Saturday, May 20, 2006

Marvel-ous RPG

Activision promises to be the most ambitious rendering yet of the beloved, superhero-filled universe tie-up with the comic-book publisher Marvel. A new action-RPG entitled Marvel: Ultimate Alliance will let players take control of over 20 Marvel superheroes - including the likes of Spider-Man, Wolverine, Blade and Captain America - and over 140 superhuman Marvel characters will feature in the game.

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance sets out to innovate above and beyond the typical constraints of an RPG: in the game, players' actions will determine what happens to both the Earth and the Marvel universe. In the game, you will have to assemble a team of your favourite superheroes, which you will be able to level up individually or as a group.

Developer Raven is concentrating on the combat system, which will see battles take place in the air, underwater and on the ground, and which will feature grappling, blocking, dodging and chargeable Super Hero moves. The game's storyline will morph according to which missions players accept and objectives they achieve, and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance will have both on and offline co-operative modes, plus a competitive online mode.

Up to four players can take part in competitive online co-op play. There are also comic missions for each individual playable character that give backstory and pit the hero against his or her best-known enemy. The comic mission also gives three other online players a chance to play against villain bots.

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance will come out on all current-gen and next-gen platforms, and naturally the PC. It's due this autumn - and I'll bring you more specific info when I can. If Iron Man is one of the playable characters then I may even try it if it appears that it's more engaging than a mindless console beat-em-up with some RPG elements.


Anonymous said...

I watched the E3 trailer a while back and while I didn't explicitly see Iron Man in the in-game footage he does crop up in the pre-rendered footage for a split second.

As they've Doctor Strange in there unless they've hocked the rights to some other game developer I can't see why he wouldn't be playable.

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm...I might just upgrade my PC to play this....

Lieutenant General Creedon said...

What superheroes would you like to play in it?

Anonymous said...

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