we're older now and button mashing brawlers just don't suit us anymore. Or it might be that the game just isn't as good as the X-Men games were. Without a doubt, the way that levelling up is handled in this game is inferior to those X-Men games. Rather than spend your experience points on increasing your hero's stats, you instead have to find stupid little drops throughout the game that do this job. Meh.

In terms of gameplay it's pretty much exactly what you would expect. You just run around clobbering bad guys and jumping around like a lunatic.
There were definitely a few things that really annoyed me. Firstly, there were way too many little cutscenes that took control away from us. Sometimes these were used for dialogue exchanges between bad guys, but usually it was just so the camera could spin around and show us something in the world that we needed to see. The thing is, if that thing it was showing us was necessary to continue, we would have found it anyway, quite easily, without the need to lose control.
There were also no real interesting boss fights. In pretty much every one, the fight was just a series of quicktime events, which was really disappointing as we really wanted to have a proper down and dirty scrap with these characters but couldn't.
Most of the time the camera was free to move, but some times it was strangely locked to a certain viewpoint. Very frustrating in some situations where we were fighting right on the limit of one fixed camera angle and another, meaning every second or two the camera angle would flick back and forth.

But still, it's another one down, so can't complain.

Thor and a bad guy do some synchronised dancing

Thor and a bad guy do some synchronised dancing

Two Mysterio copies do some synchronised dancing

Two Mysterio copies do some synchronised dancing

Seeing into Wolverine's brain

Seeing into Wolverine's brain

The Thing plays an old ZX Spectrum game

The Thing plays an old ZX Spectrum game

Wolverine's new wheels

Wolverine's new wheels

Deathbird dings the dong

Deathbird dings the dong

Let me go, bub

Let me go, bub

All Silver Surfer can do is annoy Galactus

All Silver Surfer can do is annoy Galactus

Evil Spider-Man copy being a twat

Evil Spider-Man copy being a twat

Wolverine wins the game with QTEs

Wolverine wins the game with QTEs

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