Quoted from dmesserly:
I understand the desire to play a short game. But saying 3 games of IM is better than 1 of SM played in the same amount of time doesn't make sense to me. It seems to me that you do the same thing 3 times over versus several other things in a longer game with deeper rules.
Again, I like both games, just not agreeing that IM is better because its shorter.
It's psychological. When I play a decent game on Spidey and get a mode or two away from Super Hero -and then blow it - it's most likely been a 15-25 min game I'm not likely to hit Start again. I'm spent!!! However, I can play a game of Ironman (or Tron or Avatar) and get close to the "end" AND lose in a very short time span...I had a very accelerated and intense game within a few minutes. It's like a high...I'm likely to hit Start again (and again and again) after blowing it on that style of "quick game" vs. a "deep game"
I've said this before - by all accounts Spidey is a better game....but IM can feel more fun!
***For the record, I've had Spidey since 2007 and still have it. I bought IM in 2010 NIB, played the everloving crap out of it, and sold it about a year later....but that's cuz I have lots of other "quick n dirty" games that I ended up enjoying more than IM.