Thankfully this changed when the likes of the rather excellent Marvel Ultimate Alliance appeared and did much to turn the tide of turgid super-hero based video games.
Marvel Heroes (MH) is an MMO that has a similar structure to Guild Wars in that there is a central social hub for interacting with other players but then everything else is 'Instanced'. This allows players to run through various areas killing off bad people without having their kills 'stolen' by passers-by. It also reduces the demands on the computer as it does not need to keep track of a myriad of players as they run around vanquishing evil.
In MH, Dr Doom is the villain who is hatching some diabolical plans, none of which involve the words 'fluffy' or 'bunnies'. Hardly surprising seeing as he has a PhD in 'doom' related things. Probably.
The game opens up with the player starting in the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier now made famous by the rather excellent The Avengers film. I spot a person who appears to be cos-playing the main protagonist from Kick Ass and discover he has a mission for me to find out what happened to the high security prison known as The Raft. There have been some reports of disturbances apparently and it's my job to investigate.
I actually solo-played my way through my experience with MH and with the limited access to the closed beta being reduced to short, three-hour, sessions the population levels were very small. This did not detract too much from the experience, as any hack'n'slash RPG, which MH most definitely is, should be able to hold its own for the solo experience.
As I fired off round after limitless rounds of bullets into my enemies who would fall over dead and magically vanish. No blood of course, or any gore come to think of it. That's understandable considering the PG rating Marvel comics always aim for.
This was a rapid-fire spray dual assault rifle fire that turned The Punisher into a death-dealing turret. He can't do this for ever though as every time he uses this power it spends 'spirit', which is MH answer to Mana.
The now traditional rule of colour coded items also comes into play, with green being slightly special, blue being really special, purple being really, REALLY amazing. I can't confirm the existence of orange coloured legendary items, but I think it's safe to assume that they are there.
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