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  • Summary: The "greatest Super Hero action/RPG of all time" is back with the world’s largest army of heroes and villains in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2. Incorporating elements of the acclaimed Marvel Civil War storyline, the game allows players to choose their side and team up with revered heroes and villains, including Spider-Man, Wolverine, Hulk, Iron Man, Deadpool, Venom, Green Goblin and Captain America. Players can combine characters’ powers and unleash astonishing new attacks. [Activision] Collapse
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  1. Positive: 39 out of 75
  2. Negative: 0 out of 75
  1. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 doesn't try to reinvent the wheel, it just tightens a few of the lug nuts.
  2. 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.
  3. Lots of wise gameplay enhancements. [Dec 2009, p.65]
  4. Although it falls short of its predecessors, Marvel Ultimate Alliance II provides a solid experience that is more accesible to the casual gamer.
  5. Intense action will address the superheroes fanboys only – other gamers will be soon bored by its repetitive course (and music). [Nov 2009]
  6. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 is a fun game that doesn’t push the boundaries, but does what it’s supposed to just fine.
  7. Activision somehow finds a way to dumb down what was already an absurdly shallow action role-player.

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  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 4 out of 18
  1. Mar 20, 2013
    This game is really special, because it's one of the few video-game sequels to beat the original.
    MUA2 is one of my favourite games of all
    time, the graphics are great, the story is the best thing about the game, it's boss battles are awesome and the characters are awesome. The fusion thing and the different outfits are awesome, the four powers each character can use. The soundtrack is one of the best in a video-game. MUA2 is better than MUA1 and it gets 10/10. Expand
  2. JasonG
    Oct 8, 2009
    Despite its mixed reviews... I really love this game. I have been a fan of this series (X-Men Legends, X-Men Legends 2 and Marvel Ultimate Alliance), I found this game to be an improvement I nearly every way. It looks better, plays better and has a mostly great story (the last Act is a bit weak). The only real complaint I have is there are a lot of characters that would be great in this title. Some who were in the first one and I miss (Dr. Strange, Hawkeye, Magneto, and Ghost Rider) and some who would be new to the Marvel Ultimate Alliance series (Punisher, War Machine, Cable, Omega Red, Archangel, Vision, Scarlet Witch and Beast). And they should have kept the 4 costumes for each character like Ultimate Alliance had. Expand
  3. RavenWolfx
    Sep 17, 2009
    For the most part, this is a pretty sweet game. It is fun with multiple people, the fusions are cool, and the story is interesting. The downsides, though, are a bit annoying. There aren't nearly as many characters to choose from nor as many powers. The game developers focused too much on the fusions and let the individual's powers slide. Also, there aren't nearly as many simulation discs or costumes to find or unlock, which is disappointing. Overall, the game is fun, but it could have been much better. Expand
  4. May 16, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. 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. Expand
  5. TrevorB
    Oct 2, 2009
    The game was a lot of fun to play, but it gets marks off for laggy multiplayer (this was a problem in UA1 too, you'd think they'd it right in the sequel but they didn't), a story that's not very compelling and just not very good compared to the first, and a menu system that is somewhat clunky. The fusion powers are an improvement, as are most of the boss fights compared to UA1. Other than that, the game is just UA1 with better graphics (still nothing ground-breaking though), and some changes here and there to the mechanics. Expand
  6. Jun 25, 2013
    Gone are the winsome characters and intriguing narrative elements. "Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2" ultimately sacrifices a wholesome gaming experience for better graphics and some gameplay gimmicks. Expand
  7. BazBazzy
    Sep 29, 2009
    2 Words to Sum Up This Game. System Exclusives. As an avid fan of the first game, I was really hoping they would drop this ridiculous idea in the sequel. Unfortunately I was wrong and I am sorely disappointed in the game developers in this choice. It feels like you're paying for only part of a game knowing that there are other characters out there that you could be using. One problem with this, is the fact that characters that were originally in the 360 version (Blade, Cyclops) are now only available on the PS2 or Wii. My ideal team would consist of Blade, Spiderman, Venom & Juggernaut. Now to create this team, I'd have to purchase the Wii or PS2 version and have pre-ordered the game. Neither the PS2 or Wii are systems I would want to play this game on for the controls or graphics. If you must buy this game, please buy it used, so that hopefully the developers will get the point, as any money you save will be worth it knowing you're missing out on all the game can offer. PS2, PSP, Wii - Blade, Cyclops, Psylocke Nintendo DS - Sentry, She-Hulk Xbox 360, PS3 - Iron Fist Pre-Order Only - Juggernaut As another note, that may seem a bit minor, to compensate the system exclusive characters, the PS3 and Xbox 360 are layered with plenty of other boss characters that you won't find in the other games. This is also disappointing as many people will miss out on lots of potential fun fights. Now you may be telling yourself, well this will come along later as DLC that I can pay for and receive all of the characters. If MUA1 was any tell in this, the only DLC that was released, were new original villain characters. The system exclusives stayed were never moved cross-system, so please don't hope this will be fixed unless it is actually announced by the developers. Another tell, is the X-Men Legend games, which had some of the same developers as this series of games, never did the system exclusives. If they do announce system exclusives are cross-system, I will be the first to hop on the MUA2 bandwagon, but until then, this is just a game that I cannot get behind. Besides the system exclusives this game is completely different from the first and loses a lot of it's charm. I'm sure you can get the information on the rest of the game itself better from other reviews, I just believe people need to be educated on this part of the game that you're buying. Expand

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