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After all the ups and downs of hearing about the original Marvel MMO, its cancellation, then being picked up again by Gazillion. Filled with hope that at last I would be able to explore Marvel's New York City and beyond.
What I got was Marvel: Ultimate Alliance.
Don't get me wrong, I love that game. But it's a bit cooler when it's you and your friends playing. And you don't expect much from it, really. It's just a beat 'em up. When the Marvel MMO was in production I wasn't thinking, "Man, I hope it's exactly like MUA but online."
What I wanted was to make my own hero and rub shoulders with Marvel's iconic heroes- exploring the city, fighting crime. Maybe starting off as a student at Xavier's Academy for the Gifted or the Avengers Initiative. Nope. Instead you play AS one of the iconic heroes. Which sounds cool at first until you're in the game and everyone else is playing the same guy. There's literally an army of Daredevils (my favorite hero), Hawkeyes, Scarlet Witches... It's weird. It's jarring.
I've always wanted to explore Hell's Kitchen as a huge Daredevil fan. When I finally got the chance in this game it made me hang my head and slump my shoulders. You just go around this weirdly-designed neighborhood where there aren't any people beating up guys in white t-shirts and jeans. What?
I knew what Marvel Heroes Online was going to be when I started playing it. But actually playing it made me way sadder for what we could have had- a fully-fledged Marvel MMO. If this game fails, which I kind of predict it will, I worry that we'll never get that golden Marvel MMO I've wanted since CoH first came out.