Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 77 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 77
  2. Negative: 1 out of 77
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  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 31, 2019
    90
    Altogether, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 innovates upon the original titles, creating the first fully-rounded Ultimate Alliance title. The depth provided is welcomed, even if it did leave less time to polish synergy attacks and the camera controls. Whether you are looking for a Marvel game or just want a fully-fledged RPG, there is fun to be had with Ultimate Alliance 3.
  3. Jul 22, 2019
    85
    While not perfect by any means, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is the Marvel game fans have been waiting years to play. Was it worth the wait? I’d say so. But the feeling I’m left with is that I want another. And another. We get two or three good Marvel movies a year; it’s made me greedy. This game will make you long to play a dozen more.
  4. Jul 18, 2019
    85
    Basically a modern scrolling beat'em up to play alone but even better with friends, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is exceptionally faithful to the source material, being it comics or movies.
  5. Jul 18, 2019
    85
    Ultimate Alliance 3 works great as fan service. It finds a good balance between "hack and slash" gameplay and RPG elements, yet combat mechanics are too simple.
  6. Jul 18, 2019
    83
    Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is an unexpected but welcomed sequel to a beloved franchised that hasn’t aged particularly well. So, is it worth playing? Thankfully yes. By taking the best of what made the series great in the first place, Team Ninja and Marvel Games made a solid action RPG that fans of the genre will have a lot of fun with. Marvel fans will also like Marc Sumerak's work of creating an interesting story that stands on its own. Sadly, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 rough edges will draw it away from perfection and aspects such as camera problems, poor AI and a very simple puzzle design can't be overlooked. The good thing is that it won't stop you from enjoying it.
  7. Jul 30, 2019
    80
    Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 retains much of the formula that made the original games the best of their genre. It has a massive roster of comic book favorites, a slew of recognizable locations, some well-designed boss battles, and an intricately crafted storyline that touches upon every cornerstone of the Marvel pantheon. What holds it back from true greatness is a wretched camera and a few missteps with the dialogue system. Outside of that, this is a fine return for one of Marvel's great gaming franchises. Ultimate Alliance is still the best it is at what it does and what it does is very nice.
  8. 80
    Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is a welcome return to form for the 13-year-old franchise. Creating superhero dream teams is definitely the selling point here, but the execution does fall victim to a few stumbles.
  9. Jul 29, 2019
    80
    These are the colorful bursts of superhero nonsense I’ve missed since 2017, splashy and unserious, as intricate as I want it to be, stretching out for as long a grind as I care to ride, brimming with the loot and customization I want in an action RPG, and enough content to make me forget I’ll never again play my leveled up Squirrel Girl. Oh, Marvel/Disney/Nintendo.
  10. Jul 29, 2019
    80
    This is a wonderful example of a Superhero video game done right, with all the proper colorfulness and hectic combat one would expect in a game like this.
  11. 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.
  12. Jul 26, 2019
    80
    Overall, The Black Order is easy to pick up and play and there’s nothing to keep you from enjoying the thrill of fighting alongside pop culture’s most popular fictional heroes.
  13. Jul 23, 2019
    80
    For a series that has been away for so long, it hasn't missed a step; stuffed full of fan-service for followers of whichever flavour of Marvel is present. The combat is mashy, but meaty and feels really satisfying when the synergy is just right. This is most fun in co-op, yet is also marvellous in solo. There's a mammoth amount of replayability thanks to grinding through, levelling each of the characters up, taking on the Infinity Trials, and a challenging New Game+ to overcome, not to mention the new content to come with the Season Pass. For a long time now, it's been great to be a Marvel fan, and now Ultimate Alliance 3 is another reason why.
  14. Jul 23, 2019
    80
    This is a game which can be enjoyed by the entirety of the Marvel fanbase. It’s nerdy enough for the hardcore (did we mention that Elsa Bloodstone is a playable character!). It’s got every character those who’ve only ever seen the films would want to see. There’s real diversity within the chosen roster too. A team of Black Panther, Ms. Marvel, Luke Cage and Captain Marvel really is the future that liberals want. Perhaps most impressively, it’s a game which is pitched in that sweetest of spots; true universality. Children will enjoy this game. Adults will have a blast too. This, of course, is the Nintendo way, but it’s still worth applauding during this most divisive of times.
  15. Jul 22, 2019
    80
    Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is a great beat-em-up game to play with friends. You might not be standing in a hot arcade pumping quarters into a machine, but trust me, this is the pure arcade experience brought to the modern age. Be ready to smash your head against tough bosses and hordes of enemies as you try to protect the universe from Thanos… again.
  16. Jul 22, 2019
    80
    Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is one of the most cathartic and fan service heavy Marvel games ever.
  17. Jul 21, 2019
    80
    More so than its predecessors, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order excels because of its character diversity and the ways its disparate heroes work together. For this reason alone it's an ideal co-op game, whether you're playing with another friend in the same room or with three friends online, but the AI more than holds its own if you're playing alone, too. It falters in places, but there's still nothing quite like the Ultimate Alliance series, and this long-awaited third entry makes it a triumphant return for a superhero brawler that feels more relevant than ever.
  18. Jul 18, 2019
    80
    A couple of stripped back features aside, Marvel Ultimate Alliance is a great series revival that should keep new and old fans busy for quite a while. With DLC coming later this year, it will only get better.
  19. Jul 18, 2019
    80
    There is a lot of fan service in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Dark Order and that’s a smart move from Koei Tecmo and Team Ninja. The game is tailored around the expectations of Marvel’s fans, with tons of characters and references to both movies and comics. Sure, cameras are bad and graphic is not so good, but superheroes lovers, the only target of the game, will not care about that too much.
  20. Jul 18, 2019
    80
    Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order presents us with great combat in a dungeon crawler. The representations of the characters are unique in this post MCU world. It's repetitive, but it's really worth it.
  21. 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.
  22. Jul 18, 2019
    80
    Marvel fans have a date with Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order. Although it can be improved graphically and we miss some characters and game modes, it is a very fun title, which will give us many hours of entertainment, either alone or in company.
  23. Jul 18, 2019
    80
    A mighty multiplayer brawler brimming with content, and carefully crafted characters that will delight both comic book veterans and MCU fanatics.
  24. Jul 18, 2019
    80
    Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order isn’t a groundbreaking, narrative-heavy reinterpretation of the comic characters you know and love, but then again neither were the first two games. In that regard, it’s a very faithful sequel that mines the vast roster of characters from the comics while including plenty of nods to the current state of the more modern Marvel Cinematic Universe. While it doesn’t do anything particularly new or outstanding, it embraces the brainless fun of its brawler combat with gusto, and it’s at its absolute best when played with a team of player-controlled supers.
  25. Jul 18, 2019
    80
    Team Ninja and Nintendo have done a bang-up job, and I sure hope it paves the path to even more Marvel games.
  26. Jul 19, 2019
    79
    Ultimate Alliance 3 it's a good hack 'n' slash game, part old school and part new with the Team Ninja expertise.
  27. Jul 19, 2019
    78
    It is a fun and light alternative that allows players to enjoy an adventure full of fan service in co-op mode, although it has some camera problems.
  28. Jul 18, 2019
    78
    In yet another take on the Infinity Stone saga, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is a fun and irreverent comic book story that pulls from an exceptionally wide pool of Marvel material. Its combat systems are fairly simple, but they were still surprisingly engaging as I excitedly experimented with different hero combinations while my roster of A, B, and C-list characters grew. Its vast array of post-game upgrades and other extras has been uninteresting so far, and there are (unsurprisingly) some inherited camera issues in co-op, but this superhero brawler is still a treat to play alone and with friends alike.
  29. Aug 5, 2019
    77
    Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order doesn't do much wrong, save for its camera angles, especially if you're just looking to have a fun time with some friends in the Marvel Universe. Overall, it is a decent action RPG that I had fun with while it lasted. However, if you aren't someone with a passing fondness for Marvel lore in general, there are other action RPGs on the Switch that you might want to try out instead.
  30. Jul 19, 2019
    77
    A superheroic beat'em up that may have been better with a more complex fighting mechanics or a bit more of ambition throughout the whole proposal, although it manages to be fun for a while.
  31. Jul 29, 2019
    75
    Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is the ultimate comic book power fantasy. From its empowering gameplay mechanics which evoke the heroism in the game’s iconic characters to its event comic-styled storyline and presentation, there is a lot for Marvel fans to enjoy here. While the moment to moment gameplay more than justifies the price of admission, when taking a step back, certain facets of the game’s inherent design knock it down a few pegs--but not enough to dissuade me from giving this game a solid recommendation for the comic fans in the room.
  32. Jul 26, 2019
    75
    By staying true to the gameplay mechanics implemented in the past by Raven and Vicarious Visions in X-Men Legends and the first two Marvel Ultimate Alliance games, Team Ninja offered a game packed with content, a superb roster of super-heroes, a great fighting system and a well written story. Lots of performance issues keep Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 from achieving greatness, but it is an enjoyable game nonetheless.
  33. Jul 23, 2019
    75
    Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 The Black Order is the ultimate cross-over for every fan and gamer at heart. The simple, but fun gameplay is challenging and the roster of characters is by far the best point here. It's a solid dungeon crawler, with minor flaws.
  34. Jul 23, 2019
    75
    Although some may be growing tired of the Ultimate Alliance formula, this edition serves up another welcome feast of comic-book action. It has an effective, current narrative with solid pacing, and demonstrates a strong desire to do right by the fans. There is content for days, the character roster is deep and well-chosen, and the voice acting is great. Overall, Ultimate Alliance 3 is a timeless beat 'em up which perfectly pays tribute to the variety of the Marvel universe.
  35. Jul 19, 2019
    75
    Team Ninja takes Marvel’s super heroes in a new direction, leading them even further now from being the stars of an action rpg to taking on the baddies in an almost classic 3D-brawler.
  36. Jul 19, 2019
    75
    If it is repetitive and not very imaginative in its missions, Marvel Ultimate Alliance: The Black Order can count on its fights, a very successful artistic direction and a three-star cast to seduce the players, be they hardcore fans of the comics or mere MCU amateurs. Simple and effective, it is consumed alone or with friends, without moderation.
  37. Jul 18, 2019
    75
    Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is not the best superhero game, but it's entertaining, has a lot of fan-service and improves with its co-op experience.
  38. Jul 18, 2019
    75
    Sure, the basic game already has a lot of content, but a bland aftertaste remains.
  39. 75
    Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is like a B-movie. You know that it isn't the best in areas, but you still enjoy it with all your heart. The characters are well crafted, which makes the game such a joy. The environments, voices, and the general feel is strong. Obviously, the camera issues and endless corridors can drag down moments of the fun, but the action keeps everything flowing and enjoyable. The action never stops, which is the ultimate strength of the title.
  40. 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.
  41. Jul 18, 2019
    75
    There is a lot of fun to be had in Ultimate Alliance 3. It isn’t perfect, however, if you’re a fan of the franchises it is based on you’ll have a great time.
  42. Jul 18, 2019
    75
    Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is a dream come true for any Marvel fan thanks to the huge character roster and the serviceable story involving the Infinity Stones. Sadly, the game may not be all that appealing to those who are not particularly invested in the Marvel universe, as the combat and RPG mechanics, while solid, lack depth. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order gets quite repetitive after a while and the lack of content variety also means that even co-op will eventually feel old. A solid effort, for sure, but far from one of the best Nintendo Switch exclusives.
  43. Jul 18, 2019
    75
    Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 doesn’t really do anything new, but it’s a thoroughly enjoyable if mindless whirlwind tour through Marvel’s hottest properties. An entertaining story, satisfying combat and over-the-top action are sure to delight Marvel fans.
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  1. Jul 18, 2019
    Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is, ultimately, just fine, but it feels like a last-gen game visually and in design. You can see it in every door you have to press a button to open, in every recycled enemy, in every spotlight you wait to pass, in every move-block-to-the-right-pad puzzle. Some of my colleagues said it reminded them of one of those late 2000s superhero MMOs, and I get that. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 launches 10 years after Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, but it feels like it could easily have come out just a year later, when the Xbox 360 and PS3 were still going strong. I suppose this is exactly what some had hoped for from the game, but I was hoping for a bit more.
  2. Jul 18, 2019
    If an animated rehash of 10 years’ worth of movies and television is the framing needed to get me an action role-playing game as rich, challenging and satisfying as Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, then so be it.
  3. Jul 24, 2019
    It feels rushed, incomplete, and woefully imbalanced...With more time to develop, this could have been something cool, but instead it requires a lot of legwork before it becomes slightly fun, and the effort's just not worth it.
  4. Jul 19, 2019
    The Black Order isn’t the kind of game that breaks new ground with new and exciting elements. It’s more like comfort food. It’s neither perfect nor original, but it scratches a very particular itch and lets long-time Marvel fans live out a very specific fantasy. It might not make a lot of sense, but you can finally see how Venom will fight alongside Mile Morales. That’s good enough.
  5. Aug 1, 2019
    When I got a group of friends together to play the game, however, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 was a joy. Taking on challenging bosses with buddies, trading stories about our favorite heroes, and getting excited to try new characters as a group made it easier to accept the game’s flaws. As it turns out, this is a game that’s only as much fun as the people you’re playing with — so make sure to bring some teammates into battle with you.
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 239 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 52 out of 239
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. Jul 19, 2019
    8
    Cool game.
    + For lovers of comics Marvel.
    + Great portable game experience. + An interesting roster of characters. - Graphics are not
    Cool game.
    + For lovers of comics Marvel.
    + Great portable game experience.
    + An interesting roster of characters.

    - Graphics are not high level for exclusive.
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  3. Jul 19, 2019
    8
    I would say this game isnt perfect for the hardcore action rpg games but it certainly does entertain ppl who love Marvel characters and itsI would say this game isnt perfect for the hardcore action rpg games but it certainly does entertain ppl who love Marvel characters and its universe. I personally love this game. It gets kinda repetitive but its really fun when it comes to actual playing part. Highly recommended!!! Full Review »