Fans of the Marvel Universe rejoice as Marvel Ultimate Alliance is coming to consoles this month. The official announcement was made during the Marvel panel at the San Diego Comic-Con. The games will only suffer minor alterations in order to make them compatible with the current generation of consoles.
For the last couple of months, there were some rumors that speculated the return of both installments of the Marvel Ultimate Alliance franchise. However, producers managed to keep the news at “gossip” level until last night’s panel at the biggest convention in the world.
The remastered editions of the 2006, respectively 2009 games will be available on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The only modifications that the games will suffer will be at UI, graphics and performance tweak levels, the action of the RPGs remaining unhindered.
Most Marvel and RPG games enthusiasts declared that the Marvel Ultimate Alliance franchise is one of the best games in the business to date. Originally, the Ultimate Alliance series was designed as a follow-up for the X-Men Legends. However, it soon became more popular than the X-Men RPG, taking its rightful place among the classics of the genre.
The first installment starts with a SHIELD helicarrier being attacked by the Masters of Evil and Dr. Viktor von Doom. After Nick Fury calls for aid, Thor, Wolverine, Captain America, and Spider-Man respond, managing to confront the villains successfully.
The characters then go on a long adventure that submerges them all the way to Atlantis, then transports them to the Mandarin’s Valley of Spirits. Their perilous mission even gives them the opportunity to meet Galactus and the Silver Surfer.
The most interesting part of the game is the fact that the players are able to choose their own team from a wide range of available characters. They can recreate famous Marvel groups like Defenders, Avengers, Marvel Knights, Fantastic Four, and X-Men.
The second installment follows the story of the Civil War comics. It all starts with an explosion in Stamford that claims the lives of 612 civilians. This leads to the creation of the Superhuman Registration Act that divides the superheroes into two major camps. One is led by Iron Man and Doctor Fantastic, the other, by Captain America.
The Gameplay is similar to that of the first installment, players being able to choose the team and the side they want to fight on.
What do you think about the remastered editions of Marvel Ultimate Alliance? Do you think the price of $39.99 each, or $59.99 for the bundle is justified?
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