Mixed or average reviews - based on 75 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 75
  2. Negative: 0 out of 75
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  1. A decent co-op game which despite its flaws provides quite a few hours of fun.
  2. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 is pretty fun to play, but if you played the first installment, you could get disappointed. The game has a lot of heroes, but since you can switch between them whenever you feel like it, you won’t create a personal connection. The story also comes in short compared to the comics. However, it is still really cool to fight against all the different enemies, especially with a friend on the couch!
  3. Despite successfully improving on some of its predecessor's mechanics, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 is ultimately bogged down by untimely bugs. If you can work through these issues, there's a decent action RPG hiding behind the mask. It might just be too much to ask of the average player.
  4. Even if Marvel super heroes are very popular, this game revealed to be a very niche one, mainly due to the inexplicable lack of any Italian translation even in the game menus, making it unapproachable by people without a good English understanding.
  5. 70
    Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 certainly builds upon the ideas of the original, but the minor changes make the upgrade seem more status quo than truly super-powered. It's still (mostly) fun to blast and claw through large groups of foes, but it's also much harder to overlook recurring issues when so much time has passed.
  6. But it’s short on new ideas, with a fundamental template that hasn’t changed in the last five years. And in this brave, new, post-Arkham Asylum world, we need a little more than that to be really awed.
  7. If you’ve played any of the myriad action/RPG/brawlers starring superheroes culled from the Marvel universe, such as the X-Men Legends games or the original Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, then you’ve played Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2.
  8. UA2's inspired story, backed with plenty of thumb-blistering destruction, can be fun, but by staying firmly within the lines, it ultimately keeps itself from mastering anything new.
  9. As fun as it was to team up Marvel greats and take down evil, the game feels like it wasn't quite up to snuff with its predecessors.
  10. Its core template may be showing its age a little, but the overall package offers enough new content gameplay tweaks to keep the faithful happy.
  11. 70
    Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 is a nice superhero game which, despite the flaws in graphics and audio, still get's a good score because of the great gameplay and replay value.
  12. Team up with three AI characters or friends and fight your way through hordes of enemies while you level up your characters. The foundation is good enough to be entertaining even though it’s ugly, uninspiring and limited. Though the game contains a lot of faults and feels like it has been rushed together, I still return to it when I want to play something easy accessible with a couple of friends.
  13. A classic hack 'n' slash, with an RPG twist. Good for Marvel fans.
  14. 70
    It is an enjoyable game and a good option, specially if you are fan of the characters.
  15. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 makes you feel almighty when you and your team are together, and the fusion powers make it a blast to experiment with different teams. It's a shame that the lacking RPG-elements and tricky camera bring the experience down. Fans of Marvel and beat 'em up games won't be disappointed though.
  16. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 is a fun game that doesn’t push the boundaries, but does what it’s supposed to just fine.
  17. 70
    This is clearly a game for the comic fans and the beat-em-up lovers. If you appreciate both, then this game might be up your alley. Extensive list of characters, different storylines and co-op make this a game with high replay value. The average beat-em-up lover however, will probably think the amount of characters and the hectic, monotonous (and easy)fights are a bit much.
  18. While I enjoyed playing this game, it simply flew by (I completed my first run in just over seven hours,) and the teases of characters who make appearances but aren't playable were disappointing.
  19. Fans will be drooling over the huge hero ensemble, but others may feel disappointed by the missing overview during the bigger fights.
  20. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Intense action will address the superheroes fanboys only – other gamers will be soon bored by its repetitive course (and music). [Nov 2009]
  21. X-ONE Magazine UK
    A huge amount of fun. [Issue#52, p.91]
  22. Far from being a landmark in the genre, it is still a proposal to take in mind to the fans of Wolverine, Captain America, among others.
  23. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    A slow burner which eventually grows into entertaining smaxploitation. [Christmas 2009, p.88]
  24. 67
    But ultimately, even though a lot of things about MUA2 aggravate me, the moment-to-moment gameplay of superheroes beating the crap out of robots/mutants/soldiers with fists, mystical hammers, repulsor rays, giant tongues, and what-have-you feels solid and enjoyable.
  25. So the story is so-so and the RPG section watered down with limited development choices, weak voice acting and script writing.
  26. If you enjoyed previous Marvel games, you'll find more of the same here. Graphics are improved, there's a great roster of superheroes to play with and their powers can combine to produce new 'Fusion' attacks. But crashing bugs, simple repetitive gameplay and a lack of polish are its kryptonite, preventing this from being a super game.
  27. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 is passable at best. In answer to my original question of whether Vicarious Visions could handle the big stage? Well, I wouldn't say I booed them off, but I was definitely checking my watch for when the main act would be on.
  28. Facing hordes of henchmen for hours unable to really give a challenge to those who sit in front of the screen is unlikely to find much support.
  29. It’s just that the game fails to deliver anything overly meaningful especially considering that the groundwork for this title was already laid thanks to Raven Software’s excellent work in the past.
  30. The game doesn't have the depth to keep the average gamer interested, especially not for a second round - even with the branching storyline.
  31. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 is a otherwise solid action rpg that sadly suffers from lack of variation and originality.
  32. It's a nice game, but shows quite a few mistakes in some key areas.
  33. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 basically accomplishes what it sets out to do, but doesn't move the series forward in any significant way, even feeling like a minor step back in certain aspects.
  34. 55
    A marked improvement over the first game, this sequel is really only worth seeking out if your Spider sense is tingling for more Marvel action. Otherwise, you may want to use your common sense and avoid.
  35. Activision somehow finds a way to dumb down what was already an absurdly shallow action role-player.
  36. The new elements fail to meet expectations, but the bash-and-grind basics haven't changed at all.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 84 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 21
  2. Negative: 4 out of 21
  1. Feb 17, 2013
    I loved this game, it was just as good, if not better than the first. The story was great and the large roster of characters you could play asI loved this game, it was just as good, if not better than the first. The story was great and the large roster of characters you could play as was awesome. Be for warned, if you pick it up now, it's a great game to play through, but if you are looking to fill those multiplayer achievements you are going to need a friend with the game because nobody is playing this on xbl anymore. Full Review »
  2. Oct 8, 2011
    Story: 7
    Characters: 9
    Graphics: 6 Setting: 6 Multiplayer: 7 Technical: 5 Audio: 5 Gameplay: 5 Re-Playability Value: 7 Fun Factor: 7 Score:
    Story: 7
    Characters: 9
    Graphics: 6
    Setting: 6
    Multiplayer: 7
    Technical: 5
    Audio: 5
    Gameplay: 5
    Re-Playability Value: 7
    Fun Factor: 7

    Score: 6.4/10 = C
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  3. Jul 16, 2011
    Too bad, it isn't as good as the last one . The combat is nothing , to disjointed and bad. While MUA isn't as great as the first, is fun (Too bad, it isn't as good as the last one . The combat is nothing , to disjointed and bad. While MUA isn't as great as the first, is fun ( bland) . In the graphical aspect isn't good, the cut scene downgraded for a cartoonish style, disappointing . The combat is equal and less better. Full Review »