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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 andThe "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. 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.
  4. Games Master UK
    75
    A brilliant plot line is a mixed blessing in this better-than-average action RPG. [Dec 2009, p.71]
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. The new elements fail to meet expectations, but the bash-and-grind basics haven't changed at all.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 21
  2. Negative: 4 out of 21
  1. Mar 20, 2013
    10
    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
    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.
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  2. JasonG
    Oct 8, 2009
    9
    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 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
    8
    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 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
    7
    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
    7
    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 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. Aug 7, 2016
    7
    Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2
    Better and Worst at the same time
    Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 is of course the sequel to the original that this
    Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2
    Better and Worst at the same time
    Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 is of course the sequel to the original that this time tells the story of the hero civil war.
    Youll get to a point early in the story where the government wants super humans to be registered and captain America is against this while iron man is for this..
    This creates a rift within the superhero world and you have to make a choice, the choice you make will lock off certain heroes that choose the opposite side and throughout the stories journey youll take on other heroes and villains that have joined the opposing side…
    I did find this story much more interesting and compelling than a simple bad guy trying to take over the world story we got in the original… but it ultimately felt kind of just there as did the rest of the game…
    The graphics and combat are miles better than they were in the original.. this time the game feels more like a hack and slash co op game than a dungeon crawler…
    Leveling up and collecting xp feels worthwhile this time as youll definitely notice a difference when you spend skill points and xp on moves and bonuses that every character earns simultaneously to allow swaps of the 30 possible different characters without worrying about their level or strength of moves…
    Speaking of swaps you can do them at anytime rather than having to wait for a save point…
    The special moves are also much more impactful to the gameplay this time around as I feel everyone will have their own favorite character based on boosts and attacks they have, so much so that my favorite character from the original fell to the wayside as characters felt more customizable and mine with the skill spending depth…
    Theres also a new fusion system which is triggered by filling a bar from simple or special combat where 2 characters team up to do a super powerful move that can reward you with a health drop if you pull off its challenge which can really come in handy during close boss fights… But the better in this game unfortunately ends there…
    This fusion move for starters has a horrible bug where 2 characters will run at eachother face to face completely wasting such a valuable moment…
    And the stars seem like they fill fast until you find yourself actively trying to fill them… it can be a huge bummer to try and pull off a saving grace when your characters are about to die and its wasted because of a game bug…
    The depth the original had is also missing here…
    There is just no charm, feeling more like a cash grab than a love letter…
    There was so much for the fans in the first game, while here everything feels generic, from unlockables to level design…
    Theres nothing special at all…
    The story progression is just atrocious… and the boss battles lack variety completely where they all.. every last single one of them feels exactly the same…
    In fact theyre really just regular enemies with ranged attacks and larger health bars…
    There are no real wow moments here…
    The original felt like a real standalone game, while ultimate alliance 2 felt like just an above average tie in game…
    That’s not to say this game is bad…
    It’s fun, but nowhere near worth your times as much as the first one was…
    Ultimate alliance 2 is half the length, about 8 hours, but due to the lack of charms feels twice as long
    I Give Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2
    a 7/10
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  7. BazBazzy
    Sep 29, 2009
    0
    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 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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