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There aren't many games on the PSP that can compare with Marvel Trading Card Game in terms of its game-play depth. As far as console trading card games go it's one of the better ones I've played and it's a game I'll happily continue to play long after this review is finished. As we said earlier though, those who class themselves as 'casual' gamers, and who can't be bothered to put more than five minutes effort into learning how to play a game, will certainly get little from this game. Essentially though that's their problem because every platform needs titles such as Marvel Trading Card Game which offers depth, replay value and plenty of options for those who like to play against the AI (and we should mention that the AI is capable of putting up a stiff challenge) or against human opposition. If you like trading card games at all, this is definitely a game to purchase.
What then is my conclusion? If you are a serious fan of card battle games, this is an excellent game to look into buying, as it likely has everything you would look for in such a game. If you are not a serious fan of card battle games, I’d start out with something simpler, such as the aforementioned DragonballZ: Harukanaru Densetsu, or just avoid the genre altogether. If you aren’t sure how you’d feel about a game like this, rent it or borrow it from somebody who has it before laying down too much money to buy it.
With its good implementation of the well-known Vs. System, Marvel Trading Card Game will make those who've already got a taste for TCGs quite happy, and it makes pretty good use of the Marvel license on top of that. It's a step up in sophistication from the Yu-Gi-Oh! games that Konami has been churning out for years, and the online component is surprisingly solid. Still, it's a shame that the game's depth gets in the way of its accessibility to a wider audience.
Nevertheless, there is a comprehensive suite of online modes, including the ability to pay cash for new cards, and trade and play with other players (including owners of the PC version of the game). It's still hampered by the ill-considered interface design, but it's also still characterised by deep and absorbing game mechanics with the result that the game is, in spite of itself, pretty entertaining stuff.
Konami's Marvel Trading Card Game is for die-hard fans only. If you don't play the paper version of Marvel's game, this UMD is not for you. And if you do, make sure you know other people who are also buying MTCG. While not perfect, Konami's implementation of Upper Deck's Vs system isn't bad. Many of the game's issues are inevitable because the card game is so complex, and any card game turned video game would suffer the same problem. But that's why games like this should stay in card form and not be digitized on consoles or portable systems.
Marvel Trading Card Game is a worthy title for fans of card games and those obsessed with the Marvel universe. Even those intimidated by the rule sets of tabletop card games will appreciate the chance to learn to play in this setting. Despite its faults, there’s a good chance it’ll hook you. A word of warning though, don’t play it late at night in bed. Reading all the same text late at night is guaranteed to put you to sleep and this game is too much fun for that.
For those who do manage to get to grips with the game, Marvel Trading Card Game is a generous and extensive package, providing two unique single-player stories to work through (you can play as a goody or a baddy), as well as a raft of pleasing multiplayer options, including both local and internet play. However, for pretty much everybody else, its difficulty is too high a barrier to entry and, in all honesty, only the most dedicated newbie will likely persevere towards fathoming its depths to the point of being able to hold their own against devotees online.
Marvel Trading Card Game est un coup d'essai qui ne demande qu'à être transformé lors d'un prochain épisode plus ludique, convivial et surtout plus accessible. En l'état, le jeu de Vicious Visions s'adresse principalement aux acharnés purs et durs qui trouveront là un jeu de cartes tirant partie d'un univers foisonnant, à l'IA diabolique mais malheureusement trop lourd à absorber.
There is something here for the real fan of collectible card games, to be sure, and hardcore Marvel maniacs will enjoy seeing everyone from Spider-Man to Super Skrull in card form. Everyone else should probably stay clear.