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- Experience the full scale of the Marvel universe - A combined cast of over 140 characters -- choose from 20 playable Marvel Super Heroes, unlocking more as you progress
- Universal team Upgrade system - Balance your heroes' powers, or customize each member to maximize their effectiveness
- Outfit your heroes with power-boosting equipment, create a team name, team icon and team vehicle; establish your team's reputation as the story progresses
- Change the course of the game - The missions you accept, the objectives completed, and how you interact with other characters throughout the game will have a direct impact on the storyline
- No-holds-barred combat - Fight while you're airborne, submerged underwater, even out in space! Multiple combat tactics and accessories available - grappling, charge attacks and a destructible environment, where lampposts and chairs become dangerous weapons
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Created by Raven Software, Marvel : Ultimate Alliance lets you control the biggest, most powerful Super Hero alliance the world has ever known. Choose from heroes like Spider-Man, Wolverine, Blade and Elektra, to form and customize a four-member strike force.
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There's one big problem with it though: Activision didn't renew its contract with Marvel which means that the game's DLC is no longer available. Which means if you want to play as Magneto, Sabretooth, Venom, Dr. Doom, Hawkeye, Hulk, Nightcrawler, or Cyclops, you won't be able to download them. Or get the game achievements related to their characters; so you can't get a complete for this game on your achievements list.
At least for Ultimate Alliance I (not so much with the sequel, apparently) there is a gold edition available which has the DLC characters on it. So, if you want this game, I would suggest you make sure you get the gold edition.
The story will take you throughout the Marvel Universe to other galaxies, under the sea, to the realm of the gods fo Asgard, and even to the depths of Mephisto's hellish underworld as you battle the Masters of Evil, an ambitious coalition of supervillains headed by Dr. Doom himself. The extra missions you complete (or don't) during the course of your journeys will all affect the game's ending; so though you may have saved the universe, depending on what side missions you did or didn't complete you are shown the future that has been created by your actions or lack thereof. My first time through, for example, I did much good and brought peace between some former enemies of humanity and helped defeat many future threats, but the combination of events that came about because of some details I neglected during gameplay doomed some of my favorite heroes of all in the end. I've never seen a story mode handled quite like this and it's very rewarding and really adds to the replay value of the game. All right, on to the characters. It would have been nice to play as the Namor, the Vision, or [insert your favorite obscure Marvel hero here], but the playable roster is an impressive combination of legendary mainstays like Spiderman, Wolverine, and Iron Man and hardcore fan-pleasers like Dr. Strange, Moon Knight, and the aforementioned merc with the mouth, Deadpool. Heck, even the cosmic power of the Silver Surfer is yours to command so who's to complain? Furthermore, you now have the option of downloading even more characters from xbox live including Venom, Magneto, and the Hulk as well as 5 others. There are tons of legendary Marvel villains and heroes that are MIA (no Punisher? Doh!), and some minor fanboy complaints about the upgradeable uniforms (why is Spidey's symbiote costume less powerful than his original cloth one?), but that just means that there is still room for this awesome franchise to get even better next time around.
Fans of the "X-men Legends" games will find the gameplay more than a little familiar (see: nearly identical) and will find some favorite characters from those games playable as well, but with some new tricks. You gotta love Colossus picking up enemies and using them to club their comrades; that's just good times all around. There are also interactive segments, mini-games if you will, that are pretty fun and look cool as hell. Running over psychotic clowns in a bumper car springs immediately to mind; and several of the larger boss battles and other situations have button sequences that need to be pushed as they appear to perform context-sensitive moves that look cool as hell. Then there's those games of old-school "Pitfall", and "Arkanoid" you play in Murderworld... Plenty to do in this game. You'll also earn several unlockable (and upgradeable!) alternate costumes for each hero and solo (or "comic") training missions for the playable heroes in the game if you can hunt down their discs. These missions are a godsend and allow you to learn each individual hero's abilities outside of the chaotic team battles and engage in some memorable duels with classic villains (Elektra vs Bullseye: round 2? You know you want it!). I only wish that each character's missions were a little more customized; they all consist of one of the same four or five levels with different bosses at the end.
Some of the cutscenes in the game look unbelievable (there is a Nightcrawler sequence that rivals the one in the 2nd X-Men film) while others are rather unpolished. The voice acting is spotty at best, but several of the character's voices closely resemble their animated counterparts and it's fun to hear your heroes banter during battle (Deadpool, unsuprisingly, even has wisecracking as one of his special powers) and the graphics during gameplay are a massive improvement over "X-Men Legends", so there's really very little to complain about.
Online multiplayer also looks to be a big draw this time out. I haven't tried it out yet, but from what I've heard there is 4-player cooperative where everyone shares and shares alike, and competitive where your baddie-stomping statistics are tracked for bragging rights and to the winners go the spoils. You can even play the comic missions with one player as the fearless hero and the rest of the players controlling the hordes of enemies. The fun just keeps on coming.
This is one of those games where, even after you've beaten it, you simply can't wait to start it over and play through it in a different way. Personally, I'm relishing every action-packed second and whether you're an average gamer who loves to mash buttons and kick tail, a hardcore comic geek looking for an epic adventure featuring your favorite heroes, an RPG fan who enjoys lots of customization, or just a person looking for a game you pick up and play with your friends at home or online this is that game. Buy it, own it, love it.
As another said, the controls are exactly like the X-Men games. Sort of nice not needing to learn anything new. Load times are actually pretty good and overall graphics during gameplay are good as well.
If I had any complaints they would be the ease of play at times. Many boss fights are too easy. Just stay off screen at the doorway to the room, and they just stay back and do nothing. Just stand there and shoot until dead. Not all are like this, but many are. Also, the cut scenes always have the original four heros in them and they talk like they are in the adventure. Even when you pick four others. Spidey gets on my nerves!
For the overall lack of great games for the 360, this is a must have.