Review by roxbury1990

Reviewed: 07/02/07

Hero Haven

Spidey, Dr. Strange, Black Panther, and Deadpool. Just one of the many super hero teams that can be formed by the 20+ playable characters in Marvel Ultimate Alliance. This fun filled multiplayer bonanza features more than 20 Marvel super heroes, each with their own unique, customizable powers and costumes. The game is very closely related to X-Men Legends 1 and 2, using basically the same style of gameplay, with a few upgrades of course. Anyone that enjoyed the Legends games will love this game 2 times over. Get a team, get the moves, get the suits, and have a sweet time beating up on hundreds of evil henchmen, and a number of bosses.

Graphics 7/10
Not my favorite part of any game, I think gameplay is more important, but things don't look too shabby on the old Wii. The graphics aren't ment to be that great in a game like this anyway, because of the camera angles and the amount of things going on. The graphics are slightly lower quality than the Xbox 360, but still look fine.

Music/Sound 7/10
Also a part of a game that isnt of much concern to me. The music in the game seems to match what's going on fairly well. The songs will get monotonous, however, because of the amount of time one spends hearing them. The voice acting is great, in my opinion. The characters and the voices match nearly flawlessly for everyone. The sound effects work with what they are supposed to be, and many of them actually sound quite cool.

Controls 8/10
This is the part of the game that varies from any other version. With the Wii, you have the ability to use each one of a characters powers, boosts, and buffs at the same time, that is, you dont have to pick just 4 to use. Thanks to the motion controls, you dont need to pick which powers you want, because you get them all. The controls are a little tricky to begin with, and they take quite a bit of getting used to. However, once you master them, they are better than any other systems version. The few down points to them are that sometimes you end up doind the wrong move, and to get to your boosts, buffs, and extremes, you must scroll through a list of your powers. But, if you can overcome that, and deal with getting the wrong move once in a while, then the controls should not be a concern. For the most part, they are great.

Gameplay/Storyline 8/10
The gameplay is what makes this game shine. The mechanics of the battle system added to the fun of playing multiplayer make this game into a very good time. The storyline revolves around Dr. Doom, and some of his accomplices, such as Loki, the God of Mischief. They are planning (shock) a type of world domination. You and your team of four heroes must stop them. I won't go into too much detail, but the storyline was good enough to keep my interest and keep me playing. The gameplay length is around 20-30 hours depending on how dedicated you are to beating it. It will keep you interested for a long time, and you definitely will enjoy it. Using super powers and many melee moves and combos, you take down Dooms army and a few other baddies. You can trip, stun, knock back, and uppercut the enemies with one swift motion with the Wii remote. You can jump, fly, teleport, and roll your way through levels. The maps of areas are big, but they are relatively easy to navigate through. The bosses can be tough, but many of them are taken down in different ways to keep you from getting too bored of the same old fighting. Save/Extraction points are scattered throughout the levels, and you can teleport back to your base at almost any time. The base is where you can do training missions to gain experience, answer trivia questions, find mission objectives, and talk to fellow heroes. The game is sure to keep your interest for quite some time.

Customization 9/10
This is my favorite part of the game. Each character earns experience in order to gain levels. With each level, the characters stats will increase, and you will earn a skill point. Skill points are used to increase the strength of their super powers. The stronger they are, the better your team. You earn coins throughout the game which can be used to increase the attributes of a heroes costume. Costumes are unlocked by defeating enemies, and most heroes have 4 of them. Each one has different attributes that help the owner, such as defense increases and power boosts. Using the coins to up the power of your suits is a good way to get stronger fast. Every person also has a unique throw that they use when grabbing an enemy. They all move different, do different melee attacks, and have different super powers, although a few are very similar. All in all the customization of the characters is great, and it will be one of the most important parts of your team. It is the funnest part of the game in my opinion.

So, there you have it. For those who have not played it, go rent it asap. If you like it enough, buy it and invite a few friends over to play. You won't be disappointed. It's an enjoyable, beat-em-up, customizing, long lasting, fun having game that is sure to have you playing for hours. Enjoy!

Rating:   4.0 - Great

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