Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 Review
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System: X360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP, DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: Vicarious Visions 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Activision 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Sep. 15, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

One other new feature is the Boost Medals. These are earned from boss battles and found throughout the game. They do exactly as they imply, they give you a boost during gameplay. Whether it is combat damage, more defense, etc., these little things can usually swing an obvious failed boss battle into an easy victory. A returning favorite, as far as the boosts, is the teaming of the characters. Going with an all X-Men team can give you a boost in stamina, and an all female team of femme fatales can give you a boost in attack. These were hidden boosts from the first game and it is great to see them present this time around.

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In addition to the impressive cast of characters already mentioned in the game, there are other NPCs in the game which add to the dynamic storyline, just like how the first entry used NPCs to add more texture to the game. Characters like Patriot from the Young Avengers and Bishop from the X-Men, along with many others, will help move the story forward and give a few fan nuggets of appreciation. Their voices don't always match up to the character, but the delivery isn't completely horrible. While the lines are traditional, over-the-top comic character dialogue, there are a few exceptions - most notable are Captain America and Iron Man. This is fitting since it is their sides from which you will be choosing. Even though they too have the over-the-top dialogue from time to time, their delivery never really makes you fall out of the current scene.

This brings me to probably my favorite part of Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2: the cinematics. While I can admit I love cinemas in-game, after all I am an MGS fan, the first Ultimate Alliance didn't have quite as many as I would have hoped. The second game makes up for that. What is even better this time around are the scenes ripped right out of the comic books. The physical movements of certain scenes with the next-gen graphics will make any fan happy. The in-game graphics are a step above the first title, but there are a few noteworthy blemishes. Occasionally there's a lag in the performance. This wouldn't be a big deal if a few of those instances didn't have to do with you trying to avoid incoming fire from a boss. The only other major complaint also stems from the boss battles. At times, with all of the chaos of everyone using their special abilities, you can loose sight of the character you are controlling. Again, not a truly horrendous thing, just more of an annoyance at those certain times.

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Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 doesn't try to reinvent the wheel, it just tightens a few of the lug nuts. This works wonderfully in its favor. Adding a new gameplay mechanic that you don't have to rely on in order to enjoy the same type of game you already experienced will make purists happy. Continuing the online functionality introduced with the first title doesn't harm the game either. There are way too many similar features in this title to not enjoy it, ranging from the trivia questions, the simulator missions, and the ditching of the need to have a save location to save or change out characters will increase repeat playthroughs. With the possibility of future fan favorite characters coming as DLC, Ultimate Alliance 2 could potentially have all of the Marvel Universe characters under one title. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance does nearly everything right with its second outing with one exception: not enough Stan Lee cameos.

By Matthew Walker
CCC Project Coordinator

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.1
Graphics
A step up from the previous title. Though nothing revolutionary, it is pleasing to notice the advances.
4.0
Control
The controls don't really hinder the experience, they still thrive on the pick up and play mechanic. Except this time around, you'll have a few extra things to remember.
3.8
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Same over-the-top acting with exceptions to a few of the cast. The background music is similar to the first, but the cutscenes are where they strive to send the messages home with orchestrated harmony.
4.6
Play Value
If you had fun with the first, you will have even more with this one. If you happen to be new to the series, this is a better place to jump in. Lots of fun and small comic book references will keep you playing for hours on end.
4.6
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Create and customize your ultimate team: Assemble your dream team from the Marvel Universe and select from over 24 playable characters, each with specialized powers.
  • Cooperate with your ultimate alliance: Take full advantage of the Marvel Universe by playing Cooperative Mode with up to four friends, both online and offline.
  • Choose a side in Marvel's Civil War: Pick a side in the ultimate ideological rift that could yield irreparable consequences for the Super Hero community! Support the pro-registration side and defend national security, or choose to be anti-registration and fight for personal liberties.
  • Fight fear with fusion: Combine Super Hero powers for devastating results. Team up with Human Torch and Thor to create a spectacular fiery tornado. Over 250 unique fusions arm you with an unimaginable arsenal for unprecedented battles.
  • Wield next-gen superpower in fully destructible environments: Demolish and interact with everything in your path.


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