Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2

Game review by
Brett Molina, Common Sense Media
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Exciting action game where superheroes join forces.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 17 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

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 & representations

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
Drinking, drugs & smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

Parent of a 11 and 14 year old Written byAvengingRelic October 2, 2009

There are better games for the price.

Boring game play with repetitive action. It's hardly a challenge to beat NPC's.
Parent of a 11 year old Written bybkute65 November 7, 2009

Fine if you don't have a problem with bad language

It shows team work and problem resolution. I don't know why they had to add foul language. It doesn't make the game any better.
Kid, 9 years old March 16, 2010

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... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old January 9, 2010

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... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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