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This game is really good, you can unlock 140 Marvel Comics’ characters, and fight, every character has diferent attack moves and you can combine attack with other character, for example Collossus can pick up Wolverine and throw him against enemys, is really good, fun and interesting.
I bought this game for my 5 year old son. I know, 5 is a little young for it, but he loves it and he’s really good at it. He loves all of the characters that he can choose from and gets really excited when he unlocks a new one.
This game is fun for any age, I play all of the time after he goes to bed.
There is often a stigma associated with franchise games (e.g. derived from comics, TV shows, movies) that they will suck. Chronicles of Riddick, some of the Star Trek games, etc. are some examples. Now Marvel Ultimate Alliance can be added to the list of the good if not great ones. The ability to play has a huge number superheros, build a team, switch between them, learn and use there super powers will give hours of enjoyment and re-playability. The story line is pretty linear but has depth and even a little mystery. The graphics could have been better (but are still good) and the camera movement is the only slightly frustrating aspect of the game. This game is definitely in my top 5 Xbox 360 games.
I start out by saying that DC is the worst comic company ever ( although I do like Batman). Anyway when I heard that this game was out, I went and pre-ordered it. When it came, I put it in, and was blown away. Although the graphics are somewhat like a comic book, this is what I wanted from , Marvel. Go and buy it!
I purchased this game as a gift for my adult son who is extremely pleased with it.
This game has it all. Every character has unique moves that add to the feel that you are watching a top rate Marvel Comic unfold before your eyes. The story is unique and has enough twists and mysteries to keep the story interesting and game play addicting. A must have for any Marvel Comics fan.
While I am not the biggest gamer, I have had more fun playing this game than any computer game in recent memory. Someone gave me a code to unlock all of the heroes and it is such a blast making up different foursomes to fight with. I also like little touches…. like being able to select from, usually, three different costumes for each hero to wear. Game play is fairly straightforward as is the storyline. My sons both love it as well.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance lives up to its name. No superhero game can compare. Not Hulk: Ultimate Destruction. Not Spider-Man 2. Not even it’s X-Men Legends predasesors.
MUA has an awesome gameplay system. The controls are easy to get into, and offer a lot of variety. The game alslo features a top-notch storyline that takes you from undersea Atlantis to the alien Skrull homeword to a killer (literally) theme park called MurderWorld. There are 17 or so different locations throughout the game, each featuring unique and impressive visuals. Did I mention that MUA’s cell shaded graphics are perfect for a Marvel game?
The cast of playable characters is awesome. All characters have unique and powerful moves, as well as four cool costumes. You start out with sixteen heroes: Spider-Man, Wolverine, Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Ms. Marvel, Thing, Invisible Woman, Mister Fantastic, Human Torch, Spider-Woman, Luke Cage, Elektra, Storm, Iceman, and Deadpool. Throughout the game you can unlock seven other heroes: Doctor Strange, Blade, Ghost Rider, Silver Surfer, Daredevil, Black Panther, and Nick Fury. My team was Deadpool, Invisible Woman, Luke Cage, and Spider-Woman. I highly recommend all of them.
MUA is a unique, arcade-level fun RPG action romp that is great for comic geeks and casual gamers alike.
I love this game. It takes what was great about X-men Legends I and II and keeps it going, while eliminating some of the annoyances. You no longer have such gigantic maps with empty space or health/mana potions to collect. I rarely play games through multiple times without playing something else in between, but I did with this one.
If you like Diablo, you’ll probably like this. Another parallel is with the Teen Titans game where you have computer controlled partners. They help you out and you can change yourself to any of them at any time. I would highly recommend Ultimate Alliance to anybody who likes dungeon crawlers. This thing is just a fun game, pure and simple.
When I heard that Marvel was releasing an rpg featuring different marvel heroe’s and villans, I knew i’d buy it!! It is no dissapointment!! Gameplay is exactly like X-men legends, where you choose a team of four superheros to work together to defeat the enemy (in this case Dr.Doom). You can even switch out betwen different heroes!! Cool right? Anyways, I would recommend this game to anyone looking for a great and fun RPG!!
Awesome game, great for any Marvel fan!
Great gameplay, great selection of characters and powers, and a cool plot.
This game is a lot of fun. It’s perfect to pick up and play when you want a quick fix of action and mayhem. I never had the chance to play it before and I know it has been out for quite some time. For this low price I thought I have nothing to loose. This game was a blast. Great fun story and awesome cut scenes. Also great to play with friends or online. Enjoyed it thoroughly and would recommend it to anyone who likes action/brawler type of games. Pick it up before Ultimate Alliance 2 comes out.
I got this game for Christmas and I have not put it down. Very very fun. You never get bored cause you can always choose to play a new character. I like Iceman for example since he can freeze enemies in their tracks. Then the rest of the team beats the @#$% out of him. Storm can cause hurricanes that get more powerful if you twirl the analog stick. Spiderman, the Thing, Ms. Marvel, Iron Man, the list goes on and on. They all make little comments throughout the game too, very funny.
Aside from the huge adventure and numerous very impressive cut scenes, there are so many unlockables. The coolest is the TRAINING SIMULATOR. While you play you will find various COMIC MISSIONs. They let you play as a single character. i.e. you no longer get 4 characters, only 1 superhero for a specific mission that relates to their comic world.
I have spent the last hour trying to complete the solo Captain America mission and even though I can diffuse the 3 bombs in time, I can’t stop the nuclear bomb from launching. So after 3 attempts I tried the Wolverine solo mission, made it to the end but I couldn’t protect the 6 cannisters of Omega base!!! I have only unlocked 3 comic missions of 40. I can’t believe it. I will be playing this game for months.
What else can I say, there is so so so much to do in this game including ONLINE. You can play the game with random people online or adhoc. Very impressive game all around. I would highly recommend it to everyone.
P.S. I played the XMEN games on my xbox and never really got into them. But I really like this game.
They put a lot of programming into this…kids played it everyday to point where it has to be rationed even six months later.
I played X-men: Legends for the Playstation 2 and, although I liked the idea of playing with four players at once, the actual game play left a lot to be desired. There were a couple of problems, not the least of which was that four characters on the screen were difficult to keep track of or even see. When the camera was hovering a thousand feet up, attractive graphics became irrelevant–everybody looked like ants. Also, you couldn’t play the cool characters right away but had to earn them, which made the game frustrating.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance (MUA) fixes all those problems. You start out playing the characters you WANT to play: Spider-Man, Wolverine, Doctor Strange, Deadpool, the works. The cooler characters you have to earn, but they’re worth earning: Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider, Blade, Daredevil, Black Panther and even Nick Fury. My team of choice was Doctor Strange, Blade, Ghost Rider, and Deadpool. Pick your team of four heroes and you’re off!
Your team is assembled to beat bad guys at the behest of SHIELD Agent Nick Fury, he of the eye patch and white gloves. Then you proceed to battle an array of villains led by Doctor Doom, from Mephisto to Loki, Galactus to esoteric bad guys like Dragonman. Just about everyone in the Marvel universe is in this game.
The game play is standard: shoot things, slash things, and blow things up. In turn, various minions will do their best to knock you out, leaving the hero unconscious for a period of time until he recovers. There were a few times I ran through the game with just one hero left, like when Ghost Rider took on an entire legion of Skrull warriors and Galactus droids, tossing them off cliffs with his chains. Man, that was fun…but I digress.
Although most of the time you can’t zoom in on the characters, you get a much better perspective of them when you handle the upgrades. The upgrade system is intricate, detailing everything from the powers the heroes use to the gadgets they pick up to the outfits they wear. This is especially good, because folks accustomed to the movie version of Blade will be horrified to see what his original costumes looked like in the comic (hint: think green). That said, the costumes actually matter, and you slowly unlock costumes throughout the game that will appeal to fans that know the characters from the comics (Doctor Strange’s alternate costumes are friggin’ weird).
MUA gets a lot of things right. The powers are evocative of the comic, from Ghost Rider’s vengeance stare to Doctor Strange’s magical bolts, to Blade’s shotgun, katana, and pistol. The hero voices perfectly match their characters. Blade SOUNDS like Wesley Snipes. Doctor Strange sounds like the way I’ve always imagined him. Ghost Rider is suitably gravelly. And Deadpool…well I’ve never imagined Deadpool speaking but it fits.
The boards are interesting and interactive. Most fun is Arcade, sort of a Joker for the Marvel universe, complete with funhouse and old-style games like Pong and Pitfall that you have to play (I imagine kids are scratching their heads…). The boss fights show off the detail of the characters, as they involve button-mashing sequences as opposed to straightforward combat. This makes for a cinematic climax to every end battle.
There are some things that are still a little silly. While it’s great that you can bash and smash nearly everything, from walls to sculptures to machinery, sometimes that simply doesn’t make sense. Our heroes begin on a SHIELD helicarrier that’s about to crash, and they gain coinage by…smashing everything on the ship. Isn’t that exactly the opposite of what they’re supposed to be doing?
But that’s a minor quibble. The game has oodles of replayability, as you search for collectible action figures (I found all of the Daredevil ones, but not the Black Panther), find special mission discs that let you play out scenes from each heroes past, and even develop your team’s powers. GO TEAM VENTURE!
I haven’t played multiplayer, but you can play against an opponent or with up to four of your buddies. That just sounds like a lot of fun. Even the computer-controlled characters are not complete morons, which is a refreshing change for this sort of game.
Everything that makes the Marvel comics universe great is here in obsessive levels of detail. I enjoyed the game so much that I played it to completion and then some. I can only hope that the next game will allow you to carry over your saved characters. It’s enough to make a Marvel fanboy weep with joy.
This game is incredible. From the number of playable characters to the gorgeous cutscenes, this game is right in every way. Although the in-game graphics aren’t as good as they could have been, the cinematics are a step up from anything I’ve seen. The gameplay may seem just to be hack and slash, but its formula works. INCREDIBLE!!!
It’s a great game, allowing 4 players at once, the graphics are acceptable, as well as the difficulty of the game. It’s great for fans of Marvel.
This is definitely one of the greatest games i have ever played. But…the key thing i would like to note is that i played this game entirely with some cousins and friends. And when i played it myself…i would definitely say that it is lots of fun when playing with others because of the combos you can do together…a.i. is always off. It has a great range of characters to play with and has a phenomenal lasting plot/story. I played it several of times with many different characters and never got tired because of the seemingly endless array of possibilities with buying upgrades and abilities of the different characters. Buy this game if you are a Marvel maniac or if you want a game similar to Xmen legends 1/2, or want to know how the first game was before the second one came out. I can’t wait for the second Ultimate alliance to come out this September, but until then I will remain a true Marvel maniac and replay this game in its entirety.
This game absolutely rocks, it’s been the biggest fun since I bought my XBOX 360, I even bought a 3rd controller so that both my brothers could beat the game with me. The number of Marvel Characters is huge and NPC’s keep poping up facts about the Marvel Universe that I either didn’t know or had forgotten. Unlockable comic book covers bring back memories of my time as a hardcore fanboy.
On the downside, the graphics could have been better, but the simple yet effective game play and great story more than make up for it. Also, the special attacks look amazing and the alternate costumes make it worthwhile to play through the training missions. Content download is supported, adding Venom, Dr. Doom, Magneto, Sabertooth, Hulk, Hawkeye, Cyclops and Nightcrawler to the mix. I wish Dr. Doom and Cyclop’s alternate outfits where better but it still is a great game.
The only reason i bought this game was becuase of the X-Men Legends for PS2. I Love this game and good for 4 players in co-op. I was on deployment and we had a blast when we were off of work. Since we have to share a TV between 20 of us, it is either this, X-men Legends or Madden. Just being able to play with 4 people and each person can pick ther favorite charachter is awesome!!! Anything under 4 stars is a garbage review.
we ordered this game for our 4 1/2 year old. he loves everything super hero. the game play for him was easy enough, and we had to have some serious discussions about video games not being real and if you hit a real person like you do in the game it would kill them, forever…butall said it was a great family game for all of us. (two adults and one kid) some of the puzzles were a little hard for him, and of course we had to read most of the on screen dialog to him, but all in all it was a great family game. also, it’s not really mentioned in the game info, but this game has a kind of “drop-in drop-out” option which really comes in handy with little ones. we played mostly in the arcade mode, because it has a “die and come back” mode as opposed to a die and have to wait till a check point to revive a character mode, which a four year just is not going to take well.
all in all the function of the game was great, as well as game play. the grafics were fantastic, as well as the storyline. and the violence in the game was about a 4…on a scale of 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).
This is an enjoyable game for the most part. There a few sections (like playing pitfall – BORING) that require you to do some stupid things to get to the next area.
I haven’t tried going online into Xbox Live, but I am sure that would be a blast. There a wide variety of characters to choose from – and one of the challenges is assembling a team that best fits your play style.
If you enjoy action/adventure games – MUA is a good buy!
This is one of the best computer games i’ve played and i’ve played quite a lot. The storyline is amazing. It consists of 5 acts which you go to different parts of the earth, even the universe, to battle dr. Doom. The game not only consists of exciting and action packed fighting, your mental skills are challenged with mazes throughout the game and mini games when you battle the many bosses in the game. Even if you arent a marvel fan, you’ll still love the feeling of creating your unique arsenal of superheroes to bring justice.
Coming on the heels of JUSTICE LEAGUE HEROES, MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE serves up a cornucopia of thrills, action and adventure set in the Marvel Universe. Boasting heroes like Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, the Fantastic Four, Ms. Marvel, Iceman, Wolverine, the game unveils Dr. Doom’s latest plot. After creating a new Masters of Evil, Doom sets the wheels in motion to strip the father of the Norse gods — Odin — of his powers. Nick Fury, Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., has learned of the plot almost too late. Fury gathers the heroes, and the game is on!
The game was developed by Ravensoft and released through Activision. Ravensoft also developed both the X-MEN LEGENDS game and this platform appears to be a build off of that. They also recently finished up id’s QUAKE 4. They’ve also developed 3 Star Wars games and the Hexen franchise. Activision is one of the industry’s leaders.
MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE is an absolute delight to play. The gameplay is smooth and the levels progress at a nice clip with plenty of eyecandy all around. The individual heroes were programmed with plenty of unique powers that look and feel very much like their comic book counterparts. Filled with smooth-looking cut scenes, plenty of dialogue, and interactive Q&A sessions, MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE feels like a movie as it plays out. Each segment and session moves into the next with plenty of story sense. As an added bonus, you can switch teams and players around at different points throughout the levels.
The comic-based mini-missions add to the spice of the game, allowing mini-breathers throughout (that also come with an expiration limit!) and mixing in opportunities to win a lot of bonuses that include extra hero skins. Also, each level comes with extra tasks that affect the outcome of the gaming experience.
MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE allows 1-4 players, and also allows for players to drop in and drop out without having to restart a game. This makes for a parent-friendly game (unless you have to see the whole game yourself from start to finish!). Kids can play this one by themselves without needing help to get through the main storylines, but they may require some for the bonus missions.
If you have a kid in the house who loves games and superheroes, this is a great one to put under the tree for Christmas.
This is a very good game for a few reasons. There are a wide variety of characters to choose from and their powers are all very different and reflective of their comic book counterparts. The story line is original and evolves with enough twists and turns to make a great movie. Once you finish this game you want to play again as another set of heroes. I recommend this game to anyone who enjoys video games as much as to someone who wants to see an interesting plot and work through this story that spans from Earth to Valhalla to deep space.
Bought this for the kids after they played it at a friend’s house. They love it! It keeps them occupied for hours until I have to force them off of the game. There are lots of cool Marvel characters in this game.
Over the years, video games based on comic book heroes haven’t fared well. Name one good Batman video game, I dare you. Spider-man has had the biggest success rate in recent years, and the Hulk had a pretty good entry last year, but beyond that you’re stretching things a bit. When X-Men: Legends came out a few years back, it was the start of a positive trend. Now everything has been set perfect by Marvel Ultimate Alliance.
Taking a roster of over 20 different playable heroes, MUA allows the comic book fan to create dream teams never considered before. A-List heroes like Spider-Man, Captain America, the entire Fantastic Four, and Iron Man are joined by B-Listers like Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, Doctor Strange, and even Blade. Imagine a team with Wolverine, Blade, Ghost Rider, and Deadpool…who could stop you? There are even those mega-powerful heroes like Thor, Silver Surfer, and Captain Marvel you can throw in. Oddly missing from the line-up is the Hulk, but I’m sure they had to save someone for the sequel.
The storyline is simple: Doctor Doom has amassed an army of super-villains in an attempt to gain the power of Odin. Nick Fury of SHEILD gathers his own group of super folks to fight the threat. That’s where you come in. Create your team from the roster available to you and go one the missions he sends you on. Along the way, you see cameos from characters you’d never have believed you’d ever see in a video game.
Imagine a video game with twenty “Non-Playable Characters” (characters showing up in cut scenes or computer-controlled). Now scratch that, and imagine a game with 120 of them! Heavy-hitters like Galactus even make an appearance! In one mission, you actually have to save a planet he’s destroying. I can’t even begin to list the villains and heroes you’ll see. Suffice it to say, you probably won’t recognize them all, but if you’re into comic books your mouth will drop at some of them. The cut scenes in this game are good, but some are just plain amazing. One in particular with Nightcrawler in Doom’s Castle actually proves he just might be the best fighter of all the X-Men. It’s a scene you’ll be watching again and again.
To top it all off, the heroes you control have different costumes to choose from. Choose wisely, because these aren’t just cosmetic changes. Each costume changes the primary powers of that hero, so while Spider-man may look cool in his normal “red-and-blues”, putting him in the black symbiote costume (the one showing up in all the trailers for the new movie) will change the way that character fights. The costume choices here are amazing too, as some of the most obscure costumes you could imagine show up center stage here. Remember Blade’s very first green costume when he showed up in comics in the 70′s? How about Storm’s mohawk years? Captain America’s World War 2 costume, Daredevil’s red and yellow suit, and even the original “cowboy version” of Ghost Rider are playable here.
As a final bonus, you can create and name your own team, populating it with whatever heroes you’d like. As you fight with your group of four, you gain reputation points which eventually allow you to add more members to your team. And you can even play with four people at a time, so everyone on the team can be a real person and do some massive damage to the enemy armies.
So which cosole is the best to play this on? PS2 players get the short end of the stick with only 20 playable heroes. Next-gen consoles like the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions get two bonus heroes (Moon Knight and Colossus). In the handheld circuit, the PSP version gets four extra heroes (Hawkeye, Captain Marvel, Black Widow, and Ronin). The only downside to the PSP version is that there are times when so much is going on you can’t really tell which hero you’re controlling. The PS3 version wins as far as detail in display. You can actually see the threads in Spider-man’s costume! I’ve played the game on all consoles, and have to rate the next-gen version the best.
The beauty of this game is its high replay value. Because you can swap team members up and each has such distinctive power sets, the game can be played in an almost infinite number of ways.
Easily my favorite video game of the year, MUA is a title no true comic fan should be without. With such an incredibly strong start, it’s hard to imagine how they’ll improve on it with the sequel, but I can’t wait to find out!
People have been saying it sucks because of controls, but if you just be patient this game is addicting and extremely fun. the upgrades and abilities of the characters are really cool because each has like 20 or more. i would buy it again.
In the beginning it wasn’t so great, but as you play it more and get through the other levels it gets way fun. I would recommend it for anyone, it’s just a fun game to play by yourself or with friends. I haven’t played online yet, but i bet it would be a lot of fun.
If you have played X-men Legends 2 then this game will be very familiar as the engine is similar. Great story, graphics, and gameplay. Another RPG winner for the marvel universe! The only cut I have is that they dumbed down the process on how you allocate points when your character levels up. That was the best feature in Legends 2 as you could put your points anywhere you wanted and there were many many options. This is streamlined and the game offers only a few options. That is the reason I gave it only 4 stars overall. Still it is a great game and I recommend it!
The game was brand new, still in the original package when I received it. This was also the best price compared to game stop and after bidding for it on ebay. Thanks!!!
If your a Marvel lover your going to love this game. I personaly liked it alot. The Good Side: This game has tons of characters from Spider-Man and Captain America to Ghost Rider and The Fantasic Four! And the same goes for the bad guys like Dr.Doom and Galactus! There are tons of costumes to chose from like classic outfits to new ones. Also the gaphics are great, I could see the scratches on Doom’s mask! Now The Bad Side: The game’s short, I beat it in two days. And it’s also repetitive, once I was done with one level and I moved on to the next it felt like I was playing the same level. So that’s my review I hoped you liked it. My final verdict: If you like the Marvel Universe (and who dosen’t?) then buy the game if you not that into it then rent it, it’ll save you the money.
If you like Marvel heroes and enjoy beating up mindless henchmen, you will like this game. It’s not a very deep gameplay experience and tends to be a bit on the easy side, but it’s still fun, especially in multiplayer.
I’m on my 3rd playthrough, and not just because I want all of the achievements for Xbox Live. I played the first time with the original Fantastic Four and the second time with the New Fantastic Four. This time, I’m using an all female power squad consisting of Storm, Invisible Woman, Storm and Ms Marvel. Since I unlocked all of the costumes in the first play, and since all unlocked items carry over, and also since playing the Hard mode allows you to start with whomever you wish in whatever costumes you wish with whatever powers and items you had at the end of Normal mode, I’m well set for play three. Even playing three times is not really repetitive because things change with the difficulty level you choose. One tip, you cannot go from Easy to Hard without playing Normal. I found that out the hard way, though it is logical to think that is the way it is. I’ve heard there are differences in Hard vs Normal, I’m looking forward to finding out. Judging by the first boss, who was a cakewalk before and this time KO’d half my team, I’m going to need to adjust my strategy this time around.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance lets you play with a team of your favorite superheroes. Choose from Wolverine, Spider-Man, Thing, Storm, and many others!
You can sort of consider this a Diablo style game with a much more upbeat style. You are one of four characters on the screen at any time, and can quickly flip through them. You go through the rooms hacking, slashing, slashing, and then hacking some more. Along the way you grab colored orbs and glowing coins to help you level up your own character and unlock goodies.
It’s disappointing that at the beginning your four starting characters are Spider-Man, Thor, Wolverine, and Captain America. As much as I like those guys, couldn’t ONE of them have been female? Still, it’s only maybe 10 minutes later that you get to the “team switching” spot and can begin to design your own team. They’re not stingy with the characters. Right from this point you can immediately begin to use spider-woman, deadpool, iceman, colossus, elektra, human torch, iron man, thing, luke cage, invisible woman, storm, mr. fantastic, ms marvel, and moon knight. There’s also other unlockable characters that you can get as you go.
Each character can be levelled up to gain new abilities and outfits. You can choose characters that “traditionally” (in comic book stories) work together, and they will actually know to do combos in gameplay.
The characters personalities really shine through in the cut scenes. Wolverine is stand-offish and a bit arrogant. Spiderman cracks jokes the entire time. Captain America feels he’s in charge. I realize that it would be IMPOSSIBLE for them to have redone the cut scenes for every single combination of characters that you could have done! So again, I wish they had a woman in the set Maybe kick out Spidey and his incessant comments …
The graphics are rather good, from the flickering flame to the shadows and reflections. This isn’t a game of subtleties, though. No textured fabrics or flower petals here. Everything is shiney and plasticky.
On the sound side, it’s a comic book adventure. You have incredibly cliched dialogue given by over-the-top voices, and lots of booming going on. It’s to be expected.
The storyline is also a traditional comic book story but heck, we all grew up with them! You’re saving the world. Depending on how well you play, you achieve that mission to different degrees. They did a great job getting you to replay it over and over again in order to unlock the best ending you can.
I really give the game great kudos for their multiplayer and online options. If you’re playing at home, you can easily co-op in four people, one for each character, and go to town. There aren’t many games where four people can easily have great fun playing together. For online, the same is true – you can really have a lot of fun conquering levels as a wide range of characters, interacting with players all over the world.
This isn’t a heavy thinking game, and it doesn’t involve complex concepts. Instead, it’s a game that adults can easily play with kids, and that can give you a few hours of fun relief from the real world. Well recommended!
If you enjoy Marvel games, you’ll love this one. The characters have awesome moves and powers. You can mix-n-match your team of 4.
My Husband loves this game I am so happy I got it for him. Great Item and wonderful shipping time.
With rave reviews flying in from all directions for Marvel’s latest feature film “Iron Man”, and “Incredible Hulk” slated for a few months’ time, I though it might be worth taking a look at something a little more … interactive. To affect the minutae of stories, character development or even the final outcome, is something that (for the time being at least) is restricted solely to video games.
Thankfully there are a few Marvel games out there that do justice to the source material. At the forefront is “Marvel Ultimate Alliance”, one of the best Marvel team-ups available (and that includes the comics!). The story is not complex, favouring character sub-plots and episodic action, but there are all the ingredients needed for a successful super-romp: the villainous Dr Doom, long-time foe of the Fantastic Four, has deigned to accept the assistance of some of the world’s deadliest super-criminals in a plot to steal godly power and extend his dominion over the whole of the planet. He is accompanied by the Asgardian god Loki, a nemesis of the Avengers, and the indestructible robot Ultron, most recently featured in the “Annihilation Conquest” comic saga. A host of other familiar faces gather for their own ends to rain destruction down upon those that might stop them: the Marvel super-heroes.
The fun of this game, which has garnered some very positive reviews, comes from the host of familiar faces. As the player you control a team of four heroes from a huge selection, much in the vein of Marvel’s previous video-game hit, “X-Men Legends”. Each of those heroes is upgradeable in terms of skills, powers, and familiar RPG attributes such as strength, durability and agility. Several costumes are unlockable, including some neat old-school outfits for favourites like Iron Man, Spider-Man and a whole bunch of the X-Men. Battling enemies during your varied missions and adventures garners experience points to be spent on these attributes, creating an increasingly powerful team. You can mix and match from any of the spectacular, uncanny and amazing heroes: the X-Men, the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, and solo heroes such as Ghost Rider, Blade, Daredevil, and many others.
The developers have ensured that beating up Ultron robots and the Mandarin’s terracotta soldiers is especially fun. Characters keep up a certain level of banter throughout, and some cut-scenes are changed depending on the characters you have in your team. Iron Man, for example, might have a few words to say to the Mandarin during their first encounter; when Wolverine comes up against Deadpool, you’re treated to some special dialogue. Similarly there are “safe zones” which are you base of operations in each of the game’s five Acts, allowing you time to run around Stark Tower or Dr Strange’s mansion in safety. Background stories for characters are revealed here, as well as a few interesting details about the ongoing sub-plots.
In fact, most of the game’s more subtle additions begin to shine in these places. Your army of unlockable heroes soon inhabit the op bases and offer a bit of chit-chat or short, XP-earning missions should you be so inclined. There are places to train your heroes using group or solo VR “combat discs”, adding more story (and more currency to buy new skills!), as well as trivia quizzes to earn big bucks. These offer rewarding distractions to the combat-based main content of the game, although you’ll never stray from the primary storyline for long. And, if you’re lucky enough to own one of the next-gen consoles or a beefed-up PC, some of the graphics are truly spectacular and make the time spent with your chosen heroes a true joy!
Available for a bargain price now after a year or so since release, any fan of the comics, the films or just the characters themselves should really pick this up an give it a go – you couldn’t possibly be disappointed.
8.7 / 10
A must have for your collection. cool unlockables, heroes. Very colourfull stages.
The same game expereience as in x-men. So you will not be dissapointed!
Found this gsame very enjoyable. Interesting trying different character on the same level.
I would recommend this game.
Well I recently got this game and really am enjoying it. There are 4 memebers on your team and you can rotate them out at any time. So if you don’t want spidey go back and get Iron man. Thor to be bannged up get colossus. The gameplay is very fun and addictive.’
The downside. For xbox360 game the graphics were a let down. The dialogue at times was kind of lame. However overall a must have for marvel and general action gamers.
fun for the whole family……if your fairly good at gaming you wont have much trouble…….
I read all these reviews before buying this game for my wii system. I was concerned about all the negative talk about camera control and and wiimote not responding, but I figured for 20 bucks its worth a shot. It is true that the camera control on the nunchuk makes it a little more difficult. After a fight sequence sometimes I would get turned around and not sure of the direction I was going, but it is a minor problem. Overall I think this is a fun game and well worth the money.
This is a great game for young teens. There is a lot of fighting but it doesn’t have the gore or foul language of other games like gears of war.
The World’s largest army of Super Heroes is under your control. Assemble your ultimate four-member strike force from over 20 Marvel heroes. Become your favorite legends, then interact with more than 140 characters in this epic action-RPG. Since it’s on PS3 though, you get HD graphics in 1080p, sixaxsis wireless controller for dynamic gameplay, and 2 extra playable heroes. Innovative Combat. Determine the fate of the Marvel universe. Online Cooperative and Competitive modes. Do you need more?
M.U.A. isn’t going to win any game of the year awards or anything like that but it is a solid game that a lot of fun and worth a purchase. It’s a comic book themed role playing game in the same fashion as the X-Men games for the original XBOX. The gameplay works exactly the same but you get to play with characters from all over the Marvel universe. The graphics are also updated a bit and you can zoom in a lot more than in the older games to see more character details. The story is pretty good for this type of game too. Not a “Must Buy” but definately a “Should Buy” game.
-tons of superheroes to use. probably 20 or so to choose from.
-incredible graphics (the naysayers are either crazy/blind, or don’t have hdtvs).
-focuses more on the marvel superheroes and not the x-men, which is great since if you’ve played legends 1 or 2 you might be tired of the x-men
-good length, and a cool diversity of enemies and places to visit
-a great romp through the marvel universe. any game that has galactus in it is cool (but he’s too weak, he’s the planet devourer come on now). i also wish i could have used the silver surfer during the game rather than just getting him after i finished all the comic missions.
-you spend probably 85% of the time breaking boxes or picking up coins which fall from the boxes. in the future the developers should have the coins auto-picked-up like the health and energy powerups.
-the game is easy, including the last boss.
-a surprising number of bugs (still very small, but for a console title there really shouldn’t be any). you may get stunned in a level and never recover. or an energy-sucking enemy may permanently (for that level) strip you of your powers, even after defeated.
-there are not any great comic flashback missions like there were in x-men legends. these just feel kind of thrown together, except for a couple exceptions.
overall a great game, and the best superhero video game ever made.
I really enjoy this game. Tons of fun and doesn’t take the latest greatest video card to run. I’m running it on a ATI 9600xt.
I love Dark Alliance & Champions so I was looking forward to Justice League Heros. But when I got to the store & this was out, I bought it without even having read a review. DC is cool but I’m a Marvel comics guy.
The variety of playable characters is fantastic. Its actually too many to choose from but that will make it more appealling to more marvel fans then those who prefer Spidy, X-Men, & Fan4.
The story is cool but its a hack n slash so thats not important.
The graphics are great but the comic colors are bright & there is so much action, it takes a little getting used to, as with most any game.
The battle system works well. The main problem is having a character with too many powers & not enough buttons to assign them to. You can toggle between powers during a fight pretty easily, though.
There isn’t the vast amount of booty to collect as in other hack n slash.
Heros you aren’t using through out the game stay level with your main characters so swapping or adding won’t hurt your team.
Replay value should be high, depending if you want to spend more time playing different heros.
There is a wealth of backstory & connections for comic fans.
There are a few stages where you can’t control the camera. They are short levels but so different from the last five levels you played that is feels like a different game. Not a big deal but I had to mention it.
This game is actually a lot more fun then I thought it was originally going to be. I bought it for my brother for Christmas and recently I’ve played the game co-op with him. The good thing about this game is that if one of your team members dies then you get switched to another one. But, if all of your team members die then you’ll start over from the last save point.
There are bonuses if you set up pre-set teams in the game. The game will automatically add extra traits to your team. However, you can set up your own team and build up these traits on your own. There are many heroes to choose from.
So, if you like Marvel comics then this game is for you.
For any fan of Marvel Comics, this game will not only meet, but exceed your needs for superhero RPG action. For any fan of the X-Men: Legends series, you are in for a treat as the revised engine this game runs on provides ultra smooth game play. The graphics are not next-gen, but they are high quality PS2 caliber. Besides the extensive library of playable characters to choose from (several X-Men, Avengers, and various other Marvel heroes and heroines), one noticeable improvement over the X-Men: Legends series is that you can adjust the points spent on your hero’s abilities at any time without having to spend credits or find a special location to do so. Should Ghost Rider need a 9 point Pennance Stare to take down an enemy, you can easily take points away from his furnace blast to do so, and then put it back. Also, characters who are able to fly do not need to aquire that ability, they can automatically do so, and what’s better, they do not loose any energy while doing so. The story is outstanding, the friends and enemies you encounter are taken from the depths of Marvel’s character library. And finally, the skins you can unlock for each character make the game even more enjoyable. You can have a team consisting of Hero For Hire Luke Cage, Classic Thor, US Agent (Captain America), and 70′s Blade, complete with a huge afro and green leather jacket. This game is non-stop awesome and is reccomended to anyone who loves comics or RPG’s!!
If you played X-Men Legends II Rise of Apocalypse, then definitely purchase this game! It is built on the same engine as X-Men Legends II (XL2) with similar controls, swapping characters, acquiring rings, etc.
Instead of playing with X-Men characters, you can play with an array of Marvel super heroes from Spider Man, Wolverine, Iron Man, Ghost Rider, All the Fantastic 4, Elektra, Daredevil, Ghost Rider, plus obscure characters like Spider Woman & Mrs. Marvel.
The overall game play is a lot smoother than XL2. There were a lot of times when XL2 froze and I basically had to reboot my computer and lose unsaved progress. I have not had one issue with this game. In fact, the only slight knock is the fact that you have to have the cursor on an enemy in order to attack them.
This game is a great history lesson into the backgrounds of Captain America & Iron Man and you get to pick up cool comics, and artwork just like XL2. Shows almost the entire Marvel catalog! I haven’t unlocked all the characters yet, but I hope you get to use Blade!
This game is a blast.. lots of different character combonations and overall just a ton of fun… the original is always the best.. keep up the good work Marvel and Activision!!
I was surprised by this game. I think any fan of Marvel comics will enjoy this game immensely. It basically rehashes the X-Men Legends engine, revamps it and makes it more playable in my opinion. I would’ve liked to have been able to pick say Juggernaut, Magneto, Hulk and the Punisher, but as it is Marvel Ultimate Alliance is pretty good. The graphics are not the sharpest the exception being the cinematic cutscenes. SPOILER ALERT: Dr. Doom seems to be too much of pushover for someone with supposedly the powers of Odin, and it would’ve been nice to pick Black Widow and even Professor X. But the game is FUN and you’ll spend hours working with different hero combinations and unlocking seemingly endless materials. A definite buy.
Wow! That’s the best way I can describe this game. Just “wow”! Where do I start? The character roster is heavenly and will satisfy all the fans. The system utilizes the same perfect RPG style system seen in the “X-Men Legends” series. The story is great. The “Comic Missions” are great and serve as a quick way to evolve your characters quickly. I haven’t even finished the game and I’m already singing it’s praises. This is one of those rare occassions when the game is worth more than it’s list price. Excellent! Stupendous! Home Run! All That! Buy it now!!
The game is great the motion controls are a bit tough at first but you have the option of not using them at all. Overall great game to play with others.
This is the best superhero game ever! You play over 20 superheros like Iron Man,Ghost Rider,etc. And the game last over two days at least. But this game is so awesome !!! You fight a whole lot of villians from the marvel universe. But the bad part is the Hulk is not even in the game. This part might be a spoiler but is shows him dead next to Dr.Doom and that sucks!! But this game is still AWESOME!!!!!!!!
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance is a dream come true for fans of the Marvel universe. You get to choose from a number of famous and infamous characters to play in the game. From Spider-Man to Deadpool, this game is great when it comes to selection of characters. The graphics are great and doesn’t look like a cartoon as the previous two X-Men Legend games have looked. There are so many characters, you will run into about five or six famous character with each level. There are a couple of flaws. One being that the camera occasionally isn’t in the best position and the other being that the music is louder than the voices and it is sometimes hard to hear what the characters are saying. But overall, this is still a very fun game if you love Marvel.
This game is good all away around. The controls are fine, The only part I was disapointed with was when is that there are some characters that can only be played on certain consoles ie Hulk is not playable on the wii version. Anyways has a good story, decent amount of destruction, and the choices in the game affect the story out come.
Kids very much loves this game! Although I don’t see them play it today
With so many superheroes to choose from, this game is so much fun. I have finished the game but keep starting the game from beginning with different characters. The graphic is not that great but it’s still fun. The game is not really that easy, but you don’t need a cheat code to beat the game. It’s worth buying. Trust me!
This was a fun way to play Marvel Ultimate Alliance in the Wii. I currently own it for Xbox 360 also. Reccommended for fans of Marvel comics/movies.
This is a really fun/addicting game. Re-play is equally as fun. I seriously played this game several hours a day for weeks. One of the most entertaining games I have played in years.
Fun multiplayer cooperative game; played this one with my girlfriend (we were Deadpool and Storm). Encountered a number of bugs and there are some questionable design decisions (instant kill environmental hazards that surprise you and reduce your team by one man for the rest of the mission are frustrating -even more so when triggered by the AI). The menu interface is also rather clunky, but at it’s heart, this game is a fun arcade brawler with some extra depth.
First off, the storyline is awesome. Not like some games where you go on missions and start hammering away. For instance on the first mission the baddies attack it as a diversion so they can blow a different joint. Moving on,the attacks for the characters are absolutely fab I like the level up system it is great. The punchlines are not horrid like Spider Man FOF yet they are not overly long and dreary. The bad news is the ultimate mastermind ( Docter Doom) is to easy even on hard difficulty!! Also the Silver Surfer is too hard to unlock. The graphics are great. The bad points are worth it because everything else is lovely.
Marvel:Ultimate Alliance is a truly well designed game. It features many of your favorite super heroes and has a great storyline. I like that you can create your own team of four from more than 21 playable characters. A little into the game you can either stick with the team you have or put together a team with certain combinations that have bonuses. If you pick a team that does not form a special combination then you can create your own team name and avatar and it will add a general bonus. Some combinations are femme fatale, with all females, there is the Avengers, X-men, and Fantastic four as well. There are many combinations that provide great team bonuses. I thought the controls on the other systems were easier, but once i got the hang of it, the wii controls become more satisfying. Never before have we had an rpg game with superheros that is so appealing. The x-men rpg was good, while the dc heroes ones like justice league were not. No other superhero game is more satisfying than Ultimate Alliance. I strongly recommend this game on any system, including the wii. One thing to note each system has a slight variation of characters. So each system features a slightly unique experience. I would check to see which system has the compliment of characters that you like the most. Also i thought replay value was good. Yes the game is scripted, but still very satisfying. I usually hate scripted games, but this is different. Replay is good for two reasons. You can try out countless combinations of teams, with their own unique abilities, and the gameplay is fun even on the second or third time. Secondly there is another feature; throughout the game you can collect comic missions to play. Each mission is a solo mission by the character in question and usually has historical significance. There are at lest 40 missions to play, and you even can play using some villians. I felt that the comic missions were ok, but not as good as the rest of the game. you just seem to fight a bunch of common enemies over and over and that gets old. just common soldiers in different uniforms. yes there is a boss in the end, but it just is not all that satisfying, Still there is replay value. I think that the future holds even better games then Marvel:Ultimate Alliance, but for now this is as good as it gets.
This game is so fun that i rented it for 3 weeks. i love this game and all the cool characters in it to bad the punishe and the hulk ain’t in the ps2 version oh well it’s still an awesome game. everyone should try it. you’ll defenaly like it if you are into action or if your a marvel comics/superhero fan.
This was a very fun game to play. While other games such as syphon filter may have better graphics, this was very impressive for such a small screen. Besides the few faults with this game, it is so much fun to be on a team of wolverine,spiderman, or many other choices. Gameplay is very smooth and the graphics are decent. This is a very addictive game that is essential to anyone looking for alot of fun superhero action.
First off, I’m no hardcore gamer. Like the title says, I just happened to be browsing some gaming magazine when the ad got me. Being a big fan of the comics, I decided to give it a try. I mean, come on, who wouldn’t want to be able to pair up Spidey with Iceman and The Human Torch and whoever catches your fancy? And the game delivers a lot of punch in many ways.
GAMEPLAY: Campaign mode is pretty straightforward. You can walk through the entire thing and it makes for a lot of gametime. It is kind of reminiscient of the Ninja Turtle series from back in the 90′s where you pretty much follow a straight map (except in this case, there are some side rooms that you can explore in each level), kill some enemies, get to a minor boss, kill more enemies, then get to the final boss. Obviously, you have to expect the occasional roadblock – ‘What am I going to do to get past this flaming doorblock?’ situations where simple puzzles can come in play, but overall, getting through levels is a sort of linear kind of thing. The whole game probably takes about 15-20hrs to beat on normal. But then you won’t necessarily unlock all the superheroes, so I guess that’s what keeps you going. You unlock hard mode after beating normal once. GRADE: A
THE RPG ELEMENT: Activision markets this as an action/rpg game, and while there is lots of action (as I mentioned, the Ninja Turtle game flashback it brought me), there are elements of RPG. Whenever you pick up ‘money’ on the map and level up, you can spend points leveling up character skills and abilities. The items you equip your characters with will also matter in the same way. The system is rather straightforward and being my first game from the ‘series’ (apparently this is the successor to some XMen Legends game?), it did not take me long to learn about where this element kicks in. GRADE: A
THE CO-OP ELEMENT: Co-op is awesome and I definitely prefer that to playing alone. You can team up with 1-3 of your friends for some 2-4 player co-op. While camera views can be annoying at times, you can easily tell that the programmers put a lot of time into making co-op gameplay here really smooth. One weird thing about this though, at some points you unlock the game’s idea of secret levels (by picking up random comic books that appear on levels), which involve one main character (which one player plays) and enemies which are, surprise surprise, not controlled by the AI if you’ve been playing co-op. Kind of eliminates that whole challenge feel to it if you look at it in one way. GRADE: A+
GRAPHICS: Almost comical. Not as in funny comical, but as in like the comic books. Obviously, this being a PS2, I shouldn’t expect next-gen graphics. And I didn’t. Heck, the cinematics looked awesome. But for the most part, gameplay graphics were pretty tight. Not realistic nor stellar like in Shadow of the Colossus, but smooth enough such that any gamer won’t complain too much about the game not taking advantage of the PS2′s potential as far as graphics go. I found some of the animations rather sorry, like the lime green-ness, almost-to-the-state-of-previous-gen-ness of the Fin Fang Foom, but other than that, I really don’t have much complaints. GRADE: B+
STORY: Any game that can capture the essence of every superhero’s personality while at the same time painting this captivating story as it unravels gets my props. Although sometimes, in the middle of a mission, the small things that go wrong that you and your group must fix up, these things can make you lose sight of the big picture. GRADE: B+
- Dialogue is kind of key in this game for the most part. At times dialogue pops up in the worst time (immediately after a fight) such that I found me or one of my friends mistakenly hitting the ‘continue’ button (X) right through the dialogue as if the fight was still going on (X = the attack button).
- Reviving characters: So in battle, if one of your group gets KO’ed, there’s a resting period. When the resting period is over, a message pops up saying that the character of interest is fully rested, but instead of letting him/her pop out just as if to rejoin the group, you always have to get to some save point to activate that character again.
Once again, being not that hardcore of a gamer, I can’t really say much in the way of in-depth game reviews. But here’s the bottom line:
- This game is definitely one to be played co-op. My brother and I grew up playing these types of games and having hours and hours of fun together with these (heh… Ninja Turtles).
- Don’t get this if you’re looking for straight RPG. True, there is an RPG element, but not as much in the way of world-exploration and stuff that have surrounded some of the world’s best RPGs.
- This game is mission-based, with different levels separated into 5 acts that will load from your home base. Think Splinter Cell or soldier FPS games where you have one level, side missions that pop up when things screw up, and then an overall mission goal that must be beaten for you to return to home base.
- Nevertheless, it is loads of fun and I definitely think paying the $40 for it on release day was worth every cent.
Me and my two 5 year olds played this game and had a blast (using Multi-tap /player from GameStop). It was easy enough for them to play but needed an adult to help them neg. the more complex parts of the game. I grew up on Atari so this was a blast. We have several multi-player games and this was by far the most fun. Highly recommended for many hours of fun.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance is a great game, but only when you have some people to play with you. The cooperative mode can be fun, but I definitely prefer the arcade mode because each player is given a score afterward and this will give you bragging rights if you score higher than your friends.
However, whether or not you have friends to play with you or not, this game is ultimately a button mashing experience while looking at your favorite Marvel character do fancy moves. For ages, game developers have not put too much effort into most of the superhero games because they are franchises that sell themselves, and this game was a perfect example of it.
If you have friends that are willing to play with you, give this game a try, it will be fun at times and tedious sometimes as well.
If you don’t mind playing alone, you can give this a try too… but for the most part when I was playing alone I was left with an empty experience of button mashing.
I’d say this game is rentworthy, but not worth buying unless you’re a Marvel fanatic.
This is the type of game you beat once and you can’t go through again, it’s really a one hit wonder. You play it once, and you never touch it again… even with hard mode on the game felt the same all over.
That game look tight because of Spider-man, Captain America, Iron Man, Luke Cage, X-Men, Fantastic Four, etc. on that Marvel Game
This is probably the most enjoyable game I’ve played in years. I don’t have a console so I only play the PC versions of games and don’t play a lot of those – but this is the game that convinced me to buy a gamepad controller for my PC.
If you are a fan of the Marvel universe, or want to be, you will be enthralled by this game. Every character you’ve ever loved will make an appearance. You’ll get to forge your own team and see them perform.
The cinematic cutscenes, between acts, are absolutely fantastic. I so wish they would mag a CGI Avengers movie with those models – Captain America has never looked so real.
The story is written by long time Marvel writer/editor CB Ceybulski (spelling?). This man knows the characters and history of Marvel.
You’ll get to visit Marvel locations like a S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, Dr. Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum, Asgard (home of the Norse gods), Hell itself, the moon, a circus, a Chinese palace, and Atlantis.
You’ll get to choose from the different costumes the heroes have worn over the years (play Spidey in his black symbiote costume before you see it in Spider-man 3 this summer!)
My only worry is that I’m in Act 4 – so the end can’t be that far away. I hope they release an expansion pack!!
My computer is about 3 years old and has had no problem running the game, although you will need about 8GB of hard-drive space to install it.
In my opinion, this is the best comic book game overall. Tons of characters, both well known and some of the lesser known, are in here. Gameplay is fun and quick paced. Controls are great as well as the graphics on my x-box 360 version. I highly recommend it!!!
As a both a comic and video game geek, I can say that this game doesn’t fall short in either department. I has a lot of scenarios, characters, environments, and villains taken strait from the comics. The story itself isn’t a comic, but doesn’t cause any major conflicts with them as some comic based games do. The plethora of characters won’t disappoint any true comic fan. The game play is built sort of like an action RPG. You have your powerhouses like the Thing, speedsters like Spider-man, elemental (Mage) types like Ice Man and others. The game has its weaknesses. The story is OK, but not great. The gesture system isn’t accurate as it should be, so you often wind up doing the wrong move. The game is also pretty short. You can beat the entire main story in about 15-20 hours. The good news is that even though its short, the deep customability makes for really high replay value. For example, after beating the game with you favorites, you can do it as the fantastic four, the x-men, the avengers, or just another random team. There are also story aspects that change based on the player’s actions. The CG cut scenes are also really well animated. Yes there are flaws, but there are aspects designed to compensate for them. For being a comic fan’s video game dream, they get a 4 out of 5.
While having 4 heroes on the screen is confusing at times, due to the strangely zoomed out maps, it’s great fun. There’s real difference between the heroes – flight is fun if not tremendously useful. And there’s just something fun about using Mr. Fantastic to cyclone punch one thug while Deadpool is firing away with twin guns.
And who knew Spider Woman could fly!!!
Lots of fun – with some interesting boss battles. It’s not a particularly innovative gaming experience but the variety makes it a blast.
One minor gripe – the menu system seems to have one too many menu screens, so you’re constantly zipping in and out of them, trying to figure out what screen covers what stat or item for which character, player 1 or player 2 or 3 or 4…
I’ve had this game for a while now and have played through it in its entirety once already. The gameplay itself is fairly simple, consisting mostly of punching and using special attacks but the character development system is incredibly deep. You have the ability to level your characters moves and outfits, equip different items, level your own specific team, acquire special team bonuses, and of course level your characters stats. This keeps the game entertaining because as your skills and attack level they become more useful and look slightly different. Depending on your skill your characters can end up being really strong compared to the enemies or really weak by the end of the game. After you have completed the game on normal you can start a new game on the hard difficulty using your already leveled characters. With so many characters to use, even some additional ones available soon through download, you are bound to find a team that you like and build them up to be incredibly powerful.
My personal favorite part of this game is the multiplayer cooperative play. You can play locally with you friends on one system or online. Playing online and offline is almost identical except that while online all players can upgrade/change their characters at the same time while you have to take turns while playing locally. Also if you start a local game with your friend and decide you want to continue playing online later you can do this by loading your save file on xbox live or vise-versa. Its that easy.
Overall there really isn’t anyone I can think of who wouldn’t like this game. Unless you don’t have any friends, don’t want any friends, and absolutely hate all things marvel. Otherwise I would say this game is worth playing. If one of your buddies is tired of you targeting him all the time in online play maybe you could get him to work through this game with you. He’ll probably like you better afterward.
I can’t stop playing! Even though it is repetitive, each level manages to reinvent the game just enough to keep me playing. Great for when you just want to shoot things up.
I bought this game for my son’s sevens birthday. It did not take him long to catch on and he loves the game and the action.
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance for Ps2 is a really great game. The only thing that I can say about it that is negative is that after you beat it, the game gets kind of stale. But the graphics, game play, and characters are all great. You have a wide variety of characters to choose from, and each is unique, and offer lots to do.
It’s a fun game, but it can be hard to see what is going on, because of the screen size
We got this game because my son loves Spiderman Friend or Foe so much, and we were told this one is similar. It is not quite the same and seems to be much more difficult to understand how to play. It is still a very fun game.
Finally, an adventure game for the 360 that allows CO-OP play with your buddies or family and lasts longer than 3 hours. It is nice to play these games with my son versus on-line with strangers. The game is very content rich with a lot to do. I have actually been playing since I got it and I am still not done. Yes, we like to do everything there is and this game has a lot. It really is nice being able to play with so many characters from the Marvel Universe. Seeing Ghost Rider was a plus for me.
As another said, the controls are exactly like the X-Men games. Sort of nice not needing to learn anything new. Load times are actually pretty good and overall graphics during gameplay are good as well.
If I had any complaints they would be the ease of play at times. Many boss fights are too easy. Just stay off screen at the doorway to the room, and they just stay back and do nothing. Just stand there and shoot until dead. Not all are like this, but many are. Also, the cut scenes always have the original four heros in them and they talk like they are in the adventure. Even when you pick four others. Spidey gets on my nerves!
For the overall lack of great games for the 360, this is a must have.
To quote Gamespot’s review: “and in what is probably the game’s most clever and intuitive use of the Wii controller, tilting the Nunchuk side to side causes the camera to rotate accordingly.”
Well, it’s not clever and intuitive. It’s stupid and annoying.
You need to keep the nunchuk even/straight up or else the camera angle will spin, because the tilt of the nunchuk is tied into the camera angle. Hold anything in your hand straight up, now imagine having to hold that position for hours of gameplay. Unnatural and gets me PO’ed paying attention to my straight up hand angle.
Before you buy this game hold your Wii nunchuk vertical upright, and see what is natural for you. I tend to hold it at an angle/horizontal. Maybe you can use the classic controller for this game, I don’t have one so couldn’t test it, but from what I’ve read it doesn’t work.
I bought this for the PS3 and it is way better and actually worth buying. The camera can be controlled with the right analog stick, which is much more natural and controllable. I’m disappointed with the Wii version on this one. The nunchuk-tilt that controls the camera angle totally ruined it. From playing the PS3 version I know that you rarely need to adjust the camera angle, which makes this even more annoying. You have to put up with the nunchuk annoyance and pay attention to your hand angle through entire game, for a function you hardly ever use.
Fantastic Four for the Wii is a similar game, and you don’t have to do any of this camera/nunchuk stuff.
Concerning the game itself. You control four superheroes. One yourself and the other 3 will autofight. You can switch between the four at anytime. Marvel Alliance is a good game. It is like an RPG with superheroes you can level, add add items to, and change outfits (each giving different bonuses).
My biggest hope and biggest let down about this game is that it would play just like the PS2 version. There was no description about the game to tell me any different. But the gameplay itself was not too bad. If you have ever played Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade the you know how this game is played. The different levels are redudant with only the storyline to indicate the difference. Its a pretty good game. The sad thing is that once I beat it after the first week I got it, I haven’t touched it since.
The game has a lot of playability! The characters, of course, are all familiar and you can create your very own team of four marvel heroes. The storyline, graphics and gameplay (except for the “dumb” arcade game in Murderworld) are all great!! I like the side “training” missions as well.
Originally, I was hesitant about this game, due to the troubling reviews. However, even with the biggest negatives (re: Wii remote control) the positives overwhelm the negatives and is possibly one of the most addicting games out there. The game allows you the opportunity to play as various Marvel superheroes. Unlike a simple “punch and kick” game, each “power” is specifically designed to match the hero, so that playing with a “Captain America” is a very different experience than playing with “The Thing.” However clunky the controls are, the intense action and surprising detail to the game creates an world environment which you will not want to turn off. Having turned on relatives and friends to this game, they have all had the same type of positive experience. Since you have about 20 characters to choose from, plus multiple “mini-games” the game will not get tired and is a wonderful bonding experience.
The more you know and are a fan of Marvel Comics, the greater enjoyment you will get from the game and superb touches. Even without knowledge, it is a fast paced game that you can literally play for hours without wanting to get up to go the bathroom. The downside is that the Wii remote doesn’t work 100% and there are numerous attacks that you have to either memorize or relearn in battle. There is a work around. The problem is for certain movements and mini-games it is a stroke of luck to finish. The game shows the potential of what superhero games can be and will be looking forward to the next game.
Additionally, since the game allows a “hard” version, even finishing allows you more game play.
The game is too easy. Playing on normal difficulty, I never once lost my team in battle. I blew through each boss first time using no strategy. The mini games used to beat some bosses require no reflexes – only that you can tell red, from green, from blue, from yellow, and Y, from X, from B, from A (in case you were either dyslectic, or colour blind). The mini game button sequences go at a snail’s pace. I did not lose one team member in the final showdown against Dr.Doom. You want some sort of challenge from a game – the relief, ecstasy, and sense of achievement, say, from beating Ninja Gaiden, GRAW, or Manhunt. I employed no strategy ever against any foe – just got near them and leant on the special attacks of Ironman, and combined them with my other teammates. I never once employed the dodge/defend button. And the puzzles are redundant, the “solutions” incredibly childish. I know to put the square block into the square hole. That’s the ordinary. The good is the presentation, characterisation, and story. The cutscenes are well worth opening, and give impetus to pushing on through the game. I am not a hardcore gamer. I’m a casual gamer who enjoys finding out the “story” of a game. I don’t think I was lucky. I think this game might well have compromised for mass consumption, for sometime gamers, who usually only play bits and pieces – and give them the sense of achievement for completing a game for once. The lack of challenge seriously detracts from the game, and makes the core action hollow and repetitive. Buy this one for the kids.
OMG THis game rools but they need 2 more guyz mybe . like syclops and jean gray. but my favs are dead pool, ghost rider, spider man and blade!!!! buy it.
I recommend this game for every gamer out there, this game is great… whether your playing solo or w/ a bunch of friends this game will entertain!!!
If you ever wanted to have a game with all your basic superheroes of Marvel this is the one. It is cool when they use their powers. Story line is ok but each charactor doesn’t speak in the story lines so that kind of takes away the feel of being in the game. A lot of smash’em and bash’em. Some superheros are hidden and you have to earn the right to play them. I think is a good if you don’t want to think too much and just play and live in the story and have fun.
I bought this game for my grandson and he loves it. I think that I will order more games from Amazon.
My 14 year old son bought this game. I was worried that it would be too young for him but he has really enjoyed the game. I like that it isn’t very violent!
This game is awesome. The gameplay is like x-men legends and x-men legends 2 but a bit soupped up to support a more action style of combat with things like blocking and being able to pick up and use weapons as opposed to just picking up boulders and throwing them in xmen legends 2.
My only real complaint is that Dr. Doom does not become playable.
Another suggestion might be to change the choice of some of the “costumes” on the characters and have some more skimpy ones for female characters and joke costumes for the male ones. Nothing would be as amusing as having a team of g string clad chicks team up with some male characters in clown suits.
The game is great fun, but much better with two player.
The game is very fun the added characters are great. But it took a very long time to deliver and i paid for fast delivery and it took about a week and a half.
I loved the game from start to finish, Spiderman being my favorite. I would recommend Ultimate Alliance to anyone who loves action.
Feels more like a Dungeons & Dragon game. No close up shots, always zoomed out. But overall it’s a pretty good game, not great.
That Captain America, Thor and the Avengers got a good showing in a video game! It’s been what, almost 13 years since the old Sega GENESIS cart? Well MUA is a great successor and wonderful addition to the Marvel franchise. This game builds upon the X Men Legends II (XL2) game style, so I will be referencing that game a bit.
The characters begin as a mixed bag: to begin with, some are the Ultimate versions (Cap, Thor); some are regular 616 continuity (Spiderman, Iron man). Each character has four different skins or costumes they can play as; one default and three to unlock. The really cool thing about the skins is that it allows you to play as characters such as Beta Ray Bill, War Machine, and US Agent. Different costumes also grant different powers.
The characters are cool. I love playing as Cap and Thor. Some of the others are a bit odd choices though: Electra, for example, but I guess they have to show support due to the movie based on the character. As I said it is an eclectic group, with the primary focus on the New Avengers.
The gameplay is the same style as XL2. Flying characters can now use their powers from the sky. Speaking of powers, the same system as XL2 exists. A big change is that some characters have some powers automatically: characters that can fly, such as Ms. Marvel or Thor, have Flight from the get go and you do not have to “buy” these powers like in XL2. There are fewer powers per character as compared to XL2, but some of the character’s powers are contained in their skin/costumes. A new feature is team abilities, in which a team that stays together and has more synergy is granted bonuses. Changing a member changes the team, so the abilities are lessened. Pretty cool idea.
The first thing I noticed after playing the game is that it is much more challenging than XL2 was off the bat. I played through almost 2 entire scenarios with Bishop alone in XL2, in MUA I tried that (with Captain America) and repeatedly got beat up. It also seems that the level of your enemies is somewhat commiserate with your current level, especially in Simulator Disc scenarios, so the developers were thinking about the “Hard” mode of the game when designing the challenge level.
There are a few things I did not like, however:
1. Character choices: The characters are a diverse bunch, as I said, focusing on the New Avengers. And included are the main Avengers unit of Iron Man, Cap, and Thor. But I wish they added one of the other mainstay characters from the Classic Lineup. I know he is a system exclusive for some other platform, but Hawkeye would have made this game even better. To me he is the “Fourth Main Avenger” outside of the aforementioned three. To me, not having Hawkeye is like offering Mr. Fantastic, The Thing and The Invisible Woman, but not Johnny Storm.
2. No real equipment system: MUA allows one piece of equipment to be worn, unlike the three in XL2. I liked the three pieces much better: they actually had an impact on how each character performed. In MUA, it does not seem to matter if they have anything or not.
3. All characters have “Computer- Assigned Skill Points” set as default. This is minor, but I lost a point or two because I did not know the game was defaulted this way.
4. No Hulk. I am not a big fan of the Hulk by any means, but in a game encompassing this variety of characters, he needs to be playable right from the start. He is one of the most popular Marvel Characters, behind Spider Man and Wolverine. He should be here, and not simply as “Dr. Banner”.
Overall, I think this game is great. It is a beat ‘em up that you can easily sit down and enjoy for a quick fight or the long haul. It is also two and four player adaptable (as well as online), so it’s great for a group of friends.
FOR A PERSON WHO DOESNT PLAY GAMES MUCH AND DOESNT PLAY THEM UNTILE THEY ARE BEAT. THIS GAME IS PRETTY GOOD…U CAN JUST PLAY FOR A BIT THEN NOT TOUCH IT FOR A WEEK OR SO AND PICK RIGHT UP WHERE U LEFT OFF…PLUS IT HAS A CRAZY AMOUT OF CHARACTERS FOR THE BIG COMIC FANS…HOPE THIS IS USEFUL…
I am having an absolute blast with this game. It combines old-school arcade beat-em-up madness with RPGish character advancement, a fantastic story, and let us not forget a roster of some 140 classic Marvel comics characters, 24 or so playable. Then, of course, there is the much-hyped option of creating and naming your own superhero dream team. You start out with four heroes of your choice and the more you team these characters up on missions, the more experience and prestige your team gains. This leads you to upgrade your mighty force with great stat bonuses and an expanded roster. Cool, cool stuff if you’re a fan of comics or superheroes in general. If you’re a wise gamer, you can send any of several Avengers line-ups, the X-men, or the Fantastic Four along with a few other “secret” combos into battle together and receive special team bonuses as a reward. There are also some awesome sequences where your team all use their “extreme” powers at once. Picture this: Blade throws several vials of his serum into the air, shooting them so they explode into a deadly mist that damages the enemies, Spiderman then swings across the screen blasting every foe with webbing and ensnaring them as they are still recoiling from Blade’s assault, Deadpool leaps into the air, flipping sideways in slow motion as he sprays the villains (now ensnared in webbing) with twin SMG’s just as the Human Torch starts raining fire and Brimstone over the whole screen. That, my friends, is some hardcore superhero a**-kicking.
The story will take you throughout the Marvel Universe to other galaxies, under the sea, to the realm of the gods fo Asgard, and even to the depths of Mephisto’s hellish underworld as you battle the Masters of Evil, an ambitious coalition of supervillains headed by Dr. Doom himself. The extra missions you complete (or don’t) during the course of your journeys will all affect the game’s ending; so though you may have saved the universe, depending on what side missions you did or didn’t complete you are shown the future that has been created by your actions or lack thereof. My first time through, for example, I did much good and brought peace between some former enemies of humanity and helped defeat many future threats, but the combination of events that came about because of some details I neglected during gameplay doomed some of my favorite heroes of all in the end. I’ve never seen a story mode handled quite like this and it’s very rewarding and really adds to the replay value of the game. All right, on to the characters. It would have been nice to play as the Namor, the Vision, or [insert your favorite obscure Marvel hero here], but the playable roster is an impressive combination of legendary mainstays like Spiderman, Wolverine, and Iron Man and hardcore fan-pleasers like Dr. Strange, Moon Knight, and the aforementioned merc with the mouth, Deadpool. Heck, even the cosmic power of the Silver Surfer is yours to command so who’s to complain? Furthermore, you now have the option of downloading even more characters from xbox live including Venom, Magneto, and the Hulk as well as 5 others. There are tons of legendary Marvel villains and heroes that are MIA (no Punisher? Doh!), and some minor fanboy complaints about the upgradeable uniforms (why is Spidey’s symbiote costume less powerful than his original cloth one?), but that just means that there is still room for this awesome franchise to get even better next time around.
Fans of the “X-men Legends” games will find the gameplay more than a little familiar (see: nearly identical) and will find some favorite characters from those games playable as well, but with some new tricks. You gotta love Colossus picking up enemies and using them to club their comrades; that’s just good times all around. There are also interactive segments, mini-games if you will, that are pretty fun and look cool as hell. Running over psychotic clowns in a bumper car springs immediately to mind; and several of the larger boss battles and other situations have button sequences that need to be pushed as they appear to perform context-sensitive moves that look cool as hell. Then there’s those games of old-school “Pitfall”, and “Arkanoid” you play in Murderworld… Plenty to do in this game. You’ll also earn several unlockable (and upgradeable!) alternate costumes for each hero and solo (or “comic”) training missions for the playable heroes in the game if you can hunt down their discs. These missions are a godsend and allow you to learn each individual hero’s abilities outside of the chaotic team battles and engage in some memorable duels with classic villains (Elektra vs Bullseye: round 2? You know you want it!). I only wish that each character’s missions were a little more customized; they all consist of one of the same four or five levels with different bosses at the end.
Some of the cutscenes in the game look unbelievable (there is a Nightcrawler sequence that rivals the one in the 2nd X-Men film) while others are rather unpolished. The voice acting is spotty at best, but several of the character’s voices closely resemble their animated counterparts and it’s fun to hear your heroes banter during battle (Deadpool, unsuprisingly, even has wisecracking as one of his special powers) and the graphics during gameplay are a massive improvement over “X-Men Legends”, so there’s really very little to complain about.
Online multiplayer also looks to be a big draw this time out. I haven’t tried it out yet, but from what I’ve heard there is 4-player cooperative where everyone shares and shares alike, and competitive where your baddie-stomping statistics are tracked for bragging rights and to the winners go the spoils. You can even play the comic missions with one player as the fearless hero and the rest of the players controlling the hordes of enemies. The fun just keeps on coming.
This is one of those games where, even after you’ve beaten it, you simply can’t wait to start it over and play through it in a different way. Personally, I’m relishing every action-packed second and whether you’re an average gamer who loves to mash buttons and kick tail, a hardcore comic geek looking for an epic adventure featuring your favorite heroes, an RPG fan who enjoys lots of customization, or just a person looking for a game you pick up and play with your friends at home or online this is that game. Buy it, own it, love it.
This game is very fun and entertaining, all the while presenting you with new challenges throughout the game. If you enjoyed X-men legends on the other consoles, then you will like this game. The only difference is this game is very easy and that one wasn’t. The graphics are nice and are different than most of the games you will play, has a cartoony feel to it. The story is pretty simple and easy to follow. The game also has nice legnth, lasting an easy 12 hours of gameplay. It begins to grow tiresome towards the end though. To me it would have been better if the missions were longer and there were less of them.
THIS IS NOT HALO 3, GEARS, or any of the other major platformers. This game isn’t in that league but is certainly worth checking out. It came free with my X-box 360, so I was pleasently suprised. The other game Forza Motorsport is also not that bad. Its awesome getting free stuff I might add. All in all, if your a fan of the series like I am or just enjoy team based games, then this game I would reccomend.
First off, I’d like to compliment the amount of heroes you can play as, here is a list (for regular, not gold edition):
Ms.Marvel, Dr.Strange, Silver Surfer(yes, THE silver surfer), Dare Devil(my favorite), Elektra, Mr.Fantastic, Invisibe woman, Thing, The Human Torch, Thor, Deadpool, Wolverine, Storm, Iceman, Black Panther, Luke Cage(the SWEET CHRISTMAS guy), spider-man, spider-WOMAN, Nick Fury(leader of S.H.E.I.L.D.), Blade, Ghost Rider, Iron Man, and
Captain America.Sadly, you cannot be my favorite hero of all time, Nightcrawler(you find out why in Mephiso’s realm), One of the other cool features is that when you have certain combonations of people, you can moke teams, like the Avengers, Fantastic Four, X-men, and things like “Dark Past”. Also, each hero has unuiqe powers, it’s not the same hero in a different costume *coughjusticeleageheroescough*.Another really cool thing if you’ve played “X-Men Legends” (which I think is like a prototype of “Marvel: Ultimate Alliance”), you alternate through differant bases, like “Stark Tower”, “Attilan”, and “Asgard”, unlike Legends where your base is always
“X Academy”. But, if your going to get this game, look for the gold edition, in that one you can be all these people, plus Cycloops, the Hulk, and Venom, plus more. But if you can’t find Gold, don’t be hesitant to by the origonal, it’s still THE BEST(not ONE of the best) super hero game, I’ve ever played, actually, THE best game I’ve ever played!!!
For $12.99 what a deal. My son really likes this game. Normally he doesn’t play these types of games. I thought I’d get it & see if he might like it.. He did, to even his own surprise.
I dont know what is up with the first reviewer…this is a great game that uses the wii’s innovative controllers to its advantage….and yes, I have played and currently own Marvel Legends.
As far as controls go: the nunchuck is used primarily for moving…the joystick moves the character you currently have selected, and by tilting the nunchuck side to side, you can adjust the camera angle. The Z button is used for blocking and the C for jumping.
The remote is used for combinatation moves and superpowers. The 4 way directional pad allows you to select which of your four current characters you would like to manipulate. I personally find an additional degree of gaming difficulty in aiming precision…you have to be in control and relaxed when using the remote to aim well.
Overall, the path for the games is set, however you are able to wander around as you please. The characters are represented well, although the graphics are nothing to rave about (im using the component cables for 480p resolution)…but then again, i got this game on the wii for the gaming experience…I also own a PS3 60 and opted for the wii version.
All in all, its a fun game, if youre not sure, rent it.
btw…i still believe zelda:TP is the best game for the system at the current time. I would consider Zelda to be 5 stars and the current standard to rate other games…As such, i have given ultimate alliance 4 stars.
great game, but why does amazon think people will pay this much, when you can get it for 19.99 everywhere else?
This is a great game for Marvel and non-Marvel fans alike. It has great beat-em up action, and some really nice RPG elements, but can get a bit repetitive/boring at times.
This is my second review for this game.For some unknown it never appear, maybe because I gave it only one star when most people gave a four or five, so I think Amazon or the editor or whoever is in charge never publish it. But the truth is undeniable. The game still sucks hard time. It’s lame and boring. At least I’m glad I rented this atrocity before buying it.It was not worth the four dollars I spent renting it.
Let me start this review by stating that in general, I normally don’t play this kind of game because they usually don’t hold my interest for long. I get the most entertainment and playability from sports games. That being said, I thought I’d give this a try since I’ve been a fan of Marvel comics since I was a kid.
This game is a blast! This is the only game that’s been in my PSP since I started playing. The ability to play with different characters and create different teams means I’ll be replaying this game for quite a while. It’s not impossibly frustrating, but does offer a little bit of a challenge. And the story is fun to follow.
Can’t recommend this game enough for comics fans. Hardcore gamers that know nothing about marvel may not enjoy it as much.
El mejor juego que he jugador, complejo pero no demasiado, se deja jugar por horas y horas, puedes desbloquear jugadores, las escenas finales son construidas de acuerdo al juego que realizes, los Uber Heroes que se desbloquean luego de jugarlo y terminarlo son fantasticos, el sitio web donde puedes ver tus puntuacion, en si todo o casi todo es fanstastico, solo 1 punto no es bueno, al finalizarlo regresas al castillo final y de alli no sales, sera un danio o asi mismo pensarian el juego !!!! se los dejo de tarea a ver si alguno lo sabe, por mi parte voy a terminar el juego en la consola wii tambien y luego les cuento.
If you liked X-Men Legends, you’ll like this game too. The individual character missions get a little cookie-cutter, which brings down the re-playability a bit, but adventure mode is solid and will take a good 25-30 hours at normal difficulty. All the usual suspects show up, including some very silly/lame Marvel heroes and enemies, so there’s more than enough to chuckle at and make fun of.
For all the people who had a problem with the controls:
You can also get around shaking the controller and get to all the special moves by holding down B, then cycling through the powers with Z. You then use your selected power by holding B and hitting A. It’s actually pretty easy. I wish a lot of the reviewers would have actually read the controller layout on the Options menu. Maybe then they would’ve had a better experience.
I really enjoy the Marvel Universe and the story for this game was pretty engaging. My sister-in-law, her husband, and I got hooked on this game. We read the controller layout and practiced our moves in easy areas and didn’t really have any controller issues. There were a few quirks with having 3-4 humans playing. You obviously all have to go the same direction, but sometimes one of us would miss a door or the stairs and the rest would have to backtrack a bit, but it didn’t happen all that often. You don’t have that problem playing solo and it predictably happens less often with just 2 players. I would give the story 4-5 stars, the fun factor of playing with friends 5 stars, the voice acting 4-5 stars, and the graphics 4 stars (though I only have composite cables so I’m only getting 480i). It’s not an instant classic for non-Marvel fans though so I gave it 4 stars. When you beat the game, stay around for the credits. There’s some funny audio clips of the voice actors playing around as if their characters were the real voice actors.
My kids were looking for a PS3 game that 4 friends could all play at the same time at their sleepover. This was it. They love it.
Husband loves games and this is his new favorite–he loves to change characters and you can have up to 4 players
I got it for my 7 years son and he kept on playing for a week non stop!! if you know what I mean, and he was very happy by it. I got him several PSP games before but this was the top one.
A Superhero videogame (when it is done right) is a thing of joy. A great deal of the fun of videogames is sliping into the skin of your favorite heroes and kicking evil booty.
And that is what this game does.
I’ve played Ultimate Spider-man. Smashed my way through Hulk Ultimate Destruction. Those games were excellent free-roming action games where once the story played out you could still wander the city bashing badguys and doing amusing side missions to your hearts content.
Well, that is fine and good but what about those huge Marvel comics crossovers where Spider-man, Thor, Daredevil, and the Fantastic Four are whisked off to Asgard to fight Loki? Or the X-men travel into space to help the Inhumans? Could those kinds of stories really be done justice in a videogame? Apparently.
Ultimate Alliance is what I think is referred to as a “hack and slash dungeon crawler.” I remember playing Balder’s Gate a few years ago and thinking, “Eh. It’s okay.” And truthfully, Ultimate Alliance is that same type of game (going back to the arcade game Gauntlet I guess). But the big difference is: It’s MARVEL.
Anyone who has ever read a Marvel comic will get a kick out of all the characters in this game. Favorites like Wolverine, Daredevil, Captain America, The Fantastic Four and more “specialized” characters like GhostRider (who I guess is in this because he recently had a movie), Doctor Strange, Luke Cage, and Deadpool. That’s just to name a few.
You can play these characters in solo missions as you collect “simulator discs” along the way, but the big draw here is the epic story.
And this game looks better than Balder’s Gate (about the only dungeon crawler I’ve played besides this).
The characters have a lot of alternate costumes, many of which are easy to unlock. I preferred Thor in his old 60s get up. Daredevil also has his old yellow and brown costume. Spider-man can wear his traditional red and blue, or his black costume, or the “Scarlet Spider” costume that briefly appeared in the comics.
The characters have their special attacks as well. Actually each character has 2 or 3 of those. Spider-man has “web-bullets.” Iron-man’s distance attack are his laser beams. Thor and Storm can create lightning. I found it amusing that Spider-man could swing in environments with nothing over his head. It’s actually part of the charm of the game that you can do that.
I can’t really explain all the experience points and role playing game terms. I don’t understand all that myself. I suppose that helps, but just a minimal grasp of that stuff is enough to enjoy the game. Just upgrade your heroes abilities from time to time or experiment with character combinations and items you collect and see what happens.
I’m playing it on easy mode and it’s easy enough (yet some parts are certainly challenging) while enjoying the story as it unfolds.
Knowing about the Marvel Universe might be more of a requirement than any RPG knowledge. For instance, if you know who the Watchers are and what a Kree Skrull is, you will really get a kick out of this. If you don’t you can wander around the headquarters (basically a superhero lounge where all the heroes can tell you where they come from and what thier personal issues are) and get information.
There are also a few puzzles along the way. Basically it’s like moving furniture here or there to open a door, but there are a few riddles and some brain power is involved. Thankfully there is not a Sudoku challenge here, or I would never make it out of the first chapter.
A couple more things: 1) Daredevil is such a cool character that I feel I should mention you have to find 5 Daredevil action figures to unlock him to play. They are pretty easy to find, but if you don’t find them by the time you get halfway through the Asgard chapter go back and look again. There’s always someone on the internet sharing cheats for such info if you need it. 2) I think I should mention there is a level where the heroes are basically wandering through a dimension that is supposed to be Hell (the call it some other “dimension”) in order to save one of the X-men. I know a lot of parents might freak out with all the pentagrams and fire and stuff, but it’s really nothing worse than your kids have read in the comics (and it is not like you meet Marylin Manson there or anything. It is not nearly as freaky as Devil May Cry or God of War). If you are offended by that you might not like the game. But Marvel comics’ whole mythology is played out here and really it is hard to take all this so seriously. I mean, you go to Asgard with all the Norse gods, you meet aliens and planet eaters. It’s all pretend and fun so if you are not uptight you can enjoy those elements for what they are: just fun mythological storytelling.
After playing this game, I was left waiting for more. There are hints of a possible sequel, and I can’t wait. The great thing about this game, is out it doesn’t follow one specific group of heroes, unless you count cinematics. You really do get to make your dream team, and you get to travel all across the Marvel Universe, from Stark Towers, to Atlantis, to Asgard, it’s all there! The characters even have amusing interactions with each other. The only reason I gave this game a 4 out of 5 was due to the lack of amazing graphics and camera control. Co-op mode can be a little difficult too, since unless you guys are thinking the same thoughts, you will often find yourself running away from your friends and ending up stuck. The game is still great though, and I can’t wait for a sequel!
The X-Men Legends series were a couple games that were unusually good for a licensed game series; combining Marvel’s merry mutants with RPG elements in a Diablo-esque style and atmosphere. Marvel Ultimate Alliance takes everything the X-Men Legends games have set up and considerably ups the ante; starting with a huge cast of Marvel universe characters to play as, team up with, and fight in environments that touch almost every aspect of the Marvel universe. If you’re the least bit familiar with the X-Men Legends style of play, Marvel Ultimate Alliance will fit like a glove. The storyline involves the latest sinister plot by Dr. Doom, which unites a host of Marvel heroes including Spider-Man, Captain America, Wolverine, Thor, Iron Man, Elektra, Ghost Rider, Blade, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four, the Silver Surfer, Moon Knight, Luke Cage, Deadpool, and Spider-Woman to take on Doom and a horde of villains including Galactus, Loki, Mephisto, Blackheart, the Mandarin, M.O.D.O.K., Fin Fang Foom, the Super Skrull, Ultron, and more. As you progress through the game, you’ll earn enchancements and new abilities; all of which are surprisingly rewarding. The gameplay is surprisingly deep as well, and the co-operative play and online capabilities (and this is the PS2 remember now) are excellent as well. The graphics aren’t anything super special, but they serve their purpose, while everything else about the game is a real treat. Best of all, even if you’re not into traditional RPG’s, Marvel Ultimate Alliance is easy to just pick up and play. The fact that we are given this huge list of characters to play as and fight is great enough as it is, but the fact that each one controls and reacts like their comic book counterparts is something all the sweeter. All in all, Marvel Ultimate Alliance is just plain awesome, and even if you’ve never played the X-Men Legends games or don’t like RPG’s but dig the Marvel universe, you should definitely give this a try.
Every superhero there is, at your fingtips. I dont play games much but i play this one for hours. Very easy to play (on easy mode) and non-stop carnage using 4 heroes at a team all on the same team!
This is the best game ever created.
P.S. i don’t know anything about this game
to the kid that wrote the last review: it has GOOD GRAPHICS!
Graphics are great. game play is easy. story is fun. Great over all game.
Marvel Comics is in the midst of a popularity explosion on the big screen and they’re capitalising on that by releasing a game that allows fans to control all the major superheroes including Spiderman, Captain America, Fantastic Four, Ironman and the X-Men. At its core the game belongs to the “hack and slash” genre.The designers manage to keep the game interesting by incorporating various games within the game and putting in twists and tricks when it comes to killing the boss characters. This helps ensure that the game doesn’t descend into a mindless button mashing affair and the huge cast of characters ensures that the replayability of the game is high.
The graphics of the game are good but not extraordinary. The game has many beautifully rendered cut sequences, some of which are a pure joy to behold. The sound quality is good and the voice acting is passable. The game does have a multiplayer mode but this is not one of its main strengths. When you join someone else’s game you are forced to use one of their saved games. All characters have to be on the same screen concurrently and so this makes for some awkward camera angles, particularly if characters are on opposite sides of the screen.
Although the game is designed such that it can be enjoyed by fans and non-fans alike, my five star rating is primarily directed af fans of the Marvel franchise who will find the game an absolute pleasure from beginning to end.
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance is everything I could hope for in a superhero game and more. It has great gameplay and an ONSLAUGHT of characters! It’s just plain awesome.
You start out on the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, with Nick Fury sending out a signal to all available meta-humans after Dr. Doom and the new Masters of Evil attack. Spider-man, Captain America, Thor, and Wolverine respond, and become your first team. At the beginning, you have the aformentioned four, plus Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch, the Thing, Elektra, Deadpool, Luke Cage, Iron Man, Ms. Marvel, Spider-Woman, Storm, and Iceman. As you proceed, you can unlock Black Panther, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, Blade, Ghost Rider, Silver Surfer, and Nick Fury. It’s all the characters a comic-book fan could love and more. Then there’s the range and scope of the game. The graphics are far improved from the X-Men Legends games, even though it’s not as good as the new 360 (personally, there’s not much difference between this and that.) There’s a horde of NPC’s and villains, from the obvious, like Dr. Doom and Loki, to the shady, like Shocker. The game gives you choices along the way, and each choice affects the future of Marvel universe, as revealed after the ending cinematic in a series of videos presented by Uatu the Watcher. The gameplay is highly similar to the X-Men Legends games, with maybe a few enchanments here and there.
The thing I really love is the powers. X-Men Legends felt like too little, Legends II was WAY too much, but this is just right. Every power feels unique. And watching all your favorite characters come to life rocks to. I would have appreciated more focus on the X-Men, particularly those whom we briefly glimpsed in a cinematic (Emma Frost, Shadowcat, Gambit, and Beast fit the bill nicely.) but I like how Colossus, Psylocke, and Cyclops were turned evil and you had to fight them. Some really huge characters are missing, like Magneto, the Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, and Venom. Those would have made good comic book missions. Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch are also noticeably absent, as well as mainly the entire Avengers battiliton (they’re mentioned plenty, of course) and the Hulk cousins. Okay, Hulk appeared unconcious in the same scene as those X-Men. Sue me.
The use of environment was stunning. Standing on the floating rocks in Asgard, looking at the stars in the sky and the abyss below you, was simply amazing. It’s even better if you fly one of your characters over it. Also, FLYING DOESNT CONSUME ENERGY!!!!!! ITS GREAT!!! Such an improvement over the Legends games. Spider-man can even web swing.
I mentioned before how I thought the X-Men were poorly represented in character. Definately not in locale. The X-Mansion is gone, and in it’s place are the Shi’ar empire and Murderworld. Now that’s classic X-Men. I would comment on the Avengers and FF bits, but as I don’t read those regularly, I don’t know much about them.
That’s the final thing that makes this game great. You could have never touched a comic book and you could jump in here and be hooked. In fact, it might even seem funner because it would be so original to you.
TEN STARS ALL THE WAY, BABY!!!
My boys are 6 and 4. The 3 of us play together and we just have a blast. There are so many characters to choose from, so many moves that each can do. You can master one character and then still have 19 others you haven’t touched.
As you play each character builds strength, and earns or unlocks more moves. So you want to play them all to earn what they can do.
We play it for nearly an hour every day we have so much fun with it. We have been playing for months and it is still fun. Best game we have played yet. There isn’t any blood or gore that would prevent me from allowing my children to play.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance has really restored my interest in playing games.
It’s like reading a comic and then you actually get to work out the comic mission as one of your favorite Marvel super heroes. Kinda of like being a kid again, when you would read a comic book and then play act the action. Well in this game, you actually get to do the action!
A big plus for this game is the easy mode, for us casual gamers! Also the HUD (Heads Up Display) that guides you along the game providing hints etc., on how to accomplish various tasks. There are some boss levels that require you to find hidden traps and to hit button combinations, that are displayed on screen, in order to defeat them, but it never got frustrating.
Ravensoft, the maker of Marvel, has worked out all the glitches of freezing that happened with X-Men Legends 2, which is another plus.
And even though I’m not into Marvel comics, I’ve always been a D.C. kid, I never felt out in the dark. Everything is explained and in the comic training missions (separate mini-games), you get the background and origins of each hero.
I also liked the fact that this game, along with X-Men Legends 2 and even Justice League Heroes, isn’t just a fighting game like Mortal Combat, which can get repetitive, it’s more along the lines of an RPG (Role Playing Game) with great action. And unlike Justice League Heroes, you can choose which characters (as long as they’re unlocked) in any stage, except for the very beginning of the game, which is more of a training excercise than the actual beginning of the missions.
If I had to gripe about one thing, it’s the mutant powers buttons. You can assign different powers to each button, but there’s no description of the various powers unless you go to the Hero Management screen. Not good when you’re in the middle of a fight, but that’s a small problem and doesn’t get in the way of game play.
All in all Marvel Ultimate Alliance is great fun and keeps you hooked until the end. I’ve finished very few games in my time either because they became boring, too hard, too frustrating or whatever, but this wasn’t one of them. And that’s saying a lot!
I had a good time playing this game, it’s not bad at all. Try it. You’ll like it!
I haven’t been paying attention to game previews (who has time) but I picked this game off the shelf last week only because I had to get rid off a store credit that I had to use that day and I almost bought a garden hose. I got home and after the first few minutes of game play I shut it off – it didn’t look very impressive at all. A few days later I picked it up and realized that it wasn’t just an action game – but it had an rpg side to it and since then I can’t put it down. There are some ‘quirks’ to the game that bug me a lot but once you figure out how to work around them it’s nothing compared to the fun you’ll have. My non-gaming gf loves the button smashing game play and I take care of all the talent building (as we play in arcade mode). There’s a lot more to the game than that but it’s definately worth the money imo.
Only one word can be used to describe this game: EXTRAORDINARY! This game is an excellent choice for all fans of MARVEL comics of any age! This game has plenty of extras and unlockables to keep you glued to your seat for months! This is a big improvement in the latest MARVEL/ActiVision games such as the Fantastic Four Movie Game. The graphics for this game are breathtaking especially the cinematics played as you progress throughout the game. This awesome game allows you to play more than 20 characters in the MARVEL universe with a couple exclusive characters for different console/handhelds.
Marvel:Ultimate Alliance allows you to challenge the power of the new Masters of Evil led by Dr. Doom, by giving you the oportunity to make a team so great, that it will rock the foundations of the MARVEL universe forever! Also featured in this game, is over 17 unique locations, even including a great clasic, MURDERWORLD! As you progress, you can upgrade your fearsome foursome and give them new costumes, some even changing the character comepletely! Also new to the MARVEL games, is the brilliant decision making you are forced to do throughout the game, changing the MARVEL universe drastically!
Once again this is an excellent classic in the making for any fan of MARVEL comics no matter what your age may be!
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance tells the struggle of a large group of various Marvel super heroes that have come together as they chase and battle both highly recognized and fairly unknown enemies in an attempt to foil Dr. Doom’s ultimate plan for world domination: to steal the god Odin’s powers and use them for evil.
If you ever played X-Men: Legends then you’ll get the right idea for this game. You pick a group of up to 4 mutants from a pool of about 25 heroes that include the X-Men, Avengers, and run around a level meleeing enemies or blasting them with projectiles, collecting S.H.I.E.L.D credits which are used to help level up your skills and make your outfit stronger (there are 4 costumes for each character you can unlock and some of them are pretty cool while others are dumb), solving small puzzles, playing mini-games that require you to press a certain button that pops up on screen, and collecting items. The items you collect can be used to enhance your character such as adding strength or focus, unlock bonus levels called “Comic Missions” where you play as a certain character in a situation that resembles a comic that character was in, unlock concept art, and unlock loading screens. Additionally there are bonus objectives such as saving data from a computer, rescuing Odin, and others that will give you both experience points and will affect your ending. So pay attention to the objectives.
Also when you meet certain criteria such as finding 5 action figures or beating all the Comic Missions you can unlock hidden characters like Daredevil, Black Panther or Silver Surfer. While in-game you can find Ghost Rider, Dr. Strange, Nick Fury & Blade.
Oh I forgot to mention that in each “safe zone” such as Stark Towers there are these trivia computers that give you free experience points for each question you answer right about the Marvel universe… and trust me its not really all that easy for newbie comic readers once you get into the higher levels.
The high replay value stems from the amount of things to collect, the leveling up of each character, finding the hidden characters and it’s online abilities. Thats right – you and 3 others can play through the entire campaign working together or go into “Arcade” mode and compete for the highest score for that level. Its pretty fun and rather interesting to see where others are at in the game when they need help and set up a co-op server.
The best part of this game, in my opinion, was when you’re in MurderWorld and you have to play a version of the old Atari version of the original Pitfall. Easily one of the best reasons to play Marvel: Ultimate Alliance.
The X-Box 360 achievements are easy to earn in this game for the most part. It really just requires you to play through the game to get most of them but then there are a few like unlocking heroes or throwing enemies off ledges or performing finishing moves.. trust me, they are easy.
Graphically speaking, Ultimate Alliance is so-so. The levels are nicely detailed and the character models of the super heroes and villians look great but when you go up close to other characters they look blocky and muddled. Glactus looked deisel.
But no game comes without flaws. For starters the sound effects fade in and out during cutscenes. For example you’ll see an explosion but won’t hear anything. Secondly, a good majority of the dialouge is in text boxes without voices (dont get me wrong, sometimes they talk but not all the time). Secondly, your allies AI is just bad – you can command them to be on the defensive or offensive but no matter what you tell them to do they will still run after enemies and get their faces pounded. The worst example of this is in the Comic Missions where you have to protect someone cause if they die then the mission ends but all they do is run into harms way. Finally, the camera can sometimes just randomly change spots which can be quite awkward and frustrating at times.
Overall, Ultimate Alliance is definitley a game worth owning because there is so much to do, its fun playing as and facing a wide variety of Marvel characters, it lengthy, not TOO hard, and it’s online capabilities is fun. Not to mention there are quite a few endings pending on the bonus objectives you complete. I give it an 8.4 for everyone.
this game is amazing on wii and on xbox. i sold my wii but i had to get this game on another system. the game is the exactly the same except, you lose 2 extra characters and of course the controls. this is an addicting game that will have you spend hours as if it were minutes.even the graphics are the same if not better on xbox. plus 10 bucks cheaper!
For those of you who are fans of x-men legends, action RPGs, marvel comics, or all of the above, this game is for you. The gameplay is smooth and pretty much the same quality as its predecessor. The graphics on the wii are about the same as they are on the other platforms for this game, the only obvious difference is the controls are new.
Decent story, decent graphics, accurate super powers, 4 player multiplayer
Controls are easy, but can be confusing or tedious during battle, character selection is a little limited as far as the massiveness of the marvel universe, would have liked to see more big name characters to play as. Game is a little on the short side, but multiplayer fun makes up for it. Camera movement is annoying. Game can be repetative or boring at times.
The character choice is decent, I would have liked to see more big names like punisher, hulk, cyclops, etc, however there are still plenty of good choices like spider-man, wolverine, iron man, the fantastic 4, captain america, etc.
About the controls, don’t give up. There is a different motion that you use for each of your heros 5 powers, there are also 2 buffs and one super move for each character. To do the buffs or the super move, simply hold B and press C or Z to select which buff you want, and then press A while holding B, similar to the x-men legends control scheme. If you want to use one of your 5 special powers, you can do one of two things. First, hold B and do the motion with the wii mote that corresponds with that power. IE: projectiles usually require you to shake the remote or swipe it sideways. Pop up and radial attacks are usually a lifting or lowering motion, and charge moves or continous powers are done by thrusting. There is an explanation on how to do these motions at the beginning of the game. If you find it difficult to pull off the moves, or simply too lazy to do them (as the thrusting motion sometimes is tedious, if you are relaxing on the couch while playing) you can simply hold B and then press C or Z to select a power, then press A while holding B to execute, the same thing you did for buffs.
To attack, block, and throw, you can simply use A to attack, and Z to block and grab, but you can also shake the wii mote to attack, lift to do a pop up, slice to trip, or thrust to knock back. You can also shake the nunchuk instead of pressing Z for anything that requires the use of Z. I will note, the shaking of the nunchuk is annoying, because the slightest movement of the nunchuk registers as a Z button press, so if you are near a door or mission extracton zone and you move the nunchuk, it will automatically execute, the door will open and load a new area, or whatever, essentially wasting time because you weren’t ready to advance.
Overall the controls are not that bad, you get used to them, and you can alternatley do anything described above using buttons alone if you don’t want to use the motion gameplay, however manually selecting powers takes a little longer to find what you want seeing each hero has several moves. The biggest controller flaw is the nunchuk. Tilting it rotates the camera, and if you are like me I hold the nunchuk in a comfortable position, not necessarily straight up and down, so everytime I relax the camera starts rotating around.
In conclusion, this is a good game if you like Marvel and action rpgs. The controls are decent but annoying, there are some draw backs like camera movement on the nunchuk and the shaking of it in place of Z, other than that it’s a decent game for what it is. Good multiplayer or single player, good story, good selection of moves, somewhat easy to get used to after you try out the controls. If you only have a wii, are looking for a multiplayer or overall good game to compliment zelda, this is nice. Don’t buy it with high expectations.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance delivers a fun, action-packed gaming experience. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Some other reviews gave it a lower rating because Wolverine wasn’t “realistic”. LOL! This is a Super Hero game! Of course it isn’t gonna be realistic. Have you seen Spider-Man scale buildings in real life?
I start out by saying that DC is the worst comic company ever ( although I do like Batman). Anyway when I heard that this game was out, I went and pre-ordered it. When it came, I put it in, and was blown away. Although the graphics are somewhat like a comic book, this is what I wanted from Marvel. Go and buy it!
One of the things I love about this game is that it is Co-op online and offline. The game has a great selection of characters from which you can choose to make up the 4 members of your team. I was happy to discover I could play Deadpool in this game, since he is one of my favorite marvel characters.
Until Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 coming out in September of this year, I will continue to play this game. I still have to download the Heroes and Villains Expansion pack, which will add eight new playable characters to the game (Hulk, Nightcrawler, Hawkeye, Cyclops, Venom, Sabretooth, Magneto and Doctor Doom) and 10 new Achievements to unlock.
This game sounded fun on all the review sights but coming from a Diablo background I found this game thoroughly entertaining. There is a lot of flexibility once you complete the first mission and there is decent amount of replay value. Unlocking additional costumes and powers keeps its longevity especially when changing difficulty levels.
Great value and perfect when you don’t want to spend several hours stuck on a level if you don’t want to.
Great overall game. I really liked the story line. The game could have used a wider range of superheroes/supervillians.
This is a pretty fun game. It plays pretty much the same as Justice League:Heroes, which can get a little repetetive, but it’s still a good game to pass the time with. The in-game graphics are excellent for an older generation console, and the cinematics are really good as well.
My wife and I bought this game for our 3 boys hoping it would curb their desire to play City of Heroes. Since the first time we put the disc in the boys have been enthralled and want to play every free moment and haven’t thought about the other game. They asked me to play one time and now I am hooked.
Best game we ever bought.
I was very concerned about something like this happening when I found out about Nintendo’s new control system that would be used for their Wii system. While some games like Elebits and Wii Sports make fantastic use of the sensor-based controls, some games seem like they will inevitably disappoint when distributed for the Wii. The remote/nunchuck controls simply don’t translate well for games like this. The different motions that are assigned to attacks don’t feel natural–they feel arbitrary. Using these motions over and over when being attacked by large numbers of enemies can also tire one’s arm out very quickly. Furthermore, this version of the game does not allow for online gameplay.
When I played this game on my friend’s Wii, it took me far too long to get used to the controls. Once I could remember what everything was for, it was evident that many of the motions used for attacks had little to do with what was actually happening on the screen, and it then became apparent to me that they had been “universalized” so much that they really didn’t make any sense. Simply put, it doesn’t feel worth it to learn the complicated controls. I am a huge fan of the X-Men: Legends games, and I would most likely thoroughly enjoy this game on one of the other two systems. If this is going to be a trend with the non-Nintendo-brand games, then I will probably fork over the extra cash to get an Xbox360 or PS3 so that I can enjoy games meant for more conventional control systems and not have to put up with pointlessly cramping my arm.
I’m a big Marvel fan, so I found a lot to enjoy about this game; there are tons of characters here, some more obscure than others, as well as some fan favorites that should always be available (Deadpool, anyone?). The gameplay is fun, but probably best in small doses. For me, the combat can get a little repetitive; sure, you can switch out characters to make things more interesting, but the game really rewards you for keeping a core of the same team members (a rep bonus, passive team ability boosts, etc).
I haven’t finished it yet, but I am enjoying it; my only major gripe would be that the story seems kind of watered down. This could be in part because the lack of a set of constant protagonists can make it difficult to get fully invested in what story there is, but the content itself also seems kinda weak. These are just my impressions so far; they might change as I continue playing. All in all though, it’s a very worthwhile game, fun to play with friends, and the price makes it well worth picking up.
PURE AND SIMPLE FUN!
I had this game for the PC and I’m even thinking about getting a PSP Marvel Ultimate Allianceversion of it. It is THAT good.
I’m a MARVEL fan but i’m also an avid gamer and when you get a chance to play as ANY of more than 20 super-heroes , each one with his/her own set of Powers AND many unlockable outfits…you just have to add this to your collection.
And as you play along with friends you know that this game is going to be remembered for giving you a sense of exitement you never felt ever again since you and your big brother were kids playing with action figures.
This game is a must-have for any MARVEL fan. Pure and simple.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance – Circa 2006
- Over 30 playable Marvel super Hero characters
- Four Player Co-op either all on one system or over Xbox Live (internet). When playing the game as a single player the computer plays as the other three characters and using the directional button you can switch at anytime between any of the characters on your team.
- All the playable characters have four different costumes to choose from (except for Moon Knight who has three), these costumes also give bonuses for things like fighting power and life power.
- Lots of powers and abilities for each super hero that you can upgrade, also it should be noted all the super heroes have their signature moves from Spiderman’s web swing to Wolverine’s Berserk Barrage.
- Travel to lots of different Marvel Universe locations form Namor’s Atlantis to Mephisto’s Realm.
- Game might get repetitive for some since all you really do is beat up on villains and run around from room to room (dungeon crawler).
- The Voice Acting in this game is not so great and sometimes is out right bad.
IF IT FITS YOUR TASTE:
- A top-over Action RPG, which plays very much like Diablo but more so like X-Men Legends.
- To really enjoy this game you kind of have to be a fan of and know a bit about the Marvel Universe.
- Original Story that takes place in the Marvel Universe.
- Four player Co-op can be played in regular mode (which plays like the main game for single player) or “Arcade” mode where you compete for life/power ups.
- Collect coins to spend on leveling up moves and powers, kill enemies to level up your characters (and unlock newer moves).
GAME ITS MOST ASSOCATED TOO:
- X-Men Legends 2: Rise of Apocalypse (Xbox, PS2, Game Cube)
- Justice League Heroes (360, PS2)
- Diablo 2 (PC)
- This game is also available for Microsoft Xbox (the 1st Xbox) and Sony’s PS3 as well as PS2 and Nintendo’s Wii as well as the PC, only the 360 and PS3 versions have Hi-res graphics.
- The Next-Gen versions of this game come with Colossus and Moon Knight as exclusive characters
- you can download Heroes and Villains Expansion pack, which will add eight new playable characters to the game. You get Hulk, Nightcrawler, Hawkeye, Cyclops, Venom, Sabretooth, Magneto and Doctor Doom. Each of the new characters comes with new powers/moves, costumes, and dialogue. Also added are 10 new Achievements to unlock. This Downloadable Content sells for about 800 Microsoft Points ($10.00 USD), Note this Download is only for Xbox 360.
I thought this game was really entertaining when I first started playing it. Great Graphics, good use of super powers and all that jazz, but I quickly came to realize that I was at the end not a week after I got it. I mean yeah, there are all the mini games and then Hard difficulty, but its still the same game. If you enjoyed X-Men Legends and like Marvel you will enjoy this game regardless of the length.
this is amazing!!, i hope Activision is planning the version MUA 2 for PC too!, not only the one for XBOX!
I expected a good game out of Marvel Alliance based on the fact that the engine had been tested through the X-Men Legends series. When I started playing it, I got lost in the story and the potential of having pretty much any superhero team you want. It has a decent RPG element, challenges for more costumes, comic missions, different NPC interactions depending on who you choose to be, and a massive destructive arsenal of cool super hero powers and abilities. For me this game also has a great replay factor. With three levels of difficulty and 20 different heroes to choose for your team you can find countless ways to try missions. If your stressed and just feel like knocking around bad guys, the game has a great just sit and play factor.
I like the versatility of the game, it has something for every level of gamer, which is rare to find.
It’s not all good however, one thing that really bugged me was the fact that each hero can only equip one item. One of the great strategies about the Legends series was building up your character through the types of armors. This has been simplified, and most of the bonuses I ended up selling to buy points in my heroes abilities and powers. Still the game is fun for comic fans and gamers alike and has much to offer.
I loved this game, but I trashed it! In one of the levels they make you go to hell & start reading the satanic bible in order to defeat your enemies! How evil is that! If you are a Christian & you still by this game then wow, big Wow!
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If you are a fan of Marvel Comics, there is no question about it, you have to play Marvel Ultimate Alliance in one of its different versions.
I will now talk about the PSP version, which is the one I played.
I love portable games, so I had to get this one. Although one may be worried about missing some features due to memory constraints, I am glad this version actually has more features than the home console versions.
It has some exclusive “comic book missions” (those are battle simulations done as “training”, like sidequests you can unlock) and four exclusive characters: Captain Marvel, Hawkeye (Clint Barton), Ronin (Maya López) and Black Widow. As a Captain Marvel fan, this was too good to be true.
The graphics are obviously not high-definition. I do not care about that, because they still look pretty good. If you want HD graphics, you would be better off with the PS3 version.
A long time ago I had some problems when the game would freeze forcing me to turn the PSP off and on again. This stopped happening with an old PSP operating system update. It should not happen to anyone now, but if it does, just update your system and that’s it.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 is coming out this fall (with Iron Fist in the roster, yay), but in the meantime, do yourself a favor and play this. You will not be sorry you did.
One of the best games for the XBOX 360, Marvel Ultimate Alliance manages to cram as much comic-book goodness into a single game as any has before it. If you’ve played the X-Men Legends games, then you know what to expect here, a huge roster of Marvel heroes with their signature powers and alternative forms to boot. Everyone from heavy hitters Thor and Spiderman as here, as well as some less than top-tier characters (Blade, Luke Cage, Elektra, etc.). The inclusion of Iron Man was key for me, as he’s my favorite Marvel hero, and one of the more useful characters in the game.
The game controls well, and looks particularly good on the 360, as it takes advantage of the systems advanced lighting and texture capabilities. The frame rate is constant and fluid, and there’s little you won’t like here. The camera angles can be tough to deal with at times, but compared to some other versions (Wii…ugh), this one is a pleasure.
This is easily one of the most playable (and replayable) titles on the XBOX 360. With a ton of unlockable content (and more that you can download from XBOX Live), and some of the better multiplayer available (competitive and co-op), this one will keep you busy for a good while, and keep a smile on your face all the while. Excelsior!
It’s been over five years since I’ve purchased a brand new video game. I’m a fairly casual gamer and usually wait until I see a game under the “Greatest Hits” banner for about 20 bucks. But when I heard this game was a continuation of the superb “X-men:Legends” series, I had to splurge and pick it up.
This game excels for its ability to hook gaming fans and comic-book fans. While the gameplay is well-presented, the little hidden details really embellish the overall package. For instance, during the story you encounter a mini-game that takes you back to Activision’s early days. The characters also have little nuances and trivia that will make comic-fans giddy, which is where the game REALLY appeals to me. Stuff like Johnny Storm wishing Ben Grimm a “happy 65th birthday”, or doing a Fastball Special with Wolverine. The un-lockable costumes are a huge delight, as you get stuff like the black symbiote Spidey suit, as well as more obscure costumes like Dr. Strange’s “1602″ outfit. A big part of the game is seeing what little suprises are around the corner, or WHO will pop up next. It’s a wide tour of Marvel’s entire universe. Each level even has its own trivia game. Comic-fans may be able to answer all the questions immediately, but new fans can uncover the answers inside the game. The development team did their homework.
You can also boost up your characters with the “team” ability. By selecting a team of New Avengers or the Fantastic Four, you’ll receive combat bonuses for your characters. More team combos exist beyond these two obvious choices. Additionally, you can create your own customized team (for giggles, I named mine after a scene in the movie “The Specials”. “Think you’re better than us…”)
The overall story and dialogue are incredibly cheesy in places. However, a few of the cinematic sequences are quite impressive. The scene with Loki attacking Asgard looks like something out of “Lord of the Rings”. While a few X-men are present, their absence is explained in the story. Besides, they’ve already had TWO video games where they were allowed to shine. I suppose this story fits into the same continuity and obsessive fans can debate over the “XM:L/MUA Universe”.
It’s like a big, interactive, massive comic-book crossover. The easiest comparison that comes to mind is the old “Secret Wars” series– with Captain America and pals fighting Dr. Doom and his army of villains. Plus, just like any decent comic-book, things are left open for a possible sequel….
140 CHARACTERS CRAMMED INTO ONE VIDEO GAME?I THOUGHT IT IMPOSSIBLE BUT IT CAME TRUE….THIS GAME HAS EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER FROM THE MARVEL UNIVERSE,EVERYONE INCLUDING:SHOCKER,SILVER SURFER,STORM,SPIDER-MAN,ELEKTRA,IRON MAN,NIGHTCRAWLER,WOLVERINE,DR.DOOM,CAPTAIN AMERICA,HUMAN TORCH AND MORE!THIS GAME IS BY FAR THE BEST MARVEL GAME.I THOUGHT MARVEL VS. CAPCOM 2 WAS BUT THE ONLY PROBLEM WITH THIS GAME IS IF YOU WANT TO GET IT IN PERSON YOU MUST RESERVE IT OR THEY WILL NOT GIVE IT TO YOU.(HERE ARE SOME OF THE CHARACTER’S ABILLITIES)TRON MAN:Rocket Uppercut – Massive melee punch that sends enemies flying,
Uni-Beam – Rapidly fire off a stream of lasers,Nano Assault – Radial energy shockwave, with smaller secondary shockwaves.THEN THERE IS CAPTAIN AMERICA:Shield Throw – Throws the shield as a projectile. Hold the button and guide the path of the shield as it hits multiple enemies,Energy Shield – Spins around, cutting through enemies and objects within range with an energized shield.STORM:Hail Storm – Attach a hail storm to an enemy, which inflicts damage to other nearby enemies,Whirlwind – Creates a powerful wind vortex, lifting and throwing objects and enemies about,Chain Lightning – Lightning shoots from her hands, chaining from enemy to enemy.SPIDER-MAN:Web Snare – Tethers enemies in webbing
Web Bullets – Shoots projectiles of impact bullets. Rapidly tapping the attack will cause a faster, more damaging barrage.
Web Throw – Grabs enemiLethal Lunge – Launches forward knocking back enemies where he lands and brutally slashing his target. A successful attack generates rage. WOLVERINE:
Certain Death (Rage Attack) – Impale the enemy on Wolverine’s claws, lift them up, and throw them down. High chance of instant kill.
es and swings him around, doing damage to enemies nearby.ALL IN ALL IT IS A FUN GAME GET IT!
A great deal of fun with so many different great characters to play and combination of teams.
Ok..I am a big Comics fan. I really enjoyed this title. It is what i call a action/RPG (this means you DONT have to select what your gonna do in a fight like in the Final Fantasies and Knights of the old republic) you just smack down with the characters. The Rpg aspect comes in because you can increase certain powers and costumes. There are 20 playable characters. With your interaction with up to 160 diffrent characters. The Graphics are pretty impressive and the cinimatics are just first rate, the game play is pretty straight forward.. I will have to say sometimes the camera angle and be a pain and some times the character get stuck but for the most part that is a rarity. You get to create your own super team if you want and name it what ever you want. If you liked Xmen Ledgends you wil like this game period i gotta go play some more rock on…
Mark my words. This will be the superhero game all future superhero RPG games are compared against. There are elements that are a little less than stellar (the story could use some work, and it needs more characters), but who doesn’t want to make a team consisting of Iron Man, Spider-Woman, Ghost Rider and Elektra? And let’s not even mention the fact that each character sports four different costumes, each giving your character different powers.
Thor acts like Thor. Spider-Man plays like Spider-Man. Black Panther looks like Black Panther. Spider-Woman is exactly how you’d expect. And the villains kick much butt.
Lots of characters. A ton of abilities. Great graphics, and an easy-to-use interface. This is a must-have for any video game/comic book fan. If you haven’t played it yet, you have no excuse.
My stepsons are 13 and 9 and absolutely love this game! They would play for hourse if left to their own devices! Well worth the price!
The game is pretty good. It is basically the same thing as legends but with a few upgrades such as the team aspect of the heroes. Basically you choose 4 players to play the game with and sticking with those characters gives you bonuses. It not worth buying, there isnt enough here to warrant the 60 dollars, or even a 40 dollar price when it drops. Rent it for about 2 weeks and you’ll have fun and then move on to the next game.
If you like comics and RPGs, this game is for you. Looks really good in HD and sounds great with Dolby Digital Surround.
I like the way they give alittle backstory on each character and there are lots of hidden items and unlockable characters and costumes.
Well worth the price of admission.
My kids go this and have played over and over…they just loved it. The graphics are pretty good and overall a very fun game to play.
Being a huge Marvel comic fan I was excited when I started seeing pictures of this game. Then I got to play it and WOW what a great game. The fact that there are so many characters to choose from right from the beginning is awesome. I suffered a hand injury that is stopping me from playing it lately but once I can I’ll jump right back in and unlock those hidden charcters. All in all I believe this is one of the best comic book games I have played in a while.
This is a pretty exciting game. You have to walk around completing levels as the superhero you pick. Some of the graphics are extremely wonderful, while others are just so-so. Because each superhero has certain moves that are distinct for them, you will always want to come back and play the game as someone else. The game is sort of like an RPG, the way you have storyline segments all over the place. But the action is really nice and wonderful, overall.
There’s one battle in particular where a boss named Fin Fang Foom keeps appearing on a platform, and you have to attack him. This is a pretty fun fight, here. I bet more exciting fights are just like this one. A must-buy.
This was incredible fun the 1st couple times I played it years ago. I recently started playing it again putting each character on 1 of 5 “permanent teams” so I could her every single custom conversation the game has to offer. This game has lasting appeal & nice “hidden nuggets of dialoge” depending who you use where. I’m keeping a custom conversations chart so that years from now when I give it yet another chance, I can put the right people on the team on every level to maximize those custom conversations between charactors.
I realized I hadn’t given anything 5 stars yet so I decided to go back & review my favorite game of all time.
I must say this is my favorite game on the X-box 360 at the moment! Granted, I don’t have many and once I’ve had my fill of this game I’ll probbaly go back to Oblivion but still, this is quite a good game. Some of the bosses are easy. (The mini bosses anyway. The real bosses usually take some time to figure out how to beat. Mandarin took forever. My stupid computer controlled heroes kept killing the bomb bugs) but still in games like this the fun is in collecting all the various bonus itmes like the daredevil and black panther figurines. And finding all the costumes for every character.
This is also a fun game to play with other people but most of my play time has been solo which makes it harder since as I alluded to previoulsy your fellow fighters don’t always make correct decisions when they are in the hands of the computer. Still, it is a fun game solo or with other people. The good thing about playing solo is you have more time to decide on what to spend your skill points and money on.with agroup it’s like eh I’ll just get whatever, hurry up let’s keep moving.
Anyway, this is an awesome game for those that want to revisit there comic book days of yesteryear(or for those who never left them) and for those who want a good beat em up game with co op it’s also good. It’s win-win.
I’m a fan of Marvel Comics and I truly love the concept and delivery of this game. The graphics are excellent, and it’s also one of the first games I’ve ever seen in true 1080p HD (PS3 version).
The Wii version has a few really strong points, and one very strong drawback. On the plus side, it has two characters that the PS2 version doesn’t. It also has relatively great graphics. Though they aren’t that of the PS3 version, or even the Xbox 360 version they are still great for what the Wii is working with, and what the gaming world is used to. I’m not much of a graphics snob though. If you are, you’ll want to opt for this title on another console.
The sound is excellent! Love the quality. The plotline is also very strong for a comic book platformer. I also think that the simplicity of the button layout for the Wii adds a certain something that the other consoles don’t have.
Along the same lines; however, the strongest drawback to the Wii version is also related to it’s controller. Playing this game requires you to thrust or shake the Wiimote in various directions. The Wii has a difficult time reading the motions in the heat of battle which becomes very frustrating. For that reason, I regretably reverted back to the PS2 version to complete the game. As much as I love my Wii, and love this game, the Wiimote really complicates this one.
I do believe, if the Wii is your only console, that this game is one of the best titles available for it, I would encourage you to play it first and make sure you can cope with the control system, before opting for the title on the Wii platform. = ) Please don’t beat me too much for my opinion!
We thought it was a fighting game, but its more of a mission game! There is fighting but just to get guys out of the way. Too boring for us! a 5 and 7 years old get through too easy!
A very good Upgrade from XMen Legends! Lots of characters to choose from!
First off, I’d like to mention that I own both the PC and the Wii versions of this game. I purchased the PC version when the game was first released and this was the first game I purchased for use with my brand new Wii. As for gameplay, I didn’t find the Wii controls hard to learn and I loved having the option to either push controller buttons for attacks or use the assigned remote movements. I also found gameplay with the Wii remote and nunchuck much more comfortable; I could play for longer without my hands going crampy like they can with a traditional controller.
I really liked that the game follows the X-Men: Legends format in that if you’ve played either X-Men: Legends or X-Men: Legends II you already know the basics for playing Ultimate Marvel Alliance. My only real quip is playable characters. I’d really like for Rogue to be a playable character but that’s just my little Wolverine/Rogue ‘shipper heart wanting to play them on the same team.
I like it, but the only thing is it would have been better to have a good camera angle that enhanced the visuals. Good game though, but also not many online options.
This is an excellent game for any fams of Spiderman, X-men, or Marvel comics. Awesome replay ability.
i love this game but even greater than the game is the shipping i rdere normal shipping but got it in speedy time it was great
I personally liked it. I’m not that much of a die hard comic fan except when it comes to The Punisher (where was he by the way) but this game was very action packed and fun. It was very good for a 1st launch (keyword) game.
I love this game and I can’t wait for the new one to be released
Marvel Ultimate Alliance is a great game for the pure fun of engaging in the imagination space of being Captain America, Thor, or any of the other 20+ characters included with your version of the game. Being a long time comic book reader since the 70′s it was quite a trip to engage in all the various corners of the Marvel Universe including the home of the Inhumans, The Skrulls. and so many other aspects of the mind of Stan “the man” Lee. I also enjoyed the flexability of crossing between the various incarnations of the classic, ultimate and other graphic versions of the characters. Being able to play on the Thor’s persona’s “Beta Ray Bill” was wonderuful. I reccomend this for anyone who is a true believer! Excelsior! Thanks to activison and Stan Lee for this wonderful world!
If you are into video games & super heroes, well this is a game for you! A must have for the enthusiast, well done & very interesting. I very much liked all the different moves & abilities each character you control are given. Purchase the player’s guide so you what yer doing, & I can only be sure you will not be bored or disappointed with the game. I give it two huge thumbs up, all around great game.
Originally I bought this for the Playstation 2, but when I bought my Wii I thought, (A) it would serve as a good way to test the Wii-mote’s controls on an action game, (B) it included 2 of my all-time favorite comic heroes as playable characters (Moon Knight and Colossus), and (C) it was on sale for $20.
Well, the controls were pretty comfortable as far as the standard melees go, but I found it hard to execute certain types of hits (usually, the heroes performed a trip move when I wanted the standard punch and vise-versa). Also it was pretty hard to remember how to execute certain super powers. Some were easier than others to perform, like Captain America’s Shield Throw, but once again, the exact movements aren’t always triggered correctly, so at different times I would perform some other, less effective moves. And each hero has an ultimate Super move, which I had no idea how to perform and at times went off at random moments.
But this is still a pretty cool game. The graphics aren’t the greatest if compared to the PS3 or 360 (but if I was concerned about the graphics, I would’ve gotten either of those instead), and once the controls are mastered, there is a lot of fun creating your own super hero group and sending them out to defeat the likes of Dr. Doom, Mephisto, Galactus and all sorts of other super villains.
So overall, it’s a fun game. I liked it because of the deep roster of heroes I can play with (If only Punisher was included, I would’ve had the ultimate team of street vigilantes with Spider-Man, Moon Knight, Daredevil, and Punisher.), the controls could’ve been tweaked a bit more to make more exact moves, but otherwise, it’s not bad for a first crack on an action-oriented game.
This is one of the best games I have play on Xbox 360 so far!! The storyline is awesome because you get to chose any of four Marvel heroes from 24 playable characters. I recently update my game and downloaded the extra content from Xbox Live. You also created your own team of super heroes, which is very cool!!! You can change outfits as well. This game is worth your time and money!!! Until Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 coming out in September of this year, I will continue to play this great game!!
excellent game I bought for my 10 yr old som he likes it so much had to get it also for the PSP system
This game brings you action right after starting up… with great cinemas, strong villains and alternate missions for each superhero that are enough to keep you busy for a while. The story line is convincing and you need to meet many characters to bring new information useful during your adventure.
I recommend you to enhance your hero defense prior to playing their missions. Also, explore very well each corner to find upgrades for your hero. A last advise, when you have the chance to change your 4 characters, select them very wisely, and do not change them again, because your team points are set to Zero each time you change a hero.
Have fun with this 5 stars game….
If you’ve played the X-Men Legends games, then you know exactly what this game is about. It is quite well executed and quite addictive just like its predecessors. However, it suffers from a fatal flaw. You can max out your characters easily by the halfway point in the game and beat the game with little problem. I do not think games should be quite so hard as some, but I do like a little challenge to test my characters skills and this game just lacks that one element from being great.
Being a mom of girls, action packed video games never made it to our home, but now since I have 2 son-in-laws and 3 grandsons, I decided to get this game for the guys. All I can say is they all love it, from my 5 yr. old grandson, my 2 son-in-laws 27 & 30 to my 50 yr. old husband. I like the fact that it is exciting and fun for all of them, and not difficult to play, easy enough for the 5 year old and challenging enough for the older guys. Great game
This has got to be one of the best launch titles for the PS3 yet. The graphics are very nice (full 1080p!) and the sound fits in well. If you liked any of the X-Men Legends games for the PS2, then you’ll like this action/RPG. You take on the role of four superheroes of your choosing (from about 40), including many of the X-Men, Fantastic 4, Spider Man, Captain America, etc. Highly recommend it!
This game has a lot of potential. But is missing something to become a great game.
You have over 20 characters to play in the game, but only once does it seem to make a difference who your playing.
Building a specific team, Fantastic 4, Avengers, etc does give your team bonuses in XP, Health, Focus etc.
Side games are good to get a sample of the other characters, and they are challenging since most of them you’re playing only 1 character, not the team.
The game play is fun, but repetitive and there seems to be bugs on assigning abilities to the controller. Many times I’ve changed the buttons to be different abilities only for the game to reset to a different ability.
One of the greatest super hero games of all time. I know this review is late since the second one is out, but this game still kicks ass!!
I picked this up used for $15 and so far I’m enjoying it more then the X-Men Legends games. There’s a lot of variety in the levels, enemies, and combos you string together so the button mashing doesn’t get old. Graphics look great in 1080p on my 42″ LCD. Though on some levels I experience a lag in the frame rate. Also there’s absolutely no one playing online anymore. But it’s still a good game for under $20. Especially if you’re into marvel comics.
“Marvel: Ultimate Alliance” is the first game I played for the Playstation 3 gaming system. And it was definitely a good choice! The graphics are fantastic, and the story for the game is truly fascinating. The game is fun, though it is very challenging at times, even when playing the easy level. But overall, it is a truly awesome game that fans of the Marvel universe, and gamers, will truly enjoy!
I like this game, just as I liked it’s spiritual precursors X-men Legends I & II. It’s a fun party game to pick up with friends, or play through with yourself.
There’s one big problem with it though: Activision didn’t renew its contract with Marvel which means that the game’s DLC is no longer available. Which means if you want to play as Magneto, Sabretooth, Venom, Dr. Doom, Hawkeye, Hulk, Nightcrawler, or Cyclops, you won’t be able to download them. Or get the game achievements related to their characters; so you can’t get a complete for this game on your achievements list.
At least for Ultimate Alliance I (not so much with the sequel, apparently) there is a gold edition available which has the DLC characters on it. So, if you want this game, I would suggest you make sure you get the gold edition.
It has been a while since I have enjoyed a game so much. This game is addictive and makes you feel like a superhero with facinating powers.
Lots of fun. Storyline is creative. You can actually play this without the use of a play book.
You can turn off the Sixaxis tilt functions off in the menu options. So, instead of all that tilting junk, you just hit “triangle, circle, etc.” when prompted.
This game is great. Although with Marvel Alliance 2 about to come out, this game’s price is about to plummet just like all predecessors of sequels. So, I wouldn’t pay too much for it, anything under $20 is okay, because that is where it will wind up.
Now I know this game has been out awhile, but I actually just ended up beating the game and all I can say is I can’t wait till MUA 2. Ok onto the review. The game has a great selection of characters from which you can choose 4 in your team. The game is somewhat long it took me about 15-20 hours to beat, I think. Also you can upgrade your characters attacks, outfits and give them upgrades to be stronger, more defensive,etc. My favorite part of this game though has to be the co-op. You can either go online or play with friends in up to 4 player co-op. And let me tell you it makes this game that much better. Don’t get me wrong it’s still fun by yourself but co-op is perfect for this game. Plus with the price being pretty cheap this is a must have for an 360 owner
If you dont get this game then you lost a chance to play a game with dazzling efofects and the best players you can find like spidey, ghost rider, wolverine, cap america, blade, fantastic four, iron man, and much more but one thing gets to you is it the ultimate universe or 616 but whatever it could have better players like gambit or hawkeye, nightcrawler, and venom but what can you do. well cant wait for the sequel rage of galactus!
All I can say is WOW.
When I first heard about this game coming out, I was almost in awe. over 140 characters from the Marvel Universe coming together. It sounded like something that could only happen in the comic books. Then the game came out and after buying it, I was hooked.
One thing I’ve always enjoyed about MARVEL are the characters. In the game, not only do you get to play well known heroes like Spiderman and Wolverine, who have all been featured in games in the past, but then there are heroes like Dr. Strange, the Black Panther, Thor, and Luke Cage who have never even appeared in a platform video game before. Another thing I’v always liked about MARVEL, are the interactions between heroes and villians they normally wouldn’t face. Here it’s pretty much every hero taking on all sorts of villians they nomrally wouldn’t fight…except for Doctor Doom…everyone has fought him.
The game play is excellent, but probably my favorite feature is creating your dream team of heroes. I’ve only begun to stratch the surface of Ultimate Alliance, but I’ll say that I will definetly be playing it for a good while.
This is a really fun game, but watch out. If you are looking forward to playing the DLC forget it. They pulled the DLC off of the Marketplace. No way to get all achievements now.
If you are a fan of the Marvel universe, then don’t hesitate, double-take, or think twice…you will LOVE this game!!!
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance takes the team approach of the X-Men Legends series and applies it to the extensive Marvel encyclopedia of characters. Ever want to see Ghost Rider, Wolverine, Blade and the Thing team up and break stuff? Congrats, you’ve found the right place.
Most of characters in the Marvel universe makes an appearance in the game, whether as a playable character or as one of several dozen NPCs, with even more mentioned in the dialogue. Your 4-man team ends up being a personal dream team – in my case, Iron Man, Captain America, Dr. Strange and the Silver Surfer – each of whose abilities you can tweak to your liking. The story is fairly deep and engaging, and took me about 40 hours to beat with most of the sidequests completed. Another run-through of the game took about 35 and saw me finish everything.
Two vast improvements (I think) over the Legends series are custom teams and ultra attacks. Now, besides getting a bonus for a given combination of characters, like the Fantastic Four or Femme Fatale (picking any 4 females), you can actually set a custom team and level up their team attributes, like group damage and the ability to have characters “on the bench.” As long as 3 of the 4 characters on the screen are from your team, the bonuses you earned for that team apply.
Also, the ultra attacks are simpler now. Rather than finding slices that power up an attack for a single character, each character builds up “momentum” by beating the snot out of bad guys and can unleash their special attack when they max out their momentum. What’s more, all other characters with full momentum will unleash their attacks as well, and with many ultra attacks adding effects to the other ultra attacks, the result is a devastating deluge of pain for all the bad guys on screen.
The one downside of the game is the same that plagued the Legends series – most of the game is spent slogging through enemy drones in button-mashing mayhem. Some people find this annoying, and some don’t mind – I didn’t mind, but that had a lot to do with the variety of characters at my disposal (I made a habit of switching out a character at every save point).
Despite this, the game tends to flow very well and is well worth the purchase for any Marvel fan or anyone who like an action-centered RPG.
great game! it’s an rpg. If You’ve ever played god of war, its a lot like it except ur in a team. there are a lot of boss battles, in some u need to push buttons at the right time, theres a lot of crazy powers, there are some puzzles but not much and their easy
Great for the value. Realistically rendered characters. Elaborated scenes.
My 7-year-old loved it in the beginning, but lost interest shortly after.
Also if you’re looking for a game that would increase your child’s physical activity level, this is NOT the game. I’d recommend StarWars – really engaging for both adults and children. I have it for a few months now, and my kid is not tired of it yet.
Marvel has had a lot of success in the video game industry, and a lot of failures too. I’m a big Marvel fan, and what I can say about this game is that it’s the best damn Marvel game you’re gonna play. Of course, I don’t expect you to be a fan of ALL of the characters in this game. I haven’t even heard of a lot of the characters in this game, especially the cheesy enemies. But you can really learn a lot about the Marvel Universe just by listening to the dialogue and learning from your mistakes in the trivia. I’ve learned a lot about all of the different characters after beating the game. Now I can understand the segment in Robot Chicken about the Watcher. It is VERY fun to play with more than one person, because you can team up with the computer or just stick to two/three people, or even play with FOUR people. Marvel fan or not, this game is way too awesome not to own. I can’t wait for the second one, and if you’re reading this when Ultimate Alliance 2 already came out, then I definitely have it!
Hey, I admit, this may not be the game if you are looking to highlight the grand capabilities of your PS3. But if you wanna have some good, old fashioned rock’em, sock’em with Spider Man, Captain America, Thor, and lots of other classic Marvel heroes, then this is the game for you. If you have played either of the X-Men legends games you get the idea of what this games’ set up is like. It is mission based as the heroes battle Doctor Doom and a legion of other villians.
Don’t get me wrong, the graphics are an upgrade from the X-Men Legends graphics, but don’t harness the full capaability of the PS3, which I doubt we will see harnessed by any game until sometime next year.
The story of the game is long and will provide hours of fun and entertainment. To be honest, I feel that some of the other reviewers here have been a bit harsh. Stop expecting too much, too soon from your PS3. Better and better game will come, just as they did with PS2, you just have to be patient and in the meantime, have some fun. Ultimate Alliance will provide you with that fun.
It’s great the first time but you can pass all the levels in just 2 days and the fun ends.