Metascore
65

Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. 75
    When all is said and done, your satisfaction with the DS version of MUA 2 will rely in large measure on what you expect going in. The game is relatively short, but you're supposed to play it more than once.
  2. That rant out of the way, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 for the Nintendo DS is a fun game that has the most to offer when played cooperatively. The biggest flaw, beyond the minor aforementioned annoyances and distractions, is when you boil it all down this is a game intended for the consoles and that is where it excels.
  3. Overall, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 is better than the first outing.
  4. While adding more than enough super powered friends and foes to keep Marvel fans happy, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 for the DS is a surprisingly entertaining handheld action game.
  5. If you have a friend who's willing to pick the game up and join you for the playthrough, then a great time could be had. Most players, however, will play through the game solo and be bored with it before the conclusion.
  6. 58
    Odd little combat bugs, the lack of a reactive map that aligns itself with the game’s camera , and the inherent issue of having four superheroes face off against just a handful of henchman at a time makes Ultimate Alliance 2 an unimpressive take on the already-suffering (in my opinion) series.
  7. A mediocre game, few more than a fan service for the ones who love Marvel Universe. Low framerate and no use for the double screen and all the DSi features.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Sep 16, 2013
    3
    Before I really begin my review of Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, let me just say one thing: this game totally sucks! Everything about this game from beginning to end is just plain awful. Okay, admittedly not everything in this game is bad. It does have a pretty good story, which is taken from the Marvel comic book Civil War. This basically depicts a superhuman registration act (forcing the heroes to tell the entire world their secret identities) that splits the superhero community right down the middle. Some heroes joined Iron Man's side, who have registered their identities with the government. Others joined the side of Captain America, believing that registration is wrong and unfair. This starts a civil war between the two sides. This is an excellent story, and I was looking forward to seeing it in a video game. However, this is only part of the story, and it only lasts for about a third of the game. This is unfortunate, as I was looking forward to more epic battles between heroes. There is one other good thing about this game however, as it does have a pretty good amount of Marvel characters to play as. You can play as fan favorites such as Spider-Man, Wolverine, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and even the Hulk. However, depending on who you side with in the Civil War, you will only have access to about two thirds of the characters during this segment of the game. Even after the war, some characters can still not be played as. While the story and characters are alright, everything else about this game just isn't. The game attempts to mimic the dungeon crawling style of Blizzard Entertainment's Diablo franchise, thus making the game an overhead RPG. This is executed very poorly however. For one, if you ask me, leveling seems to have little to no effect. Even after I leveled up a few of my favorite characters, the attacks still did about the same amount of damage as before. However, that's not even the worst part about the gameplay, not by a long shot. Another problem is that the only way for your character to access his special moves is through the Nintendo DS' touch screen. This gets annoying very quickly, because for a lot of characters, you will constantly have to move your character to aim by using the DS control pad, which makes special moves tedious and nigh unusable. The game also adds something that was not in the original Marvel Ultimate Alliance, or at the very least claims to. These are called fusions. They are basically what happens when two heroes come together to combine their powers, and create an attack that destroys everything in its path. However, the heroes don't really combine their powers, at least from the ones that I have seen. It's basically just the same as two heroes executing their super moves from the original Ultimate Alliance at the exact same time. The controls of this game are also hard enough, even with the special moves and fusions only being accessed through the touch screen. I have lost count of the amount of times that I have gotten the controls mixed up in this game. Moving on to the graphics of this game, all I can say is that they are terrible. Nothing in this game really looks right. They all look too pixalated, even by Nintendo DS standards. However, the absolute worst thing about this game is its replay value. After you finish the game, there is nothing else you can do but start again. This might be good if you want to see the other ending (there are two endings for both sides of the Civil War) if you have not already. However, if you want to unlock something by playing the game again, don't even bother. This game has literally zero unlockables. There are no extra missions, no extra costumes, there aren't even digital comic books. The closest thing you get to an unlockable in this game is random upgrades scattered for your character's stats. However, since I already stated leveling has little to no effect, there is pretty much no point to getting these. So that's my review of Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2. All I can say is do not even waste a dime on this game, especially when there are so many much better games out there. If you want to play a good RPG, go out and buy The Elder Scrolls Skyrim or Fallout 3 for your PC or Xbox. As for this game, it is just plain awful. It is not even worth a rent. Just stay as far away from this game as possible. Heck if you still want a Marvel RPG, there are even better ones of those two. You'd be much better off buying the first game on the Xbox 360, or X-Men Legends. Full Review »