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Before you go any further, I should draw your attention to my review of the original base set for DC Deck-Building which can be found here: https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/977463/7-out-10-definitely-...

I'm going to assume you've read that review before reading this one. There are a lot of similarities between the two and it makes no sense my just repeating large chunks of the review linked to above. I will use this particular review to look at the differences.

DC Comics Deck-Building Game: Heroes Unite is another base set in the DC Comics Deck-Building line. It doesn't need any other sets to go with it, it can be played entirely by itself. It can be combined with other base sets if you want to, and there are loads of expansion packs, but it doesn't have to be.

So if you're looking to get a DC Comics Deck-Building Game base set, where should you start?
And if you have another base set, what does this one offer that the other(s) doesn't/don't?


Synopsis
The basic game play is identical. You take on the role of a DC Comics Superhero and slow build up a large powerful force to take down the big evil Supervillains.

The two big differences between this particular set are the characters contained within and the new strategies available on the cards.


Gameplay

If you want a game with Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the big name Superheroes from DC Comics, get the original base set. This base set contains B-list heroes from the source material and thus, unless you are a fan of the source material, they won't be names you recognise. There is definitely more of a thrill to playing as Green Lantern or The Flash than there is to playing as Booster Gold or Red Tornado. So this set suffers slightly in comparison there.

However, having said all that, the cards themselves are more interesting than in the base set. You get more cohesion in their game texts to start pulling off some powerful combos and even the cards which play alone are more interesting than their original base set counterparts. It's like the designers used the original base set to dip their toe in the water of card design but now they're in it up to their necks!

Thus, for someone who regards all the DC characters as pretty much the same (either a massive fan or someone who doesn't care at all and just wants a good game), this set is probably the better option.

Personally, I have nearly all the sets because I'm a massive fan of DC Comics in general and also a pretty big fan of this game, too. But if I could only have one base set, it would probably be this one.


Presentation
Just as with all the other sets for this game, the art is top quality – often lifted straight from the comics themselves – and the rules are well written and presented.


Summary

My review for the original base set concluded with 7 out of 10. So using that as a starting point, I'm adding one because of the superior game play but taking one off because of the lack of big recognisable characters to attract the casual fan. So we end on 7 out of 10, again!




Note: I have learned from bitter experience with this site that I need to stress that all reviews – including this one – are entirely matters of opinion. I am not claiming that anything I have said in this review is fact, it is all entirely my opinion and I am sure that many others have different opinions. If you wish to reply with yours, I welcome it. I enjoy discussion but will not respond kindly to aggressive replies.
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Thanks for the review Ian!

Even though the big names aren't included in this game, if you have the original DC Comics Deck-Building Game you can use the Hero Cards with Heroes Unite.

Can't wait to see your review of Teen Titans
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DekanCrypto wrote:
Thanks for the review Ian!

Even though the big names aren't included in this game, if you have the original DC Comics Deck-Building Game you can use the Hero Cards with Heroes Unite.


Oh absolutely! As I said in my review it "can be combined with other base sets if you want to". You can even mix and match the main deck cards should you want!
But when it comes to reviewing a game, I think it's best to review the game As Is, so to speak. Straight out of the box, no house rules or anything like that; a "WYSIWYG" review, if you will.


DekanCrypto wrote:
Can't wait to see your review of Teen Titans


Well, as I also said in my review, I own nearly every product for this game ... unfortunately, Teen Titans is one of the two products that I don't - at the time of writing - own.
I have played with it but not enough times - in my opinion - to give it a fair review.
But I have reviewed all the Crisis Packs and the first three Crossover Packs; I haven't played with the new card types in the Watchmen Crossover Pack yet so I am holding off reviewing that, too.

If anyone is interested, here are all my DC Deck-Building Game reviews so far. (Apologies, but I'm not always as glowing as I am in this review!)

The original base set: https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/977463/7-out-10-definitely-...

Crisis Pack 1: https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1362934/7-out-10-expansion-...
Crisis Pack 2: https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1365735/5-out-10-one-or-two... (with the benefit of hindsight, I would push this up to a 6)
Crisis Pack 3: https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1650156/8-out-10-best-crisi...

Crossover Pack 1: https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1650175/6-out-10-small-revi...
Crossover Pack 2: https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1650189/4-out-10-worst-dc-d...
Crossover Pack 3: https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1650813/7-out-10-best-cross...

I need to get Teen Titans and Forever Evil (or play my friends' copies several more times) before I am comfortable reviewing them.
And as previously stated, I can't review Crossover Pack 4 until I have tried the new mechanics - but my local gaming group loves the co-op mode too much to give it a try! *lol*

Don't let the occasional negative review from me get you down, Mr Wheeler, I am a harsh marker (I have an average rating of 5.9 across 138 ratings for this site) but I do love this game!
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