Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 - NDS - Preview
Imagine playing as your favorite Marvel superhero, one of the good guys, but instead of fighting the villains, you are fighting other heroes. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 Fusion is a clash of ideologies rather than good versus evil.
The base story is not hard to follow: The Superhuman Registration Act becomes law and all super-empowered individuals must register as weapons of mass destruction, becoming licensed government agents. As you might understand, some of those in the Marvel universe do not care for that idea and find themselves at odds with those who support it. Iron Man leads the Pro-Registration side while Captain America spearheads the stand on Anti-Registration. What this creates is two storylines based on moral choices that the players make.
The game was shown as a live demo at the Activision pre-E3 event held in May in Los Angeles. The dev team reps on hand stated that there were four key pillars upon which the game was built:
There are 24 playable characters right out of the box and that playable characters this go-round will include Deadpool, Venom and Juggernaut.
The storyline forces the players to make a moral choice
Power fusion is a new game mechanic that allows game characters to combine abilities for powerful attacks
It’s a fun pick-up-and-play role-playing experience
The game also has a few idiosyncrasies that may delight gamers. For example, Deadpool knows he is a character in a video-game and steps totally outside of the storyline at times with dialogue directed to the players.
The graphics engine for the game has been totally revamped and MUA 2 Fusion will allow for four-player cooperative gaming.
While there are some new elements to the game, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 Fusion does not step too far away from its predecessor in terms of general gameplay. This should still prove to be a challenging and entertaining experience that not only looks solid (based on the played demo), but might have players engaging a little bit of the cerebral matter in addition to controller prowess.
Look for MUA 2 Fusion to release in September.