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This review is from: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 (Wii) (Video Game)
The first Ultimate Alliance was lots of fun, big enough to run around for hours. The levels got shorter as it went along but the openning levels made up for that. A good sample of locations across the Marvel universe kept the variety up. It had atmosphere and felt like someone had taken some care, even if it did show it's Gauntlet heritage.
This one is just short. The finale feels like you've played about 20% of the first game, it comes as a total anticlimax. I half expected another story to take over and the real game to begin. You can play as pro or anti but they're almost identical so it hardly doubles the game length. The locations are very samey and lack atmosphere, the negative zone corridors are particularly dull. The henchmen you beat up are similarly generic.
The camera control in the first one was one of the most intuitive in wii games, tilt the nunchuck to spin clockwise or anticlockwise. Apparently that was a bad idea and it's replaced here with a system that requires reading the manual and remembering which button to press. Lots of sections the camera angle flips around automaticlly and you end up running backwards and forwards, such as trying to get on to a rooftop from a fire escape. In a dizzying whirl you go on and off until you can do it slowly enough. All the while you're attacked by henchmen. You wonder if anyone involved in the game actually bothered to play this through.
There are some nice cg animated cut scenes and some truly awful ones using the games graphics. A particurly poor one seems to have the voice acting of the developers. The voice acting in the game is never going to win an Oscar but when it's not them it does show why you should hire proper actors. Laughable. There seem to be some plot elements missing as it jumps around like crazy and unlocks characters where it makes no sense.
One star for getting to play as Cyclops, Psyloche, Phoenix and the Hulk. There's no other reason to own this. I'm off for some button mashing fun on the first one again...