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Monday, November 06, 2006

Video Game Mutterings

Okay, let me be the first to say, buying Ultimate Alliance when I'm in the middle of National Novel Writing Month was a bad idea. I haven't had much of any chance to play. The bits I did get to play (mostly the intro) were pretty awesome.

I've never played X-Men Legends, I'm told the games are similar. I've never had much interest in the X-characters though. I like the Avengers and Fantastic Four better.

I'm a bad comics geek though. I was much sadder about not getting to play Hank Pym than I was about the Hulk. I mean, the unlockable costume opportunities alone! Admittedly, I'm not quite sure how they'd go about using his powers. But dude, it if it involved pulling shrunken death rays out of his pockets, I am SO THERE.

I like the flying. Zipping across the room is fun.

My current "team" (I haven't made it to the real team creation type) is made up of Captain America, Ms. Marvel, Storm and Spider Woman. I'm not sure why except that possibly in my head, Steve Rogers is a woman.

I suck at the combat. Seriously. No head for tactics, me. Also, buttons confuse me. I'm playing this game for the costumes. I'm one of those sorts that never grew out of Barbie Dolls.

The unlockable characters sound like fun too. Sadly, I have the PS2 version, so no bonus characters. Though really, considering I have to find time to play at all, that's probably a good thing though. I'm sad about not getting to play Black Widow though.

Also, my roommate has Final Fantasy XII, so even if I weren't dreadfully behind on my NaNoWriMo (I WILL finish in time, damnit!) I'd still need to negotiate over PS2 time. I have to admit, FFXII is the first game I've watched that I have absolutely no inclination to play. Though I do like the space pirate guy. But that's a digression.

I really like the team-up options in this game. And the amount of characters. I'm more of an RPG sort, so I like that there's a lot of focus on story and point A to point B stuff here instead of just a fighting game, which I suck at.

I love the dialogue too. I've read some reviews that called it cheesy. Of COURSE it's cheesy. It's COMICS! If the dialogue wasn't cheesy, something would be wrong. Besides, Captain America in particular is supposed to sound a little lame. That's part of his charm.

I have to admit, I approve of the selection of X-Men used in the game as well. There are so many X-Men to choose from that it must have been hard to narrow down a choice. Wolverine's got the advantage of being iconically recognizeable and everywhere anyway, which makes him a good choice, even if I don't like him. Storm's just cool. And there's that whole Black Panther marriage. I wasn't as sure about Bobby or Colossus (who I don't have anyway. :-)) but I can't honestly think of anyone better. And their powers are neat, so I can't complain.

Over all, I think the character choices are really good. All characters I'm vaguely familiar with at least, but not all the obvious choices. It makes it a lot of fun.

Except for the lack of Hank Pym's unlockable costumes. Seriously. The man's closet must be huge...and kept in his pants pocket. I'm told he is an NPC in the game though, which makes me happy.

I also bought Justice League Heroes. Which looks very cool too. Oddly, much as I'm far more DC oriented than Marvel, I thought this one looked more interesting to start off with. Even if I'm gleeful at the prospect of unlocking Hal and Kyle. (No Guy though? Hmph. My inner Guy fangirl is disgruntled. :-))

I'm interested in the plot as well. I'm hoping it will be deliciously cheesy. It's Doctor Doom we're talking about after all. I've heard there's lots of replay value. Which makes me happy. I like unlocking stuff.

But anyway, I'm having fun, even if I won't be able to really play until December. (Or until i get the writing back on schedule. Which means not until December. Hee.)



  • At November 06, 2006 11:47 AM, Anonymous Dan Coyle said…

    Hey, glad you're enjoying the game. You might want to try Deadpool for a while: the lines John Kassir speaks for him are hilarious, and it might explain his appeal a little better.

    I do prefer using Ms. Marvel and Spider-Woman and Elektra a lot. Once you boost their stats they become pretty powerful. Storm is great too; make sure you boost her tornado power, because that was her best power in the Legends games. They knock the enemies out of whack.

    I'm a bit miffed about not getting to play Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Ronin as well. :-(

  • At November 06, 2006 12:08 PM, Blogger SallyP said…

    Ummmm....Kalinara my dear, Ragnell is posting a comparison on her site. Now is NOT the time to be frivoling about! On the other hand...No Guy? Gaaaahhhhhhh!

  • At November 06, 2006 4:52 PM, Blogger Bill said…

    I know what you mean about NaNoWriMo cutting into your gaming. This little enterprise is really costing me good quality time with Lego Star Wars II. Stupid need to prove something to myself!

  • At November 06, 2006 4:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Deadpool is the single best character in the game. He levels appropriatly with his powers.

    Plus double shot will destroy everything. And his teleporting will save so much time.

  • At November 06, 2006 5:19 PM, Anonymous Flint Paper said…

    I was really looking forward to this game up until I found out that Nightcrawler wasn't available as a PC. But Vengeance was. Because that certainly made wads of sense. Let's take a character who was in, okay, not the most recent X-Men movie (although to me that would be a selling point) but nonetheless one of our biggest franchises in any format, and replace him with a XTREEM purple spiky version of the flameheaded motorcrosser. So now the game is dead to me, even if Hawkeye is unlockable for PS2. I think they might've been able to drop one of the eight Spider-characters, several of which don't even have the excuse that they're just using a different skin for Spidey *koff koff spider-woman spider-woman ii arana koff*, and insert a blue-furred Spidey with a tail and teleporting powers. And three swords at once. How hard is it to get love for the fuzzy-elf? Bah!

  • At November 07, 2006 7:38 AM, Blogger kalinara said…

    dan: I'll give him a try, when I have time. :-)

    sally: Hey, at this second, I'm actually winning!

    And yeah. No Guy. :-(

    I want an All Lantern game. With unlockables: Ch'p, Salakk and Mogo.

    bill: Totally!

    mallet: I'm finally starting to get the hang of Cap's shield. Because I suck at his solo mission and thus am getting practice.

    Deadpool I'll get used to eventually.

    flint: Actually, I think Nightcrawler in the game would be a mistake.

    He's very...X-Men. Little to no ties to the larger Marvel world. Wolverine, much as I hate him, and Storm have a lot more ties better.

    Besides, Spider-Woman's an Avenger. She's got more place on an Avenger based team than he does. :-) Sorry. There's still the X-Men legends games!

  • At November 07, 2006 10:31 AM, Anonymous Dan Coyle said…

    Flint: Mild spoiler- Nightcrawler's not playable in the game but he IS integral to the plot.

    And Hawkeye's only usable on the PSP.

  • At November 07, 2006 12:55 PM, Blogger SallyP said…

    Wow! Think of all the characters you could have in an all Green Lanterns game! The possibilities are endless! Mogo would be so cool. Add Sinestro, Fatality and Militia as bad guys!

  • At November 08, 2006 1:46 PM, Anonymous Dan Coyle said…

    Sally: Grand Theft Oa: G'Nort.

    You KNOW you want it.

  • At November 09, 2006 11:34 AM, Blogger SallyP said…

    Dan, I think I love you.


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