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Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Comic book action returns with new focus on teamwork.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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

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.

Sex

Some female characters have outfits that are slightly revealing, but nothing too extreme.

Language

The word "hell" is heard frequently in dialogue.

Consumerism

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. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byuvaldog July 28, 2019

Live an Avengers Adventure!

Really good game. 4 character co-op mode is fun. Reminds me of the old TMNT or Gauntlet games. A huge gallery of characters to choose from once you defeat them... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old July 20, 2019

Fantastic solid Action-packed Avengers game protrays teamwork

Parents need to know that Marvel Ultimate Alience 3 is the third game in the Ultimate Alience Franchise. But unlike the others this is its own standalone threeq... Continue reading

What's it about?

In MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: THE BLACK ORDER, the heroes of the Marvel Universe must band together to save humanity and the entire universe from a threat of cataclysmic proportions. The Mad Titan Thanos and his cult of Black Order followers are on a quest to collect the Infinity Stones, six cosmically powered gems that grant their users dominion over a specific aspect of all existence. After a chance encounter with the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Stones have now found their way to Earth. Now it's up to you to assemble your team of heroes from across the Marvel Universe and recover each of the Infinity Stones before they fall into the wrong hands, facing off against a Who's Who of Marvel villains in the process. Players will choose from a roster of more than thirty Marvel heroes, each bringing their own unique skills, powers, and team abilities to the fray. You'll sync up your powers with teammates and execute powerful Epic moves that can turn the tide of battle in your favor. Gamers can play solo or, in true comic book form, team-up with up to four friends in local or online co-op play. With stakes this high, you'll need all the help you can get.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what traits define a "hero". Would these characters still be heroic without their superpowers? If you could have any superpower, what would it be and how would you use it?

  • What are some of the ways that working with others can be better than working alone? How can different abilities and skills work together both in games and in real life? What are some of the ways that video games can help build positive methods of teamwork in the real world?

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