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  • Summary: Marvel: Ultimate Alliance is an action/RPG that features the largest roster of comic book characters ever seen in a video game. Players assume the roles of more than 20 Marvel Super Heroes including Spider-Man, Wolverine, Blade and Captain America, and through their actions determine the fate of both planet Earth and the Marvel universe – revealed in one of multiple epilogues. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance offers total team customization, where players create their own team name, icon and vehicle, as well as establish their team reputation as they play throughout the story. Gamers also have the option to level up each character individually to their liking, or all team members at the same time to keep their heroes balanced. With the game's new combat system, players battle against the world's most notorious Marvel Super Villains in the air, underwater, and on the ground, using grappling, blocking and dodging moves, by charging up their Super Hero powers before unleashing them, and using environmental objects as one and two-handed weapons. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance features a storyline where the missions players accept, the objectives they complete, and their interactions with other characters throughout the game directly impact how the story plays out. The game also features a robust multiplayer component where fans can band together with friends as their favorite Marvel Super Heroes, and fight evil in both on and offline cooperative story modes. There's also a Competitive Mode where the game tracks various in-game stats so players can see how well they stack up against one another – affecting the amount of experience points earned and how equipment is distributed. [Activision] Expand
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. The game includes tons of gameplay, a plethora of Marvel characters, a great presentation, and successfully balances the action and RPG elements, while letting players choose just how much they want to micromanage.
  2. Even despite its few flaws, MUA is a blast to play. If you’ve ever enjoyed an X-men Legends game, MUA is a step above and beyond that. RPG and dungeon crawler fans along with comic-book lovers will find much to love about MUA.
  3. While Marvel Ultimate Alliance isn't reinventing the wheel carved by X-Men Legends and X-Men Legends II, it certainly puts Armor All on the sides, slides in some new rims, and adds aquatread.
  4. 82
    Despite a few welcome wrinkles to combat and character customization, this is pretty much the same game we have seen before. The level design and puzzles are a snooze, lacking any innovation. But who cares? This game is about gathering a few friends and laying the smack down on some villains.
  5. Marvel Ultimate Alliance is certainly worth picking up. With an adequate campaign and more playable comic book characters than you can shake a stick at, plus bonus side missions for all of them, you’re definitely getting more than what you paid for.
  6. If you're a fan of the X-Men Legends games that have appeared over the last few years you'll know what to expect from Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, but you'll probably still be surprised at how polished and lengthy the game is.
  7. Cynical and unimaginative - but fun. [Jan 2007, p.102]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. KurtL.
    Nov 13, 2006
    Its perfect if you enjoyed X-Men or X-Men Legends II. Just like those two games you'll find its fun to play alone or with three others. It recieves a nine since my Xbox 360 controller buttons were not mapped right ingame. Expand
  2. DeathKnight
    Oct 29, 2006
    Great simple fun. Not much change from X-Men legends aside from the graphics (if you have a top notch PC that can handle them). A few of the customization options were actually removed from the old X-Men legends 2 style, so it doesn't get a ten. Expand
  3. RobE.
    Nov 5, 2006
    Standard polished X-men fare. If you liked the first two x-men games, you'll probably like this. It's so smooth, you may not even notice its just more of the same. Expand
  4. Dan(nirv)
    Oct 29, 2006
    I played for about 2 hours online with 2 local friends of mine and it's pretty obvious this game has P2P networking because the gameplay was extremely sluggish. We dropped one of the players and it got better but it was still pretty bad. The gameplay itself is extremely linear and has a console-port feel to it. Probably better played on an actual console for online cooperative play. Expand