Story - 90%
Graphics - 89%
Audio - 76%
Gameplay - 79%
Replayability - 89%
Taking in the Marvel Universe can one of the greatest experiences known to man; with such perfected storylines and amazing character development, this universe is one of the most amazing references to nerd/geek culture that currently exists. Marvel Ultimate Alliance (MUA3) does such a great job of showcasing this but might be a bit overwhelming for those new to the title.
MUA3 brings back all of our favourite characters into a hack and slash brawler like we know and love. The title returns to the Marvel Universe with the familiar faces of the Guardians of the Galaxy, giving the newcomers (or those not familiar with the comicbooks) faces that are well known thanks to the success of the movies. The action in this game is from the word “go”, not holding back at all with the quick earning tutorial vibe that you get, which is worrying because it almost seems like they’re assuming you have played the other 2 titles. The story is a well scripted comicbook type story with insane crossovers and the craziest character reveals (they don’t stop, there are so many characters that show up it is exciting as heck). Without giving away anything, the story centers around the infinity stones and plays on the Thanos arrival, however, something that amazes me is that they still managed to keep the character rivalries and stories in line with the character reveals, incredible.
The game play and game style are a good old-fashioned hack and slash with elements of looter involved. Each character has a level up system that allows you to unlock new abilities, create custom skill trees for your teams and upgrade those new abilities as you go, which you can speed up by finding special items in the environment as you got through the game. Each heroes abilities come in handy, however, the game feels a bit hacky/slashy after a while and you find that only major ‘BOSSES” require the actually strategic use of abilities and this started to show after a while, big brawls became extremely repetitive and boring, no matter the difficulty I found that only the major character where influenced when it came to the point of the abilites. The deep strategy lies with choosing your actual team, with bonuses for using certain heroes together and playing special abilites together, I found this to be fun and exciting, especially with the vast number of heroes you receive quite early in the game already. Overall, MUA3 isn’t the best played out title of the series in terms of gameplay and style, but it sure keeps you coming back for more.
The real money comes in the new comic book style that Team Ninja has brought to the franchise, the art style is pretty amazing and is incredible to see on a Nintendo Device like this. The characters are well put together and definitely showing the greatest improvement from previous titles. The level designs and style are somewhat simple but I was pleasantly surprised at how much they managed to get into each level, with the heroes running for days without a load screen, again, for Nintendo Switch this is an insane achievement, considering how beautiful and pleasant it all looks. The additional skins, which I have only a few, bring a fresh and awesome take on each character you unlock it for, bringing you back to older heroes that you no longer use just to try that new skin. The only issue I had was when playing in handheld mode; I was dropping frames like crazy at time but then again, the game still looked beautiful but you could see the struggle in the Switches eyes as the screen filled with NPCs.
Overall, MUA3 is one of the more challenging of the titles in my opinion and has seen few changes than I expected, however, new boss battles camera techniques and level designs bring such a fresh new take on the way this game is played that I can look passed the hack and slash redundancy at times. The world of Marvel is at your very fingertips in this phenomenal title and there is fun to be had. The real magic is when you can get a group of friends together to play as a team, unfortunately for me I have none (friends with a Switch, I do have friends),I did try the online matchmaking a few times but with the difficulty of communication and lack of giving a s$%t I found that it just wasn’t as fun with complete strangers, luckily, I know from previous titles that this game comes together with friends and with this being my favourite of the 3 titles, I imagine it being way more fun and immersive as ever.