Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 The Black Order, Nintendo Switch
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- Marvel Dream Teams - Assemble your dream team of Super Heroes from the Marvel Universe, each with their unique superpowers
- New Heroes - The Guardians of the Galaxy, Falcon, Scarlet Witch and more join the "Ultimate Alliance" for the first time
- Original Story - Super Heroes and Super Villains battle Thanos and The Black Order across the Marvel Universe in this new original story
- Region/Version: ASI
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The MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE series returns for the first time in 10 years - with a new action RPG - exclusively on the Nintendo Switch system! Assemble your ultimate team of Marvel Super Heroes from a huge cast including the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the X-Men, and more! Team up with friends to prevent galactic devastation at the hands of the mad cosmic tyrant Thanos and his ruthless warmasters, The Black Order. In this new storyline, heroes and villains unite in a race across the Marvel Universe to find the Infinity Stones before Thanos and The Black Order use them to unleash cosmic chaos. From Avengers Tower to the X-Mansion and beyond, every stop on the dangerous quest to thwart Thanos results in unexpected collisions of fan-favourite characters and iconic locations. Get closer to the action by shifting the view to an over-the-shoulder "Heroic Camera" perspective - a series first that offers a more immersive way to play single-player or multiplayer on up to four systems. Play online*, offline via local wireless, or simply pass a Joy-Con controller to a friend, so they can join your team. With another pair of Joy-Con controllers (sold separately), four players can team up on one system! The drop-in/drop-out co-op possibilities let players create their own "Ultimate Alliance" at will.
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The MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE series returns for the first time in 10 years—with a new action RPG—exclusively on the Nintendo Switch system! Assemble your ultimate team of Marvel Super Heroes from a huge cast including the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the X-Men, and more! Team up with friends to prevent galactic devastation at the hands of the mad cosmic tyrant Thanos and his ruthless warmasters, The Black Order.
In this new storyline, heroes and villains unite in a race across the Marvel Universe to find the Infinity Stones before Thanos and The Black Order use them to unleash cosmic chaos. From Avengers Tower to the X-Mansion and beyond, every stop on the dangerous quest to thwart Thanos results in unexpected collisions of fan-favorite characters and iconic locations. Get closer to the action by shifting the view to an over-the-shoulder “Heroic Camera” perspective—a series first that offers a more immersive way to play single-player or multiplayer on up to four systems. Play online*, offline via local wireless, or simply pass a Joy-Con controller to a friend, so they can join your team. With another pair of Joy-Con controllers (sold separately), four players can team up on one system! The drop-in/drop-out co-op possibilities let players create their own “Ultimate Alliance” at will.
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I don't have the full details as to who takes the loss between Amazon and the actual developers of the game but for now I can't recommend you purchase the game from Amazon if you are a true fan of the Ultimate Alliance series. This may not be a direct sequel but it is a very dedicated spiritual successor and the developers deserve as much support as we can give them.
I also just feel personally betrayed; and a little salty (nothing wrong with admitting it) that Amazon would cut the price ON RELEASE DAY. I pre-ordered the game months ago and I'm mad about this but if you bought the game even just a few days ago to get it on release day then it must feel even worse for you.
I urge anyone who bought the game before the discount to ask for refunds or credit equal to the post release discount which is equal to about $10 American (Sorry exchange rate isn't perfect but make sure you get the correct amount of you choose to contact Amazon about this) for me. If there's any type of discount it should be for the people who supported the game prior to release and this is a trend I hope we don't see in the future of video games as far as online retailers go.
That said, I’ve played Marvel Ultimate Alliance a number of times (excellent, excellent game), Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 a few times (good game), and have now played Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 enough to give a solid review.
Graphically, it’s inarguably the best in the entire series. It has a great cell-shaded art style, and the characters look great. It far surpasses its predecessors in this regard.
As far as character selection (playable character), I’d put it on par with Marvel Ultimate Alliance. This, I have to say, on the basis that the DLC will continue to add additional playable characters...so a wide and diverse cross-section of heroes are available to play. There’s a hero to suit everyone’s taste. Both Marvel Ultimate Alliance and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 are superior to Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 in this regard. If handled correctly, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 should be the best of the series.
I will say that Marvel Ultimate Alliance was a bit better in that you could comprise your team at your discretion, wether you played as a solo hero, or in a team, wether the team consisted of two, three, or four heroes. Both Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 don’t give you that option. You are part of a four-hero team, period.
Wether it’s just me, or not, it seems to be that the action can become so chaotic that it’s easy to lose track of your character.
As far as story? It’s got a great story, and I’d argue the best of the entire series.
OK...Gameplay/Combat. This is where my review can really become subjective. You have a light and heavy attack. That’s it. There is no grappling as there had been in the two preceding games in the series. Marvel Ultimate Alliance still has the superior combat system/gameplay. You had light and heavy attacks, as well as the ability to grapple and either throw, or perform a character-specific grappling takedown of your opponent.
In Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, you could only grab and throw an opponent. That was it.
So far, in this game, there has been no grappling component. You either play as a character with skills that work best at range, a character with skills best suited toward close combat, and a few characters that are equal parts both. In my opinion, losing those grappling capabilities/attacks does detract a bit from the gameplay.
As far as character-specific special abilities, this game is the most scaled back of the series. Not a lot to choose from here, and there is definitely room for improvement.
Of this game, or any successor, Raven Software implemented the best combat controls into their games (X-Men Legends, X-Men Legends 2, and Marvel Ultimate Alliance). The way that Team Ninja designed the game, it feels more like a mobile game-which to me was surprising because Raven Software implemented far superior controls into PS2/XBOX/Gamecube titles.
If you were a fan of the preceding Marvel dungeon-crawler style titles, there’s fun to be had here. Is it a “system seller” for the Nintendo Switch? In my opinion, no. If you already own a Nintendo Switch, it’s a fun game to add to your library.
The mobile feel of this game, as it plays at release, does feel like it could easily be ported from Switch over to mobile gaming platforms (such as iOS) at some point. It feels like a high-quality mobile game.
Overall, as a whole, Marvel Ultimate Alliance still stands as the best game in the series. I would say that Ultimate Alliance 3 is the next best (in my opinion), and that Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 is the lesser of the three games in the series.
While it veers away from the more realistic style of previous games to a more vibrant modern comic cell-shaded look, it's still very much an MCU inspired affair with a storyline that shadows Infinity Wars, End Game, Thor Ragnarok, Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther and just about every other movie in the universe and also spotlights other characters shown in the mainstream Marvel TV shows, Into The Spider-verse, X-Men movies, etc. There's really only one or two wild card characters that aren't totally predictable.
My major complain is having a million projectiles on screen, the computer singling you out, environmental hazards, seemingly endless enemies...and this is all happening at the same time... Seriously towards the end of the game some of the brutes take several minutes of chipping away to defeat. You get knocked on your rear end every other second with no warning in many cases yet when you attack enemies they don't even react until after hitting you several more times. All of their attacks are strings of uninterrupted hits and many devastating attacks give little to no warning and your attack animations are so lengthy it's too late to block or dodge. There's so many flashy effects on screen you can't tell what's yours, your team's, or the enemies so it's hard to tell what to avoid.
There were several points with slowdown with so much going on and a noticeable drop in resolution to a painfully low degree I thought I was watching an early YouTube video. I noticed this happen once right before the game actually crashed altogether. And playing in portable mode? Forget about it. Talk about eyestrain and headaches! Changing the camera mode to Hero Mode helps a little bit but the camera in general is one of the worst I've seen in a looong time.
The end of the game is like 8 boss battles back to back. I'd say exactly how many but I literally lost count. By the end of the game I was so ready for it to be over.
They were charging people 20 bucks for the season pass before the game even came out, yet all anybody gets before fall is an alternate costume for Deadpool.
The new features like the skill tree and ISO whatever are shallow and I never even noticed a difference with these features in play. There's a challenge mode to unlock some skins and 4 additional characters but it's just replaying what you already have done. Replaying all of the bosses but several combined or racing through a level with a short amount of time increasing it when you defeat enemies. Both tedious especially when the challenges force you to play a fighter you never leveled up. I was playing one over and over thinking I was gaining XP the whole time but nope. When you die you start with the same stats every time. I finally came to the realization that all of these people unlocking everything have played through the main story like 3+ times to be able to level up enough to be able to unlock half of the characters. I think requiring multiple playthroughs just to unlock characters is absolutely ridiculous. By the point you unlock them, you're not even going to want to use them. Why don't you unlock them before you finish the game like every other game in the series?
One last note is all the things they removed or simplified. Now when a character is defeated, you can bring them back by holding down a button but you can only do that 3 times and if you don't revive them they literally teleport and say their defeat voice line every time the screen scrolls. The grab enemies move has been removed. The ability to command your AI teammates has been removed. You can no longer store health and energy items to decide who to use them on and now use them immediately which makes the AI dying even more frequent. Conversations are no longer branching and neither is the level design...it's painfully linear. Also, while there are color swaps, there are no true alternate skins which is disappointing considering how many iconic costumes there are to choose from in the comics.
I enjoyed the fan service, but the gameplay just made me want to break my controller in half. This is one of maybe 2 games in the past decade I had to switch from normal difficulty to easy and even then I just barely scraped by. I enjoy a challenge but this wasn't even challenging... It was just annoying. I'm personally not much of a fan of Team Ninja as of late and this game definitely has that feel to it. Maybe if I played with other players locally it would be an improvement as the AI is pretty lackluster.