Community Review: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

Saved the world over the weekend? Kicked Ultron’s arse a few times? Then let’s have a chat.

The couch co-op fun of Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order hit the Switch late last week and if you like comic book heroes doing comic book things, it’s a pretty good time. It’s not likely to end up on other platforms any time soon, given Nintendo’s financial backing in the project, but if you’ve got a few Joy-Cons or Pro Controllers that aren’t drifting to the side, it’s a great way to burn a few hours with friends.

[referenced url=”” thumb=”×231.png” title=”Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Kotaku Review” excerpt=”Heroes from all corners of the Marvel universe unite to stop mad titan Thanos from collecting six Infinity Stones and unleashing their vast destructive power. What took the Marvel cinematic universe a decade and 23 movies to achieve, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order gets done in one game, and I didn’t sleep through any of it (looking at you, Marvel movies).”]

Mikey found the game, which arrives nearly a decade after the last Marvel Ultimate Alliance game, played like a classic co-op game from the PS2 era. Except, of course, you can play it on the train and the cel-shaded style is a lot sharper and vibrant these days.

The story really only functions as a medium for getting all the Marvel heroes on the same page. The puzzling elements aren’t anything fancy, but there’s some nice visual variety in the level design, the bosses all challenge different team compositions differently, and the game encourages different hero mixes with the synergy link system.

I didn’t play the original Marvel Ultimate Alliance games, so I’m curious if there’s any fans of the originals who have picked up the latest version. Everything I’ve seen so far looks like a blast, so I’m looking forward to getting a few friends around at some point. It looks like an arcade-type experience, reminding me a little of a few years back when Tegan and I played through the Gauntlet remake on PS4. That was a blast.

Have you played Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 yet, and if so, what do you think? And how does it compare solo to group play?

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