Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 30
  2. Negative: 9 out of 30
  1. A mixed bag of imperfection and rather jagged diamonds that should seriously be weighed up before purchasing.
  2. The single player mode is quite bland and lacks a much needed punch, while the multiplayer provides some excitement.
  3. It’s the very definition of [average], with so-so graphics and sound, mindless, repetitive action and nothing to get even vaguely excited about.
  4. A weak in the knees one button beat-em-up that has absolutely no teeth. The fighting engine is so watered down that only geeking Marvel fanboys will elicit any enjoyment out of spending any time with it.
  5. It's the Versus mode which stands out - hurling streetlights and taxi cabs at Captain America is no end of fun. [PSW]
  6. Instead of the epic battles I was looking forward to, I've spent much of my time with Nemesis playing one hero or another against a horde of pretty generic bad guys, most of which either don't pose any challenge (or variety) and a few of which seem fiendishly hard (but still don't offer any variety).
  7. Faceless-cyborg-smashing melee battles are repetitive, uninspired, and glitchy. And with each story line presented in a series of minimissions averaging 3 to 4 minutes apiece, you spend a lot of your time switching characters and saving and loading instead of just playing the darn game.
  8. Players who enjoy the lore surrounding the Marvel Universe, as well as those who are looking for something different in terms of beating others into submission should definitely give this game a look.
  9. This is a superhero game that actually makes you hate the superhero you're playing as for their rubbish attacking skills, poor movement and general refusal to do what they're told.
  10. 40
    The story mode is boring and full of repetition, the controls are overly simplistic.
  11. Keep your expectations in check, and there's some fun in the mayhem. [Oct 2005, p.126]
  12. A good-looking game that should've focused on one thing above all others. It might've been a good four-player arena combat game; it could've done all right as a mission-based beat-'em-up; and it's just barely possible that this might've worked as a 3D platformer starring Marvel's characters. As a game that tries to be all of those things at once, it's about as fun as gargling mayonnaise.
  13. Inarguably, it’s a sucky game. Once you’ve taken Marvel Nemesis through its paces, you’ll pierce its glinty armor with your newfound eye beams of license abuse and try to toss it into the local penitentiary for the rest of its unnatural born life.
  14. An odd visual style tops off a very poor title in a suitably poor manner, jumping between looking halfway decent and just plain nasty. An unbalanced and sorely broken mess. [Dec 2005, p.106]
  15. 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--and you'll have to wrestle with some serious balance and gameplay issues along the way.
  16. 70
    Although Marvel Nemesis is far from being a perfect game, it's still an exceptionally strong outing for EA. Comic fans should be suitably impressed with EA's use of the Marvel license, and fighting fans will likely find more than enough substance to keep themselves entertained.
  17. The controls and poor AI is where this game falls apart and characters like Wolverine are rendered useless while Iron Man, Storm and Magneto are a tad more fun to play.
  18. The area where the gameplay lacks is the variety on moves, combos, and just providing ways to keep gamers interested after the smoke and mirrors of the visuals wear off.
  19. The impressive amount of characters to play with, along with the striking character graphics and animations, gives the game a good presentational value, and the exciting boss battles and interactive levels make this an entertaining game that is worthy of at least a rental.
  20. 50
    Nothing more than a ho-hum experience that looks painfully ordinary when compared to the rest of this season's excellent comic games.
  21. The Story mode was a great idea that just fell short in its execution. The fighting was a little bit shallow, but it was still fun.
  22. With its horrible looks, non-existent gameplay and shallow controls, every possible effort should be made to avoid this. [Dec 2005, p.111]
  23. Even worse, it doesn't do the stuff you've seen before with much panache. It's not comic - it's tragic. [Nov 2005, p.90]
  24. A pretty average beat 'em up. There are some annoying control and camera issues. And the imperfects? Boring! [Nov 2005]
  25. A rather straightforward 3D brawler, with enemies materializing in a green haze and fairly begging to be dispatched with prejudice. [Oct 2005, p.55]
  26. Only decent multiplayer saves this one from being completely awful. [Nov 2005, p.86]
  27. It doesn't have a riveting story, it's easy, the gameplay is stale and shallow – in short, and it offers nothing new.
  28. The combat is far from fluid and the missions feel stuttered and short...and how will Marvel fans feel about killing off some of their favourite characters???
  29. A solid brawler with a nice selection of new and familiar characters. It sports a great deal of interactivity with the environment, and gives a number of fighting styles to work with.
  30. It's a schizophrenic game that tests poorly as both a brawler and a fighter. 80 percent of the game is too easy, and the balance is cheap and simply not fun.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 6 out of 17
  1. Simplisticgamelover
    Oct 19, 2005
    Unlike everybody else, i thought that it was pretty fun.
  2. BigL.
    Sep 24, 2005
    You finally get to use super powers they way they were meant to be used in a game. Tons of fun playing versus mode with a friend.
  3. M.G.
    Sep 21, 2005
    This game is sweet and offers lots of replay. Great value!