Wednesday, July 1, 2009

I Marvel at the thought. Yeah, I went there.

I'm a big comic book fan. Collected them growing up and had a distinct loyalty to all things Marvel. (Except Batman because, honestly, who doesn't like Batman?) Of course, Wolverine was my favorite character. Needless to say, on May 1st, 2009, I was at GameStop at 10am picking up my reserved copy of X-Men Origins: Wolverine and headed up to the nearest mall to see the movie. Let's, uh, let's just focus on the game, shall we?

Raven Software did a brilliant job. The game was getting hype all the way up to its release as being a video game based on a movie that wasn't actually a huge pile of crap. And after I played it (for about 4 solid hours) I think I called Cary and said three little words, "DOWNLOAD THE DEMO." Actually, it may have been four words, but I'm just going to ignore the likely expletive that I probably said. I mean, Game Informer's review of the game gave it an 8/10 with a second opinion of 9/10 -- do you need any more flashing lights before you head to Game Marketplace?

After I finished the game I was asked, "So are you going to get 'Marvel: Ultimate Alliance' now?" I think I laughed. But now... "Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2" rears its head and I can't help but pontificate. Let's compare, shall we?

The Hulk from M:UA(1)

The Hulk from M:UA2

There are definitely enough differences (seemingly, good) to make my head turn. But is it enough to make me buy it when it's released? That certainly remains to be seen. It's set for a Fall 2009 release and with Bioshock 2, Dante's Inferno, PES 2010, and Left 4 Dead 2 set for Fall 2009 release dates, this one may just get shoved under the rug.

But what's important is that this post has reminded me of something: Cary. Download the fucking demo. The expletive can no longer be ignored, and neither can Wolverine.


  1. You know . . . I don't respond kindly to threats.

    But I suppose since he can scale walls and has adamantium claws - just like a reeeeal wolverine - maybe I should check it out.

  2. I know you'll never download the demo, but I reserve the right to harass you about it.