|Air out the tights, slip on the mask, don the cape, and prepare to flex some muscles in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, an action role-playing game featuring the largest cast of costumed crusaders and mutant messiahs in a video game to date. Twenty Marvel superheroes have joined forces to combat the diabolical Dr. Doom and his Masters of Evil. The action will take players to Atlantis, the Skrull home world, the S.H.I.E.L.D. Heli-Carrier, and more as they guide a four-person party through 17 comic book-inspired locales. Moves include a flurry of air and ground strikes, from grapples and blocks to chargeable powers and deadly combos. Objects within the environment can also cause damage, and a choice of one- and two-handed weapons can help less extraordinary heroes mete out justice against throngs of enemies.|
As players decide on which heroes to enlist in their super group, including such iconic characters as Spider-Man, Wolverine, The Thing, Captain America, Elektra, and Thor, they can customize their team's name, icon, and vehicle. The party's reputation will increase over time through heroic deeds and by successfully completing mission objectives, allowing players the opportunity to further enhance the team's or a specific character's attributes. The cast includes more than 140 comic book characters in total, many of which are available in the single-player storyline and can be unlocked for multiplayer action. The latter supports both cooperative and competitive battles, with in-game statistics tracked for each team as they earn experience points and receive powerful new equipment. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance also features unlockable bonus content, such as alternate costumes that modify a character's base statistics in the areas of defense, melee damage, and so forth.
|Game||Marvel: Ultimate Alliance|
|Platform||Sony PlayStation 2|
|ESRB Rating||T - Teen|
|ESRB Descriptor||Mild Language, Violence|
|Number of Players||1-4|
|Game Special Features|
Average review score based on 483 user reviews
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I have really enjoyed this game. For one, the graphics are absolutely amazing. Instead of making the characters cartoony, it makes them more realistic looking during gameplay. Plus, the cutscenes really look like actual people. When you look at Spider-man, you see the outline of cheekbones and a nose under his mask. To me, that made things very realistic.
The gameplay is also fun. If you are even just somewhat into super heroes, you will enjoy this game. There are so many heroes to choose from, and as you level up, you unlock your super powers. Some of the combo moves are flat out sweet! Although I don't particularly like the fact that the heroes have limits on their super powers and moves, there are usually enough orbs flying around after you destroy the enemy or surrounding boxes that it is almost like having unlimited super powers. I think it is very fun that the flying characters can fly and perform their movse in the air as well. Another bonus is that if you go online, you can download Colossus and Moon Night and put them into the game. I really liked Colossus and used him to beat the game. You can also download some saves that give you all of the characters, if you are someone like me who does not have all the time in the world to find everything and beat the game on all three modes.
In addition, you pretty much have the opportunity to save at any time by use of the portal function, so if you feel it is going to be a while until you get to a save point, you can use the portal, which takes you back to your home base, save their, jump back in the portal, and continue. If you load that saved game, the portal will still be there.
One thing that was probably not as good as other RPGs, like KOTOR or KOTOR II, is that there really is not much choice in where you go first. You knid of have to follow the order of the story. Also, the small side missions do not really feel like they do anything while playing (they do make a difference, as I found out after I beat the game), so that was a little disappointing. I really enjoyed the story, despite these things. The other thing I liked is that it was not terribly long. I did most things and beat it in about 20 hours. That might be a turn off to some gamers, but it worked out well for me.
One thing that you can get if you download someone elses saved game is the ability to used saved game characteristics to start a new game I really like this feature because instead of having to play the game on hard with really wimpy super heroes (who seem to feel like they aren't really that super), you can bring in your strong characters from another save, no matter where they are in that save. You can only do this, though, if you have beat the game a certain way or download the ability from the www.
Other than that, I really enjoyed it, and everyone I bring over to show it really has a blast. I really like that ability that you have to plug in USB controllers. Instead of having to create a LAN or go online, I can plug in my 4 USB controllers, and we can all play from my computer like a console. This is one of the few games that provides that option, which I have enjoyed as I invite people over to play.
One thing to note, the graphics card requirements for this game are very high. I just upgraded to a ATI Radeon X1950 XE AGP card, as well as upped my ram. So I don't have issues. Aso, you need over 6 GB of HDD space, which seems like a lot, but most of it is for the characters
To put it bluntly, the graphics are stunning. The characters, environments, the enemies, all well detailed. You'll find yourself gazing at the background from time to time be it you're in an industrial complex or a hellish dimension. Admittedly, there are points where if feels as if you've been in the same area before due to similarity in room design from stage to stage, but that's assuming you're not busy trying to survive from an onslaught of minions. One major flaw, however, are drops in the frame-rate, causing hiccups in action. However, you'll find them forgivable.
Fairly intuitive here. Two buttons act as combat buttons (weak & strong), while you have your jump, block, and grab buttons. The triggers bring up mini-menus that allow you to use special abilities or issue commands to your A.I. partners. Everything is in order here.
A bit disappointing in this department. Right off the bat, the voice acting is probably the biggest complaint here. Some of the characters just don't seem right (ex. Colossus and Thor really stand out, not in a good way) while others are fine and fitting. The background music is okay, nothing really wow-inspiring or amazing however they suffice.
The gameplay is really hit or miss with its audience. If you enjoy pure, hack n' slash action then MUA delivers it in spades. If you find that you get bored relatively easily with hack n' slash games, then this'll be a rental for you. Either way you look at it, the gameplay is solid and delivers the action you've been seeking with the RPG options (stat upgrade, equipment selection, etc). In the first stage, you'll already find yourself fighting off five villains from the Marvel Universe. From there, they just get bigger and nastier (c'mon, would you expect any less?). As soon as you start the game, you'll have roughly 20 some characters at your disposal with four unlockable characters; add to that each character has at least four different, unlockable costume options that alter their stats. An impressive list, though some fans may be disappointed with who made the roster (ex. So I get Luke Cage but no Hulk? Huh...). MUA also features nice multiplayer options, with you being able to grab a friend and do up to four-player co-op in the middle of any stage (stuck in a rut? Grab your friend and see if he can help you). Don't have friends you can call on? Get yourself on Live and team-up, or go for some head-to-head competition. However, online is rather lag-prone (as with other games, but if you thought single-stutter was bad, online gets nasty). But for the most part, there's solid multiplayer action to be found here. Only reason why gameplay hasn't gained a high score is being you'll find yourself getting the "seen this, done that" syndrome immediately, especially if you've played the X-Men Legend games. Take it for what you will.
The tacked-on motion controls and lack of online support take some of the shine off this otherwise dependable superhero adventure.
The Good: Huge, eclectic cast of Marvel heroes and villains; deep, yet largely optional character-customization system; great variety of environments.
The Bad: Wii controls feel clumsy and tiresome; graphics suffer from indistinct textures, nasty aliasing; only console version without online multiplayer.
Your starting lineup in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance consists of Captain America, Thor, Spider-Man, and Wolverine, but after a few levels playing with these heroes, you're given the option to create your own custom team. At first you'll have about 18 different heroes to choose from, and they represent a good cross-section of high-profile heroes and more obscure fan favorites. Old-schoolers like the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, and several X-Men are there, as are a number of heroes who are likely unknown to those who don't keep up with comics, such as Moon Knight, Luke Cage, Spider-Woman, and Deadpool. As you progress you'll run into other heroes such as Blade, Dr. Strange, Ghost Rider, and the Silver Surfer, who will in turn join the cause. Part of the fun of Marvel: Ultimate Alliance is the sheer variety of places the game takes you. While the X-Men Legends games seemed stuck mostly in dungeonlike corridors and sewers and such, here you'll visit some of the most spectacular and mythical locations in the Marvel Universe, including Mephisto's Realm, Asgard, Mandarin's palace, the Skrull homeworld, and, finally, Dr. Doom's sinister Latverian castle. Many of the environments really do look as if they came straight out of a comic book.
If you can get past the clumsy controls, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance is a well-made and accessible action RPG. It captures the essence of the Marvel universe, an incredible feat considering the breadth of the source material, though there are just enough omissions to easily justify a sequel. Still, its control problems are fundamental, and they definitely get in the way of what is otherwise a really solid experience.
This game is plain fun, and even better when you can have up to 4 players at a time. This was our main reason for trying it out. It is hard to find a good multi player game that everyone can hop into at any time. There is an unlimited combination of players and weapons that you can choose from, I didn’t even scrape the surface on playing each and every character.
I personally used a combination of the cheats and the walkthrough for review purposes. With the cheats you can have everything instantly. For you hardcore gamers you will enjoy the hours of unlocking all of the levels, players, and there special moves this game has to offer.
For you Marvel and comic book fans this game definitely has what you are looking for with its in depth look into the Marvel Universe. The RPG style of game has very good cut scenes and a good story board that is easy to follow. You will start with Captain America, Thor, Spider-Man, and Wolverine, and as you progress you will eventually be able to get all 18 different super heroes. The artists at Raven software have done an excellent job at creating the different fantasy worlds Mephisto's Realm, Asgard, Mandarin's palace, the Skrull home world, and Dr. Doom's castle. The loads of great art in this game make it very visually pleasing.
This game combines it all from multiplayer game play action, furious button mashing fight scenes, mind games, challenging villains, as well as plenty of mini games to play.
Id say it has it all