Cryptozoic has put out a wide variety of deck-building games: Street Fighter, Naruto, DC Comics, The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings. All of these are essentially the same. All are based on the Cerberus engine, which is a fancy word for "Theme Glue". Regardless of the theme, you basically have a hand of cards, all of which are used to either gain power (the currency of the game), hurt your opponents, or do some shenanigans. I first played the the DC version and was not a fan. I did not understand why I was Nightwing, but was collecting different colored power rings, or how I spent punches to buy a kick. With that said, I actually like the Lord of the Rings version.
Why? Maybe it's bias towards LOTR, though I am a fan of DC Comics. Maybe it's a bias towards DC to the point that I can't get over the abstraction. Regardless, I enjoy it, to the point of buying all three versions, sleeving it, and even buying a custom insert so I could hold them all in one box.
What do you think? Have you played any of Cryptozoic's games, and which is your favorite?