Hey all, so I was just playing MUA on my PS2 the other day, and play-testing out various characters and their abilities. I tried using characters that I don't normally use (with varying degrees of success), and since there seems to be a lot of love for MUA around these parts, I figured it'd be cool to share favorites from the MUA roster. Many of my friends and I have wildly different preferences when it comes to MUA characters, but here are my favorites and most hated:
Pros: My favorite, naturally with him being my #1 Marvel character and all. Shield Throw is a ridiculously fun move to use, especially when you're maneuvering it, and a mix of Shield Throw and some punching can really get Cap's momentum up fast. The Heroism boost is also very useful in tight situations, giving everyone in your team a defensive bonus.
Cons: His Xtreme is a little weak, and I don't really find a use for the rest of his moves. Cap is also pretty sucky against bosses; as he's more of a crowd-control fighter in my opinion. He can handle small mobs, but when it comes to mini-bosses, he barely holds his own - mainly because he doesn't have a high DPS.
Pros: My second favorite, Stark is just a beast in this game. With Energy Reroute, you can keep spamming Plasma Disc or Nano Assault without ever worrying about energy. Very powerful and easy to use, and his Xtreme targets multiple enemies with high damage. He's also got flight - always a welcome option.
Cons: Some of his attacks leave him open to hits. Nano Assault makes him charge up for a second, and charging Plasma Disc can be a pain. Also, if enemies have Energy Steal, Iron Man's powers are basically useless - this guy's an energy sponge.
Pros: Power. Pure power. Surfer has so many cool moves, from the powerful Cosmic Blast, to the always necessary Heal, and his awesome Xtreme which not only does damage, but also heals. But my favorite use for Surfer is to abuse Surfer's Rage. Fly high up in the air, keep tapping Surfer's Rage, and watch multiple enemies burn up with this special.
Cons: Energy sponge; use too much of his powers and he's left more or less defenseless. His Specials are also pretty useless, as I don't really find an opportunity to activate Time Stop or Molecular Mix-up. Also has the worst costume choices in the entire game (Can you spot the difference?).
Pros: Really cool and fun set of moves with Fury. He can grapple enemies at close-range, unleash his SMG at mid-range, and my personal favorite - the Sniper Rifle. Charge up this baby and any enemy in your sights goes down in a flash. Some people have commented that he's not a very effective character - which I agree to a certain extent - but he's certainly fun!
Cons: As aforementioned, his moves are cool, but many of them take too long to charge up. He's not really an ideal choice to play, just really fun. Frag, for example, is a very frustrating move to use as enemies can just simply dodge.
Pros: Stealth looks cool.
Cons: Black Panther is pretty meh for me. Which is weird, because he's one of my favorite Avengers in the comics. But he's quite weak when it comes to combat. His claws and his throwing dagger things do very little damage, and Stealth is not exactly useful in a beat-em-up game where your party follows you everywhere.
Pros: People tell me that once you learn how to use Spidey, and when his powers are leveled up, he's a really powerful character. Can't say I've had that experience though.
Cons: He feels very weak in terms of close-combat. And, maybe I'm not dexterous enough, but Web Sling becomes more cumbersome than useful as a travel power - especially when compared to flight. I think my beef with Spider-Man is not so much the character's capability, but more of it not suiting my playstyle.
Pros: You get to play as Beta Ray Bill! Flight, I guess, is always a good thing to have, and his melee attacks do do a lot of damage.
Cons: Very cumbersome powers to use. North Winds is annoying because you have to keep spinning the analog stick. Thor's Rage is also relatively weak in comparison to Silver Surfer's, and I feel like his melee attacks are slow and not fast enough for my preference.
Pros: Nunchuks is admittedly a pretty powerful attack against enemies. He also has one of the strongest Xtremes which does really solid damage against bosses.
Cons: Could never get into Moon Knight, despite him being one of my favorite characters in comics. His powers feel weak for the most part, such as Staff Slam and his Moon Darts, and most of them are also slow in execution and recovery. I'm not sure about this, but it also always feels like he absorbs more Energy than he can replenish.
Feel free to share your most favorites and most-hated. I'd like to compare notes with other fans of this game, and tell me what you think about my choices.