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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 theMarvel: 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: 26 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. The critical path is incredibly long and is joined by bonus comic missions for most of the characters. The teammate AI is very impressive, often getting to baddies before you even see them, but once again, Raven has designed a game that is better through cooperative play.
  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. With better focus on what players want, including four (useful!) costumes per character, a plethora of villians and heroes from Marvel lore, better visuals, tighter RPG elements, less of the Chatty-Cathy moments, and FAR more tough boss and mini-boss battles, Marvel Ultimate Alliance could be the geekfest that keeps players wrapped onto whatever platform they chose like a pair of tight blue spandex with a big 4 on the chest.
  4. 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.
  5. AceGamez
    80
    Appealing to a multitude of fans, including those of Marvel, action-RPGs and multiplayer, most gamers should feel little hesitation in giving Marvel: Ultimate Alliance a try.
  6. 80
    If you're a fan of "X-Men Legends," then it's safe to say that MUA is right up your alley. If you dig either dungeon crawlers or some of the biggest icons in comics, you'll probably enjoy what Ultimate Alliance has to offer.
  7. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    60
    Decent comic book effort which certainly captures the Marvel spirit. Unlikely to become as revered as the icons that star in it, though. [Christmas 2006, p.97]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. MattH.
    Aug 13, 2007
    10
    An exellent game ,iI love the fact that you get 20 playable characters at the start with upgradeable attacks ! A great game I would recomend An exellent game ,iI love the fact that you get 20 playable characters at the start with upgradeable attacks ! A great game I would recomend this to all you marvel fans! Collapse
  2. YanivA.
    Dec 2, 2006
    10
    Best super hero game - I played it over and over and over and over.... Just the replay value is immense.
  3. Dec 31, 2016
    9
    Marvel: Ultimate Alliance sempre me deu ótimas lembraças, foi o primeiro jogo que eu zerei no Playstation 2, eu amava esse jogo, tinha muitosMarvel: Ultimate Alliance sempre me deu ótimas lembraças, foi o primeiro jogo que eu zerei no Playstation 2, eu amava esse jogo, tinha muitos personagens, eu adorava jogar com com Wolverine e Doutor Estranho, tinha muito viloes, cada fase tinha o grande mestre, muitas fases, bons graficos, boa jogabilidade (pelo menos na época eu achava, tem que ver agora), a trilha sonora é muito boa, a dificuldade é razoavel, acredito que qualquer um pode zerar esse, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance é um dos melhores jogos de super-heroi. Nota 9.2 Expand
  4. Jul 30, 2016
    8
    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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  5. HenryMcCoy
    Jul 20, 2007
    7
    I liked this game because the awesome graphics and that you can play as Storm, but the game is boring and too long, the story is too complex I liked this game because the awesome graphics and that you can play as Storm, but the game is boring and too long, the story is too complex and the puzzles are too hard. i also don't like when you can play so much characters, can't they make this game with 4-5 characters? Expand
  6. DavidS.
    Nov 1, 2006
    6
    This should be called Ultimate Gang Beating. Not enough enemies for your team to pond on, it's always a race to get the baddie for the This should be called Ultimate Gang Beating. Not enough enemies for your team to pond on, it's always a race to get the baddie for the Exp Pts. Little to no teamwork can be done, unlike Justice League Heroes which forces you to act as a unit. Nice graphics though and the sheer number of characters is nice for replay. Team mates AI isn't that smart though usually leaving you to fight the main boss by yourself. Definitly made for multiple players. Expand
  7. GeorgeL.
    Oct 26, 2008
    1
    I originally bought this game as a marvel fan. i heard it was awesome, and i like marvel comics (though not as much as DC), and decided to tryI originally bought this game as a marvel fan. i heard it was awesome, and i like marvel comics (though not as much as DC), and decided to try it out. I jumped on in, and the game began. After mowing down several baddies, i figured i'd get a really strong boss/subboss to fight. i got half of what i wanted. when a super villian appeared (in this case, scorpion), i fought him and defeated him by litterally pressing the same button over and over again. You'd figure that a super villian will put up a better fight. unfortunately, most villians were like this, aside from a couple hard ones. I got bored of the game after only a few levels. Months later, my friend wanted to try it and i gave it another go, hoping it would be better later. Sadly, even playing with my friend didn't take away the atrocious gameplay and horrible boss battles that this game had to offer, and sadly, my final verdict is that this game is for die hard marvel fans only. I'd rather play Aquaman: Battle for Atlantis than this. Expand

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#54 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2006
#23 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2006