Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
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  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. It's got more Marvel Superheroes and Villans than I knew even existed. It's got the same rock-solid gameplay I've come to expect. And it's got some nice new team focus additions that make the game even better.
  3. 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.
  4. PC Gamer
    Ultimate Alliance does have its vulnerable spots--such as a camera that occasionally obscures the action--but its strengths are many and, dare I say it, marvelous. [Jan. 2007, p.72]
  5. 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.
  6. Sure, the levels and even the gameplay get a bit repetitive at times, but there is always great action and the potential to share that action with your friends, and that is what really make this game rise above its predecessors and a total joy to play.
  7. Comic book fans will take to this one like a fat guy to an all you can eat buffet (in some cases we are talking about the same person), but players who are looking for an action RPG that offers great visuals, polished gameplay and solid co-op for the roughly 20 hours to complete the game should pick up Marvel Ultimate Alliance.
  8. A chaotic ride through the Marvel world. Exciting, fun and even moreso when you play with friends.
  9. Adding to this the possibility to choose from 23 heroes, each one with his individual abilities and powers, and also the challenge mode besides the campaign, comic-book fans will certainly spend more time in single-player.
  10. Raven improves upon the great work it did with the X-Men Legends games, creating a lengthy adventure that touches nearly every last corner of the Marvel Universe.
  11. Ultimate Alliance may be schlocky and unrefined, but the endless Dream Team combinations of Marvel super and not-so-super heroes prove irresistible.
  12. There are some glitches, but the pure joy of unlocking that next hero and then trying to come up with the perfect team is reason enough to work through the game a couple of times.
  13. 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.
  14. A very fun game that has a lot of polish.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. This live action comic book" style game has enough button mashing to satisfy every brawling fan, and just enough role-playing elements to satiate those who like to have a little more control over their superheroes.
  18. A better version of the "X-Men Legends" game with better graphics, a longer story, bigger levels, more powers, more unlockables, more characters and an even better co-op mode
  19. Compared to the other recent superhero brawler, the bitterly disappointing Justice League Heroes, Marvel Ultimate Alliance is a godsend.
  20. Boss battles are explosive, brutal encounters, while some perfectly cast actors bring each character to life with genuine aplomb. If you leave your brain at the door, you just might find hours of mindless fun here.
  21. Some locations are dreary trudges through dull space-station corridors, but others show more imagination, such as giant pinball tables and underwater in Atlantis.
  22. PC Gamer UK
    Cynical and unimaginative - but fun. [Jan 2007, p.102]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 54 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 54
  2. Negative: 3 out of 54
  1. Jul 30, 2016
    Marvel Ultimate Alliance
    Great Potential
    Marvel Ultimate Alliance is a dungeon crawler beat em up where you play as your choice of 4 marvels
    Marvel Ultimate Alliance
    Great Potential
    Marvel Ultimate Alliance is a dungeon crawler beat em up where you play as your choice of 4 marvels heroes, or a mix with online or local co-op out of 25 different characters to be unlocked with collectibles , secrets and story progression.
    You team up of course to stop doom from doing his usually doom thing of trying to take over the world…
    your journey to stop him will take your characters to a variety of locations like Atlantis and asguard…
    unfortunately while the scenery does change at a decent pace, the gameplay doesn’t…
    This game is a monotonous and ridiculously long 17 hours…
    During this 17 hours you do the dungeon crawl thing of just killing everything for fairly minimal loot with very much welcomed but too thinly spread out puzzle and platforming sections …
    Bosses will drop rings for stat boosts, but that’s about it…
    There no real incentive to explore or even defeat all enemies other than unlocking new characters as leveling up doesn’t seem too significant... and if you have your favorite 4 unlocked, why even bother finding these hidden figures…
    As you level up your stats unnoticeably increase and you unlock new moves that you can assign to a button command.. you can also unlock suits by using characters or completing a comic mission hidden throughout the world…
    These optional comic missions tell the story of one individual character to give more insight on them to new fans and hit that nostalgia button of existing fans of characters.. And as stated already, completing these missions successfully will unlock a new suit for your character... and thankfully these suits are not just skins... they all have their own special perks which will actually give you a hard time choosing from… and you can upgrade these perks with the coins that enemies drop.. but again it doesn’t really feel too significant….
    Combat in this game is fairly basic, but characters do all handle and feel unique, some can fly, some have projectiles, some are straight up brutes… if you get too bored, which you definitely will, you can switch out your team at any time when you run into a save point…
    there’s also over 17 boss battles and mini boss battles in this game… but are essentially either a straight up beat em up brawl or dodge attacks and do a quick time event…. Which are surprisingly some of the more better boss fights as they throw in a splash of variety… but really aren’t that great and don’t require any real strategy…
    While Marvel Ultimate Alliance is a great love letter to the marvel fans, packed with material that even I can appreciate while not being a marvel fan.. I feel like the game drags on and keeps you in its lackluster locations far too long, ultimately making this game feel like a drag...
    That being said, if you’re a marvel fan I still believe this game is worth your money
    I give Marvel Ultimate Alliance
    a 7.5/10
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  2. Jun 25, 2016
    This is a flawed game in many ways, the boss fights are fairly bad to terrible, the camera is often garbage, many of the skills are just copyThis is a flawed game in many ways, the boss fights are fairly bad to terrible, the camera is often garbage, many of the skills are just copy pasted with new visual effects for the different heroes, a lot of getting lost or backtracking, but it just doesn't matter. There is something about this style of hero team gameplay(started in XMEN Legends) that is just so satisfying to play.

    The RPG aspects could be explained better, but there is enough there to have some fun tinkering with skills and combinations across a couple dozen heroes. The fighting would get repetitive but you can switch character(and therefore playstyles) on the fly. Also, and this is getting lost in the online generation, this is one of the best local multiplayer game types I have ever played. The games is played with 4 heroes on screen and you and a friend each pick one but can switch from the 4 on screen whenever you want. It can create some fun combos though maybe letting the screen move out a little more for when you are separated would have been a huge help in some areas.

    Overall if you look at this game on a technical level its really fairly poor, but there is just a charm to it that cannot be denied. It is greater than the sum of its parts.
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  3. 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. 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. Full Review »