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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 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] Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 68
  2. Negative: 0 out of 68
  1. 100
    A fantastic game. It's got everything - easy, varied and interesting combat, a huge roster of superheroes and supervillains, gorgeous visual effects, plus it's easily the most entertaining game I've played online in a long, long time.
  2. Sure, the levels and even the gameplay get a bit repetitive at times, but there is always great action and the potential to share that action with your friends, and that is what really make this game rise above its predecessors and a total joy to play.
  3. Marvel Ultimate Alliance is a feature-packed game; one of those rare birds that feels like arcade gaming, but with that next-gen edge that helps to justify $400+ dollars of hardware.
  4. Ultimate Alliance may be schlocky and unrefined, but the endless Dream Team combinations of Marvel super and not-so-super heroes prove irresistible.
  5. It's a well-made game that you can try again and again with numerous heroes and their plethora of powers. If you're a comic-book fan, this is probably the most satisfying videogame ever made for you.
  6. 80
    Where most super-hero games are satisfied with mediocrity, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance aims high and blasts its target into smithereens. 'Nuff said!
  7. Some locations are dreary trudges through dull space-station corridors, but others show more imagination, such as giant pinball tables and underwater in Atlantis.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 29
  2. Negative: 3 out of 29
  1. Apr 10, 2011
    I felt obligated to review this game after reading the user scores. I bought this game on a used shelf at gamespot, played it for like 10 minutes, then didn't touch it for a long time. Years even. Like most of the bad reviews, at first glance the characters don't seem that different from each other and the perspective seems a little too removed from the combat. The first level (which I never got past at first) seemed almost generic and I thought the whole game was going to be like that. All of that first glance stuff is utterly wrong, and it is a tragedy that players didn't get deeper into it and spread the word. This is one of the most addictive games I have ever played. The music is varied and great, the game is epic long with many pretty locations. The characters follow a basic template, but vary in unique ways that you wouldn't expect from a game that looks like this. Just try using a couple and seeing the differences. Spider man swings from the ceiling, Thor flies, Captain America has his signature homing shield attack teleporters can warp through walls, iceman can cold blast fires out etc. It's more than enough to make the characters fun and not just seem like alternate skins. Especially when you consider that focusing on even just one character is pretty addictive. However a note: I suggest you either pick up the special edition (aka platinum edition), or gold if you can find a good price. You can't download the DLC for this game anymore, so you better get it with the purchase. Alternatively you could get the PC version and mods to let you use other characters including ones from PSP version, and even made up characters.

    Either way you will have a hard time finding online players. Get a friend involved or browse some still active forums for the game at sites like gamefaqs.
  2. JonJ.
    Oct 24, 2006
    A very well thought our game that brings these characters out from the movies and into my living room.
  3. Nov 7, 2011
    It is an addicting game with a long storyline. You can play as so many different Marvel characters and that, combined with the great gameplay combat makes this easily recommendable. Expand
  4. Matt
    Oct 28, 2006
    Not as graphically stunning as I expect most next-gen games to be. Gameplay is simple beat 'em up style, but the level of customization, number of moves available, along with the formidable roster of Marvel characters are what makes this game worth playing. A must for Marvel fans and worth a look for the casual gamer. Expand
  5. BryanM
    Sep 18, 2007
    this is a pritty good game considering what kind of game it is. the graphics are not that great though becuase it is sapost to be a 360 game not a ps2 game. the controls are ok at best. there are a lot of charaters you can pick form and all have diffrent attacks. so if you have not played this game yet rent this game now. Expand
  6. MikeG.
    Oct 26, 2006
    Not next gen, but the game is fun. Has some framerate issuse but not that it hurts the game. Die hard comic collecters and super heroes fans a must have.anyone else I would say rent. I like the game but can only give a seven cause its not next gen and framerates tweaks. Expand
  7. ringos
    Jul 21, 2009
    Do not buy this game!!!!!!!i thought it would be ggod since it got such good reviews and Game informer gave it best comic book game ever, but it just just go to one room, then press the same button over and over until everyones dead. Like ryan w. said every charector is either ranged or melee, and every member of each group plays the same. the graphics and camera sucks. I don't see how anybody could possibly enjoy this "game". Expand

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