Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2

Common Sense Media says

Exciting action game where superheroes join forces.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The superheroes strive to do the right thing, although at points in the story, they arrive at a conflict over what decision is the correct one. Ultimately, they join together in their goal is to protect the Earth and its inhabitants.

Positive role models

While both groups of superheroes are shown disagreeing and even fighting over the right thing to do, they ultimately reach a consensus and learn working together will help achieve their goals of protecting Earth. The common goal is always keeping the peace and thwarting evildoers.

Ease of play

Fighting breaks down into two attacks: punch and kick.  Strung together, players can unleash simple combos.  Players can also add special powers to the mix, which are easily executed by pulling the back trigger and pressing the appropriate button. The game also includes thorough tutorials and training modes to help novices grow comfortable.

Violence

Heroes battle an array of foes such as robots and human opponents with a series of punches, kicks, and throws. Heroes have their own set of powers that they can use to inflict damage, ranging from lightning bolts and laser beams to sharp claws and guns. Enemies are shown flying into the air after particularly powerful strikes. However, the combat is neither bloody nor gory.

Sex

A couple of the female heroes are seen wearing skin-tight outfits, but nothing too revealing.

Language

The word s--t is used, but foul language is rare.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is an action adventure game based on characters from the Marvel Comics universe. Signature characters such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Wolverine team together to thwart attacks on Earth. Players will take down enemies, ranging from robots to humans, with a variety of punches and kicks as well as with superpowers. The combat is pretty intense, but never bloody or graphic. The game is also playable online, a feature Common Sense Media does not recommend for children under the age of 12. While playing online, players can have open chat, so questionable language might be heard.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Based on the Marvel Comics storyline Civil War, the game begins with a fatal attack in Connecticut caused by a superhuman character. The government is forced to pass the Superhero Registration Act to keep track of these powerful beings, forcing a rift between supporters such as Iron Man and opponents such as Captain America. The heroes begin fighting each other before they realize a more dangerous enemy lurks, prompting them to work together again to protect the Earth.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The title is a pretty simple beat-em-up where teamwork is crucial. In fact, building teams properly can lead to special bonuses. For example, playing as the Fantastic Four provides a stamina boost. Heroes can perform team strikes called Fusion Attacks used to deliver heavy damage to multiple enemies. While the game feels very similar to the original, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 presents an intriguing story as well as a proven gameplay formula that's fun and intense.

Visually, the game looks much better, as players will notice more details in heroes' costumes and mannerisms. On the standard difficulty, it seems pretty easy to coast through each levels and defeat the toughest of foes with little trouble. Players can also unlock a bevy of costumes, power boosts, and dossiers which provide extra details on each Marvel character. Once the single-player campaign is complete, players can opt to tackle it again in cooperative mode or alone on a tougher, unlockable difficulty. Fans of the original Ultimate Alliance should be pleased with the sequel.

Online interaction: The game has online chat during cooperative sessions, where players work together to win. Questionable language is possible.

Families can talk about...

  • How does this game, based on the Marvel Universe, compare to similar titles?  Is it better or worse?

  • What's it like to take control of a superhero in a video game? How does it compare to other media such as superhero movies?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PSP, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DSi
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Activision
Release date:September 15, 2009
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Superheroes
ESRB rating:T for Mild Language, Violence (Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 10 years old Written bypie or pie January 9, 2010
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8
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awsome

i have the 1st one and i need to get this one and i know this is vilont and some parents dont like the superhero named deadpool but buy it you kid will love you more

What other families should know
Great messages
Parent of a 11 and 14 year old Written byAvengingRelic October 2, 2009
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7
QUALITY
 

There are better games for the price.

Boring game play with repetitive action. It's hardly a challenge to beat NPC's.

Kid, 9 years old Written byelite gamer March 16, 2010
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11
QUALITY
 

horrible game isnt for kids

i despised this game from the first second i played it. it is boring, suspiciously like an ad, and language filled. superheroes may seem good but theyll beat up someone at the drop of a hat.

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism

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