Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
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  1. It doesn’t take the psychic powers of Prof. X or Dr. Strange to predict that a pulse-pounding, butt-kicking, mask-wearing adventure is in your immediate future. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance is a no-brainer purchase for any self-respecting Marvel fan.
  2. Unlike most handheld ports, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance offers more than most console versions of the game do, with more bonus characters and play modes than even the next-gen offerings.
  3. The failings of Marvel Ultimate Alliance, which rob it of achieving videogame immortality, are far outweighed by the novelty of playing a game with so many comic book characters all in one game. It’s addictive fun!
  4. 89
    Every piece of the game is well-executed, and given the PSP's exclusive gameplay modes, it is easily the best version of the game for anyone who's not going to fault the PSP's inability to match the Xbox 360's graphical power.
  5. The game includes tons of gameplay, a plethora of Marvel characters, a great presentation, and successfully balances the action and RPG elements, while letting players choose just how much they want to micromanage.
  6. A chaotic ride through the Marvel world. Exciting, fun and even moreso when you play with friends.
  7. Raven improves upon the great work it did with the X-Men Legends games, creating a lengthy adventure that touches upon nearly every last corner of the Marvel Universe.
  8. While the game does take advantage of the PSP’s networking abilities, some of the limitations really show up here, such as the lack of a second analog nub. Still, the controls aren’t too bad once you get used to them.
  9. 81
    One of those games that doesn’t have a ton of faults, yet isn’t among the true classics of gaming. Despite a few welcome wrinkles to combat and character customization, this is pretty much the same game we’ve seen before.
  10. Marvel Ultimate Alliance is certainly worth picking up. With an adequate campaign and more playable comic book characters than you can shake a stick at, plus bonus side missions for all of them, you’re definitely getting more than what you paid for.
  11. 80
    This is the best comic-book beat-em-up from Activision to date, with a huge list of characters to choose from, many villains to defeat, and the ability to go at it solo or with friends.
  12. Non-stop beat-‘em-up combat. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance is unquestionably the best action/RPG available for PSP. It’s exciting, addictive, and very well paced.
  13. PSM Magazine
    Overall, Ultimate Alliance is entertaining no matter which version you decide to play. [Jan. 2007, p.80]
  14. Pure Magazine UK
    A vast improvement over the "X-Men" titles, although some may find it a little too simplistic. [Feb 2007, p.83]
  15. 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.
  16. 75
    If you only snag one copy of this game this year, the PSP version is definitely more than worth your money.
  17. The PSP version's framerate is almost universally choppy, but it is exact same game (and a little more, level-wise).
  18. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance indulges those of use with itchy button mashing fingers by giving us the opportunity to smack around a myriad of bad guys with our favorite superheroes.
  19. This is definitely the greatest example of comic book fan-service ever conceived, but the gamer side of my brain has too many issues with the title to let it off the hook for those reasons alone.

Awards & Rankings

#30 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2006
#34 Most Shared PSP Game of 2006
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. Jun 27, 2022
    Marvel: Ultimate Alliance has a lot of content to explore and a great roster of characters.
  2. Dec 1, 2020
    Don't remember how many times I finished this game back in 2006. One of the best Marvel Game ever made.
  3. Apr 26, 2019
    I haven't stopped playing this game since it came out. It's probably the game I've played most in my life. It's the first one i use to testI haven't stopped playing this game since it came out. It's probably the game I've played most in my life. It's the first one i use to test the graphics abilities of a new phone or PC. Replay is so high because you can play as so many heroes. Lots to unlock and each hero has powers appropriate to his character. Better than Ultimate Alliance 2 as well. Full Review »