Top five reasons Marvel Ultimate Alliance is the best superhero game ever

My opinions/reasons the game is the best of the superhero genre.

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By Nick Salinski - 10/5/2012
The Batman Arkham games were amazing and more of my style but they lacked something. Arkham Asylum, the best of the two, lacked fun boss fights. Arkham City lacked fun boss fights and it had too many villains. Marvel Ultimate Alliance may not be good in the gameplay graphics department but here are my reasons why MUA is the best superhero game ever.

Scope


The scope of this game is enormous. It covers from the Helicarrier to Atlantis to places like Mephisto's Realm and Asgard. They're all obviously unique, they bring their own challenges and bring some of the toughest foes in the Marvel Universe. Speaking of foes....

Villains


This game has the largest roster of supervillains (as far as I know) in a superhero game and it does it without getting messy, their known as The Masters of Evil. Roster examples: Dr.Doom, Blackheart, Galactus, Attuma, Tiger Shark, Loki, Enchantress and Executioner. This game has an insane but amazing arsenal.

Heroes


Do I seriously have to say it? Ok, I will. It has the largest and the best set of superheroes ever. Captain America, Spider-Man, Thor, Wolverine, DareDevil, Dr.Strange, Blade, Ghost Rider, Silver Surfer, Black Panther, Fantastic Four, ect. You get the idea. You got to have an amazing roster of heroes if you have an amazing roster of villains that want to take over the stinking planet.

Gameplay


I've honestly never played an RPG like this before. Literally, I never played the X-MEN: Legends games but from I have seen, the games don't look all that great. The gameplay for this game is not only a strength but also a weakness. It's fairly simple, easy to remember and fun but also a little bit limited. We get finishers but their better in MUA2.

Story


No superhero game in history has a more epic story than this game. Marvel Ultimate Alliance brings together the worlds greatest heroes to take on The Masters of Evil whom are lead by Dr.Doom who wants to take over the world. Sounds simple right? Well, Doom gives you at one point a choice that for me was near impossible. Save either Jean Grey or Nightcrawler. He also goes as far as stealing Odins powers. That's when you have to get the M'Kraan Crystal and defeat Galactus. I feel the story as it should be with every game the strongest and best point of the entire game. This game took it to an epic level that I never even would be able to imagine.

Overall: This game is epic on every level and is super fun. While it may not have the strongest graphics out there, it does give you hours of fun through the different worlds of the Marvel Universe and meet some characters that you may not even heard of (that's what is was for me for awhile) and you collect things like mission disks. Those help build in more fun as well as more challenge to the game. I was all smiles through out the game. It is my personal favorite superhero game and yes the glitches in the game were annoying, I didn't find many though. This is the best superhero game ever.

What do you think? What's yours? Explain in five reasons why that game is the best superhero game ever. Comment below and be respectful.
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BooYah - 10/5/2012, 5:08 PM
I like Ultimate Alliance but I disagree both Arkham games are better.
CorndogBurglar - 10/5/2012, 5:31 PM
What do you mean X-Men Legends dont look that great? They are literally the same games as Ultimate Alliance just strictly X-Men characters.

The gameplay is exactly the same and the power upgrading system is exactly the same.

The only reason they dont look as good is because they came out for the last gen systems. So sure, the graphics arent as good, but thats because they're older. Other than that, they are the same game.
Zarog - 10/5/2012, 5:49 PM
For me, it goes like this:
1. Arkham City
2. Arkham Asylum
3. Marvel Ultimate Alliance
4. X-Men Legends II
5. X-Men Legends
Jefferys - 10/5/2012, 6:08 PM
Was he referring to the whole cell-shaded feel of X-Men Legends as why he didn't like it? Because that's how MUA started out when developing.

Arkham CIty held itself well with its cast of villains. It just meant some had to play smaller roles like Two-Face. Though he played a little in Catwoman's DLC, it wasn't much in general. But to add though, City's boss fights were unique. Considering Asylum's boss fights were a little generic.
WesleyGibson - 10/5/2012, 6:33 PM
I agree. The Arkham games were excellent, BUT, I remember the days when I could play Marvel: Ultimate Alliance over and over, and still get the same enjoyment from first playing the game.

Batman is awesome and all, but M:UA had so many heroes to choose from, and just so much more to do with them. The possibilities with the characters were near endless.

The Arkham games are some of the best, but there will always be a special place in my heart for M:UA.
superotherside - 10/5/2012, 7:21 PM
Yeah, I love this game. :) Such a great story, gameplay, etc. Never played the Arkham games so yeah IDK.
CPBuff22 - 10/5/2012, 8:21 PM
When I think of games with amazing stories they almost all part of a series. Not many on my list of best stories are first time games. My list includes in no specific order:

Final Fantasy VII
Halo 2
Gears of War 2
Oblivion

and Marvel Ultimate Alliance

The Arkham games were lots of fun and the graphics were improved due to the later release. But the first Ultimate Alliance game had such an awesome story and so many little extras. Its one of those games that I will pick up and play from time to time still.
GetsugaTensho22 - 10/5/2012, 8:29 PM
The list of comic-book based games and superhero games is severely limited. So it's difficult to say one is better than the other because there's not a lot to work with. However, the Arkham Games stand out .
AshleyWilliams - 10/5/2012, 8:41 PM
I'm not sure about best, but it's up there.

It's still Arkham City for me.
EdgyOutsider - 10/5/2012, 9:19 PM
wearethewalkingdead9: MUA 2 is a major disappointment. It should have been MUCH better and be it's own story rather than based off of two comic story lines. It has better graphics and it has the fusion abilities but that's it. MUA is MUCH better.
Tainted87 - 10/6/2012, 7:07 AM
Wait, really?
I mean it is definitely an important game, fun and all, and has a hell of a lot of characters, but I wouldn't call it the best.

Consider how few characters are truly "unique". Just about every attack is just a different name with a different kind of spectacle, but has the same kind of effect.
Ms Marvel and Invisible Woman have the same concussive blast that either lengthens for focused effect, or widens for less damage.
Storm and Thor have nearly the exact same power set, although Thor is the strongest and has an additional speed boost.

I mean, there's only so much they can do, and I appreciate the game - I loved it when it came out, and it helped a lot of non-fans become fans, but it was actually quite shallow.

X-Men Legends II is pretty much the same, just with less-improved graphics and different characters.

Their roster of playable characters:
Magneto
Cyclops
Storm
Ice-Man
Jean Grey
Rogue
Gambit
Scarlet Witch
Colossus
Iron Man
Professor X
Wolverine
Juggernaut
Toad
Nightcrawler
Deadpool
Bishop
Sunfire

You're going through every corner of the X-verse, and as you start as Cap, Spider-man, Wolverine, and Thor in MUA, here you begin with Magneto, Storm, Wolverine, and Cyclops.

You're fighting the Horsemen of Apocalypse and the minor villains under their control, Sentinels, and then finally Apocalypse himself... all over the X-verse. You go from Genosha to the Savage Land, to the abandoned Weapon X facility in Canada, to the Madripoor, to the bombed X-Mansion, to the occupied Manhattan, to the Morlock sewers, and then to Egypt.

But even then, I don't think either of the two are the best superhero games.

That goes to Ultimate Spider-man.

Funny and fun.
EdgyOutsider - 10/6/2012, 11:02 AM
wearethewalkingdead9: Facing Giant Man was pretty weak and I wouldn't know what it's like to play with Carnage because after I rented the game that was it. I never bought it because I find it to be a disgrace to the first game. I don't even consider it as a sequel. I consider it to be a spinoff or a reboot because it doesn't acknowledge anything that happened in the first game. The best part of MUA 2 was the fusion ability. That's it.
superbatspiderman - 10/6/2012, 11:33 AM
The first Marvel Ultimate Alliance was great. The second one was not as good especially with the downgrade in the graphics.

The best Comic Book games are.

Batman Arkham City/ Arkham Asylum
Spider-Man 2
the Punisher
Marvel Ultimate Alliance
X-Men Legends.
dezdigi - 10/9/2012, 7:24 AM
I loved the first Marvel UA game. The reason I liked it so much was because of the classic feel to it. The characters and story were more in line with how the Marvel Universe was I when I was young.
Plus, the gameplay was great. I know it was very simple but I enjoyed it immensly.
I wish I had played Xmen Legends. I wasn't playing a lot of games back then.
Hopefully they do a new one sometime soon.

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