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#1 Posted by MHBroly (13 posts) -

((Apologizing in advance for terrible quality if most screens, not many available on the net))

If seeing this gave you a bit of giddy nostalgia, then you are not alone, my friend.

Does anybody else remember this little series from the 2000's? It was an online, interactive, choose your own adventure series starring The Man of Steel. It was rendered with 3D models, quality above PSX though nowhere near reaching PS2, was fully voice acted and featured branching story paths, some of which could end with Superman either failing to save someone/everyone, or being killed.

Will you choose to go in the car with Lois and potentially not arrive in time, or go as Superman and leave Lois unprotected.

The series was available on Warner Bros. Website, and was created by Brilliant 3D (if you even remember what that is, bravo). It was broken up into chapters, though there was only one 'arc' that had multiple chapters dedicated to it, while each chapter itself was further broken up into (usually) five episodes. This 'arc' was a series of chapters heavily based in time travel, and the threat of a new, time traveling villain named Dyschord, who attempted to stop his reality from coming into existence but began destroying various 'timelines' as a result. As Superman (and very occasionally as other characters from the Superman mythos), you must make important decisions on how to handle situations, from the best approach to attacking a foe, deciding who to trust in dire situations, or even simple things like how best to avoid someone learning your identity while still getting the job done. Not all options were 'choices'; sometimes you would get a prompt to either continue the story, or view more information based on something that was just introduced in the previous scene. These 'bios' were fourth wall breaking commentaries by the characters themselves explaining the nature and brief history of the topic at hand. These were clever and for some people important; this series was heavily based in the DC Comics of the time, and would bring in organizations and character not often seen outside of comics at the time, such as Project C.A.D.M.U.S., and characters like Wave Rider (if you don't know who the hell that is, don't worry, most people don't. After the six chapter arc was finished, each of the five chapters after that (plus two short, single episode chapters) followed a singular plot based around one threat, though not many more were made after the Dyschord storyline.

Not all choices have a wrong answer, but could provide a unique encounter or further information around the overall plot that could be missed on the first playthrough.

Now, I was between 11-13 when I played this series when it came out, but I remember truly falling in love with the concept of handling a powerful character such as Superman in such a way. I still felt engaged and entertained, but rather than struggling with a frustrating combat mechanic or insipid objectives (*cough*rings*cough*), you had to focus more on the challenges that pose the greatest walls for someone as powerful as this; choice and critical thinking. The voice acting could be cheesy at times, and the plot would go into the ridiculous at times (even for Superman), it really did seem like one of the smarter ways to handle such a character in an interactive medium. And even though it was marketed to children, the content could be dark at times, featuring the deaths (though never truly violent) of many characters when wrong choices were made. Nobody was safe, and that's what made the stories that much more intriguing to me.

Brilliant 3D was also responsible for multiple choice adventures featuring Xena, Ace Ventura, and even Kiss (...yeah...), though I never played any of those, as I believe those were all disc based and required payment (I could be wrong on this, so if anyone knows better please chime in). I was only interested in Superman, and for the brief time episodes were made, I had a blast. Unfortunately it didn't last long, as Brilliant 3D disappeared off the face of the Earth, and the Multipath Adventures along with them. There is still a link to the old, UK version of the site on the net, though the actual downloads are inactive, and many sites report the B3D Projector (the program needed to run these games) as spy/malware in recent years, though I have yet to confirm whether this is actually true or not or if it's simply certain, non official versions that are.

All that remains of this lovely little adventure...

From what I could gather, only the first chapter, Menace of Metallo, was released in disc form that could be bought through their website, while the rest were online only. The links to each episode appear to be dead, as the B3D Projector attempts to download them but ends with a 'page not found' within the Projector itself. I have seen torrents on the net that claim to have all of these, plus Brilliant 3D's other series, though these are all several years old and the validity of these claims could not be established. As far as I can tell, the series is dead and buried, long forgotten, and no longer obtainable, which is sad, considering the literal hours of time I spent going through these adventures.

More than anything, I hoped to stir up some possible memories for others who may have experienced these lovely little tales as kids like I did, just to see if maybe I'm not alone (most people I try to tell about this have no idea what I'm talking about, which I find to be a shame). Sure the game probably wouldn't have aged well by today's standards, the voice acting is probably cheesier even than I remember, but it was fun, and kept people on their toes, and made my little 11 year old brain constantly wondering if I had just made a decision that would be the end of not just one of my favorite heroes, but possible the end of Metropolis, or Earth, or reality itself!

Thinking back on it, I realize how smart it was to take Superman in this direction, and wonder if the future of Superman video games couldn't take some notes from this series. Not saying that they should make a PS4/X Box One Superman game that is literally just an interactive movie, but maybe something more in line with the recent Telltale games such as Wolf Among Us (also a DC property). Something that focuses more on plot and choice rather than button mashing and less than stellar flight controls. Imagine going to the scene of a robbery or other crime as Clark Kent with Lois (and maybe even Jimmy) at your side, using your hearing and X ray vision to investigate for both the Daily Planet story, and for clues to eventually stop the perp. Or imagine a flight based chase sequence in the same style as Bigby's chase of Dee, where quick thinking is the key rather than meters telling you how close you are to the target and the game over screen telling you that they got away. For that matter, imagine other heroes in this style.

A Batman game that actually lets you investigate a crime scene to gather clues and hunt down suspects? Come on, you know you just drooled a little bit.

Point is, this game was fun, and finally figured out the proper way to handle a character as powerful as Superman. It may be dated now, but with modern production values and game design, something like The Multipath Adventures of Superman could be just what The Man of Steel needs. If not, then at the very least, some kind of re-release of this game would be wonderful. I know neither will happen, but one can dream, at least.

#2 Posted by MHBroly (13 posts) -

Thanks for all the responses, really helped. I did indeed go through with getting BF4, very fun game and yeah haven't had any serious issues with it yet. I really love the dualshock 4, think it might be my favorite controller yet. Got it working with Steam so I can play certain games on the PC with it (Spelunky, Rogue Legacy, Ducktales Remastered, etc..)

I've heard a lot of good things about Zen Pinball so I'll definitely try that out, and...I think I'll finally make the leap and try ACIV, but I also think that I do need just a little more time to recover (III nearly killed my drive for that series but I still love the concept).

#3 Posted by MHBroly (13 posts) -

Got my PS4 this week, so far I love it, the only issue is, obviously, the lack of titles at this point. It's something I'm used to when buying systems so close to launch so I'm not complaining, but I was wondering if people had some tips on what my next game should be.

So far I have NBA 2k14, Killzone, and I have downloaded Resogun, Warframe, and DCUO (doubt I'll play a lot of the last one, as this will be the third attempt on a third platform to try and like it). I really want to play BF4, tired of the COD Franchise and want to finally get into BF, but have the online issues been fixed? If not, is it still worth getting? I used to love the Assassin's Creed Franchise but I couldn't get myself to finish Revelations and AC3 I felt was just awful (Especially the ending), but I've heard IV is pretty great. Thoughts?

#4 Edited by MHBroly (13 posts) -

So not only is the new Giant Bomb coming to us on my Birthday, but on Abe Lincoln's Birthday. This makes some kind of sense...

#5 Posted by MHBroly (13 posts) -

Honestly, I've had X-Box 360's since 2007, I had it fixed once, and the second time Microsoft actually replaced it for me, and I didn't have to pay a penny. Maybe I was just lucky that both of my RRoD's happened during my warranty, but I had no problems with them what so ever. My current 360 has been going strong since '09 and has been perfect. For a lot of people this sort of thing has made them hate X-Box, but I had nothing but great customer service both times so honestly it's only made me feel better about it. Considering trading up for the new versions, but only because of memory capacity and reduced noise, no concerns about another breakdown at this point.
 
I have more trouble getting my PS3 to connect to the internet than I've ever had getting my X-Box to read discs (though I'm pretty sure it's a network error and not the PS3 itself, but still).

#6 Posted by MHBroly (13 posts) -

I think there should be a tax on all foreigners living abroad :D

#7 Posted by MHBroly (13 posts) -

I live in Louisville, Kentucky. I'm also playing on X-Box 360, not sure what my NAT is (I know I suck).

#8 Posted by MHBroly (13 posts) -

So I got BLOPS last week, had a great time with the single player and was doing alright with the Multiplayer, but now all of the sudden when I try to get into multiplayer matches, it will stay at the lobby screen. It keeps saying 'Found 50 Matches. Getting Match Quality...', and then will say 'Joining match lobby', but then jump back to the found 50 matches. 
 
Team Deathmatch seems to load alright more often than the others, but generally it stays like this for quite a few minutes until it says 'No joinable sessions found.' or something to that extent. I'm just trying to figure out if it really is that hard to get into these matches, or if it's something on my end. Any advice is appreciated.