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  • Summary: The MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE series returns for the first time in 10 yearswith a new action RPGexclusively 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
    The MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE series returns for the first time in 10 yearswith a new action RPGexclusively 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" perspectivea 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.

    * 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
    * Local and Online Multiplayer The game can be played offline or online with up to 4 players on a single screen or using multiple systems
    * Heroic Camera In addition to the series' traditional perspective, players can also select a dynamic, zoomed-in view, allowing for a more immersive play style for single-player or multiplayer when using multiple systems
    * Multiple ways to play Play with the Joy-Con controllers or the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller (sold separately)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 81
  2. Negative: 1 out of 81
  1. Jul 18, 2019
    100
    Switch owners will find plenty of content to chew through, particularly with friends, and while it may be the gaming equivalent to a Hulk Smash, that isn't to say that it isn’t a rollicking good time.
  2. Jul 18, 2019
    80
    Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is comfort food. It retains the multiplayer dungeon crawling and love of the source material that made the two previous titles enjoyable, but it also elevates the action just enough to make it better and more entertaining than what came before. Not all of it works as well as it should, yet it’s vision isn’t compromised by the missteps it makes. You’re going to have a good time when you play Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3. And sometimes, that’s all you really need.
  3. Jul 29, 2019
    80
    It all makes for a packed and enjoyable experience with plenty to offer for fans for Marvel and classic beat-em-ups. The roster of characters is vast and excellently portrayed, the story is fun and the moment to moment combat remains enjoyable throughout. Some uninspired level design, camera quirks and unfortunate design choices around character levelling keeps it from the upper echelons of the Switch library but grab a couple of friends and it’s hard not to have a seriously good time with this one regardless of your level of affinity for the world of Marvel.
  4. 75
    The game excels in many different areas, especially uniting a massive cast and bringing heroes to the roster that almost everyone can identify with. But that doesn’t excuse annoyances and design choices that make appearances throughout the lengthy campaign.
  5. Aug 5, 2019
    70
    Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order doesn't try to be more than it is, a fun romp with characters everyone has come to know over the past decade. While fighting with the camera can be frustrating at times, the game itself is extremely enjoyable especially if you’re a fan of Diablo-style RPGs. Additionally, it serves as a great stepping on point for anyone unfamiliar with the franchise and is accessible to any and all fans.
  6. Jul 19, 2019
    70
    While Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is fun, I sometimes wished it pushed the envelope a bit more and tried something new. The game excels in multiplayer and playing your favourite characters from the Marvel Universe never gets old. Its combat is fun and gets better the more you upgrade your heroes. Its story is very cliche but that's expected. All in all its a fun pick up and play multiplayer brawler.
  7. Aug 1, 2019
    40
    Strong post-launch support like this only really matters if the game itself is worth playing, and we can't really say that about Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3. At its best, the game is a mediocre brawler, and at its worst, it is an incoherent mess with a nightmare camera, frustrating battles, and ugly graphics. Anyone hoping for a return to form for the franchise will be disappointed, to say the least.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 84 out of 112
  2. Negative: 16 out of 112
  1. Jul 24, 2019
    10
    I would say this game isnt perfect for the hardcore action rpg games but it certainly does entertain ppl who love Marvel characters and itsI would say this game isnt perfect for the hardcore action rpg games but it certainly does entertain ppl who love Marvel characters and its universe. I personally love this game. It gets kinda repetitive but its really fun when it comes to actual playing part. Highly recommended!!! Expand
  2. Jul 19, 2019
    10
    This isn't a Avengers game, some critics should realize this. This is closer to the Lego games, but way better to me. Having played the lastThis isn't a Avengers game, some critics should realize this. This is closer to the Lego games, but way better to me. Having played the last two Lego hero games on Switch this is 100x better gameplay wise. The formula for the Lego games were; open closed door button, mash boss. That's it that's the whole game. This one is a lot better in that respect and the hero feel more fleshed out.

    This is a great game to play with the family.
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  3. Jul 19, 2019
    10
    This is an incredible game, really really awesome, the main problem with the critic is the fact that you need to be a true fan, the critic asThis is an incredible game, really really awesome, the main problem with the critic is the fact that you need to be a true fan, the critic as we know is full of posers so they don't give it a good rate because they dont understand the half of the universe. Expand
  4. Jul 29, 2019
    9
    Super fun game! I enjoy playing it, not a Marvel fan either. Lot of grinding, worth the money
  5. PMK
    Jul 21, 2019
    8
    Simply The best marvel ultimate alliance ever made - with excellent collection of heroes and
    cool control system - yes , there are some
    Simply The best marvel ultimate alliance ever made - with excellent collection of heroes and
    cool control system - yes , there are some issues with this game but generally it is great
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  6. Jul 22, 2019
    7
    A solid game, but on the weaker end for an Ultimate Alliance title. It's a straightforward and enjoyable game, but the gameplay loop could beA solid game, but on the weaker end for an Ultimate Alliance title. It's a straightforward and enjoyable game, but the gameplay loop could be more satisfying, and level balancing is in need of massive improvement, with issues pertaining to not sticking too closely to one core team for leveling due to only party members receiving any sum of experience, as well as leveling involving dropping in and out of co-op leading to disparities: when playing co-op with a friend, all players retain story progress, but only the host's party receiving shared XP, while guests only retain XP for whatever hero they're playing. This means that if four separate players are playing together, each player is only leveling one of their characters, leaving them dangerously underleveled if they try to continue their story progress solo.

    The roster is respectable but lacks some of the more unique picks of previous X-Men Legends and MUA games, with the vast bulk of characters being core MCU, Spider-Verse or core X-Men (which a few omissions, two of which will be added in as free DLC at a later date). Throughout the span of the 12-15 hr. campaign (20 hrs. at the most if you're being lax enough with it), characters unlock in small bursts pertaining to the story, as opposed to the first Ultimate Alliance where the majority of the roster is unlocked from the outset and only a small amount of side characters pertaining to the story require unlocking, so unfortunately between this and a lack of straightforward practice options, the game doesn't give much room for experimentation, and its stagger system unfortunately leaves it prone to relying too heavily on damage sponge enforcer enemies as a substitute for unique special enemies to test out strategies on.

    It seems like I'm being overly critical of the game, but these are issues that I do feel requires some addressing. That said, while it may be the weakest game of the franchise - even more so than MUA2 - it's still Ultimate Alliance at its core, Gauntlet-likes represent a subset of gaming that has been massively under-represented even as far back as the last Ultimate Alliance title, and as always, co-op is tremendously fun with friends, especially locally, although camera issues make it far more enjoyable with multiple copies for players. While the game is your standard superhero popcorn fare, it's charming in a way that will surely resound with fans of Marvel multimedia, and it does have a few less-obvious characters to represent like Ms. Marvel, Crystal, and Elsa Bloodstone, For those on the fence, it might be worth a simple rental or waiting for a deep sale, but even for people on the fence, if you can find a good deal, it's a good game that's easily worth checking out. It's not a perfect game, or a pinnacle of what it's trying to do, but it's not a bad game, and it's serviceable, but it's hardly 'just' serviceable: it's flawed, but fun.
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  7. Oct 1, 2019
    0
    Our beloved IP has now landed in the hands of Team Ninja, a Japanese studio famous for their fighting game franchise: Dead Or Alive.

    Have
    Our beloved IP has now landed in the hands of Team Ninja, a Japanese studio famous for their fighting game franchise: Dead Or Alive.

    Have they done Marvel Ultimate Alliance 1, justice?

    Gods no, this spin-off is trash in comparison. They've removed every single RPG element and aspect that made MUA 1 so legendary and have replaced it with linear progression, sub-par, absolute basic build options, a gimmicky objective based tournament-esque gamemode (Infinity Rifts) that are more of a chore to complete than an end-game (Ha! What end-game?) activity and my Gods, the combat.

    Welcome to the worst combat MUA has ever seen. They've torn off the melee combo badge of honor and replaced it with a tedious Japanese-esque ARPG combat animation of "Punch, Kick, I'mma pull out my gun", which has inadvertently led to the abandonment of support skills and extra skills to be mixed and matched with each other. We get flashy melee without the sweeps, stuns and aerials, and boring skills that are the same garbage, carbon copied onto every other hero of their same type in the roster (Daredevil and Wolverine's "Tap the same boring button with the exact same animation to unleash our mediocrity skill" skill, for example).

    They couldn't have made it so much more innovative by providing us with a whole host of original, expertly animated suite of skills to add and remove at our leisure? No builds? I'm fed up with this. Team Ninja don't deserve the Marvel Ultimate Alliance IP. There's no love invested in this game, no Marvel fans creating a game for Marvel fans.

    We lack:

    Lore trivia
    Side quests
    Simulation discs for even more lore
    Silver Surfer
    Hubs for chills and recuperation
    Dialog options
    Victor Von Doom
    Hero Gear
    Literally everything that makes MUA 1 a God amongst ARPGs (it does have its flaws, I can't suck its peen all day, tbh)

    We get mediocrity. More than 10 years we've been waiting, to be able to play as Frank Castle. What did we receive? Knife knife shotgun. His heavy is a fully automatic pistol, a burst-shot rifle and an underbarrel grenade launcher.

    Again, to return to an earlier point: basic melee exists to be functional, SKILLS exist to be FLASHY.

    Frank didn't deserve this. They slaughtered our boy

    0/10. For any MUA fan, this is an absolute travesty. It has actually taken the place of MUA 2 as worst UA game ever made. For Marvel fans in general? You get a large roster at least.

    Also, Team Ninja never respond to tweets (regardless of whether you use Japanese or English). Very poor effort on their Social Media team.
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