Marvel Ultimate Alliance PS3 Review
The largest army of super heroes in gaming is Back. The highly anticipated sequel to 2006’s Marvel:Ultimate Alliance, heralded as the best Marvel super hero game of all time, and selling more than 4 million units worldwide, is finally here with Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2. Inspired by the acclaimed Marvel civil war storyline, this action-RPG delivers once again on a colossal cast of characters, thrilling gameplay and impassioned alliances. This next-gen gaming experience leaves the fate of the Marvel universe and humankind, in your hands. Lines are drawn. Sides are chosen. And the ultimate question remains: Whose side are you on?
Quite often the bad guys will swarm you and it’s great to use a Fusion power to wipe them out. For those that don’t know, there are 3 fusion powers: clearing, guided and target. I don’t use guided too often which is a decent fusion but I stick to clearing which does a smaller amount of damage but a large area. Perfect for clearing out the ton of drones that can overwhelm you at times. The target is good for bosses to isolate one person and do a lot of damage. Lots of different combos between characters but it can be hard to pick the one you want since the action is usually nuts and I hit the L2 button and quickly scan my teammates to see which fusion effect I can use (it will show Target = circle, Clearing = X, etc. over the guy’s heads). You can load up to two fusions in your meter at a time from beating up bad guys so it’s definitely something you need to save when you really need it since you can’t just do them whenever you want.
The story is done well too. They really did spend a lot of time on cutscenes, the characters and voice overs. But my biggest complaint with this part of the game is that the audio levels really fluctuate between voice overs and cut scenes. At times you can’t hear them that well and crank it up and then the volume is huge one minute later. Small annoyance but I do crank the voice overs in the options menu and drop everything else to about 2/3 right now. I like to hear the comments my guys make during fights.
My team is usually a flying guy, two medium guys and a slow but strong guy. Thing is perfect for my strong guy and I will gladly use the Hulk there when I unlock him legitimately. Wolverine is always a favourite for a medium guy but I will also be using Deadpool when I unlock him soon (Carter has him already – did that part twice through). Captain America is good but I’m souring on him as I’m leaning pro-registration. Gambit is OK but I barely know him. I love Spiderman but I don’t really like his powers that much. A little too quick and not quite enough of a basher.
For flying guys, there are quite a few to pick from. From the first one to this one I like the Human Torch and Iron Man. Both are very similar in this game although Iron Man gets the nod because he’s stronger and can pick up cars. But both have shooting powers and a radius power move where they can knock down anyone around them. Storm is cool but I don’t quite like her powers as much. She has lighting strike down which is OK. She doesn’t have a radius move but does have a powerful wind move where anyone in front of her gets blown away. That is a better move IF you can ensure all the bad guys are in front of you. Ice Man is pretty cool too. I’m going to have to use him more. He has a fusion with Wolverine that leaves ice all over the bad ass. Can freeze guys pretty good.
Ms. Marvel looks good and is pretty cool to use. You automatically get three powers with her. Both the Hulk and the Thing have a couple strong smash moves to use right away. Thing’s third move is a rampage/charge move. Definitely better than Luke Cage who I know nothing about and isn’t as easy to use. Wolverine was sweet last time and sweet this time. Quick and very powerful strikes.
I would agree that the difficulty is too easy. I do think Super Heroic is perfect for me right now. I’ve had one or two people die on me quite a bit but I usually can revive them right away because there are constant heal/revive tokens you pick up along the way (can only hold two at one time). I like the challenge of a harder difficulty set. Tried the basic simulator today and that was good for teaching me the different combos available in the game. One of my favourite moves is just grabbing a drone, then giving him two light shots and a heavy shot while holding him. That easily kills them on the lower difficulty levels but doesn’t usually finish the job on Super Heroic. Luckily a quick (light attack) foot stomp on them after you toss them will take them out.
By Forum Member Rudy