Summary: HEROES UNLIMITED!!!
Comment: When i saw this book, i think i first saw it advertised in a comic book(dont remember) but i was already into D&D; and warhammer-- i had been looking for a good RPG with superheroes, cause heroclix and such just dont cut it....so, i read up, tracked this one down to amazon, and i wasn't disappointed....i has an exact idea in mind for my hero and creating him was FUN, it took about an hour or more to round everything out, but now im burning up the dice as a crazy hero stuntman, trained and mastered in mechanics, robotics, piloting, and weaponry...now, some parts got alittle confusing and had to be ironed down....like the time frames, i understand it should take alot of imagination, but with several minds all trying to imagine the same thing, it wont be the same exactly...and this makes for alot of OOC banter....perhaps with more play skill will dispatch this. I AM THE NIGHT! ::is gone::
Summary: Dont bother getting this
Comment: For one, the company is almost bankrupt and out of business. Two, its a terrible game. If you want to play a great heroes game get Mutants and Masterminds.
I bought this and returned it. Save you money for quality material.
Comment: What Heroes Unlimited lacks in diversity and customization (point buy systems have this staple pretty much cornered) it makes up for in overall playability and dozens of raodblocks to game abuse. Don't misunderstand, any game can be min/maxed, but the Palladiums strict class system makes it much more difficult that games with more freedom.
This is a great game to introduce players to (I, myself, started with Ninjas & Superspies back in the late 80s). It is great as a standalone book (in fact, the sourcebooks are mostly fluff, the game just doesn't need anything else).
Summary: Heroes Unlimited revised second edition
Comment: The original Heroes Unlimited was published by Palladium books way back in 1984 amidst a wide selection of Super Hero genre RPGs.. 2002 and this game is in it's third incarnation while others of it's type have faded into the past. The game is cohesive and features Palladium's universal rule system, the first of it's kind back in the 80's (yes, even before GURPS), so it is compatable with every other game in the Palladium Megaverse. Aside from covering every main type of super hero, anti hero or villian, from aliens to super sleuths; Heroes Unlimited provides a loose framework for creating the entire campaign environment, including quick roll tables for Non player characters and words of advice in how potential game masters can breathe life into thier creations.
Why buy this book?
Two words : It works!
You are buying a reliable product that is supported by Palladium Books ... with an active message board, numerous fan sites and frequent releases of supplimentary titles (such as Villians unlimited, Aliens unlimited, Heroes unlimited G.M.'s Guide and more planned this year).. HU2 is here to stay.
Summary: Flawed masterpiece...
Comment: Palladium's contribution to the 'superhero boom' that hit the RPG industry a while ago, and one of the most durable. If you know the Palladium system, you'll find this a doddle to use, and the combat system has been expanded considerably (rules for vehicle and arial combat). The 'power category' system works well (mutants, aliens, cyborgs, psychics etc) and the skill selection system is realistic for a present-day setting. With a little imagination, the rules give the ability for almost any kind of superhero to be (re)created.
Bad points. Firstly, some sections are badly worded. For example, the Robotics section is extremely confusing and the cybernetics listing contradicts itself, giving different listings for the same item. Also, despite a 'Mega-Hero' option, there are few facilities to create powerhouses on the level of Superman or the Incredible Hulk. I can see how something like that would have been open to abuse, but the option would have been nice. And the magic listing is somewhat truncated, though this is rectified in a later sourcebook.
Aside from those gripes, I recommend it. It may be intimidating for those new to roleplaying or the Palladium system, but few games have the sheer possibility on offer here.