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Fun but not wirth 50 $
posted by Ebj800 (CAMERON PARK, CA) Sep 24, 2009
Member since Sep 2009
5 out of 6 gamers (83%) found this review helpful
So Spider-Man, Hulk and Iron Man walk into a bar..
posted by JCDenton (FREEDOM, NH) Sep 22, 2009
Member since Mar 2006
6 out of 8 gamers (75%) found this review helpful
The game starts off on a good premise, basing itself off the hugely popular Marvel Civil War. It even offers a branching storyline between Anti- and Pro-Registration forces. Additionally, you get 26 well-known (and some relatively unknown) superhumans from the Marvel universe to fight the war.
Then the game kicks in and you realize that they tried to reinvent the wheel and created... a more cumbersome wheel. Overall, the game plays basically the same as Ultimate Alliance or the X-Men-Legends games... or basically any hack-n-slash RPG. The bells and whistles Treyarch add are mostly unnecessary and generally aggravating.
For instance, take the fusion system... please. When you build up your fusion meter (yay, another meter!) you can have two of your heroes combine powers for a super move. Of course, pulling that off requires you to hold the Z button while shaking the Nunchuk and then pointing at the other hero you want to fuse with. And once you pull off said fusion move, you'll probably feel underwhelmed with the results.
Other things just fall short. Hero upgrade and bonus screens are tucked away where it's difficult to find, let alone use, them. The AI of both your enemies and heroes are inconsistent, occasionally pulling off good moves and other times sitting perfectly still waiting to die. And targeting is non-existent with no lock-on or toggling features to speak of.
The game has a decent length, plenty of unlockables and near endless leveling up. Then again, almost every title in the genre features such things.
Ultimate Alliance 2 tries a few new things, but feels very familiar. It just doesn't have anything special that jumps out and grabs you. And it's flaws drag it down in an otherwise saturated genre. It's a nice diversion, but not a memorable one.
Nothing here to Marvel at
posted by JMichaud (BETHESDA, MD) Sep 25, 2009
Member since Jan 2008
4 out of 6 gamers (67%) found this review helpful
But you get a special ability along the way: Fusion. With the right amount of Fusion Energy, you can team up your character with another character on your team to make a fun and powerful attack.
Attacks like Billiard Ball, where one character is inside a huge sphere and rolls it about, demolishing any enemies in the way. There’s Beam Split where one character fires a beam weapon and the other splits it into several smaller beams, taking out several targets.
Some of the Fusion attacks repeat, but I didn’t expect the game makers to come up with hundreds and hundreds of different attacks.
Along the way, your characters will level up and you can either increase their stats yourself or have the AI do it for you. It brings a nice RPG touch to what is basically a button mashing game.
But that’s the biggest problem with this game: It’s just a button masher with good graphics and a few nice features. The story doesn’t interact with the game play very well; I could just toss out the cut scenes without having any effect on the experience.
It’s best that you play the game with three friends; the AI heroes can do stupid things like walk into an minefield or a Kamikaze robot or they wander about like they‘re lost.
As for the content: the game’s main mode lasts between four to five hours - very short for a $50 game. (I know, there are bonus missions, but they don’t add anything new to the mix).
Still, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 gives out simple button mashing fun, and the Fusion attacks are a nice gimmick. But this is not enough for me to shell out $50. RENT IT.
ultimate allience 1+2
posted by juuhndk (SICKLERVILLE, NJ) May 9, 2010
Member since May 2010
1 out of 2 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
Ultimately Nothing Much 2 Marvel
posted by ThaSquare (ROSEVILLE, CA) Sep 19, 2009
Member since May 2007
1 out of 3 gamers (33%) found this review helpful
It's also riddled with glitches. If you don't get caught on one of the rogue corners that roam the game (they come out of nowhere, I tell ya), you'll likely find one of the genus AI's to snag it posthaste. AI players, too, are ridiculously stupid; be prepared to see them walk right past each-other and do nothing. Also be wary of getting knocked into the air not just because it probably hurts a lot, but because you might not fall back down. You'll occasionally find yourself "landing" on top of another character after getting hit into the air. The problem is you can't jump or walk down on your own accord. You'll have to wait to do anything (including throwing punches) until the person or computer below moves.
The hook Marvel put into this game is the new fusion powers. Each character can combine their powers with another to unleashed a devastating attack upon the bad guys. That's all well and good, except how often you'll find the same moves. Each can fuse with another ally, yes, but most the time you'll one find a few generic attacks.
Worst of all, however, is how toned down the skill sets are. Most don't have more than six actual attacks to train when in the first title each had a dozen or so. Most are recycled too; you'll see Spidey's web bullet move on several characters and Hulk's ground pound on most everyone.
This game is a "Stark" contrast of its former self. Moronic AI, overwhelming glitches, and severely withheld gameplay mechanics leave me wishing they would've put a little more time into this project. If you're looking for a good Marvel themed beat'em up, stick to the original.
wish I didn't rent this
posted by ArcadeGuy (BROOKLYN, NY) Sep 17, 2009
Member since Oct 2006
1 out of 6 gamers (17%) found this review helpful
posted by ReginaldCarter (Saint Louis, MO) Jan 24, 2012
Member since Jan 2012
Lacking What Made The First Epic
posted by shiftergs (SAN JACINTO, CA) Dec 22, 2011
Member since Apr 2011
Sadly, this sequel lacks all of the above. It felt more of a rushed arcade game. The combat wasn't as fun, sort of repetitive. The camera could barely be rotated and made it hard to see, especially when trees or pillars got in the way. It had a lot of breakable items, but hardly any of them gave money. Speaking of money, there was nothing to spend it on. In the first game, you could buy powerups, armor, skins, but in this one, nothing is offered other than spending the money on more skills which you get anyways by using points you gain when leveling up.
The game did not offer any alternate skins (costumes) for characters, the training missions did not allow you to play as a single character and experience their own adventure, instead players were given a recruit missions which often failed in recruiting the character.
Major disappointments for me was that no matter which side you picked, pro registration or anti, in the end it didn’t matter and the only real difference is a few missions and a few playable character options. My main issue is when speaking to the characters that stand around the base between missions, you couldn’t talk to them and have deep conversations with voice acting. Instead we had no voice acting, and they had nothing good or nothing at all to say.
Overall this game was a major disappointment and I can hope if they make an Ultimate Alliance 3, not only have Nightcrawler, She Hulk, and Gambit playable, but also make it fun again. Make it a RPG, not a arcade fighting game.
marvle ultimate alliance 2
posted by bigmak009 (ZEPHYRHILLS, FL) Jun 30, 2011
Member since Jun 2011
BEST GAME I EVER PLAYED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
posted by paulony_gf (MANASSAS, VA) Jun 18, 2011
Member since Jun 2011
posted by calebgodwin (LILBURN, GA) May 1, 2011
Member since May 2011
A good videogame but hard.
posted by spiderman2 (CORPUS CHRISTI, TX) Mar 16, 2010
Member since Jul 2009
Avoid. Not worth anyone's time.
posted by ResetPhil (MILPITAS, CA) Feb 2, 2010
Member since Apr 2008
Now, remember that this is the 4th installment of the Marvel action-RPG series. This game REALLY sucks.
This series has taken a HUGE step backwards with MUA2. The story, graphics, presentation, sound, controls are issues throughout the game. The cluttered, chaotic graphics are such a mess, you'll completely lose track of who you're controling or what you're aiming at. The controls are sluggish and often unresponsive.
Even if you're a huge Marvel fan looking to satisfy your fix or curiosity, avoid this game. It isn't worth anyone's time.
posted by jacobf (HENDERSON, KY) Dec 25, 2009
Member since Dec 2009
I loved it! So i rated it ten!
posted by gamemania (MIDDLESEX, NJ) Dec 13, 2009
Member since Feb 2009
Happy Holidays Gamers!
A big joke
posted by jonreview (TAMPA, FL) Nov 29, 2009
Member since Dec 2006
Overall: if you think this game is good or awesome like I did, think again.
Don't make the mistake of getting this trashy game.
posted by shadownite (DALLAS, TX) Oct 29, 2009
Member since Oct 2009
Activision, Don't Hire N-Space Ever Again.
posted by lemonball (CHARLESTON, SC) Oct 21, 2009
Member since Dec 2007
-enjoyable and addictive
-good character variety
-powers for new characters are good
-story is pretty good
-graphics are generally good
-no alternate costumes
-no quick menu
-no team bonuses
-no character redesigns
-characters from last game hardly get new powers
Rent it, buy it cheap, or buy a different version.
MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE WII IS AWESOME
posted by ASHROCK (MONTEBELLO, CA) Oct 4, 2009
Member since Oct 2009
Not worth it
posted by rubyonyx (PUEBLO, CO) Oct 3, 2009
Member since Feb 2008
First of I would like say that the gameplay is pretty good.But secondly the official website says that every system has 22 different costumes.Hypocrites!!! Their are half as many characters as on xbox and ps3. there isn't even cutscenes as good. The cutscenes are good quality,but there aren't as many cutscenes as the other versions. This game is not worth it. Never buy it for wii unless you are a marvel maniac. The character are good and all but there aren't as many. I mean the attacks are just fine but again the story will likely end in about a week.