Posted Jul 09 2014 - 12:29 PM
Hmmm, hard to choose between Breakout and Invasion from Below. Invasion from Below has more creative builds, but I loved the idea of Breakout having "theme villains" like Hero Factory's first wave. Not to mention that it was the first wave where it was obvious that the identities of the heroes played a key role in their design. Stringer, for instance, wasn't just a generic Hero painted in Stringer's color scheme: his sonic theme was integral to his design. Same goes for Evo's role as a weapons specialist and Nex's role as a communications technician, or the elemental themes of Surge, Stormer, and Breez.
As far as storyline is concerned, I think Breakout comes out ahead, if only slightly. Not only was its conclusion more satisfactory, but it did a great job keeping the focus balanced between the different heroes' solo missions. But on the other hand, some of my favorite characters like Bulk, Breez, and Nex were sadly omitted, while Stringer's characterization still felt unsatisfactory. Evo's characterization also changed without much clear explanation, but his new characterization did suit the story that was being told.
Overall, I can't really come to a clear decision. But both of those waves have some really good things going for them.
The call of a Dragon in danger to save. All must unite, with Magic, be brave!