Review by Galactus21

Reviewed: 11/19/19

Not quite ultimate, but still a fun experience.

The universe is on the brink of destruction. Evil Forces are running wild and unchecked. Faced with insurmountable adversity, there is only one way to face this. Assemble a group of elite super heroes to battle and grind through hoard of overwhelming enemies. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order does just that, bringing together characters from the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, X-Men, and others. Using some of your favorite characters, players will smash your way through multiple enemies and save the universe.

Having not played the previous two versions, I am new to the series with this third incarnation. For this installment, the Black Order, who are minions of the cosmic threat and villain Thanos. The Black Order are on the hunt for the infinity stones for Thanos. These stones represent different things, such as the reality stone, time stone, or soul stone. Individually the stones are powerful in itself, but together and it would give the wielder of undreamt power. As you go through the game, you will gain more heroes to use and they are incorporated into the story line nicely. The story itself revolves around Marvel super heroes looking to prevent the Black Order from achieving their goals and saving the universe.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is an action beat-em-up style game, where players can select up to four heroes at a given time. You will have control of a single character at a single time, but can shift between different characters on the team. From a fighting system perspective, players will have a variety of moves at their disposal. You can perform light and heavy attacks, as well as special abilities that use up meter when players spam those moves too much. Additionally, you will also be able to use an extreme move that does a bunch of damage to many enemies when your characters has built it up.

As you go through each stage, there are no shortage of enemies. There are plenty of enemies that your team of heroes can plow through. This does lead itself to some repetitiveness. The game’s combat and the cool factor of using your favorite superhero helps keep things fun, but as you play through the game and beating up hoards of enemies does lead to some repetition. This leads to some areas in the game dragging. With that said, the highlight of using moves from some of your favorite heroes like Captain America, Psylocke, or Wolverine adds extra satisfaction to things.

The game also features quite a lot of boss battles. These boss battles for the most part felt fun and epic. The bosses tend to focus on Marvel’s villains that you are familiar with. This ranged from enemies like Kingpin to powerful beings like Dormmamu. While the boss battles certainly were fun, some of them felt uneven. Some boss battles were not too difficult to get through, while some felt overly difficult and required quite a few tries to pass.

The game also gives you the chance to level up your characters, as you progress throughout the game. Your characters level up, as you go through the game and complete missions. While Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 features a plethora of super heroes for you to select and use, the way the game’s level up system is structured it forces you to stick to a certain team. If you keep rotating characters in and out too much, you will find them under leveled.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is not a particularly long game. My play time was probably around 10 to 12 hours range. Given the beat-em-up style game play that is probably a good time frame, so it does not overstay its welcome and drags on excessively long. With that said, there is replay value here, especially if you are fond of multiple different Marvel characters. You can replay the game with a different set of characters and see how that plays out during that play through.

The game features a solid coat of paint. The game looks solid and runs well as there are multiple enemies and things going on in the screen at a given time. The animation looks nice, as you watch your favorite Marvel characters perform some cool moves. The character models also look solid, and does justice to your favorite superheroes. The musical sound track was solid and fit the theme of the game. The voice acting also was solid. It wasn’t some of the best around, but was serviceable.

All in all, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is a solid game on the Nintendo Switch. It’s a fun title, where you can take some of your favorite Marvel characters and just destroy a bunch of enemies in devastating fashion. It is certainly a welcome addition to the Nintendo Switch library. While I do not know if this game is worth the full price tag, I would say it’s definitely worth getting after a price drop so you can experience this title.

Rating: 7

Product Release: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order (US, 07/19/19)

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