“Marvel Nemesis: Rise Of The Imperfects” was released in 2005 (same year X-Men Legends: Rise Of Apocalypse came out) on PlayStation 2, Xbox and Nintendo GameCube. It received mixed reviews from critics, fans and gamers alike. The game failed to sell enough copies worldwide. Meaning, a sequel never came into fruition.
Insomniac Games (the Ratchet And Clank series) announced they’re working on a sequel to “Spider-Man” (PS4/PS5) & a solo “Wolverine” video game. To prepare for the aforementioned games, I thought about sharing what’s good or bad about Marvel Nemesis: Rise Of The Imperfects. Electronic Arts (EA for short) is working on a remake of “Dead Space” slated to come out in late 2022. One more thing, several upcoming Marvel related movies and shows are in the works. Wolverine is my favorite Marvel character.
It doesn’t matter if SPOILERS are listed. For those who haven’t played the game, read at your own risk. Let’s see if this game is good or bad.
Powerful & Weak Qualities
Positive: Marvel characters listed as playable are Wolverine, Storm, Magneto, Spider-Man, Venom, The Thing, The Human Torch, Iron Man, Elektra & Daredevil.
The Imperfects listed as playable are Hazmat. Johnny Ohm, Wink, Brigade, Paragon, Solara, Fault Zone & Niles Van Roekel.
After you play as The Thing, a cutscene shows an alien invasion easily defeating well known characters like Captain America, The Punisher & Hulk. What you’re about to see, indicates this game is gonna be dark as heck.
Graphics at the time were solid. They’re not butt ugly like “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” Not the worst Spidey movie, but the worst game related to the wallcrawler.
Six members of The Imperfects (minus Paragon & Roekel) have interesting origin stories on how they acquired unique powers. Too bad they didn’t appear in anything outside the game. Hazmat is my favorite out of all of them.
A one-on-one battle lets you fight an A.I. or play with a friend.
Once your opponent’s health is almost out, you get a chance to perform a finisher.
On the bonus features, motion comics of Ultimate Fantastic Four & Ultimate X-Men are unlocked. At least they quite entertaining to watch. Better than the game’s story.
Story Missions give you a difficult choice, unlock an origin story cutscene at the cost of killing a beloved Marvel character.
Spidey retains his silver webs on his costume reflecting Sam Raimi’s movies. I’m glad Tobey Maguire didn’t reprise his role. He’s better off than partaking in this piece of crud.
After you beat a foe, a playable character gets to say something funny.
Negative: Niles Van Roekel & Paragon’s backstories aren’t interesting. I never cared about them. The pair are actually the game’s main characters.
Once you beat Roekel as the final boss, he wears a powersuit. Wait a second? A bald billionaire who wears a powersuit is a rip-off of Superman’s arch enemy Lex Luthor. I’m surprised DC didn’t sue EA.
Wolverine’s claws are crooked. Is it so hard for a video game company to get his claws right? Have they ever read a Wolverine comic, saw the 90s X-Men cartoon or movies?
Projectiles are unbalanced. If you get hit, a chunk of your health is drained.
Story Missions with no one to battle is presented as a beat-em’ up. Not as exciting like “Super Smash Bros Brawl.” Felt underwhelming.
Difficulty playing the story is downright hard. There’s no difficulty system.
Story Missions reuse the same stages with no variation whatsoever. Super Smash Bros Brawl didn’t repeat the same stages recycling props in the main story. Even that’s a much better game.
The Imperfects never got a chance to appear in more missions. All they do is kill a Marvel character.
There’s no alternate costumes for every character. Wolverine doesn’t wear his iconic yellow and blue suit. Magneto is seen without his helmet. Storm is wearing nothing but a revealing outfit, she wears a white outfit from the comics. Iron Man is missing his red and yellow armor. The only options are a default look and a corrupt version. What a letdown.
The Final Verdict: D, FOR DUMMY!
Marvel Nemesis: Rise Of The Imperfects is one of the worst Marvel related video games I ever played. As a kid, I used to play it all the time. Now that I’m older, it didn’t age well. EA failed to make an great game on the same level as the “Marvel VS. Capcom” series or the “Super Smash Bros” series. If I were you, do not waste you spare time playing this clunker. Now I get why the game is a financial disaster. I’m sad The Imperfects will never get a chance to show up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you wanna play an actual superhero fighting game, “Injustice 2” featuring DC characters is your golden ticket of enjoyment.