Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
By Chris Jozefowicz,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Heaps of heroes enliven comic book action.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Heroes stop the bad guys, save the world, and help those in need along the way. Players can often choose to assist others on side missions; failing to do so leads to negative outcomes.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of comic book-style fighting with punches, kicks, swords, guns, and magic attacks. No blood.
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Some mild swearing, like "hell."
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Products & Purchases
This game is up to its eyeballs in Marvel characters. Players will collect virtual comic books that unlock artwork that shows the cover of a real comic books.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this action game features dozens of heroes and villains from Marvel Comics. Players guide four heroes through hundreds of bloodless battles as they attempt to save Earth. The fighting is nonstop, but it's mostly presented as comic book fantasy; a couple of cut scenes show intense sword fights and decapitations of humanoid robots. Parents also need to know the game has an online mode -- Common Sense doesn't recommend online play for anyone under 12.
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What’s It About?
MARVEL: ULTIMATE ALLIANCE pits the forces of good -- in this case, a collection of Marvel greats -- against dark powers, here represented by Dr. Doom and a legion of baddies calling themselves Masters of Evil. Players guide a small team of heroes in a fight to save the world, traveling from hi-tech hideouts on Earth to remote locations like Atlantis, the banquet halls of Valhalla, and distant planets. The team comprises four characters from a pool of over 20. Three are under computer control, although players can take over control of any one team member at any time. The team must battle its way through hundreds of enemies, including many classic villains from Marvel's catalog.
Is It Any Good?
The most satisfying part of Ultimate Alliance is mixing different heroes in the quest for the perfect fighting force. Players can experiment with different heroes and power-ups until they find a set they like. The team-building is even more fun when two or more players participate in co-op play, which is available both online and offline. The single-player mission should last between 15 and 20 hours, and plenty of side-challenges add even more playtime.
Unfortunately, a few problems mar this otherwise solid game. The bulk of the game involves repetitive button-mashing battles against small groups of grunts, and the smashing of innumerable boxes, vases, and barrels in a hunt for money and power-ups. The game also has a few glitches, from a camera that occasionally gets caught on walls and ledges in the environment to more serious issues, like poor teammate AI that can send heroes off cliffs or into traps. Yet for those who enjoy action games or the Marvel Universe, Ultimate Alliance has a lot to offer.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the marketing of Marvel characters. Are you more likely to buy games or see movies that star your favorite comic book heroes? How often are these games good? How often are you disappointed? What is your favorite combination of heroes and why? Parents will also want to discuss online etiquette.
- Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PSP, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, Xbox
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: Activision
- Release date: November 13, 2006
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- ESRB rating: T for mild language, violence
- Last updated: November 4, 2015
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