Raven has brought us some fantastic co-op titles over the last few years including X-Men Legends and X-Men Legends II. Today we see the release of Marvel: Ultimate Alliance for the Xbox, Xbox 360, PS2, PS3, Wii, PSP, GBA, and PC. With the ability to play heroes that, more than likely debuted before you were born, as well as their more modern counterparts, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance has the largest collection of superheroes and villains ever collected in a video game.
Just as it is in the X-Men Legends series, you
The game kicks off with some fantastic CGI work, courtesy of Blur Studios, in an intro showing off Thor, Spider-Man, Captain America, Wolverine, and quite a few other Marvel heroes. The PS2 version of the game runs in 480i, which causes some jaggedness even in the cutscenes. After a 15 second load sequence (roughly 5 seconds longer than the Xbox 360), I got into the heart of the game. What I saw surprised me. Despite the lower resolution and more basic texture work, the game actually looked pretty good! The vibrant colors of most of the characters helps keep your characters straight when the chaos on the screen inevitably ensues. We all know that the PS2 is simply at the end of its shelf life but Raven has done a good job with the graphics when they are at the default over the shoulder viewing angle. When the game hits an in-game cutscene is a different story.
Many times in the game you
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance is a great auditory experience. The background music is dynamic and changes as you encounter tougher enemies and bosses. As the situation grows grim, the music reacts accordingly. If you don
X-Men Legends II had a really great control scheme, and Raven really didn
The gameplay formula for Marvel: Ultimate Alliance was already well established with previous Raven titles. Like any good recipe, there is almost always room for improvement. Maybe you like a bit more spice, maybe you want a bit more consistency
The single player game clicks in at roughly 25 hours. Since the game does keep track of what missions you take, what objectives you skip, and how you interact throughout the game, you’ll have many opportunities to alter the outcome of the game via your actions, or the cooperative actions of you and your friends. Using the PS2 network adapter, players can use the Gamespy-powered online system to find games to join. You can join games already in progress online, or plug in another controller for multiplayer action. Like any good adventure title, there are secret areas that you can find, so having a second, third, or fourth pair of eyes never hurts, right? Unfortunately I don