The news broke recently that Activision could be bringing Marvel: Ultimate Alliance to Xbox One and Playstation 4. The information that both Ultimate Alliance games are coming to current consoles was first reported by Gematsu. Activision has registered ratings for both games in the series as well as Transformers: Fall of Cybertron.
I have to say, it is great to hear that more people are going to be introduced to Marvel: Ultimate Alliance. This is a game that means a lot to me. I played it to completion years ago and absolutely loved it. In my mind it is the definitive Marvel experience in video games. However, it is criminally underrated.
Before I properly get into what was so good about Ultimate Alliance I should preface this by saying that I have only played the first game; I cannot comment on the sequel. What stands out most about Marvel: Ultimate Alliance is its authenticity. The characters and locations feel like they have come straight out of the comics, it is this feeling of immersion in the Marvel universe that endears fans so much.
As a player that is already invested in Marvel characters and their stories you find yourself getting lost in the game for hours. This is due to the attention to detail as well as the superb voice acting and beautiful soundtrack. The levels have a dungeon format with iconic villains as bosses.
The gameplay itself involved switching between the different heroes in a team of four. You can switch out a hero for someone else at S.H.I.E.L.D checkpoints, the roster of superheroes to choose from grows of course as you progress. The action is fast and frenetic as you fight off hoards of Doom bots or combine special moves on a gigantic boss like Galactus. Yes, you fight Galactus and that is relatively early in the game.
However, as mentioned earlier it is exploring the Marvel universe and hanging out in iconic environments that is the most fun. The combination of music and aesthetic is the reason that the atmosphere of locations like Asgard and Atlantis are so spot on. You just want to hang out in those worlds and take it all in. The developers clearly understood this as there are moments of downtime where you can explore, as well as talk to characters at the base of operations, learning about the world and the people that inhabit it.
I could honestly go on and on about how great this game was, there is too much to mention, just go and get it and see for yourself. Personally, I would love to see an HD remake but the fact that the game is coming to current-gen at all is great. The move has got sites such as this one speculating that a third instalment is coming.
A new Ultimate Alliance game with current-gen graphics, a new set of game mechanics and updated roster would fly off the shelves. Marvel Studios films are so popular now that there would be a massive audience for the game.