So, like a lot of comic fans, or just fans of the Marvel movies, I play Avengers Alliance on Facebook…..off and on. Yeah, I tend to have a love/hate relationship with it. I mean, I like it, I think it’s one of the better Facebook games out there, but there are also things about it that I wish were different. To be honest, I actually far preferred Avengers Alliance Tactics, and was more than a little disappointed when the game was discontinued. Regardless, here’s a list of things I think the game could stand to change or add, and as always, you’re free to add your own ideas at the end. Let’s start with what’s probably a fairly obvious one…
Granted, it IS kinda cool to create arguably the most badass S.H.I.E.L.D. agent of all, second only to Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury or heroes like Black Widow. Thing is, though, what if I don’t wanna be a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent? I’m just saying, if you’re gonna give us the option to make our own character, I’d like more… … …y’know, OPTIONS. What if I wanna be an actual superhero, an Avenger? Or heck, how about an X-Man, or an Inhuman? Surely they coulda worked that in. Oh, and for the love of God, while I like having my created character and building them up, why am I being forced to play as them all the time? Other than in daily missions, you always need to take them into combat. I’d love to be able to do teams like the big three of Cap, Iron Man, and Thor, or my own contingent of the A-Force with She-Hulk, Captain Marvel, and Spider-Woman.
To be fair, it actually says a lot about the Marvel Universe that there can be 119 recruitable heroes in this game and yet still be missing some fan favourites. Most of the bigger name heroes are in, of course, like the original founding members of the X-Men and the Avengers, Captain America, Wolverine, Spider-Man, Storm, and Carol Danvers (AKA Captain Marvel, or Ms. Marvel as she’s still referred to by default in this game, sadly). Still, there’s been plenty of characters that have made big impacts in recent memory that could be on there, like my personal favourite, Kamala Khan, Spider-Gwen, Miles Morales, Jane Foster as the new Thor, or Inferno, or even characters that have been around for a while, like Jubilee, Lockjaw, Scott Lang, Misty Knight, Scarlet Spider, Thunderstrike, or Dazzler (and yes, I know I’m probably the only person to ever personally request Dazzler be added to a game, leave me alone, lol). Or hell, Coulson, Hill, and Fury are in the game as advisers, why not make them playable too?
A lot of characters have alternate costumes that come complete with new abilities and attacks. And while I appreciate the heck outta them, I also feel like there should probably be more. How about the most recent incarnation of mohawk Storm? Or Age of Ultron Vision? Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Wasp? Netflix Daredevil? The new Cyclops costume with the x-shaped visor? The newest version of Spider-Woman that lacks a giant yellow arrow pointed at her groin? (I know I’ve said this before, but aside from the sweet colour scheme, that costume is a touch on the tasteless side, which is why I’m eager to eventually get Carol Danvers’ Captain Marvel costume). Or heck, I mentioned bringing in Jubilee, maybe she could have her 90’s costume where she has her mutant powers, or her modern one where she has her vampire abilities?
This one actually legit bothers me a lot. The sound effects are freaking loud as shit, and there’s no way to adjust them without turning them off completely. Oh sure, I can always change the overall volume on the computer, but what if I’m listening to music while playing? Y’know, what if I’ve got tracks from the movies playing while I play the game? I’m just saying, a volume control for the game would be nice is all.
Look, I get it, a lot of Facebook games use this formula…and it annoys me. A lot. Granted, it allows for multitasking, in that you can play a little of this game, send your party on Quinjet missions for some silver while you wait for your energy to recharge, and then go do whatever in the meantime. But I’d like a little more play time in between. And granted, there are ways to recharge your energy, but they’re short in supply unless you stock up. I’m not even asking for much more. I personally think 100 would be better than 60. It’s a nice, even, and big number without being too big.
Yeah, not gonna lie, this bugs me. There are times I wish I could start over from square one with this game. Problem is, you can’t. Even if you remove the app from your Facebook, it saves your progress for if you put it back on. So, say you start your game with a few…mistakes in judgement? Like, spending gold and points on stuff that, while not necessarily bad, kinda pale in comparison for something you could’ve saved up for and gotten early? That decision will haunt you until you’re able to build it back up. And yes, I know you can spend real life money to get more gold and silver, but not all of us have that ability. If I could purchase stuff online, I’d use it to support Emmybomber, Morgan Meryl, and all my other artist friends online… … …Also, I’d pay Greg Capullo to draw my superheroes. lol
Anyway, that’s all I can think of for now. Lemme know if there’s anything you wanna add, and hey, if you’re like me and irritated by the lack of info on the games on GameFAQs, be sure to check out the unofficial database for the game, the Marvel Avengers Alliance wiki, by clicking on the link below. Ja né!
So, I’ve had a few days to think about it, and I think I’m just about ready to answer my own question: Who do you think of when you think of the Avengers? Just as a side note, these aren’t necessarily my FAVOURITE Avengers, and there’s even one guy on here that I actually kinda/sorta loathe a little bit. Nonetheless, these are the people I think of when I think of the Avengers, in no particular order…Although, before that, I should put on appropriate music.
Muuuuch better. ^_^ Now then, here are eight heroes I think of when I think of the Avengers, starting with probably the most thought of member of all…
‘MERICA!!! XD Seriously, though, even as a proud Canadian, how could I not love Captain America? To me, he stands for more than just American patriotism and idealism, but rather, he represents what we all hope to be, and I don’t just mean his physique, but his sense of honour and conviction. And while it IS a bit odd that he’s probably the first person most people think of when it comes to the Avengers, given that he wasn’t one of the five founding members, he’s been on so many different versions of the team that it’s hard not to think of him as one of the group’s most iconic members.
I can’t help it, okay? I think of She-Hulk before the Hulk. Call it the feminist in me, or I just sooner gravitate to her than Hulk for…less noble reasons. ^^” Also, I constantly use her in Avengers Alliance, which, one of these days, I’m gonna post an article about, but regardless of why, I think of her first. And frankly, while the Hulk is clearly has the superior raw strength and power, She-Hulk is the more well-rounded in action. She has better self-control, she’s had formal self-defense training from Captain America and Gamora from the Guardians of the Galaxy, and while their overall speed might be similar, I’d imagine Jen’s agility trumps her cousin’s.
Yyyeah, not gonna lie, Tony Stark in the comics (and a little bit in the movies, for that matter) has become rather deplorable to me. However, it appears as though that after Secret Wars, he’s either been replaced as Iron Man, reverted to an earlier state of mind, or switched with an alternate universe version of himself. Frankly, I’m good with any of those scenarios at this point, because dammit, Iron Man at his best was one of Marvel’s best heroes EVER, and a founding member of the Avengers. Still, he’s not exactly the hero I most have a problem with. Wanna know who that is? It’s none other than the next person on this list…
I hate Hank Pym. I REALLY do. I’m sorry, but his likability is EXTREMELY minimal, and none of that has to do with his powers as Ant-Man. With that said, I NEVER need to see him shrink down and go under the bed covers to give Wasp her jollies ever again, I’ll wake up throwing up every night until I die. No, it’s his personality that I can’t stand, even without his severe inferiority complex that makes him do half the shit he’s REALLY infamous for doing. And for the record, I don’t care if hitting Janet was a mistake or not, it happened, and why she ever went back to him, I’ll never know. Nevertheless, he IS a founding member of the Avengers, and one with a really useful power-set. I think it was Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes that really opened my eyes to that. Speaking of which, if you want a GOOD take on the character, watch that show. It does a FAR better job putting him over as a character and a hero than the comics did.
Captain Marvel, she’s our hero! Gonna take the villains down to zero!………..Wait. XD Anyway, Carol’s been a pretty high-profile member of the Avengers for a long time, and has proven herself relatively early as one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Having said that, she might be the focus of one of the more infamously icky stories I’ve personally ever seen in the Avengers line-up: Avengers #200. I don’t wanna go into too much length about it, but if you wanna know the whole story, go watch Linkara’s review of it. Suffice to say, it’s most certainly for the best to never go back down that avenue with Carol, and instead see her fly ‘higher, further, faster, more’.
Again, this kinda goes back to Avengers Alliance. Specifically, dear GOD, that Minigun Barrage (or, as it’s called when he’s the Iron Patriot, the ’21-Gun Salute’, lol). But yeah, be he War Machine, Iron Patriot, or just good ol’ Rhodey, he is always ready to kick your ass. Sadly, he didn’t really have all that stellar a start with the Avengers, as Tony’s stand-in as Iron Man in the West Coast Avengers, which ended when the suit started giving him severe headaches that caused him to become increasingly irrational, and has since gone through some pretty harsh ordeals, like having himself converted into a cyborg (although he’s since ‘gotten better’, so to speak), but he’s also proven himself a loyal and heroic friend to many of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and has even now joined the team in the movies.
How can you NOT think of the God of Thunder when it comes to the Avengers? The new female Thor may be freaking awesome, but this man, this Norse God, is the originator of everything that makes her so awesome. And y’know, something I’m sure that others have realized by now and I’m late to the party about, Prince Odinson nowadays is kinda like Aquaman in the 90’s when they decided to make him look frakking BEASTLY. Think about it: Long hair, beard, prosthetic left hand (or, in this case, his whole forearm), and mostly topless. Hell, for those worried that he might get phased out in the new Marvel universe in favour of the new Thor, think about this for a second: He still has a lot of his old powers, and he’s got that giant axe and a prosthetic arm made out of the same metal that was used in the construction of Mjölnir. If anything, becoming unworthy just made him more badass! O_O
Agent. Avenger. Assassin. Subject to horribly controversial scene in the movie… … …Erm, that is, I figured I should probably give my two cents on the situation involving the infamous “Black Widow calls herself a monster” scene from Age of Ultron, seeing as how I didn’t talk about it in my official review. I won’t talk about it in THIS post, mind you, but I thought I should make it clear that, yes, I AM going to discuss it, as well as explain why I didn’t originally. For now, let’s talk about Natasha, or Natalia, whichever of her names is more canonically correct. lol Despite being experimented on in Development X’s Red Room to make her essentially superhuman, she’s one of the less powered heroes among the Avengers, lacking any kind of high tech suits, not being able to fly, and only having peak human strength. In fact, I think even Captain America has got her beat when it comes to being considered superhuman. As such, though, it really makes what she does as an Avenger all the more impressive. It’s not just that she doesn’t have those things, it’s that she doesn’t NEED them to be relevant, no matter what kind of threat the Avengers are up against. Mind you, there are others that I’d put in the same boat, like Hawkeye, but she’s the one that stands out most to me.
Anyway, those are the eight Avengers I think of primarily when it comes to the group. Lemme know what you think of this group, and… … …hoo boy, I just know I’m jumping into the fire with this next post, but check back in when I give my thoughts on the Black Widow/Age of Ultron situation. Ja né!