Excerpt: Marvel Ultimate Alliance is back, with 24 characters to choose from, tightened controls, and Fusion powers. Fusion powers are available to all the characters in the game, and are done by linking up the powers of any two heroes. Fusion powers are a big part of what the game is being sold on; well that and a mix of two of Marvel's most popular storylines. Secret Wars, and Civil War.
Conclusion: While Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 is generally a very capable game, it did notice some glitches that hindered the gameplay in certain areas. The worst of these was a particular boss fight that is interrupted by a cut-scene. A new character joins your squad after which you are supposed to finish off the boss. It occasionally happens that the boss is nowhere to be found when control is returned to you.
Conclusion: Overall, though the single-player is short it has certainly been improved on since the first Bad Company and the online multiplayer is truly second to none. Have DICE reclaimed their FPS throne? It is hard to say for sure, but this is definitely their best game for some years. If you are looking for a new and different first person shooter to fulfil your war-mongering needs then Battlefield: Bad Company 2 should definitely be on your radar.
Review: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 (Microsoft Xbox 360)
10 March 2010
Summary: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 is more of a relaunch than a sequel. When Activision passed the reins to a new developer they took a big risk that rarely pays off. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 is a solid game, but it lacks any major updates over the original to make it a must-play title. There are several extras and gameplay elements that are either left out or cut down from the first game that hurt this title.
Excerpt: Marvel: Ultimate Alliance was a fun button-mashing action-RPG, at least for superhero fans. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 is a fun button-mashing action-RPG, at least for superhero fans. The same synopsis applies because there's not much that's different between the two games outside of their storylines. That's not necessarily a bad thing if you really enjoyed the first game, but others may find Ultimate Alliance 2 to be too big a case of "been there, done that".
Excerpt: It’s Like… …a slightly watered down version of the original Marvel Ultimate Alliance featuring a brand new unsatisfying civil war story line and a new over-hyped fusion power mechanic. There’s nothing really new about the super hero beat-em-up—Raven Software has been doing them for years going back to the X-Men Legends games—and there doesn’t have to be anything really revolutionary about them to make them fun.
Excerpt: Castlevania finally arrives on the PSP, and it’s a marriage made in heaven. If you’re not already a fan of old-skool scrollers then look away now, because this probably isn’t for you. In an age of sixaxis controllers and free-roaming gameplay it’s sometimes easy to forget the simple joys of two directions, one weapon, and a driving 16-bit harpsichord solo ringing in your ears as you attempt to kill Dracula and rescue the girl.
Conclusion: If you couldn't stand Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, Ultimate Alliance 2 won't change your mind but if you love super heroes and want to see a bit more from your favorites or if you'd like to find some new capes to look out for, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 is a good choice. NOTE: There was a DLC pack for Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 which is NO LONGER AVAILABLE ON XBOX LIVE!!!!!! This pack came with achievements so you cannot 100% this game if you don't already have the DLC.