It was only a few years ago during the height of the X-Men movies that Activision and Raven Software took on the challenge of creating an over the top action RPG called X-Men Legends, that turned out to be a huge success. Then the duo teamed up to the sequel for X-Men Legends that improved upon the original formula and made another fantastic RPG adventure. Now with the Playstation 3 launching we have a new game not just focusing on the X-Men franchise, but instead extends to much of Marvel’s lineup in their latest game Marvel Ultimate Alliance. So can this PS3 launch title help spur some success on the new console? Read our full review to find out!
It was not long ago where we first heard about the development of Marvel Ultimate Alliance, and I have to say when I heard this I was jumping for joy. With X-Men Legends being as successful and enjoyable to play as it was, it was really exciting to see how Raven would be able to use the whole Marvel lineup in a game. So the story of Marvel Ultimate Alliance is really a prime focus in this game (like the X-Men Legends titles) that has Dr. Doom setting up this offensive and it starts at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Hellicarrier, and basically all of the superheroes come to try and stop the bad guys. So you have all these super heroes spring into action and thus the story commences.
To say that the story is good is probably an understatement, as I was immediately hooked. It really sets the pace of the game and manages to maintain it throughout the experience. For those who didn’t get to run with X-Men Legends, Marvel Ultimate Alliance is an isometric action RPG that takes in some of the more common RPG traits, like leveling up and team based strategy with a real time action sequence that tries to capture the best of both worlds.
One of the biggest differences you will notice with Marvel Ultimate Alliance is the amount of characters you have at your disposal. You start off with Spider-Man, Wolverine, Thor, and Captain America. If you ask me that is a pretty good lineup to start the game off, and following the opening sequences you will be free to start your own team, which is actually a pretty impressive portion of the game that works really well. The game doesn’t put 100% emphasis on the team, but for me I found a certain amount of loyalty to my team and really wanted to make sure I went as far as I could with that team. You will find that some characters you will like their moves and style, and others just aren’t as exciting.
The game moves at just the perfect pace that was set by the X-Men Legends game, which has just the right amount of combat and storyline thrown together. The combat in the game will be very familiar to those who played Legends, however with the multitude of characters you will find a much more diverse feel to the game. Also when you’re not brawling through the levels, you also have the boss fights, which are just fantastic. They are extremely varied and really offer some of the best experiences in the game.
So many may ask is the PS3 version superior to all of the other versions that Marvel Ultimate Alliance comes in? And my response to that is that it’s basically the same. Whether looking at the online or offline play, Marvel Ultimate Alliance is near identical on either the Xbox 360 or Playstation 3. You can’t really go wrong with either.
Sony enthusiasts might not want to read this part about visuals, as I have to give the nod to the Xbox 360 in this department. For whatever reason Marvel Ultimate Alliance doesn’t look as good on the PS3 as it does on the Xbox 360. There are two areas where you see the biggest difference between the two versions, and those are in the character models and frame rate. The frame rate in particular seems to drop a lot more frequently on the PS3 version, which does hinder the visual experience a bit.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance is a title that really improves upon what we saw in the X-Men Legends franchise. Not only does this game use the whole Marvel universe’s vast cast of characters, but it also just has a better flow to it that manages to keep the game more interesting and even more varied than ever before. The boss fights are really just an insane experience. The Playstation 3 version really isn’t much different from the 360, as these are merely the same game. What I did notice is that there is a sincere amount of depth in this game, and that it remains to be an entertaining experience.
If you have gotten this game already on the 360, then there is no real reason to check it out on the PS3, as they are the same game. With that being said, if you were lucky enough to score a PS3 this holiday season and are looking for an RPG to wet your whistle, then Marvel Ultimate Alliance is a great option to check out.
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