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  • Summary: Set in the ever popular Marvel Universe, the Super Hero Squad is on a dire mission against Dr. Doom's Lethal Legion of villains to recover the hidden Infinity Fractals; fragments of the all-powerful Infinity Sword. Each Infinity Fractal holds incredible power and can have significant effects on its possessor, giving each character special abilities that could alter the game’s rules and playing field. With more than 20 Marvel characters to mix and match, players can choose to take on the role of their favorite Super Heroes and Super Villains, such as Captain America, Dr. Doom, Falcon, Hulk, Iron Man, Juggernaut, Ms. Marvel, Silver Surfer, Thing, Thor and Wolverine, to name a few. Using character-specific super powers and customized combo attacks, players will blast, punch, and bash in fast-moving combat with their nemesis. Players can either jump into a battle arena against up to three opponents in Battle Mode, or choose to relive six campaigns as depicted from the animated series in Adventure Mode. Marvel Super Hero Squad is an immersive, single and multiplayer game filled with dramatic, interactive environments where players are given extraordinary powers to fight for good or evil, depending on which Super Hero Squad character they chose to play as. [THQ] Expand
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  1. The Superhero Squad is a nice game for the midday break, even if the story is not the best. Please do not play it too long or you are at risk to get annoyed.
  2. As it is, this game is still a good fit for preteens, although the extremely low difficulty level, even on Hard, might not appeal to players looking for the next Marvel Vs. Capcom.
  3. 59
    Super Hero Squad on DS isn’t a great game by any stretch of the imagination. The load issues and amateurish presentation will try your patience, the game has a quirky 2D art style that pokes its head in during loads and “story” sequences, and the overall single player experience is as generic and repetitious as possible. At the same time, there’s something in this game that proves Halfbrick has some serious talent.
  4. Marvel Super Hero Squad can only be recommended for young gamers who enjoy their superheroes and would do better with a simple game.
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  1. Aug 2, 2014
    Marvel Super Hero Squad. This is a know what? I'm not even going to do a normal intro for this game. You want to know why? I have two good reasons. For one thing, you have to ask yourself, have you ever heard of this game? The only reason I remember it is because I have actually played it. Not a lot of people got this game when it came out, probably because it came out around the same time as a lot of other good games in 2009. The other reason why I am not going to do an intro for this game is because this game totally sucks, and the only real reason why I am writing this review is because I want to tell all of you why all of the mixed reviews of this game are all balderdash! In other words, whatever you do, do not buy this game! Especially when there are so many much better games out there. This is the worst Nintendo DS game, if not the worst video game I have ever played, and this review is going to tell you why. Let's start with the gameplay shall we? This game is a fighting game that allows you to take your favorite (childish) Marvel characters and fight each other. That idea sounds excellent on paper, however, here it is so poorly executed! For one thing there are only two modes, story mode, and battle mode. That's it. There is really nothing else to do in this game other than those two options. The story mode is just a side scrolling beat-em' up game, and there is usually a boss at the end that you have to fight in a battle mode style battle. Battle mode basically takes those boss battles and allows you to fight in multiplayer. One of the biggest problems with this game that I noticed almost immediately after I started playing it, is that the game is a complete rip-off of Super Smash Bros.! Seriously, it is a 2D fighting game, with only a handful of Marvel characters to play as, and the stages are designed in a similar way to Super Smash Bros. There are even items, special moves, and super moves you can use once you charge them up, just like Super Smash Bros.! I could forgive this if the game was executed as well as, if not better than the game it was ripping off. However, that's the thing, it's worse than the game it's ripping off! For that, I have to take off a ton of points from its final score! There are only ten characters total to play as (8 are unlocked from the beginning, 2 have to be unlocked by completing the game's story) compared to Super Smash Bros. Brawl's 35! There is also only a small number of stages to pick from compared to Brawl's several stages! Also, you can only fight one on one, Brawl allows you to fight with three other people on the same arena, not just one! However, the biggest problem with the game that makes it worse than the game it is ripping off is the controls! The controls feel stiff and unresponsive. On top of that, I lost count of the amount of times I mistook one button for the other because the controls are so much more confusing than Smash Bros. The only good thing about this game's gameplay I think of is that at the very least, there are some original modes here that aren't in Super Smash Bros. that I think would make a great addition to the series. However, because the rest of the gameplay of this game is so terrible, that doesn't really matter too much. As for the story, it is just terrible. It follows the story of the cartoon series it is based on, however, there is zero character development, it is not well written with terrible jokes thrown in, and the story is little more than a convoluted mess that has you playing as random Marvel characters. There is literally nothing good about this game's story at all. The only people who are going to know the characters by the end of the game are the die-hard Marvel fans! I decided to save the graphics for last. This is not because they are good however. It's like the game developers said "You think the gameplay and story are bad? Check out these terrible graphics!" That's right. The graphics are actually the worst part of all about this game! This game is the first game I have ever played that actually gave me a headache from looking at the graphics for too long. They look horribly unrealistic, and far too pixelated for the Nintendo DS. Once again though, this game's graphics actually gave me a headache! That has literally never happened to me before when playing a video game. Overall, this game is absolutely terrible, and if you have a Nintendo DS, stay as far away from this game as possible. You will regret buying this game, especially when there are so many much better DS games out there. If you want an excellent DS game, buy a Mario game, or Kirby Super Star Ultra, or a Zelda game. Heck if you still want a Marvel game, even Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, which I reviewed earlier is better than this game!
    Gameplay: 2/10
    Graphics: 1/10
    Story: 1/10
    Overall: 1/10
  2. Oct 11, 2011
    This video game just stinks! It's absolutely horrendous! I can't believe my parents wasted their money to get me this game (I don't blame them personally because I'm the one who played it). The game play is just terrible! It looks just like Super Smash Bros. Brawl, only a cruddy version of it. The control of this game makes it seem like it was designed by an alien with multiple hands, whereas the control of Smash Bros. is what made it so much fun to me. This turned Marvel Super Hero Squad into a cruddy knockoff of an amazing game. The story of this game is exactly the same as the TV show it's based off of. The story is that Dr. Doom shattered an artifact of great power during a battle with Iron Man called the Infinity Sword. Now the heroes, and the villains are working to gather all the fragments of it in order to recreate it. The story may be a lot like the show, however, there is little to no humor in it whatsoever. I wouldn't mind so much, except that the show has loads of humorous moments. The thing that really kills this game is the graphics. The graphics are much like the Virtual Boy. They aren't black and red, but they can actually cause headaches like the Virtual Boy. Yes, I'm dead serious. It's happened to me. After experiencing a headache, I turned off the game, and played Super Mario 64 DS instead. This was because I knew that there would be no way I could ever get a headache from that game. As for Super Hero Squad, this game is just terrible. It's not even worth a rent. If you're thinking about getting this game for your kid, don't even bother. There are so many much better games you can get than this. You should get Super Smash Bros. Brawl instead. For a teen rated game, it's actually quite tame, and it might actually be suitable for children. You can get them whatever you want, but just stay away from this hunk of crud. Collapse