Team of Superheroes (4 out of 5)
Raven and Activision weaved it again! After the success of the X-Men series, Marvel Ultimate Alliance promised better action and entertainment. Although some elements of gameplay and level design are similar to X-Men Legends, the plethora of customizable Marvel superheroes and villains makes the game even more interesting.
Gameplay (4 out of 5)
The PC version of Marvel Ultimate Alliance is as impressive as the console versions. Set in the fictional Marvel Universe, the game features almost all the superheroes, supervillians, and a host of other supporting characters that appeared in Marvel Comic books. The cast of Marvel Ultimate Alliance not only includes X-Men characters, Spiderman, Captain America and Electra but also other custom characters such as Punisher, Iron Fist and War machine. The game’s ultimate objective is to destroy the evil plans of the Masters of Evil, a group of supervillains formed by the infamous Doctor Doom. Colonel Fury forms a team of Marvel superheroes to stop them from ruling planet earth.
The game’s team-building feature allows players to form a squad of their favorite superheroes, three of which are computer-controlled. Players can recreate the magic of popular teams like Fantastic Four and The Avengers or customize their own. Although the game boasts more than twenty two characters, some of them may not be available in the initial levels. Gamers need to unlock the characters and then include and exclude them from the team. Marvel Ultimate Alliance Characters can also access a wide variety of costumes, each offering different powers and unlockables. You can also purchase powers, but for that you need currency and that it can be earned by smashing boxes and crates.
The game covers a range of various locations because of its lengthy storyline and diverse missions. From the expansive Mephisto’s realm to the dangerous Skrull planet, each location has a story to reveal.
Graphics (4 out of 5)
Graphically, Marvel Ultimate Alliance characters are amazingly detailed. These are perfect models that always appealed our imagination for years. One must zoom in on Spiderman and Elektra to witness the level of detail employed. But, you will find a repetition in textures in most levels. You may experience déjà vu in some levels as most of them look quite identical. This can sometimes become quite boring, especially if the levels are lengthy.
Developers Raven did a good job in animating the characters. The opening cinematic is awesome and I bet you will watch every time before playing the game.
Sound (3 out of 5)
The game features some nice compositions and themes. As regards to voice works, the comments of some not-so-famous marvel characters were far better than the popular characters. You will experience repetitiveness with certain lines. Hearing comments and lines over and over again tends to be very boring.
Although Marvel Ultimate Alliance follows the gameplay and storyline of the X-Men Legends series, it certainly boasts a larger collection of superheroes, a lengthier story, some great unlockables and impressive graphics. The PC version features excellent mouse controls and also works with the help of a gamepad. The best part of the PC version is the ability to acquire skins and characters from various modding sites.
Minimum System Requirements
Operating System: Windows 2000/XP
Processor: Pentium 4
Processor Speed 2.0 GHz or equivalent
Video Card: 128 MB
Hard Disk Space: 8 GB
RAM: 512 MB RAM
DirectX Version 9.0 C