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2. Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects
2005 | PS2, Xbox, GameCube, PSP
Copies sold in US: Close to 1.2 million
Average score: 56%

Affectionately known as "Marvel Emesis," Marvel Nemesis was the best idea ever on paper: get a bunch of hyper-detailed Marvel superheroes into big, destructible 3D arenas and make 'em fight each other one-on-one. It looked great, and the addition of new villains created just for the game seemed like a good plan at the time. But then some genius decided that Marvel Nemesis needed to be a long, frustrating single-player beat 'em-up as well as a one-on-one fighter, and everything just went straight to hell.

The company line: "Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects delivers the most authentic and cinematic Super Hero fighting experience ever seen in a video game, while remaining faithful to the legacy of these classic characters."

What the critics said: The game's brawler mode - and the fact that you had to play it to unlock characters for the one-on-one portion - was a big target of derision, with GameSpot's Steve Palley writing, "Marvel Nemesis has been engineered in such a way that you must slog through the game's weakest parts to gain access to its best features." Other complaints included the game's unresponsive camera, its even-more-unresponsive controls and the overall dullness of battling faceless robots in mission after crappy mission. And the game's original villains - the aptly named Imperfects - turned out to be a cabal of wildly unappealing creeps with mostly unmemorable backstories and powers.

Even the game's "best" parts - its one-on-one battles - were bashed for limiting each hero's arsenal of moves to a few simple attacks. As IGN's Jeremy Dunham lamented, "once you've learned one guy, you've pretty much learned them all - everyone is essentially the same person, only animated differently with a couple of exceptions."



Why you bought it anyway: We're going to go out on a limb and guess it had something to do with the fact that the game enables you to make Spider-Man fight Wolverine to the death. Call it a hunch.

What went wrong? This was yet another case of a tight schedule and deeply flawed design conspiring to create crap. The one-on-one fights were promising, but left as they were, they would never have carried Marvel Nemesis to critical success on their own. They were button-mashy, required zero strategy and - once you'd seen cool stuff like Wolverine stabbing Spider-Man to death with his claws, or Elektra burying her sai in Daredevil's forehead - they got boring fast. But they were masterpieces compared to the brawling action, which was a buggy, dull, confusing mess. Even so, you had to slog through it if you wanted to unlock any characters for the game's more tolerable versus mode, thus stripping Nemesis of any remaining appeal.

Most infuriatingly positive quote: "Rise of the Imperfects shows that the relationship between EA and Marvel could be start [sic] of a beautiful friendship," wrote GameSpy's David Chapman. He may be right; Marvel Nemesis 2 has been reported as currently in production. Tremble in fear.

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54 comments

  • Terrorrizor - September 4, 2013 1:10 p.m.

    To be honest, Bulletproof is a pretty good game to kill time. I liked being able to shoot a .38 in the left hand while letting a tech rip through enemies on the right. The design complimented the music they put in, and aside from the story which they didn't put much thought into, it was a pretty fun game.
  • darkpigraph - June 16, 2011 11:34 a.m.

    Shiny made that Matrix game? And to think they used to be known for Earthworm Jim and MDK :(
  • PS3pwns - June 15, 2011 2:02 a.m.

    Marvel Nemesis was awesome!!! And spidey 3 was alright.
  • luke1608 - December 13, 2010 8:50 p.m.

    I bought Enter the Matrix, it didn't work and then the games shop refused to refund even though it wasn't scratched or anything, this made it double as shit
  • noporcru623 - October 17, 2010 6:47 a.m.

    driver 3 is funny to play and the movie making is cool, i loved enter the matrix tho i havent played in about 6 years
  • MyGameName - July 16, 2010 12:54 a.m.

    LOL I got Enter the Matrix as a gag gift for my cousin, and it's been floating between a select few of us who actually get it like a twisted game of Hot Potato. I installed it and cheated my way to the end. 5 minutes of my life I'm never getting back. reCAPTCHA: escrow battle
  • mrmorozov987 - July 15, 2010 7:22 p.m.

    Ouch, GamesWave got served! Ah snap!
  • ventanger - February 26, 2010 7:49 a.m.

    Christ... I was one of the poor deluded fools who was suckered into preordering Enter The Matrix due to the Matrix hype and Shiny at the helm. Collectively that game had about 1.85 seconds worth of enjoyment, everything else made me want to hammer a nail halfway into a wall, and then run into it.
  • wiitard07 - December 29, 2009 1:27 a.m.

    I would buy a bargain bin copy of the 50 cent game just to see him get shot repeatedly.
  • pot - October 29, 2009 8:13 a.m.

    God, State of Emergency sucked so bad. My friend had it and acted like it was the best game ever. I was stoned off my ass and still found the game boring as hell. And we all know, pot can make some things better then what they really are. But no dice, didn't work that time.
  • BiscuitGangsta - October 25, 2009 6:49 p.m.

    I bought @ least half of these games, and now I feel ashamed. Thanks a lot GR, lol.
  • micdog2009 - October 24, 2009 7:42 p.m.

    Wii Play Tanks was awesome. totally worth the money.
  • dtzulu - October 23, 2009 10:15 p.m.

    marvel imperfects sucked... driv3r 3 sucked long and hard... marvel ultimate alliance 2 is a let down, predator bites... i can go on and on...
  • kibbles0515 - October 23, 2009 9:51 p.m.

    "Enter the Matrix" was only good if you overlooked the many flaws and embraced the universe/storyline. In retrospect, yes, my dearly beloved "Enter..." was crap, but I can go back now and play only the most fun levels, and that makes me happy. Also, the "hidden" Sparks levels and the hacking are fun, every once in a while. I'm not going to sit and play "Enter..." for 3 hours, but for an hour to 90 minutes, its some good fun while I wait for a newer game to hit store shelves.
  • TestDDs - October 23, 2009 7:48 p.m.

    I have most of these games except for 50 cent and wii play they both can burn in hell 50 cent sould shoo the wii and then his music
  • Illinoissucks - October 23, 2009 1:05 a.m.

    Hey I stole Enter the Matrix from a friend and Kind of liked it but I can't wait for 50 Cent to get gunned down.
  • kodesy - October 22, 2009 7:09 p.m.

    I thought that Path of Neo was a pretty good game..didn't look any better than ETM and it was still kind of clunky but at least you were still playing the actually story. Also, one thing that WAS really sick about Rogue Agent...Bond actually died! Hahaa, eat that Pierce Brosnan, you were the crappiest Bond they ever had!
  • kor2disturbed - October 22, 2009 1:15 p.m.

    Huh well I loved marvel nemesis I thought it was a great game and bought the nintendo ds version and the ps2 version I didnt know you guys at cheatplanet thought it sucked oh well
  • montyburns - October 22, 2009 5:10 a.m.

    "...and also you're an idiot and you smell bad and your website no longer exists"!!! Hahahaha!
  • Cwf2008 - December 6, 2008 5:58 a.m.

    Hey i thought Wii Play was good...well i should say i thought the remote it came with was good. The game sucked, but hey cheap controller!

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