Following the idea of my previous post about the main villains of the game, here's the math to show who are the main heroes of M:AA.
I totally have a hint for the winner, but let's go to the numbers to see if my supposition is right. You probably know who I'm talking about...
Current status: Season 2-Mission 8; Sepc Ops 26
(until Kate Bishop, including announced content)
- Villains closely related to the heroes > 4 points each.
- Other heroes closely related to the hero in question > 4 points each.
- Themed gear and supplies > 3 points each.
- Number of available/announced uniforms > 5 points each.
- Deploys > 1 point each.
- Team-Ups > 2 points each.
- Heroic Battles > 4 points each.
- Premium missions > 3 points each.
- A-ISOs and E-ISOs won't count because they are inherent to the Team-ups and Heroic Battles.
- Themed SpecOps won't add extra points to the hero's score because they already increases it by the form of team-ups, themed gear and villains' score.
- Closely related means that the hero in question was important to the creation and "survival" of the caracter. This is a complicated concept, so some discution might be needed in some cases.
- X-Men is a diverse team, not all characters are closely related to Cyclops or Wolverine, for example. A villain closely related to the X-Men might not be closely related to a X-Men member. For example, Magneto is closely related to the X-Men, but not to Wolverine.
- Heroic Battles only counts if the hero is playable, not the enemy.
- Team-ups only counts for bosses and epic bosses, not mini-bosses.
- Upgraded versions of another gear won't be counted.
The most used heroes are:
|14 deploys||13 deploys||12 deploys||11 deploys||10 deploys||10 deploys||10 deploys||10 deploys|
The most proactive heroes are:
|14 team-ups||13 team-ups||12 team-ups||7 team-ups||6 team-ups||6 team-ups||6 team-ups|
Gears and supllies
The most "inspiring" heroes are:
The heroes who have premium missions are:
The maximum number of HB a hero has participated is two. These are the ones who appeared twice (as a playable character) in HBs:
No surprises here, you already know them. The ones with more uniforms (five) are:
The "Batmans" with more "Robins" are:
Do you disagree? Let us have a nice, calm and healthy conversation in the comments section.
Some villains are strongly linked to a specific hero. The ones with more of that are:
The final verdict!
We can evaluate the importance of a character in two ways. Individually or "as a whole" (including the controversial points for the sidekicks and villains).
HERE IS THE TOP 10 MAIN CHARACTERS OF AVENGERS ALLIANCE!
|INDIVIDUAL SCORE||TOTAL SCORE|
|10||44 points||10||63 points|
|8||56 points||9||65 points|
|8||56 points||8||68 points|
|7||57 points||7||71 points|
|6||59 points||6||83 points|
|5||69 points||5||88 points|
|4||76 points||4||133 points|
|3||79 points||3||141 points|
|2||85 points||2||146 points|
|1||110 points||1||163 points|
As expected, the Marvel's "trinity" is everywhere.
|Iron Man (as he said in the Age of Ultron movie) "designs everything, pays for everything and make everyone looks cooler", so he get a lot of points from weapons, gadgets and supplies.|
|Captain America's points are distributed, he has many deploys, team-ups, 6 themed items and a high number of villains.|
And now, the (arguably) most popular Marvel hero is inside the money maker MCU, the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man will get more and more highlights.
"Dear Playdom", I love you, but I have to do a little rant here.
I understand that these three are the main columns of Marvel nowadays, but why you have to put them in every single area of the game?
- I know that Thor have a lot of interesting enemies that are good options for a alliance game like M:AA. To face such a huge team of heroes (more than a hundred) the villain has to be a little overpowered; you don't find this level of power at the "street level", but you do in the other eight/nine realms. Anyway, Spider-Man has more related villains than Thor (13 against 11), but Spider-Man teamed-up with us only 5 times and Thor did it 13 times! Why only Thor has to deal with his foes? He has 10 "sidekicks" to help with them! Why his foes are so exclusive?
- Asgard guys are not independent and diverse like the Avengers, X-Men, Inhumans, Runaways or GoG. Rocket Raccoon and Groot work fine without Star-Lord, but the Warriors Three still rely on Thor's shadow. Yes, they do. Futhermore, they are always medieval fighters. Please stop giving us Thor's sidekicks for a while. Please, give us a dozen of Guardians of the Galaxy, Young Avengers, Runaways, Inhumans before releasing Balder, for example (he's cool, I know, but he's more of the same). Same thing for Spider-people, too many people with too little variation.
- And why... THIS?
- Sabertooth and X-23 are heavily similar to Wolverine, but they're still unique somehow. Dark Wolverine is not, please don't do this again.
- Ms. Marvel and Black Cat have ONLY ONE team-up in the entire game*! Loki already has four...
*Some SpecOps team-up data are incomplete, so this number can be imprecise, but still, shows the trend
- Grey Hulk and Mighty Thor were totally necessary. We all know that they will receive another movie-related alt sooner or later, why give them a palette swap or a sleeveless version?
- Many interesting characters has not a single themed item: Black Bolt, Black Cat, Gambit, Ghost Rider, Invisible Woman, Ka-Zar, Sif, Spider-Woman, Star-Lord, Storm. Red-Hulk has three themed weapons, She-Hulk has none. The Destroyer is just a "weapon" and it has inspired 6 items! Ms. Marvel has 3 uniforms, a related villain (now "sidekick"), a heroic battle and just a single themed item. Do you know what it is? Please, review the previous items before designing new ones.
- Dr. Strange is cool, but give the guy a break. He only have two related villains (Baron Mordo and Dormammu), but already has 7 themed items, a HB, a premium mission, 10 deploys and 14 team-ups! Let Ghost Rider, Daimon and even Dr. Voodoo have some "mystical" space! Strange will get a solo movie soon, there is much more to come. Please, look foward events before overusing a character.
- Where is Thane? The guy doesn't have a single team-up, themed item, heroic battle... nothing. He is an interesting char, could use some attention. Agent Venom made a huge fuzz when released, but the only thing he got so far is the obligatory SpecOps-EpicBoss deploy and a single themed item. Do you know what it is?
| -What? Aren't these enough for you?|
So, my final conclusion is:
Marvel has some characters that shines more than the others, that have more fans that the others. They deserve more space but, sometimes, PD could have made some slightly different choices and increase the diversity in the game.
Games like M:AA are great way to promote obscure characters to the bigger audience (the Smash Bros. series, from Nintendo, is a good example to follow). Take it easy on the overused guys, give the opportunity to the others; they have their fans too and can add so much more to the game.
Marvel is a good company in therms of diversity, but maybe is better to let Falcon shines as Falcon, instead of making Captain America black...
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