Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 Review for PS3

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Super hero sequel where players will be able to fuse the powers of iconic characters.

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8Out of 10
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Gambit's the best. His eyes are so dreamy.
Gambit's the best. His eyes are so dreamy.

Gambit's the best. His eyes are so dreamy.

In the wake of Disney's purchase of Marvel, we thought it would be fun to brainstorm some fantasy Disney/Marvel ultimate alliances. How about The Hulk, Thor, Simba from Lion King and Ariel's dad, King Triton, from The Little Mermaid? That would be a pretty useful team, wouldn't it? Or how about The Fantastic Four and The Incredibles? Imagine the damage those nine would cause. The possibilities are as endless as they are silly.

For now, though, we're going to have to make do with Marvel-only teams, in the fun four-player action RPG dungeon crawler Ultimate Alliance 2, the sequel to 2006's original. But still, the possibilities for combining superheroes, famous and obscure, feels just as endless, and just as silly, as they do in our fantasy team-up.

This is in no way a criticism. In fact, what's best about MUA2 is trying out all the Fusion Powers, the game's headline new feature. It's a simple but fun mechanic. You kill enemies, usually generic Latverian soldiers or robots, and fill up a gauge on the bottom right of the screen. Once done, pressing the left trigger will display a face button above the head of each of your three team mates, as well as a one word indication of the kind of Fusion Power that combination will perform. Targeted, for example, is good for doing damage to a single enemy; Clearing is great for spreading damage in a radius; and Guided allows you to control the carnage.

Each Fusion Power is different. Well, a lot of them are kind of the same - most of The Thing's Fusion Powers involve him tearing a lump out of the ground - and they'll all get the job done, but finding out for yourself just what cool animations the developer has drummed up for your favourite partnerships is all part of the fun.

Spider-Man is the best. Did you know his web slinging isn't a super power?

Spider-Man is the best. Did you know his web slinging isn't a super power?

Because there are so many playable Marvel characters in the game, over 24 in fact, there are absolutely tons of Fusion Power combinations to discover. James' l33t maths skills tell us that this means "there's quite a lot". Neon's super l33t maths skills tell us the correct method is 23 + 22 + 21 + 20 and so on. Tom's speedy adding skills tell us the total number of different Fusion powers possible is 276. Is he right?

Either way, there are loads. And the sheer number of them in many ways makes up for the game's obvious issues. It's hard to complain too much about the repetitive combat, the generic enemies, the bugs and the at times psychotic camera when you're busy enjoying every Marvel fan boy's wet dream. Play with three other Marvel fanboys either on the same console or over Xbox LIVE or PSN, and, well, you'll probably want to burn your sheets, not wash them.

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Wido@ wyp100

Nice one. Passed it onto him. I think he'll being getting it soon. Cheers Wes :)
Posted 20:39 on 09 October 2009
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wyp100@ Wido

Well, if you can, playing it multiplayer is a right laugh.

The main motivation to replay the story mode is to make a different decision when choosing civil war sides. It leads to different missions and access to different heroes.

Once you finish it on the normal difficulty, then there's legend difficulty. There's loads of challenges and things to collect, too, if that's your thing.

After all that, it's the DLC that'll keep you interested.

Hope that helps.
Posted 17:14 on 09 October 2009
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Good review Wes.

I'm speaking on behalf of a friend and hes not sure whether to get this game or not. Now, seeing as your the man for this game because it obviously seems you know your Marvel Universe.

Is there anything more to offer than just replaying the storyline with different hereos?
Posted 16:04 on 09 October 2009
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wyp100@ CheekyLee

Oh. Dear. God.

Posted 13:55 on 25 September 2009


hm. No Martian Manhunter? And Thor/Silver Surfer sort of count as Deities.
Posted 13:53 on 25 September 2009
guyderman's Avatar


For anyone who is interested Wizards 'Last man Standing' of most powerful heroes.
Posted 13:23 on 25 September 2009
CheekyLee's Avatar


There are 5 Incredibles. Tut tut, Wez!
Posted 11:51 on 25 September 2009


Gah! This is as bad as console wars, but even geekier.

Yes, I'm resisting the urge to wade in.

Are the most powerful heroes the best? Probably not, I find that those who are weaker have more character. Spider-man isn't the strongest but he's just such a great character, as are many of the Marvel/DC heroes who aren't tooled to the max with power.

Anyway, looks a good game, might get it at some point.
Posted 11:46 on 25 September 2009
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I loved Wolverine Ninjutsu. Who for the record Bevan would kick Batspams arse then wipe it with Spider-Man.
Posted 11:28 on 25 September 2009
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Deadpool had always been in this game or well the first one to be exact, i used him most of the time.

Spiderman? Oh rly? He was voted best superhero on some MTV programme.
Posted 10:12 on 25 September 2009
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Oh dear I have turned the forum into a "DC is better than Marvel rant"

Sorry guys my bad.
Posted 10:03 on 25 September 2009
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Batman had his back broken and he's still fighting. He's a bloke and a half that one.
Posted 10:02 on 25 September 2009
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Deadpool is the best for one reason and one reason only! - Issue 25 of the Joe Kelly run when he kick's Captain America in the Nads!
Anyone who gives Cap a kick to the family jewels is the best of the best IMO!
Posted 10:01 on 25 September 2009
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rbevanx@ IndoorHeroes

The game hasn't got Batman and he's the best. I laughed at most of Spider Man 3 in the cinema.
Posted 09:58 on 25 September 2009
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Spider-Man is the best Ninjutsu. That is fact. Unconfirmed fact.
Posted 09:31 on 25 September 2009

Game Stats

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2
Out of 10
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2
  • Fusion Powers
  • Marvel!
  • Co-op destruction
  • Repetitive combat
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Release Date: 25/09/2009
Platforms: PS3 , PS4 , Xbox One , Xbox 360 , PC , Wii , DS , PS2 , PSP
Developer: Vicarious Visions
Publisher: Activision
Genre: Action
No. Players: 1-4
Rating: BBFC PG
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