Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2

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6.5 Overall Score
Graphics: 6/10
Sound: 6/10
Controls: 6/10

Lots of characters, fusions

Repetative, weird camera, bad story

 
Game Info

Game Name:  Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2

Developer(s):  Vicarius Visions/n-Space/Savage Entertainment

Publisher(s):  Activision

Platform(s):  Xbox 360/PS3/Wii/PC/PSP/Nintendo DS

Genre(s):  RPG/Action/Adventure

Release Date(s):  September 15, 2009 (XBox 360, DS, Wii, PS3)/September 29, 2009 (PSP)

ESRB Rating:  T

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Is this alliance…Ultimate?

Nick Fury leads a secret team of superheroes into Latveria on an unsanctioned mission.  The mission is discovered, and Nick Fury is forced underground.  When lives are lost in a retalliation attack and an explosion during a super-hero reality show cost hundred of civilian lives, a new Super-Hero Registration Act is born.  A line is drawn between Captain America and Iron Man, and now everyone must pick a side.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 (originally called Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2:  Fusion) took three years to develop, but didn’t make many changes to Ultimate Alliance.  There still is a great collection of super-heroes:  Captain America, Daredevil, Deadpool, Gambit, Green Goblin, Hulk, Human Torch, Iceman, Invisible Woman, Iron Man, Jean Grey, Luke Cage, Mr. Fatnastic, Ms. Marvel, Nanite Nick Fury, Penance, Songbird, Spier-Man, Storm, Thing, Thor, Venom, and Wolverine with system exclusive characters or downloads of Black Panther, Blade, Cable, Carnage, Cyclops, Iron Fist, Juggernaut, Magneto, Psylocke, Sentry, and She-Hulk.  Many of these characters also have other “costumes” that essential transform them into other characters (for example the Hulk can become the Red Hulk).  Most of the downloadable content has been removed there is now no way to get them all (bad move Activision!)

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Shocking revelations!

Marvel:  Ultimate Alliance 2 is more problematic than the first one.  The camera situation is the same but the story seems to drag more.  It is based on the Marvel Comics Limited Series Secret War and Civil War.  In the course of the story, the players must choose a side:  Pro-Registration or Anti-Registration.  This means two playthroughs at least to get the “whole story”…I always find that kind of irritating when you are forced to play a majority of a game for a couple of levels that you didn’t really have an option to play (through saves, you could avoid this but then in theory, you’ve created a divergent timeline where you never finished it the first time…just like a real comic book!)

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Hey Ms. Marvel! Welcome back!

The game, like the first game, just involves a number of nameless creatures attacking you throughout the course of the game and this can become repetative.  Fortunately the different characters can change it up.  Also the characters all get experience points which allows for multiple add ons at a time to max out their abilities quicker.  Enemies can also be mowed down by “Fusions” which are a result of different characters meeting up and joining powers.  Every character combination has a different Fusion so it is worth checking them out.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 isn’t a bad game, but it is mostly more of the same…and the same.  With so-so graphic and controls and cameras that don’t seem as smooth as the first Marvel Ultimate Alliance, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 is a bit of a let down.

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