Metascore
73

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. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 doesn't try to reinvent the wheel, it just tightens a few of the lug nuts.
  2. With upgraded graphics, improved story features, new gameplay additions, and a full roster of fantastic characters it’s nearly impossible not to recommend this game as a full-fledged purchase.
  3. One could sum up my issues with Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 by the liberties that were taken with both the story and the characters. It's the only thing in my mind that keeps the game from being truly great, because the gameplay mechanics and leveling system are really top-notch.
  4. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 is certainly the most refined game in its series (including its prequel and the X-Men Legends game before it).
  5. While Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 is not as good as the first Marvel Ultimate Alliance in many ways it is still a game that action gamers, RPG fans and those comic book fans will love if they can look past its flaws. I have to admit I did expect more from this game, but it was a riot to play through from start to finish. This is a must buy.
  6. Ultimate Alliance 2 does have some good improvements from the first game, but its pending technical problems hinder the game’s true potential.
  7. While the combat is a bit too much on the button mashing side, the RPG elements are solidly implemented and the different stories make for a branching experience that hardcore Marvel fans should check out.
  8. In just three years, Vicarious Visions has taken a well adapted formula and created an enjoyable, polished and all-around better sequel. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 will give fans a reason to enjoy playing, and with the dynamic fusion powers, wide cast of characters, and the storyline based around the events of Civil War, there is surely something here to please anyone.
  9. 85
    No great leaps have been made, and its visuals may be sub-par, but Marvel's second outing has pulled all the stops to make us appreciate an enjoyable comic romp with a friend in its well-versed world.
  10. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 contains a better story and is more graphically more stunning than the first part of the series. I had a lot of fun with this game due to the high number of heroes.
  11. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 is a lot like Marvel Ultimate Alliance; it just looks, plays, and sounds a lot better.
  12. Same great fun with some good tweaks.
  13. In conclusion, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 is a hideously addictively entertaining yet mindless game that revolves endless battles with enemies.
  14. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 combines both action and RPG elements together pushed by the wind of innovation and the ever so strong appeal of the Marvel universe. Complex but easy to play, it guarantees hours and hours on end of real fun.
  15. Even though Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 may seem like more of the same, dig a little deeper and you'll reap its rewards. A great storyline, satisfying beat-em-up action, nifty Fusion attacks and a cornucopia of familiar and new characters make this a very friendly Alliance.
  16. It's hard not to let the experience of the first MUA color the expectations for MUA2. By those standards, MUA2 isn't as exciting a game, largely due to the choices it makes with the fiction. On its own, though, this is still an enjoyable action RPG romp that makes good use of the Marvel Universe in its own way.
  17. A solid game. Nothing groundbreaking or extremely impressive, but very fun and entertaining.
  18. With less focus on micromanagement and a solid, cohesive story, there's a lot more action this time around for Marvel's action-RPG franchise.
  19. MUA fans may bemoan the lack of change, and they'd have a point. Bar the Fusion Powers there's little new going on here. But it's still a fun, albeit brainless romp that's sure to please Marvel fanboys.
  20. Overall, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 is an upgrade over its processor and fans of the original will absolutely want to pick this one up.
  21. Official Xbox Magazine
    80
    Lots of wise gameplay enhancements. [Dec 2009, p.65]
  22. Another great slice of comic book action.
  23. Vicarious Visions has made some tweaks to Raven’s little darling and it helps make the game feel more complete, however its nothing staggering enough to win over any new fans.
  24. For me, the game didn’t really take off until the whole Pro-Reg, Anti-Reg debate kicked in, but even then I kept lapsing into these daydreaming ruts of gaming. It was really hard to focus on the story or any driving force behind all the mindless button mashing.
  25. 78
    Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 is a solid successor to the original game, but not one that feels like it was three years in the making. Anyone who enjoyed the original will find enough content and fan service to keep them busy for quite some time, but anyone who grew tired of the original will likely call it quits long before the credits roll.
  26. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 definitely feels like the ultimate fan service to the Marvel fans.
  27. 77
    In the end, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance is fun at times, but it's nothing impressive overall.
  28. So while Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 may not take the series in a big and bold new direction, or benefit from the kind of refinement you would look for in a sequel, it does deliver the button-mashing, power-flinging, over-the-top action fans of the original would expect.
  29. The core action is top-notch, and the roster rocks, but the Fusion attacks and half-hearted story hurt the experience, turning a once great play into a punchless grind.
  30. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 is a great action game, fun to play and quite long. But it feels almost the same as the previous entry; Vicarious Visions didn't feel confident enough to create something new, and they repeated almost every aspect from Raven Software's game.
  31. Marvel Ultimate Alliance is a solid game. We miss some kind of diversity in its proposal and more innovation in its core, but it’s a nice button masher.
  32. Although it falls short of its predecessors, Marvel Ultimate Alliance II provides a solid experience that is more accesible to the casual gamer.
  33. Overall, I did enjoy the game, I'm just a little miffed that it seems to be lacking in overall content.
  34. In what has been a really good year for comic book and superhero games, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 is another highlight.
  35. The bottom line here is that this isn’t nearly as good, fun, or as satisfying a game as the original from either an action standpoint, a role-playing standpoint, or just a comic book standpoint.
  36. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 improves over the formula, but just a little bit from its predecessor. It's a good game for Marvel fans and players willing to play it with friends online or side by side on a sofa. As a single player experience, its gameplay may be a bit too samey in the long run.
  37. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 is fun to play and has some commendable features, however it feels like it's not quite hit the mark when compared to the first game.
  38. Games Master UK
    75
    A brilliant plot line is a mixed blessing in this better-than-average action RPG. [Dec 2009, p.71]
  39. Ultimate Alliance 2 is a step sideways for the series, but the game is still a button-mashing treat for superhero fans.
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 84 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 84
  2. Negative: 10 out of 84
  1. Feb 17, 2013
    8
    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
    6
    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
    7
    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 »