D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

Marvel Ultimate Alliance Review

Monday, November 6, 2006 2:04 PM

The last time I bought a game without playing it, and solely on review scores, I got burned. It was Tom Clancey's Ghost Recon Advanced Warrior. I'm sure many who are into the stealthy sort of war game found it incredible. It did have great graphics, but it just wasn't my cup of tea. So not a horrible game, just one that I wasn't finding fun to play.

I picked up Marvel Ultimate Alliance under the same pretenses: every review I read sang its praises, but I had never actually played the game or even really seen what the game play screenshots were like. But it was Marvel, it was getting good reviews, and it had comic characters in it...so what the heck. Besides, why not be frivious here in the dying moments of my 20's.

I'm very happy to report that the reviewers got it right, and if you're into action/rpg type of cross-overs, this is a must have game. You control a team of super heroes in a bid to stop Dr. Doom from his next dastardly plot. The game is displayed in 3/4 view, although you can zoom in if you want...but out is better...see more badies earlier. Sometimes the action gets to the point where you just button mash and hope you kill something, but then its still fun. I like how you can switch between the teammates, but otherwise they hold their own...very much like Demon Stone (although that game was uber-kewl just for the fact it had Drizzt in it...c'mon Chris, bring on the hate!).

There is an RPG element, in that your heroes level up and gain new abilities. You collect coins that can be spent to power up your characters sooner than just waiting for the levels. For characters, they have a great assortment, and a bunch that are unlockable. The funny thing is that I found myself sticking to the default group: Capt. America, Spiderman, and Wolverine...but I swapped out Thor (seriously...the dude looks like HHH with a hammer...oh wait, HHH normally USES a hammer in the ring...) and instead replaced him with Deadpool (Canadian!).

So anyway, I totally bammed out last night on it without even a thought of WoW. Other than some odd camera angles sometimes, its a sweet game that you should either pick up, or rent...which will lead you to picking it up.

A 4 out of 5 (only because they don't have Venom as a playable character)



# re: Marvel Ultimate Alliance Review

you want the hate? You got it Frosty.

Demon Stone may have been a good console game (I doubt it) but the PC version Sucked Ass!! It was obvious they ported it DIRECTLY from the xbox without bothering to change any of the text, like "push the black button" or "push the white button"...

Oh joy. I hated it. Sorry.

The Marvel game sound intriguing. Is it better than Nemesis? I really liked that one.

11/6/2006 3:51 PM | Blogus Maximus

# re: Marvel Ultimate Alliance Review

Deadpool is Canadian? What's up with THAT! I used to like that guy....

thanks alot D'Arcy, next you'll be telling me he's old, like 30 or something too.

way to crap on my day there fella. 11/6/2006 4:02 PM | George

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