Excerpt: In 2004, Raven Software surprised a lot of people with X-Men Legends, an action RPG focusing on the exploits of Marvel's mutant superheroes. The Diablo-style gameplay was a significant departure for Raven, a developer best known for its extensive work on first-person shooters. Perhaps more surprising was the game's success in introducing action RPG conventions to the world of superheroes, a fairly novel combination at the time.
Pros: Huge, eclectic cast of Marvel heroes and villains, Deep yet largely optional character customization system, Great variety of environments, Seamless local and Xbox live co-op play
Cons: Presentation a little technically uneven, Some customization options seem contradictory
Conclusion: If you’re looking for a good Gauntlet-style action game, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance will definitely satisfy your craving. It’s a solid, if not particularly innovative, game that is a blast at parties. It’s great when you just want to relax and wail on something. However, the control issues do knock it down a point or two.
Excerpt: I think most people have a favourite super hero, or at least a favourite set of super heroes. For lots of people my age it's X-Men, simply because of the great cartoon series that was on TV every morning before school. The great thing about Marvel: Ultimate Alliance is that it'll please the majority of super hero fans - that is unless you happen to favour anyone from DC Comics or one of the few characters from the Marvel stable that isn't included.
Conclusion: Even despite its few flaws, MUA is a blast to play. If you’ve ever enjoyed an X-men Legends game, MUA is a step above and beyond that. RPG and dungeon crawler fans along with comic-book lovers will find much to love about MUA.
Summary: Marvel: Ultimate Alliance is a fast-paced, fun experience that balances a repetitive, beat’em-up arcade style with arcing and involving storylines that will appeal to platforming and RPG fans alike. While basic knowledge of the Marvel universe is recommended (the game includes many nods to hardcore comic book followers), it is not necessary to be captivated by the large cast of characters.
Excerpt: Graphically MUA is decent. While it doesn't have any of the glitchy line trouble that Red Steel has, it really feels like a Gamecube game. In fact, it looks identical to X-men Legends 2. The screenshots you've seen out there simply don't happen; the characters are nowhere as lifelike or large as they were in the videos. A lot of the previews we saw were from cut scenes, and this wasn't always explicitly described, so I was disappointed in this.
Pros: Fun Multiplayer, great controlling the characters of my youth.