What is it?
M:UA is a 4-player, co-op brawler/beat-'em-up. It's available on pretty much every conceivable platform. In t his case, the Game On is for the 360 version over Live.
The game is basically RPG-lite exclusively focused on combat. Sure, I suppose there is some sort of story, but it sucks. It's a transparent and poorly-written excuse to justify having the largest and most haphazard collection of Marvel characters every featured in a game, which is awesome.
In all honesty, if you've played X-men Legends, before, you've played this game. Same developer, same engine. If you've played the Dark Alliance or Champions series, you have a damned good idea. If you're a throw-back, think of a modern version of Secret of Mana, or even a modern version of Gauntlet.
How long is it?
The characters vary by the platform, but the 360 version has:
Captain America, Colossus, Deadpool, Electra, Human Torch, Iceman, Invisible Woman, Iron Man, Luke Cage, Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel, Mr. Fantastic, Spider-man, Spider-woman, Storm, Thing, Thor, Wolverine
Black Panther, Blade, Daredevil, Dr. Strange, Ghost Rider, Nick Fury, Silver Surfer
Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Hawkeye, Hulk, Magneto, Venom, Dr. Doom, Sabertooth
The Marketplace characters are 500 points for the 4 heroes, 500 points for the 4 villains, and 800 points for both. Either way, if you're going to play, you need to go on the Marketplace and get the (free) teaser download so that you can play with the people who do have the character packs.
Here's the catch for the game on... the game's pretty long. There's basically no way anyone will play through it in one session. Plus, it saves all the data for that session on the host's machine. So we're looking for some minor commitment from the players and especially the hosts. If I had to take a stab at it, I'd say it's a good 10+ hours, maybe even 15+, depending on how much of the extra content you do.
Dammit! I don't have it!
So how is this game on working?
Don't worry! M:UA's a pretty old title, now. You can pick it up used at your local EBstop for about $15. Also, take a look for the current Xbox 360 Pro pack-in, which includes M:UA and Forza Motorsport 2. It might be even cheaper.
A Gold Edition was released that include the eight extra characters. You can find it in most stores for $30.
It is $27 used from Gamestop while the original version is $15. You can buy the eight characters off of live for $10 so...$2 cheaper if you do that and DL the character pack.
As of yet, there's no set game(s). I figure that we'll start off by having people post what times they can play (don't forget time zone), whether or not they're willing to host, and if they have a character they're dead-set on playing, which one it is. Once we get some consensus, we'll break everyone down into groups and set up the actual games.
Some miscellaneous notes
- The game's netcode is a bit lacking. Give Raven credit, though, the last few games they made, the netcode wasn't even functional because they appear to be using the chimps-with-typewriters approach. Here, it's just a touch laggy. It's perfectly playable, though.
- The game's got two modes: co-op, and arcade. I'm thinking arcade's more fun, but we'll leave it up to the hosts who runs what. The difference is, arcade is like Gauntlet - 1 player per character, and it's quasi-competitive. Co-op has the team of 4 characters and you can switch between them, even if you have fewer than 4 players. The AI is pretty bad, though.
So, with that out of the way, I'm available most weekdays after 2pm EST. I'm free all day Friday. Weekends are up the in the air, but I'm pretty flexible.
I'm also willing to host.
...and I want to play as Cyke or Hawkeye or Iceman.