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  • Summary: The MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE series returns for the first time in 10 yearswith a new action RPGexclusively on the Nintendo Switch system!

    Assemble your ultimate team of Marvel Super Heroes from a huge cast including the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the X-Men, and more! Team up
    The MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE series returns for the first time in 10 yearswith a new action RPGexclusively on the Nintendo Switch system!

    Assemble your ultimate team of Marvel Super Heroes from a huge cast including the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the X-Men, and more! Team up with friends to prevent galactic devastation at the hands of the mad cosmic tyrant Thanos and his ruthless warmasters, The Black Order.

    In this new storyline, heroes and villains unite in a race across the Marvel Universe to find the Infinity Stones before Thanos and The Black Order use them to unleash cosmic chaos. From Avengers Tower to the X-Mansion and beyond, every stop on the dangerous quest to thwart Thanos results in unexpected collisions of fan-favorite characters and iconic locations. Get closer to the action by shifting the view to an over-the-shoulder "Heroic Camera" perspectivea series first that offers a more immersive way to play single-player or multiplayer on up to four systems. Play online*, offline via local wireless, or simply pass a Joy-Con controller to a friend, so they can join your team. With another pair of Joy-Con controllers (sold separately), four players can team up on one system! The drop-in/drop-out co-op possibilities let players create their own "Ultimate Alliance" at will.

    * Marvel Dream Teams Assemble your dream team of Super Heroes from the Marvel Universe, each with their unique superpowers
    * New Heroes The Guardians of the Galaxy, Falcon, Scarlet Witch and more join the "Ultimate Alliance" for the first time
    * Original Story Super Heroes and Super Villains battle Thanos and The Black Order across the Marvel Universe in this new original story
    * Local and Online Multiplayer The game can be played offline or online with up to 4 players on a single screen or using multiple systems
    * Heroic Camera In addition to the series' traditional perspective, players can also select a dynamic, zoomed-in view, allowing for a more immersive play style for single-player or multiplayer when using multiple systems
    * Multiple ways to play Play with the Joy-Con controllers or the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller (sold separately)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 81
  2. Negative: 1 out of 81
  1. Jul 18, 2019
    100
    Switch owners will find plenty of content to chew through, particularly with friends, and while it may be the gaming equivalent to a Hulk Smash, that isn't to say that it isn’t a rollicking good time.
  2. Jul 18, 2019
    80
    Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is comfort food. It retains the multiplayer dungeon crawling and love of the source material that made the two previous titles enjoyable, but it also elevates the action just enough to make it better and more entertaining than what came before. Not all of it works as well as it should, yet it’s vision isn’t compromised by the missteps it makes. You’re going to have a good time when you play Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3. And sometimes, that’s all you really need.
  3. Jul 29, 2019
    80
    It all makes for a packed and enjoyable experience with plenty to offer for fans for Marvel and classic beat-em-ups. The roster of characters is vast and excellently portrayed, the story is fun and the moment to moment combat remains enjoyable throughout. Some uninspired level design, camera quirks and unfortunate design choices around character levelling keeps it from the upper echelons of the Switch library but grab a couple of friends and it’s hard not to have a seriously good time with this one regardless of your level of affinity for the world of Marvel.
  4. 75
    The game excels in many different areas, especially uniting a massive cast and bringing heroes to the roster that almost everyone can identify with. But that doesn’t excuse annoyances and design choices that make appearances throughout the lengthy campaign.
  5. Aug 5, 2019
    70
    Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order doesn't try to be more than it is, a fun romp with characters everyone has come to know over the past decade. While fighting with the camera can be frustrating at times, the game itself is extremely enjoyable especially if you’re a fan of Diablo-style RPGs. Additionally, it serves as a great stepping on point for anyone unfamiliar with the franchise and is accessible to any and all fans.
  6. Jul 19, 2019
    70
    While Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is fun, I sometimes wished it pushed the envelope a bit more and tried something new. The game excels in multiplayer and playing your favourite characters from the Marvel Universe never gets old. Its combat is fun and gets better the more you upgrade your heroes. Its story is very cliche but that's expected. All in all its a fun pick up and play multiplayer brawler.
  7. Aug 1, 2019
    40
    Strong post-launch support like this only really matters if the game itself is worth playing, and we can't really say that about Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3. At its best, the game is a mediocre brawler, and at its worst, it is an incoherent mess with a nightmare camera, frustrating battles, and ugly graphics. Anyone hoping for a return to form for the franchise will be disappointed, to say the least.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 87 out of 121
  2. Negative: 18 out of 121
  1. Jul 23, 2019
    10
    This game is what a marvel fan needs. Being able to play as all kinds of characters with friends is an amazing experience.
  2. Jul 19, 2019
    10
    Fantastic game, the multiplayer options are very good and fun, many playable characters the stages are in the perfect difficulty level.
  3. Jul 19, 2019
    10
    This is an incredible game, really really awesome, the main problem with the critic is the fact that you need to be a true fan, the critic asThis is an incredible game, really really awesome, the main problem with the critic is the fact that you need to be a true fan, the critic as we know is full of posers so they don't give it a good rate because they dont understand the half of the universe. Expand
  4. Nov 15, 2019
    9
    A must-have for Marvel and MUA fans owning the Switch. Presence of the season pass is a bit regrettable, but the base game stands on its own.
  5. Jul 30, 2019
    8
    Roster (9/10): Decent. With a lot more DLC coming, it's going to kick ass. X-Men, Avengers, F4, Marvel Knights...all excellent. I personallyRoster (9/10): Decent. With a lot more DLC coming, it's going to kick ass. X-Men, Avengers, F4, Marvel Knights...all excellent. I personally wish for Iceman and Cable but I doubt it.

    Combat (7.5/10): It could be a bit more fluid and impacting. But it's similar to MH, MH did it just slightly better. I need to explore more heroes out so score subject to change. For example, one of Spiderman's skills immobilizes enemies with web, I like that. Also, not really noticing enough critical hits. Perhaps I have to level more or get more ISOs or whatever. Not sure. Fighting bosses is a PITA. More explained later.

    Combat Skills & tree 9.5/10: Not bad, not bad at all.. A light and heavy attack PLUS 4 unique skills that work on a meter similar to "spirit" in MH. I am having a blast with Hulk and Iron man. There is also a "tree" to upgrade energy, strength, durability, etc. and many more, which is universal to all heroes. Hey, something is something.

    Crafting 7.5/10: Seems tedious, boring, and a little complex but I have to explore it more. It upgrades hero stats.

    Story 9.5/10: So far I am enjoying it more than MH's story. It's at a good pace, infinity gems, thanos and the black order as the main story. It starts off very good with the raft, hand, and sentinels, dark dimension. The blend is well done.

    Camera angle 8/10: I have it set to hero. it focuses on the hero you have currently selected. I don't like the classic camera angle at all. Regardless, with so many heroes on the screen and a lot going on, I have difficulty focusing on the one I have selected. It seems too zoomed out.

    Voice acting 8/10. Voice acting is great (especially spiderman and Tony) but I wish there were more interactions/lines like MH. When you speak to NPCs, you reply silently (like some nintendo games do). Pretty lame.

    Difficulty 6/10: Some bosses are so hard. Maybe there is something I'm doing wrong. I hate that "shield" bar bosses have. It sucks. Once I stun them, I am not blowing enough crits. So taking down a boss takes a long ass time.

    Overall, I strongly feel it's a worthy SUBSTITUTE (NOT successor) to MH. There are no items, there isn't a "Midtown" zone (I wish there was!). If MUA 3 included loot and boss loot like a typical ARPG game then it would definitely be a worthy successor. The only loot in this game are ISO 8s or whatever, orbs for health and the meter for skills.

    I give it a score of 8/10. Definitely great casual fun.
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  6. Feb 3, 2020
    7
    As a long time Marvel fan and a fan of the defunct Marvel Heroes, I was looking for a Marvel ARPG to sink my teeth into again.

    Did Ultimate
    As a long time Marvel fan and a fan of the defunct Marvel Heroes, I was looking for a Marvel ARPG to sink my teeth into again.

    Did Ultimate Alliance 3 satisfy that craving? Well...yes and no. It had an enjoyable story that I felt did justice to the characters. Also worth praising is the extensive roster of characters. There are quite a number of fan favorites here including the X-men. After the X-men were given the cold shoulder in Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite, it was indeed nice having them back in the mix.

    The locales in the game felt ripped right from the comics. Some of the alternate outfits took a while to come.

    So what happens after you finish the story? Well your left to farm the infinity trials and sadly these can begin to feel repetitive after a while. Leveling characters can feel tedious and like a chore.

    Playing online with some friends is the better way to play of course but this is sadly marred by a unstable framerate and latency issues.

    Then the season pass was announced. More characters from the X-men and Fantastic Four. As well as Marvel Knights including Morbius, Blade, Punisher and Moon Knight. Sadly the story content is not as robust or as extensive as I had hoped. So you are yet again using these new characters to do content you have already experienced.

    I really wish that Ultimate Alliance 3 had taken a few lessons from Diablo or Marvel Heroes. I wish that each character had multiple builds with different talent trees to invest skill points in rather than the fairly limited ones we got. Some inclusion of dungeons/raids, gear akin to Diablo 3's adventure mode would have helped too I think. I look at Marvel heroes' midtown madness and raids and how much fun they were and feel like they would have added a lot of variety to Ultimate Alliance 3.

    I still enjoy the game and even look forward to the Fantastic Four and DOOM. But I do think there are some things that could be improved should there be an Ultimate Alliance 4.
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  7. Oct 1, 2019
    0
    Our beloved IP has now landed in the hands of Team Ninja, a Japanese studio famous for their fighting game franchise: Dead Or Alive.

    Have
    Our beloved IP has now landed in the hands of Team Ninja, a Japanese studio famous for their fighting game franchise: Dead Or Alive.

    Have they done Marvel Ultimate Alliance 1, justice?

    Gods no, this spin-off is trash in comparison. They've removed every single RPG element and aspect that made MUA 1 so legendary and have replaced it with linear progression, sub-par, absolute basic build options, a gimmicky objective based tournament-esque gamemode (Infinity Rifts) that are more of a chore to complete than an end-game (Ha! What end-game?) activity and my Gods, the combat.

    Welcome to the worst combat MUA has ever seen. They've torn off the melee combo badge of honor and replaced it with a tedious Japanese-esque ARPG combat animation of "Punch, Kick, I'mma pull out my gun", which has inadvertently led to the abandonment of support skills and extra skills to be mixed and matched with each other. We get flashy melee without the sweeps, stuns and aerials, and boring skills that are the same garbage, carbon copied onto every other hero of their same type in the roster (Daredevil and Wolverine's "Tap the same boring button with the exact same animation to unleash our mediocrity skill" skill, for example).

    They couldn't have made it so much more innovative by providing us with a whole host of original, expertly animated suite of skills to add and remove at our leisure? No builds? I'm fed up with this. Team Ninja don't deserve the Marvel Ultimate Alliance IP. There's no love invested in this game, no Marvel fans creating a game for Marvel fans.

    We lack:

    Lore trivia
    Side quests
    Simulation discs for even more lore
    Silver Surfer
    Hubs for chills and recuperation
    Dialog options
    Victor Von Doom
    Hero Gear
    Literally everything that makes MUA 1 a God amongst ARPGs (it does have its flaws, I can't suck its peen all day, tbh)

    We get mediocrity. More than 10 years we've been waiting, to be able to play as Frank Castle. What did we receive? Knife knife shotgun. His heavy is a fully automatic pistol, a burst-shot rifle and an underbarrel grenade launcher.

    Again, to return to an earlier point: basic melee exists to be functional, SKILLS exist to be FLASHY.

    Frank didn't deserve this. They slaughtered our boy

    0/10. For any MUA fan, this is an absolute travesty. It has actually taken the place of MUA 2 as worst UA game ever made. For Marvel fans in general? You get a large roster at least.

    Also, Team Ninja never respond to tweets (regardless of whether you use Japanese or English). Very poor effort on their Social Media team.
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