The comic book industry often acts very similar to the movie industry.
Like movies, comics also have blockbuster events that break up the year. Two of Marvel Comics’ biggest recent storylines, “Secret War” and “Civil War,” are combined to create the fabric of the recently released “Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2.”
The game starts with the “Secret War” storyline in Doctor Doom’s Latveria, while much of the game deals with the “Civil War” series. In the latter story, a terrorist attack serves as the catalyst for the government to force superheroes and villains to register. Proponents and critics of the registration act choose sides, which pits heroes and villains led by Iron Man against those led by Captain America.
The story is definitely one of the strengths of the game.
“Civil War” was one of the more talked about series in recent years, and it received considerable mainstream attention after Captain America was assassinated at the end of the series.
The developers didn’t include all of the various storylines in the game, but rather plucked some of the more interesting aspects to use in the game.
Many of the most famous Marvel characters — Iron Man, Captain America, Wolverine, Spider-man, Hulk, Thor, Daredevil and the Fantastic Four — are playable characters.
The game takes many of its gameplay elements from the first entry in the series, which was released in 2006.
Both games actually serve as a continuation from the two games in the “X-Men: Legends” series, in terms of gameplay.
“Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2” is an action game with role-playing elements. Each playable character can be upgraded throughout the game, adding new powers to their arsenal. This is no different than the first game.
The biggest difference in the new game is the addition of fusion powers. Every character can team with another to create fusion attacks.
For example, Wolverine uses his claws to redirect Iron Man’s blasts.
It’s a nice addition, and it’s one that you’ll constantly try out with each new character to find out how they interact with the others.
While the story is better in this game and fusion powers are a nice addition, I enjoyed the original a little more. Maybe it’s because the original was a unique opportunity to gather the most famous characters in the Marvel Universe into an environment where you could control their actions, rather than controlling each of them in their own isolated, movie tie-in games. But this game is by no means a dropoff.
At its core, it’s more or less the same game.
So if you enjoyed the original, you’ll probably like this one too.