Captain America, Spider-Man, Thor. and Wolverine, Oh my. Not only are these 4 characters available to play in Marvel Ultimate Alliance, there are about 20 more to choose from. Marvel Ultimate Alliance is a beat-‘em-up action rpg (role playing game) that can be found on most consoles, handhelds, and PCs. This game was created by the Raven Software (for most versions) developer that is headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin. This studio made similar games, X-Men Legends (2004) and X-Men Legends II: Rise of the Apocalypse (2005), previously and seems to have improved upon the genre.
Raven Software stepped up and created a really great multiplayer game with Marvel Ultimate Alliance. The game lets you control a vast array of heroes like Spider-Man, Thor, Deadpool, and many more, to form and customize a four-person strike force. Home consoles and PCs allow for four players while mobile versions do not. Xbox 360 and PS3 also allow for online multiplayer with up to 4 players. This is by far the game’s greatest strength.
Now that you know a little bit about the game here is the review breakdown:
*Note: All scores are based upon the Xbox 360 version*
- Graphics – 9.25 of 10. Four and a half years later (at the time of this writing) the graphics are still great. Since the game is built for multiplayer it has an almost isometric nearly top down camera angle. This works better with 2 or more players than single player.
- Controllability – 8 of 10. The controls are fairly simple but you can do some interesting combinations and tosses. Marvel Ultimate Alliance’s menus are easy to navigate and the playable cut-scenes are pretty effortless.
- Sound – 7 of 10. While most of the audio is great, there are a few annoyances. One such annoyance is that a few of the sound effects are too high pitched and may irritate players with sensitive hearing. The other big complaint is the voice acting. Some of the characters seemed completely void of the emotion and the excitement that they should have had.
- Gameplay – 8 of 10. As stated before, this game is built for multiplayer. You can play single player in which case you will have A.I. partners making up the four-person strike force. There are more than 100 Marvel villains and characters that you will meet along the way. Each area of the game is part of a different Marvel world and contains the appropriate villains so you are not stuck fighting the same minions. The role playing game elements allow you to level up characters and move sets. Raven Software was smart in keeping the characters you are not currently playing at about a level behind the characters you are playing. This makes it easier to switch characters without being completely penalized.
- Fun Factor/Replay Value – 9.5 of 10. Marvel Ultimate Alliance is a fun game. Whether you play once single player and another time multiplayer you can get a different experience each time.
With a final score of 41.75 out of a possible 50, and a price tag around $7 – $15, Marvel Ultimate Alliance is categorized as a “check it out”. Fans of the Marvel Universe would likely enjoy this game more, so for them it’s a “must buy”. Look to your local video game retailer (GameStop, Gamez Unleashed, Slackers) for this game.