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July 24 2005
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance - PSP Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
6/12/2006ActivisionActivisionRaven Software1$49.95

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Yep, the game is on all Sony systems.
The comic book industry is in the middle of a boom period, with a series of superb movies definately helping the cause. Cashing in on the craze has been Activision with a series of very solid titles which seem to improve year upon year - and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance looks like setting all new benchmarks. Not content with bringing the game to the PS3 as a launch title, or the PS2 Activision are also bringing the game to Sony's handheld, the PSP.

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.

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.

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Expect plenty of effects.
The game is basically an all-new action/RPG where players create their Marvel dream team from the largest roster of Super Heroes ever. Players can create, customize and control their ultimate four-person strike team, selecting from an initial roster of 20 playable Super Heroes, including Spider-Man, Wolverine, The Thing, Captain America, Elektra and Thor – and battle notorious Super Villains including Dr. Doom, Galactus and countless others. In all the game boasts a roster of over 140 comic book characters.

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 PSP's graphics are pretty good.
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.

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Battle on the rooftop.
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.

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance should be another superb addition to any gamers library this Christmas. Graphically the game looks quite stunning, and if the storyline is as engrossing as it could potentially be one of the best comic book games of all time. Better still the PSP game is currently priced at $AU49.95 at our sponsors Gameswarehouse!