Trading Card Game features Marvel's complete roster of
characters and allows players to take their game online with
massive sanctioned tournaments, a virtual card shop and interoperability
between the PSP system and PC versions of the game. Using
the Vs. System Trading Card Game from Upper Deck Entertainment,
players can learn the basics of the game as a super hero or
super villain in the game's single player campaign mode....
on the popular trading card game from Upper Deck Entertainment,
the Marvel Trading Card Game allows players to collect
over 800 cards based on their favourite Marvel characters
and compete in cross-platform online play in a variety of
different modes. Players
can assemble their own deck and take on different challenges
to gain more cards based on legendary Marvel characters such
as Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, the X-Men, the Avengers,
the Fantastic Four, Ghost Rider and more.
In the game's single player story mode, players have the option
to play as hero or villain, and select a series of enemies
to battle. In between each clash, the game's scenario unfolds
via comic book scenes as player moves on to the next adversary.
player begins the game with their own team of Marvel characters,
and tries to defeat the cards of their opponent. Using an
online network, the Marvel Trading Card Game allows
players to play in an online community to compete across a
variety of game modes and tournaments, trade cards with other
players and even purchase new cards from the game's online
reviewers, we seldom get instructions with review copies of
games. Usually that's not a great problem - how many games
have you actually read the instructions to? But with Marvel
Trading Card Game you need to know what you are doing
before you play.
is an onscreen tuition facility, but it's not overly great.
For starters sometimes the text on the instructions scrolls
off the page. To read it all you need to use the directional
buttons to scroll down. However, if you accidentally hit the
"X" button thinking that this will take to the next
page (which you generally have to do with most games) to read
the rest of the text, it takes you to the next set of instructions.
This means that you can easily miss out on the end text for
some of the instructions. And as there is no option to go
back to reread any segment of text, you will have to it wait
until the end of that tuition (each one generally lasts for
5-10 minutes) before you are given the option to repeat that
particular tutorial. So, if you mess up, you'll already want
to throw your PSP at the wall in frustration before you've
gotten into the game proper.
I eventually finished the first three tuition sections I thought
I'd have a go at a game. But for some reason I couldn't place
any of my cards in the playing field (I was only given the
option to turn them upside down). So go after my go the computer
opponent would attack me and again, on my go I was unable
to place cards in the battle area. After being beaten, I sat
through the tutorial once again, and then started a new game.
Now to be perfectly honest I did this because I am paid to.
I certainly wouldn't have bothered if I'd bought the game
- I'd be straight back to the shop to demand my money back.
the end of the day I'm scratching my head trying to fathom
who this game is aimed at. Those who like collectable card
games may not be Marvel fans, and will certainly prefer to
play against other people with real cards which they can win.
Those who are Marvel fans, but have never experienced this
kind of card game before will soon lose interest - the game
developers don't exactly make it easy to welcome those unfamiliar
with this sort of game.
I found the whole thing to be a little boring, but I can see
that if you fit into the category of "Marvel fan who
likes collectable battling card games" you'll find it
entertaining for a short while - that's if you can stand the
visuals and hard (sometimes impossible) to read text.
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