Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 (Xbox 360) by Activision

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 (Xbox 360) by Activision Box Art

Release Date
September 15, 2009.

Average Overall Score:
6.80 / 10


Mission Accomplished
Topple a dictator.
Coalition of the Willing
Crash a castle.
Oceans No Longer Protect Us
Protect a city.
A House Divided
Defend your leaders.
If You're Not With Us
Choose a side.
Freedom Isn't Free
Raid a hideout.
Defending Our Way of Life
Rescue a hideout.
All Options on the Table
Defend a convoy.
Collateral Damage
Stop a convoy.
Fallen Star
Ambush your opponents.
Iron and Blood
Fight back an ambush.
Knowns and Unknowns
Repay a favor.
Alliance Reborn
Break and enter.
Grave and Growing
Free a country.
A More Perfect Union
Finish what you started.
I'm With Iron Man
Defeat all Act II and III missions as a Pro-Registration team.
I'm With Captain America
Defeat all Act II and III missions as an Anti-Registration team.
Legendary Schism
Defeat all Act I missions on Legendary Difficulty.
Legendary War
Defeat all Act II missions on Legendary Difficulty.
Legendary Alliance
Defeat all Act III missions on Legendary Difficulty.
Rookie Squad
Complete a map in Co-Op.
Experienced Allies
Complete 8 maps in Co-Op.
Decorated Veterans
Complete 24 maps in Co-Op.
Seek and Destroy
Complete all optional mission objectives.
Uncontained Aggression
You or other players on your team must destroy 250 health containers.
Undefeated Heroes
Defeat 12 mission bosses on Super Heroic or Legendary Difficulty without revival or map reload.
Immortal Heroics
Defeat 25 maps on Super Heroic or Legendary Difficulty without revival or map reload.
Back in Action
Perform 10 revivals.
Tactical Training
Perform all 5 recommended training Fusions in Latveria.
Heroes Unite
Perform 10 Fusions with another player-controlled hero in a Co-Op game.
United We Stand
Earn 20 high scores for each type of Fusion: Targeted, Guided, and Clearing.
Powers of Two
Perform all Fusions by combining every available pairing of 24 heroes.
Old Friends
Have 10 special conversations between characters with a history while in an HQ map.
Costume Collector
Unlock 23 alternate costumes.
Distinguished Service
Collect 50 Team Boosts.
Extraordinary Heroism
Collect 125 Team Boosts.
Above and Beyond
Collect 200 Team Boosts.
Listening In
Collect 30 Audio Logs.
Superior Intel
Collect 125 Dossiers.
Potential Evidence
Collect 10 Concept Art Bundles in HQ maps.
Trivia Buff
Correctly answer 15 Trivia questions.
Trivia Team-Up
Score 30 Trivia Fusions.
Trivia Genius
Earn all Trivia rewards.
Sim Team-Up
Earn Mission Succeeded on a Simulator Mission in Co-Op and return to the Simulator menu.
Sim Amateur
Earn 4 Bronze Medals from Simulator Missions.
Sim Expert
Earn 8 Silver Medals from Simulator Missions.
Sim Champion
Earn 12 Gold Medals from Simulator Missions.
Melee Training
Complete all melee training goals listed on the Stats page.
Power Training
Complete all Power training goals listed on the Stats page.
Every Trick in the Book
Complete all combat mastery goals listed on the Stats page.

User Reviews

Score: 68
Overall User Average: 6.80 / 10 (68.0%)
Gameplay User Average: 7.00 / 10
Graphics User Average: 7.00 / 10
Sound User Average: 5.00 / 10
Date reviewed: November 4, 2009.

Overall: Ultimate Alliance is a Marvel comic fans dream (or nightmare). The original Ultimate Alliance had a pretty basic beat-em-up style game formula we've all seen before. It showcased hero's and villains popular and barely-heard-of alike, fighting off against each other to save the world once again.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 expands upon this formula. Unfortunately for Activision, expanding on an already mundane surface will give you, well, a slightly less unimaginative experience, but still a lack-luster game. However, if you are a huge marvel fan, or new to the genre, MUA2 will bring you enough enjoyment to beat the game once or twice and then some.

The story starts off with a secret government mission led by Nick Fury and our popular bad@!%#*! superheros (Wolverine, Iron man, Spider man, Captain America) launching an @!%#*!ault on an enemy castle. The villains in turn retaliate by destroying and killing innocent humans in an act of terrorism. Now who is to blame for this? Has society had enough of masked super humans parading around doing as they please? Bluntly put, yes, and a bill is put in place to insure all superhero's register with the government and essentially become their puppets. Naturally, superhero's with a bit more aggression and attitude rebel against the act, while those more publicly known already try to enforce it. This is where you decide if you want to rebel against the act, or agree to help catch those who don't register (giving you great reason to beat the game twice). What we're left with is a hero vs hero vs villain vs ??? kind of situation. This proves to be a clever storyline as it widely opens up the usual formula of good vs evil, to perceived right vs wrong and pits typical hero's against each other in a battle of freedom.

Gameplay: Those new to the series can expect 4-player shared screen coop, where each player can be any superhero they wish. (Sorry, not many villains are playable this go around, MUA3?) It is then a leveling up system, and you are allowed to upgrade your character's attributes. Unfortunately it was difficult to really notice the improvements an extra skill point had, and often it's just as good to let the computer auto-@!%#*!ign points anyway. The other RPG element is the use of badges which can be found hidden throughout levels, or obtained from defeating bosses. Three can be equipped at a time, and clever use of arranging them throughout the game on harder difficulties is mandatory.

Each type of enemy has a certain weakness and immunity, and these weaknesses need to be exploited (this is only necessary when on the game's hardest difficulty, when playing on normal you can be anyone). This is where badges will become useful for each character, as you can equip "+6 fire damage" on fire-based hero's or "+4 damage on each attack" to fast melee hero's.

A new element to MUA2 is "fusion" attacks, which allows two hero's to team up and unleash a devastating attack. They come in 3 forms: clear, guided, and targeted, depending on which two characters you perform a fusion with. Clear is used with many enemies, guided is used with a few stronger enemies, and targeted is used for single damage on bosses. For the most part, I was impressed with the attacks until they started repeating themselves with different characters. For example: Thing picks up a giant piece of the ground and holds it in the air; with Human Torch he lights it on fire, with Gambit he embeds explosive cards in it, and with Iceman, he freezes it. Thing then proceeds to throw the rock for targeted damage. I would have liked to see different animations for each character, not the same one with a different color. If Activision is going to boast about over 200 different fusion attacks, make them unique.

The characters are supposed to all be "balanced", yet there are m@!%#*!ive distinct advantages to choosing a select few, with some emphasis on variety of team (strongman, magic caster, regenerator, area of effect caster, etc). You can swap out characters at any time, but doing so tended to ruin the pace and flow of the game. You will have to go through many, many weaker enemies throughout a level to reach a boss, which takes the form of one or two boss characters. 4 superheros then proceed to gang up on the enemy in a clear, unmatched battle. I would have loved to see a 4 on 4, where strategy and working together was necessary and prevailed over taking turns hitting the boss in the back.

The game also attempts to use a "choose your response" mechanic where you can choose to be aggressive, defensive, or diplomatic when asked a question. I liked the idea, but there really is no advantage to choosing one over the other, and the characters treat you the same regardless of what you choose. What could have been a great idea if implemented correctly, fell up short.

Graphics: MUA2's visuals are better than it's predecessor, but I'm still left wanting better. For a Marvel fan seeing these epic events unfold is a dream come true, but the lack of awe-inspiring visuals tones it down. Instead, we're left with the bare-minimum visuals I've come to expect from a next-gen console game. The cut scenes were often intriguing and entertaining, but again, the game offers nothing new and feels very similar to ultimate alliance 1.
Sound: For the most part, the sound work was done decent when analyzed individually. The voice acting is satisfactory for each character, but you won't recognize any of the big shot voices we're beginning to come accustom to. Some of your best attacks always have a certain sound to them when they are used, and it is often useful to use a single attack over and over in a situation. This can become an extremely annoying situation, where the game becomes a mumbled collaboration of increasingly annoying attacks from each character. This combined with the repeated character sayings became a problem as I advanced in the game. It reached a point where I had to switch out my favorite character due to not being able to stand the audio any longer.

I have spent the majority of the review criticizing the game for its faults (though there are many), instead of praising the cooperative fun factor. If you take the game for what it’s worth, you will have fun playing Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 with some friends. With many unlockables and collectibles in the game (including hundreds of recordings, character bios, marvel facts, costumes, etc), true fans will find something to love here. For everyone else, it may be worth a look as I wasn’t too disappointed with the end result, and I’m not a huge Marvel fan.

Overall: 68 %
Gameplay: 70 %
Graphics: 70 %
Sound: 50 %

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 News

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 DLC is Back
We wanted to let you know that the Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 DLC is back by popular demand and will be available today on Xbox Live.

Demo: Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2
The Largest Army of Super Heroes is back! Mercenaries are attacking the Capitol in Washington D.C. and it is up to you and your team of Super Heroes to defend it.

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 DLC Priced, Dated
Activision has unveiled the price and release date for the first batch of downloadable content for Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2.

Our beloved Super Heroes Are Back!
The sequel to the greatest Super Hero action/RPG ever heads to retail stores today with the release of Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2.

Penance Joins Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2
Penance, the whiny afterbirth of never-been-cool character Speedball, is coming to Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2.

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