Marvel Action RPG
Product: Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
Company: Activision
Date: 05/18/2006
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Marvel: Ultimate Alliance gives you control of over 20 playable Marvel characters in a gorgeous Gauntlet-style Action/RPG game that will have you battling everyone from The Scorpion to the world eater himself, Galactus.

The story starts off like your typical comic book adventure. Dr. Doom is trying to take over the world and you must assemble a team of meta-humans to take him out. Between heroes, villains and NPCs, there will be about 140 different characters from the Marvel Universe in this game, and each one will show characteristics and powers unique to that person.

Characters like The Thing will be super strong and will be able to pull up lamp posts and use them as bats, while Captain America can throw his shield and the player can control it with the analog stick. Spidey of course has his web powers while Wolverine can tear through enemies with his claws.

One of the biggest features of this game is the ability to mix and match your own team. Sure you can create the Fantastic Four, or the Avengers but how about a team made up of Spider-Man, Thor, Blade and The Thing? As a particular combination of heroes works together, that team will develop a reputation which can be used to upgrade and level up individual characters.

The game's story will have specific branching points built into it. For instance, if you prevent a particular disaster or save a civilian, those choices could affect the later part of the game. And as an added bonus, at the end of the game players will be treated to a series of movies showing their choices and possibly how those decisions led to the ending they experienced.

The game will also make very particular battles available. Fans of the Marvel Universe should recognize many of these iconic battles, and completing them will unlock new skills and skins for your characters.

The beautiful and highly destructible environments will take you everywhere from the bottom of the ocean at Atlantis to the top of sky scrapers and much more. Since each team will consist of four characters, the game will also support co-op mode (both online and off) allowing you and up to three friends to join in on the melee battles.

At the time of this writing, the known characters included not only the ones mentioned above, but also Thor, Dr. Strange, Ghost Rider, Blade, Elektra, The Silver Surfer, and Nick Fury.

Be sure to check out the official website for frequent updates. According to Activision, they plan to release new information about the game every week until it hits the shelves in the Fall.

J.R. Nip aka Chris Meyer

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