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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] Expand
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
    10
    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.
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  2. Jun 25, 2013
    9
    A mind-blowingly expansive story and lovely character diversity overcome some shoddy graphics. "Marvel: Ultimate Alliance" marks one of the greatest superhero games in gaming history. Expand
  3. Nov 7, 2011
    9
    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. Jan 16, 2014
    9
    Marvel:Ultimate Alliance is a gem that should be bought by anyone who has a love for Marvel or any of it's characters. Before this game, Comic book characters were werent getting games that made gamers more interested into reading the fiction that the characters were based off of. X-men was garnering the attention of the common folk with their successful movies and its beloved and greatly played X-men Legends,along with its sequel,Rise Of Apocalypse. But who knew those two games would be the foundation for what was known for the only game featuring the most characters ever represented from Marvel in any video game ever? sure,about 24 or so characters were playable,and thats still alot of characters,but with every character you interact with fully voiced, it was still a sight to behold that the spectrum of villains and heroes,from known staples like Wolverine and Spider-Man,to lesser known characters like Vision and Winter Solider,were represented and depicted the way they have and should be. but i digress. the story here starts with the now widely known S.H.I.E.L.D Hellecarrier being attacked by Dr.Doom,forcing Nick Fury to call upon the collective team of Spider-man,Captain America,Thor,and Wolverine to step in and save the day.as the story progresses you will be taken to worlds like Asgard and Atlantica to the Skrull world and Latveria. one of the things this game does right is give you levels that take place in worlds respectfully designed and created depicting their known locales long enough to admire the scenery,but not so long as to overstay their welcome. one level will never feel too much like the last one before it. the story,although not entirely boring or original,does its job into justifying why and where you're going to where the game takes you. it serves it's purpose into keeping you involved or interested,if not anything else, reason to continue playing just to see where it takes you next. this game has also been released on virtually every platform,so accessibility to enjoying it is hardly a issue for anyone(except the GBA version,which is a colossal mess of a game).the graphics,no matter what version you pick up,is serviceable. while the Xbox360 is the best looking and the preferred console to play it on, the PS2,Xbox,and PSP renditions go down this Comic Book look and color,which works perfectly for the game,while the 360 shoots for a more realistic,detailed design. the gameplay should be familiar to anyone whos played the X-men Legends titles or a Diablo game. it sports an over-the-top view of a team of 4 super heroes you put together,unlocking more characters to play as you go on. while everyones powers arent completely distinct from one another,visually they depict the superhero well,and visually thats all you could ask for.it doesn't bring the game down,but it is somewhat of a disappointment,if not expected game design,seeing how they've crammed so much into one game alone. the gameplay is where this game is either made or broke. luckily,that is something that makes this game fun and involving. every character has powers showcasing the super in superhero.and as the game progresses they learn new powers through an RPG-like system of leveling up,so if you decide to play with the same superheroes throughout your adventure,you still wouldn't feel bored of playing this game. sure,the critics can complain about the game being repetitive, but i would reply by asking "wouldn't all games be repetitive?" in first person shooters,you're always firing at something. in RPG games,you follow a set structure to achieve the same goal. in Racing games,you're always going for first place.but then why doesn't it feel that way for those genres? same reason i would tell you for this game:it's because of the little details and the variation of the goals themselves and how they are depicted. sure,you'll be fighing one clone enemy after another,to which visually they differ from level to level,but are generally fought the same,sometimes they have shields you need to either remove or attack around,sometimes they have health regeneration that revive fallen enemies and continue healing themselves,and other times they have resistance to psychic abilities or elemtal attacks like ice and fire.then come the villains,who you will have to fight multiple times in a level. not the same villain,mind you,but for example, in the first level on the hellecarrier,you come across Scorpion. after him,you will then later on come across Nuclear Man and Winter Soldier. then you will come across Fing Fang Foom. so just when you get tired of fighting clone after clone,here comes a challenging and interesting cameo from a villain of the large world of Marvel to come and stop you in your goal. some people may say this is repetition cause in the most general sense this never changes level to level,but like i said,its the small details that make it feel different. the sound is servicable,but not oscar winning by any means. youll love MUA Expand
  5. Oct 4, 2011
    8
    Story: 5 Characters: 10 Graphics: 7 Setting: 7 Multiplayer: 9 Soundtrack: 7 Audio: 8 Gameplay: 7 Re-Playability Value: 7 Fun Factor: 9 Score: 7.6/10 = B Expand
  6. Mar 20, 2013
    8
    Marvel: Ultimate Alliance is a great game, for instance you can play as your favourite superheroes and villains. The graphics are not as good as the story and missions, because the missions in MUA2 really kicked ass, MUA1 also kicked ass. What else was good about the game is the boss battles, because they are really fun fight the villains everybody loves or hates. The bad thing is the game is too short, it only took me about four days to complete. But overall MUA1 gets 8/10. Collapse
  7. Oct 29, 2012
    7
    Overall, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance is a real treat to all types of gamers, along with fans of comics. While nothing new is brought to the industry, the four-player campaign is something that has been shown successful, and definitely was a great feature to implement. This is recommended to anyone who likes violence, RPGs, and large casts of characters. Expand

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