Marvel United X-Men
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Back or Brick: Marvel United X-Men

We’ve taken the Avengers into battle against their villains, now with Marvel United X-Men, we get to take the mutants up against their villains and try and defeat them in this expansion of Marvel United by CMON Games.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cmon/marvel-united-x-men/

Pros

  • Marvel Theme
  • Proven Company
  • Proven Track record for the game
  • New Modes for the game
  • Chibi Minis

Cons

  • Chibi Minis
  • Simple Game Play (at times)

The Page

Now, I already did a Let There Be Hype article on this game. So, needless to say I am a bit excited for it. But I wanted to look at it again when it came out to see what they are doing well and what they could do better. Now, CMON knows how to create and run a Kickstarter. And while in previous Kickstarters they have at times moved away from stretch goals, this type of game is made for it. There are so many X-Men characters that how couldn’t you have some fun with it and release a lot of ones and a lot of obscure ones.

Now, that, thus far, has been a knock for some people. I remember when the first Marvel United Kickstarter was out and Spider-Man wasn’t there, people complained a ton that Spider-Man wasn’t in the game. Turns out that he was, and turns out that then the Sinister Six were which people also complained about. Right now we don’t have the likes of Gambit, Rogue, and Colossus. I need Gambit in the game, but I’m not going to complain, because I know he will be coming. Gambit should be in an expansion for Marvel United X-Men. He is a big enough character that people will pay more money to get him. So it is a smart business move, and in all fairness, I was always going to go all in on this game.

The one knock I will have on the page is where the stretch goals are located. I knocked a game recently for having them too high, here they are too low. They are after the add-ons, which I get. They want people to see the add-ons and decide that they need something they didn’t get in the original Kickstarter. But this is really a campaign about the stretch goals and the extra expansions, and I want to know what I’m going to be unlocking, and there have been a lot of unlocks already. That is really my only knock and that shipping to some places is spendy, but for me in the US, it isn’t bad.

The Game

Marvel United
Image Source: CMON

It happens from time to time that I know something about the game. In this case, it’s because I already own it. Well, I own all of the original stuff. The only thing that I didn’t get was the playmat, and honest, I’m not sure if there is a new playmat that I’ll get it this time around either. Well, I guess, I didn’t get the cardboard location tiles versus the cardstock ones, but that didn’t add anything new to the game.

But is the same good, I clearly am not trying to sell myself on the game. I am going to try and sell others. This game won’t be for everyone. The game is not extremely complex, especially the base box. If you like thinkier games, then I am not sure this game will work in all of it’s forms. This is a family weight game for the most part. But there are a few things that might make the Marvel United X-Men more interesting.

Heroes/Villains

So, two different modes for the same characters. The X-Men is known for this more than the Avengers side of things. A villain who becomes a hero or a hero who becomes a villain. A great example of this is Magneto. Magneto is a major villain for the X-Men, but he is also a leader for the X-Men at times. So you can play Magneto in either role.

Playing the Villain

And as I hinted at above, you can play as the villain. This is something different taking the game from just having to be cooperative to being able to be one versus all. I like that change as well. There are special rules and basically all villains, even in the old stuff, can be played this way. It makes the game more challenging, but it is fun to think of that addition. The person playing the villain gets a hand of three cards and picks versus it being flipped from the top.

But mainly, I think this game is going to be one that works for a really wide group of people. If you only play the base Marvel United, you are missing out. That game is meant to be sold at Wal-Mart and Target and be really accessible. The expansions offer new challenges and really unique characters, and it is so easy to get to the table as you just grab heroes and villains.

Back or Brick

No shock here, for me, it is a Back. I love Marvel, I love the X-Men, and I really enjoy Marvel United, especially with the expansions. This is a fun accessible game that will work for so many people. And I know the art style isn’t for everyone, but I really like it. I think that the chibi minis are cute, and for a family weight game it works. Plus, the minis will be easier for me to paint, which I consider a win.

Now, do you need to back this one?

Unfortunately the answer is yes. Originally some of the expansions were supposed to come to retail, now it’s down to Enter the Spider-Verse I believe. So if you want a million characters, you won’t be able to get them in the story. That sucks, I don’t love that change. However, expansions don’t sell as well as base games do in stores. So if you want Tales of Asgard or Sinister Six, you’ll have to grab it from this Kickstarter.

Is this one a back or a brick for you? What character do you want to see?

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