I was very surprised to see the M&M writer as the author of this game. Now don't get me wrong, it is nothing like M&M and I think that's a good thing in terms of providing something to the gaming market that is different. Maybe I'm crazy, but I did not see that much new stuff in this game. This game looked to me, especially in terms of character creation, as nothing more than the old FASERIP Marvel system using numbers instead of names for the different power and attribute levels. And let's face it, saying that your Brick has "Monstrous Strength" was one of the cool things about playing the FASERIP system. Interestingly, the author even says that you can use names instead of numbers for the attribute and power levels, and even gives some examples and many of them are dead-on exact matches for the same power/attribute level in FASERIP. Go figure! In all fairness, there are some clever additions or changes to the classic FASERIP design, especially in terms of cleaning up and simplifying some of the powers. There is also a cool mechanism for creating super teams, but some of this information too is included in the old Marvel game. He even uses the terms "Slam" and "Stun" as combat outcomes. Really!?
It is not a bad game at all, and I actually like the artwork and presentation just fine. I'm sure it plays quickly, character creation is a snap, and it's a lot of fun ... but why wouldn't it do all these things, FASERIP sure did that! There are a couple of very clever game mechanisms and the author writes clearly and the text is to the point. My problem is that I wanted something new and different, and for $14.95 I was hoping to get something more than just FASERIP with numbers rather than the cool names for the powers and attribute levels, which is all this game looks like to me.
[2 of 5 Stars!]