Community Review: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

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.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Kotaku Review

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).

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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?


  • I have only played about an hour’s worth so far but the camera is quite annoying. The fidelity of the graphics seem quite good but you do notice a slight difference in handheld mode. But not enough to bother me while playing. I do wish you could remap the controls though as I would like to be able to change the dodge/roll button.

  • Overall it’s a fun game, but still a pale shadow of the first two games in terms of depth of content.

    Each character only has one costume whereas MUA2 had 4 alternates for each (and they’re just colour palette swaps so nothing spectacular). There’s no in game trivia like the previous games had. And despite there being a reasonable number of heroes to choose from, my friends and I kept wishing that other NPCs like Valkyrie, Odin, Cosmo and Nova were playable.

    The camera can get quite frustrating at times, and its annoying that the fights don’t scale to your heroes levels so you have to spend time grinding out levels on characters you may otherwise not play just to do the Infinity challenges to unlock the costume for the hero you want.

    Also, the writing in this game is just terrible. The heroes spend a lot of time just standing around watching the bad guys take/use the Infinity Stones or just letting them escape. It’s maddeningly frustrating at times!

  • I think I’m about halfway. Put in a few hours by myself and a few with my 9 year old.

    If you’re on the fence, stay on the fence. The biggest issues are graphics and the camera. The camera is mostly okay for one player but not good for two. The graphics look very last gen. The corridors look awful – the character models are excellent – and the framerate chugs. Since the gampeplay is quite good, playing it you almost wish for a 60fps 4K Xbox one X version…. the characters would look great but then the corridors would look even plainer.

    The best isometric looter on switch remains the blurry but smooth and rich Diablo 3.

  • I’ve been playing Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order with my older brother, as a couch co-op game.

    We played the original MUA on the Nintendo Wii, which we had a lot of fun with, but we were pretty disappointed by the second one, which was inspired by the Civil War comics.

    With MUA3, it’s… not bad, but it’s not amazing either. Here’s my personal pros and cons wit the game:

    + Easy control scheme, not at all hard to get into;
    + A lot of characters play quite similar to one another, so there’s no OP or weak characters;
    + Decent graphics for a Switch title, with a fairly good soundtrack;
    + A huge roster to choose from, with influence from the MCU (your favourite mainstream Marvel character(s) are most likely in there somewhere);
    + A fun game to play with friends/family as a couch co-op title.

    – Story, writing and dialog feel like a Saturday morning cartoon show for kids;
    – The game’s camera can be bloody atrocious at times, like really bad (if you are playing solo, change the camera mode in the options menu from ‘classic’ to ‘heroic’);
    – Game play and overall combat can become repetitive over time;
    – When there are a lot of enemies on screen, combat can get hectic and confusing (especially with the crappy camera).

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