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Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects PlayStation 2

Published by Electronic Arts
Developed by Electronic Arts
Release Date: Out Now
Price: £39.99

Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects, an introduction.

The Marvel comic super heroes continue to be very popular. Whether it's the X-Men, Spider-Man or any of their other fabulous creations they all manage to have mass appeal. Several games have been based on these characters and they have all managed to be popular with gamers. Naturally then expectations are high for Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects.

What's the game about?

Marvel Nemesis offers a Story mode, a Versus mode and an Online mode. The game's single player Story mode sees you controlling various Marvel super heroes in an attempt to tackle a new enemy, The Imperfects. The game begins with you controlling The Thing but most of the time you'll have a choice who to control. Versus mode allows you to play against a friend or against the AI in a one-on-one battle. Similarly the Online mode allows you to fight one-on-one battles and you can even try and make your way up the leaderboards to show your friends just how good you really are.

What's good about the game?

Perhaps the highlight of the game is the amount of characters you'll get to play as. Wolverine, Storm, Spider-Man, Iron Man, The Thing, Human Torch, Magneto, Elektra, Daredevil and Venom are all here and available to play as during the course of the single player game. Throughout the single player story mode you'll get to unlock cards and comics, which Marvel enthusiasts will no doubt appreciate. The game also supports an online play which is something you don't see that often in a PlayStation 2 fighting game. Unfortunately though, the game doesn't support PAL users playing against NTSC users, which may be a disappointment for some. Battles against human opposition are a lot more fun than playing against the AI though and the Versus and Online modes are definitely preferable to the single player game.

What's not so good about the game?

There are quite a few problems with Marvel Nemesis. For a game that's focused on combat, Marvel Nemesis lacks a satisfying combo system for fans of the fighting genre. Whilst various characters have their special abilities, most of the time you'll simply be pressing the square button or the square button in combination with the R1 button. There's no enemy lock on feature which makes throwing items far more cumbersome than it should be. The story mode doesn't have steady progression in difficulty and the missions go from insanely easy to difficult with hardly anything in between which means fans of the genre will be bored with earlier missions whilst newcomers will be comfortable to begin with, only to hit a dead end further on in the game. There's also little variation in the mission types which again kind of sours the single player experience. The enemy AI is also not what it should be. The challenge in later missions can come from the number of enemies you'll have to deal with and the irritating lack of a lock on feature, rather than the ability of the AI.

How does it look?

Marvel Nemesis looks OK. The artwork on the menu and loading screens is first class. The main game doesn't look quite so impressive, the characters look great but the environments that you'll battle in are simply OK, but overall the look of the game is sufficient. The game's environments have a fair amount of destructible elements but the damage modelling is definitely more in the comic book style rather than attempting to be realistic. The frame rate is generally fine but it can slow down on the odd occasion. Load times are a bit on the long side and it can take a while to save the game too.

How deaf gamer friendly is the game?

Marvel Nemesis is a shabby experience for deaf gamers. Tutorial tips are shown in text but that's really as far as it goes in terms of providing support for deaf gamers. The cutscenes are not subtitled and there is no option to enable subtitles. Deaf gamers won't be able to follow the story then, not that it's a particularly good one mind you, which is disappointing.

Final thoughts.

As a single player experience, Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects is a disappointing experience thanks to its below average missions, no subtitles, no enemy lock on feature and a lack of a smooth difficulty progression. As a multiplayer experience the game fares better but it's still nothing to really get excited about. Having said that though, I'm sure Marvel enthusiasts will enjoy taking some of their favourite characters online for one-on-one battles against their friends. Those looking for a good single player will be disappointed, especially when you consider the potential that such a game had with the inclusion of some of Marvel's finest characters.


Overall Game Rating: 5.5/10

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A poor single player game and a combat system that is below par are just two reasons why Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects isn't as good as it could have been.