Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2
E3 2009: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 Preview - When Superheroes Combine
Written Friday, June 12, 2009 By Dan Webb
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The original Marvel Ultimate Alliance was somewhat of a cult classic. It shifted a pretty decent amount of units worldwide and was loved for its co-op and general camaraderie. No longer is the title under the guidance of Raven Software, instead development is picked up by Vicarious Visions, who actually created the original port for the Wii and PSP, but don’t expect it to abandon its roots as it’s still running on the Vicarious Visions Alchemy engine that the original was running on.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 looks to build up on the original and offer a much richer experience. The story of MUA2 is loosely based on the Civil War mini-series but don’t expect it to be 100% accurate as it seems to be more of a liberal interpretation; for instance, the Hulk, whose devastating attack on locals in Las Vegas was one of the fundamental catalysts for the Superhero Registration Act, will appear in the title when he should effectively be cast out into space. Just expect two factions of superheroes waging war on one another, heroes against heroes, friends becoming enemies, and just think, you get the chance to choose a side.

The game will feature at least 24 playable characters (19 of which are listed on, of which we saw about 11 in action (Wolverine, Venom, Iron Man, Hulk, Deadpool, Human Torch, Thor, Song Bird, Captain America, Juggernaut (rumoured as a GameStop exclusive) and Storm). The game’s unique selling point this time around and its biggest feature, other than its vastly improved visuals, is the game’s “power fusions” which allows superheroes to combine their powers with one another to create devastating attacks. It’s a pretty nifty new feature where every hero can fuse with one another and the combinations are limitless ... and by limitless, I mean there are 276. Throughout the short presentation we saw a few on offer which we shall run through now:

- Wolverine + The Hulk = The Hulk’s super human damage is used to throw the regenerative Wolverine at a target – in this instance, a helicopter.
- Venom + Iron Man = Venom uses his symbiote powers to grab on a group of enemies and Iron Man will light them up with his chest beam.
- Iron Man + Wolverine = Iron Man shoots his chest beat at Wolverine’s claws so that it splits the bgeams in multiple directions that shockwave out.
- Thor + Human Torch = Thor creates a massive whirlwind that Human Torch ignites into a firestorm.
- Deadpool + Spiderman = Spidey webs his enemies before Deadpool sticks grenades to them.
- Storm + Deadpool = Storm creates a tornado where Deadpool feeds grenades into it.
- Storm + Captain America = Storm can bounce her electricity off Captain America’s shield.
- Song Bird + Storm = Song Bird’s sonic prism splits Storm’s lighting power all different directions causing mass damage.
- Juggernaut + Song Bird = Song Bird wraps Juggernaut in her sonic energy and Juggernaut can act like an invincible battering ram.

That is just a sample of some of the fusion powers in the game, the vast majority (if not all) of which are fully controllable. They’re not just canned animations either, so it’s quite possible to miss your target altogether when you use The Hulk to throw Wolverine at your foes. All the fusion powers are physics based as well so if Juggernaut is covered in Song Bird’s sonic shield, he can literally run over cars and enemies in his path. Likewise, Thor’s massive whirlwind will pull all interactive pieces of the environment towards it as it spins its way around the level.

Other improvements to the series and the engine include full interactive environments, so if you see something lying around, like a box of missiles or a parked car, you can expect to be able to pick them up and use them as a weapon, or simply just blow them up. Players will also be able to find “team boosts” dotted around the environments as well. These team boosts can add damage to your attacks, give you additional health or even give you abilities and special attacks like electricity fists, and so on.

During the walkthrough we managed to see a few of the Marvel world locations as well including the Latvarian streets on the way to Dr Doom’s castle, The Tinkerer’s lab and even Washington DC in the daytime where we encountered no less than fan-favourite, Deadpool .... in boss form *gulp* The character, voiced by John Kassir, is fully aware he’s in a videogame and will continue to berate you (the player) for ruining his vacation ... and stomping the local flowers. He’s such a sweet fella really. Honestly!

The game will also feature a quick upgrade menu for the superheroes where they can upgrade their powers with VV stating that all powers were fully upgradable. Not only will they be much more powerful when upgraded, but you’ll actually see the upgrade in a visual capacity. For instance, the Human Torch’s Fire Pillar pre-upgrade, was only one burst of fire. However, after a quick upgrade which literally took them 5 seconds to perform using the experience they had accumulated, the power was now multiple on screen bursts.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 looks to be a suitable upgrade over the hugely popular original and the emphasis is placed even more so on co-op and team work (if that was actually possible) with the inclusion of fusion powers. The interactive environments, improved visuals and the all new fusion powers are sure to keep fans of the original very happy. So whether you’re after a bit of Marvel associated co-op with people from your block, or your Xbox Live buddies, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 could very well be the game for you.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 is currently scheduled for a September 2009 release.


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Comment #1 by Hate this site
Friday, June 12, 2009 @ 07:46:17 PM
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I bet they bleed you dry with DL content within a month

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Comment #2 by Davey Gravy X07
Friday, June 12, 2009 @ 07:47:54 PM
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Looks brilliant!

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Comment #3 by StewCa
Friday, June 12, 2009 @ 07:49:15 PM
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meeehhhhh, I'm certainly more excited about other upcoming releases...would like to see more orginal ideas then just sequals...

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Comment #4 by Hate this site
Friday, June 12, 2009 @ 07:51:06 PM
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This would be a buy if it came out now during the drought, but the end of September? fail.

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Comment #5 by blackout529
Friday, June 12, 2009 @ 07:53:08 PM
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So that comes to 2 games I'm getting in September, MUA2 and ODST.

November is the worst month though since buying BioShock 2, Modern Warfare 2, Assassins Creed 2, and Left 4 Dead 2 is gonna leave a crater in my wallet -_-

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Comment #6 by NJC Omega
Friday, June 12, 2009 @ 07:55:30 PM
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I'm the JUGGERNAUT BIATCH!! :D Looks great!

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Comment #7 by mksystem74
Friday, June 12, 2009 @ 07:57:47 PM
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After seeing what raven did with the Wolverine game I'm kinda nervous about them NOT being part of this one. But I still got it paid off and can't wait to play.

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Comment #8 by GuitarGuruXXX
Friday, June 12, 2009 @ 08:00:03 PM
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Wait a few months before they release the collectors edition with all the character DLC.

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Comment #9 by ethanl2k7
Friday, June 12, 2009 @ 08:00:58 PM
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haha juggernaut. awesome, gunna be a fun one i can feel it in my left nut.

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Comment #10 by Devil Sora
Friday, June 12, 2009 @ 08:32:26 PM
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Even thought I got the original MUA in my 360 it was still helluva fun to play with my brother. So this is a definate buy for me I even have it payed off already

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Comment #11 by Spartan C37
Friday, June 12, 2009 @ 08:44:28 PM
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Should be gooood :D
The original was a bit of a pain in the ass for achievements but still...great game therefor this should be much better :)

lets just hope it doesnt have costume glitches ;)

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Comment #12 by ROA5T BeeF
Friday, June 12, 2009 @ 08:46:18 PM
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My thoughts exactly. Wait for the gae + DLC on one disc. They did it with the first and theyve done it a few times now with other games. I waited for Oblivion GOTY and I saved a bunch and I impatiently waited and am waiting for Fallout 3 GOTY...and I am saving money again.

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Comment #13 by Xbox 360 holic
Friday, June 12, 2009 @ 09:17:27 PM
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i cant wait release it now..

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Comment #14 by TwiceAzzNice
Friday, June 12, 2009 @ 09:18:04 PM
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I hate game's like this...

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Comment #15 by epik499
Friday, June 12, 2009 @ 10:15:58 PM
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In game characters as store exclusives... so damn stupid.
Stick to pack-ins as exclusives.

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Comment #16 by izzy702
Friday, June 12, 2009 @ 10:45:15 PM
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Eh, ill pass for now and save it up for november. Looks great and all but, man is november going to be a great month to be a gamer.

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Comment #17 by SuperWoody64
Friday, June 12, 2009 @ 10:55:48 PM
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5 bucks says it comes out on ps2 also...

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Comment #18 by floridafan765
Friday, June 12, 2009 @ 11:01:11 PM
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Couldn't agree more, but im still very much looking forward to the game.

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Comment #19 by S7R8 Andre
Friday, June 12, 2009 @ 11:28:47 PM
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this game looks good but the first one was very boring and it had a lot of unnecessary downloads
i just hope this one is better.

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Comment #20 by adriano28
Saturday, June 13, 2009 @ 01:30:34 AM
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this one looks good and i didnt play the first, so hoping to get this.

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Comment #21 by Aussiegore
Saturday, June 13, 2009 @ 02:07:36 AM
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I really enjoyed the first one. but then again I am a sucker for anything rpgish.
As long as I can use venom and Deadpool I'm happy.
But I'd like some other characters besides from the ones every one has heard off, like where the fuck is anti-venom and carnage? I'd so have them in my team even if it was in DLC

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Comment #22 by howletx
Saturday, June 13, 2009 @ 03:31:57 AM
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Wolverine and Hulks fusion is called "The Fastball Spesial"

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Comment #23 by Bleeding Star
Saturday, June 13, 2009 @ 04:31:56 AM
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day one pick up

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Comment #24 by Fishy2606
Saturday, June 13, 2009 @ 04:35:15 AM
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Juggernaut is a GameStop pre-order exclusive, which sucks, living in the UK. Waiting for the Special Edition with DLC might be a good idea, still need to 100% MUA anyways.

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Comment #25 by Md Reven
Saturday, June 13, 2009 @ 06:15:11 AM
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great idea an concept for the new mua game to combine the super hero moves a little better than the first one. cant wait to play it

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Comment #26 by ShinobiSteve81
Saturday, June 13, 2009 @ 07:32:14 AM
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They could NOT have Deadpool in any game without Kassir voicing him. He's such an awesome dude. Times I've met him aside from Tales from the Crypt stuff, I've had him sign videogames he's voiced in. (UA1 and Dead Rising)

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Comment #27 by Cringer85
Saturday, June 13, 2009 @ 08:00:10 AM
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I'm all for Song Bird :) Will wait for the Collector's Edition and hope they include some more all-new characters :)

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Comment #28 by John Januarius
Saturday, June 13, 2009 @ 09:58:10 AM
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I can't wait for this game!!!!!!!! I can so see the fusion attack for Spidey and Venom being an argument that distracts all opponents. Lol.

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Comment #29 by ClutchPapi34
Saturday, June 13, 2009 @ 10:06:13 AM
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Right now it looks like I'm getting Modern Warfare 2, ODST, Splinter Cell Conviction, Ultimate Alliance 2, and Dead Rising 2.

That's a lot of money lol.

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Comment #30 by JXZ0RZ
Saturday, June 13, 2009 @ 10:34:44 AM
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"- Juggernaut + Song Bird = Song Bird wraps Juggernaut in her sonic energy and Juggernaut can act like an invincible battering ram."

As opposed to all those other times when Juggernaut doesn't act like an invincible battering ram???

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Comment #31 by Codehead UK
Saturday, June 13, 2009 @ 10:40:34 AM
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Still playing the first one. Great game. I didn't think this one would make it as the IP is scattered to the four winds. But looking forward to playing it. All the clones can go play CoD 26, I'll be popping my claws and carving up bad guys. :)

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Comment #32 by Chaosflare
Saturday, June 13, 2009 @ 01:06:52 PM
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So glad that I reserved this -- gotta love the Juggernaut...

... bitch.


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Comment #33 by Dibs No Joust
Saturday, June 13, 2009 @ 03:16:12 PM
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So if they release Juggernaut as a GameStop exclusive, are they also going to include achievements such as "unlock all costumes" etc.? If they did, either he better not be included in that achievement or they will release him shortly after. Not being able to unlock the achievement unless you pre-order for GameStop would make some people irate.

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Comment #34 by MrSparkle779
Saturday, June 13, 2009 @ 04:39:39 PM
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Isn't Juggernaut already an unstoppable, invincible battering ram?

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Comment #35 by machonach0
Saturday, June 13, 2009 @ 05:49:56 PM
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It's a game man, you can't make the characters invincible. Not unless you want to get really bored, really fast.

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Comment #36 by Quagmire3540
Saturday, June 13, 2009 @ 11:06:08 PM
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This game will be sweet..

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Comment #37 by P33b4ugo2bed
Sunday, June 14, 2009 @ 09:41:52 PM
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Ugh, never beat the first one. Only played it with the wife in the first place, might skip on this in favor of the other late year releases.

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Comment #38 by zr122
Monday, June 15, 2009 @ 02:12:01 PM
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I'm eagerly awaiting this, although I too will be waiting for the disc+DLC combo that will eventually come out.

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