A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game features a heavy focus on teamwork and cooperation, both in the story and gameplay. Characters from different teams, characters that work alone, and even characters that may not be considered "heroes" all come together to help others and to defend the universe against a greater threat.
Positive Role Models
The game features a huge roster of characters from the Marvel Universe. These heroes may have different personalities and motivations, but they end up sharing a common belief in using their abilities for a greater purpose. The roster also features a solid range of representation in role models, regardless of race, gender, or even species, with more to come through downloadable content (DLC).
Ease of Play
While the game has a variety of characters with a wide range of powers, the controls are actually quite easy to pick up and play. Swapping between characters is a snap and powers feel authentic to the characters. Things like adjustable difficulty and camera positioning let players adapt to what feels personally comfortable, and drop-in/drop-out co-op play (both local and online) means friendly backup is never far away.
Violence & Scariness
Combat is central to the game, with epic superpowered battles between heroes and villains. Most onscreen battles involve big, flashy visual effects representing the characters' powers, as well as punching, kicking, and some martial arts. There's no graphic depictions of violence and defeated enemies simply fall over and disappear from the screen.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some female characters have outfits that are slightly revealing, but nothing too extreme.
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The word "hell" is heard frequently in dialogue.
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Products & Purchases
The game features characters and plot devices from the vast Marvel Universe, which also includes various comic books, films, television shows, video games, and more. While it's technically the third game in the Marvel Ultimate Alliance franchise, it's a standalone experience that doesn't require knowledge of the previous games. There's also downloadable content (DLC) available for purchase, which will add new characters and content to the game.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is an action/adventure game available exclusively on the Nintendo Switch. Players take on the roles of various icons from the vast stable of heroes and villains of the Marvel Comics universe, teaming up to defeat a cosmic threat to all of reality. The game's roster features a widely diverse cast of positive characters with a range of different powers, abilities, and personalities, all putting differences aside and working together for the sake of a greater purpose. Comic book style combat is constant, with lots of flashy and spectacular visual effects, but little to no blood or graphic violence. Some of the characters' costumes can be a bit revealing and suggestive, like their comic book counterparts. "Hell" can be heard frequently in dialogue. Extra downloadable content, including additional characters, costumes, and story content will also be available for purchase for the game via a Season Pass add-on.
Is It Any Good?
It's been a long time coming for comic book fans, but after a decade-long hiatus, a new entry in the Marvel Ultimate Alliance series has risen from the ashes, complete with a new developer, a new publisher, and a new home as an exclusive for the Nintendo Switch. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order isn't just a rehash of the previous games, though. Instead, a lot of work has gone into taking everything that fans loved about the franchise, polishing it up, adding some new and original twists on that formula, and cranking it all up to eleven to deliver an adventure that's not only the best entry of the series to date, but also a game that earns a spot as one of most entertaining Marvel games in recent memory and a must have title for the Nintendo Switch.
One of the best things about most comic book events are the team-ups. Ultimate Alliance 3 also has a heavy focus on teamwork that goes well be beyond the diverse roster of available characters. While the game is fantastic in single player, it's even better when shared with friends in via local or co-op play. And thanks to the drop in/drop out feature, friends can come and go as they please with little interruption to the flow of the action. Syncing moves together for Synergy attacks between characters adds a new layer to the gameplay and, in multiplayer, encourages players to communicate and work together. Different characters interact with one another in different ways too, including different dialogues, Synergies, and team bonuses. This variety of options gives fans plenty of ways to play and reasons to experiment with different character combinations. And fans will also get a kick out of all the extra unlockables available throughout the game, such as new costumes, artwork, character dossiers, and more. From top to bottom, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is a complete revitalization for the Ultimate Alliance franchise and just about everything a Marvel fan could ask for.
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