Howdy gamers, it’s GODmadethunder with the May 11th, 2016 edition of Way Back Wednesday!!! This weeks game is Ultimate Alliance. I chose this game for a very special reason. I mean after all, Captain America: Civil War was released just last Friday (*hint hint*) so in relation I’ll be playing a marvel superhero game. I’m gonna take this as a bit of a warm-up to get back in the comics.
Ultimate Alliance was released in 2006, the same year as the Wii and a year after 360 was released. (so consider this retro!) I first played it on the Wii and I loved it, but I lost the disc. However a couple of years ago I bought a copy for the 360 thinking it would be better, but it was pretty much the same exact game even graphic wise.
Doctor Doom has assembled an evil villain squad called the Masters of Evil and of course like always they’re trying to kill everything. At least that’s what you think when you first pop it in, but as you play through the game it unravels into this amazing adventure of a video game. When the game starts you get a cutscene of a crashing SHIELD Helicarrier and an infuriated Nick Fury shouting out demands. Then Doom appears on the screen and declares his greedy plan to rule the world and how we don’t stand a chance. That’s when the good colonel sends out an SOS to all superheroes and the game starts.
The gameplay is very strangely unique and I’ve never played a game like this on a console. You start out with Cap, Wolverine, Thor, and Spider-Man. You can control any of these four heroes at any time by a press of the D-Pad. All superheroes have their own kick-ass attacks and special moves. After a while it gets repetitive which is why there are over 22 playable superheroes to try out. As for me, I pretty much stick with the same team. I always gotta have Wolverine, he’s pretty much the strongest in the whole game because his attacks are quick and cause a lot of damage. Also gotta have Captain America, his shield attack is wavy. I switch out and use a combination of Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Deadpool since they could fly. Except for Deadpool, he just teleports. You can make your own superhero team and name it and even choose a symbol. You can also roll out with existing teams such as the Fantastic Four and X-Men.
I’m not gonna spoil anything, but the story is splendidly epic. When you’re not playing the story mode, you can walk around in the HQ and talk to other heroes. Trivia games, cutscene reviews, comic book missions and covers are also available. There are 5 HQ’s throughout the game, each specific to a storyline. Stark Tower, Dr. Strange’s Mansion, Asgard, the Moon, and then back to a robot zombified Stark Tower.
Ultimate Alliance is one of my all time favorites, and as with every game that we hold dear to our hearts we hope the sequel will be just as good. At the end of Ultimate Alliance, we see a pissed off Galactus crushing a holograph that resembled the earth. Perfect setup for a sequel, right? Well the developers didn’t think so, as a matter of fact Galactus is nowhere to be found in Ultimate Alliance 2. That game was one of the biggest disappointments of my childhood. (along with Sonic 06 and Dragon Ball Z Kai). Regardless of the crappy sequel, Ultimate Alliance (ONE) is totally badass. An easy 9 out of 10 from me.
Last modified: May 25, 2016