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October 24 2006
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance - PS3 Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
23/3/2007ActivisionActivisionRaven Software
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation
1-41-2$119.95
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This game already looks impressive.
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Now that's next-gen graphics.

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Spider-man looks wonderful.
The comic book industry is in the middle of a boom period, with a series of superb movies headlined by Spider-man definately helping the cause. Cashing in on the craze has been Activision with a series of very solid titles (including titles based on the web slinger himself) which seem to improve year upon year - and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance looks like setting all new benchmarks.

For decades, Earth’s Super Heroes have opposed evil in their own cities, and on their own terms. But now, Dr. Doom and a newly reformed Masters of Evil – the greatest collection of Super Villains ever assembled – have plans for world domination, and the heroes must band together to defeat them.

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Flame effects are nice.
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance features a unique storyline where players not only determine the fate of Earth, but also control the fate of the Marvel universe. The missions players accept, the objectives completed, and how players interact with other characters throughout the game will have a direct impact on how the story plays out.

The game is basically an all-new action/RPG where players create their Marvel dream team from the largest roster of Super Heroes ever. The game starts out with a roster of 12 players, increasing to 19 when you complete the game for the first time, with others tucked away to be discovered. Players can create, customize and control their ultimate four-person strike team. Characters in the game include the likes of Spider-Man, Wolverine, The Thing, Captain America, Elektra and Thor – and notorious Super Villains including Dr. Doom, Galactus and countless others. In all the game boasts a roster of over 140 comic book characters.

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Captain America takes out an enemy.
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance offers gamers total team customization. Players can form their favorite Marvel dream team, create their own team name, team icon, team vehicle and establish a team reputation as they play through an original storyline hand crafted by renowned game developer Raven Software and Marvel’s own C.B. Cebulski. Additionally, players have more control over leveling up each team member to their liking, or upgrading all team members together to keep their heroes balanced.

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The games texturing is pretty nice.
With new and dynamic combat capabilities, Super Heroes can now fight while airborne, on the ground, and even submerged underwater as they traverse through 17 exotic locales and play out some of the most legendary comic book battles from the Marvel universe. Players will have access to a host of fighting tactics and accessories, including melee combat moves such as grappling, blocking and quick combos, new chargeable Super Hero powers, more environmental objects that can be used as weapons, and unique one and two-handed weapons.

Speaking of exotic locations the game includes locations such as Atlantis, the Shield Heli-Carrier and the Skrull home world in an attempt to defy the world’s most notorious Super Villains.

In addition to the epic single-player storyline, players can also battle the world’s most evil Super Villains alongside friends in both on and offline cooperative story modes. This robust multiplayer component also allows gamers to import stacked characters from the host’s single-player campaign.

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Wolverine gets his claws out.
The Playstation 3 version will, at times, make use of the Sixaxis controller. In one example we've see your character is grabbed by the giant Galactus. To free yourself you have to shake the controller back and forth. Graphics are quite stunning with gorgeous effects and character animation. The detail on each of the characters is superb and we've been led to believe that the final game will run at 1080p.

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance should be another superb addition to the PS3's library - and one which Marvel fans will almost certainly want to check out. Graphically the game looks quite stunning, and if the storyline is as engrossing as it could potentially be then this could be one of the key launch titles for the system.