- System: Nintendo Switch
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Developer: Team Ninja
- Release Date: July 19, 2019
- Rating: T for Teen
- Genre: Action, RPG
- Players: 1-4
- Official Website: https://marvelultimatealliance3.nintendo.com/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Seeing as how it’s been a while since Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 has been released, let us explain the main idea behind Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order. As mentioned above, players take control of 4 heroes teams—you can switch between those four at any time—and beat down random baddies as well as large named villains who we won’t spoil their appearance in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order. Akin to most action RPGs, you control your character and unleash basic combos, special attacks and level up as you play. Where Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order succeeds is that it allows players to choose from nearly 50 heroes—more being added via DLC—and create your dream teams! Want Spider Man, Captain America, Groot/Rocket Raccoon and Ghost Rider on a team? You can do that in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order! There’s millions of combinations and things only get better once you realize how those teams can be even better in combat.
Like most action themed RPGs, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order has each character controlling similarly. There are your light and heavy attacks, your special attacks and your various motions movements. Falcon and Star Lord have flight so they can hover in the air for extra skills or you have Spider Man and his ability to web swing around. Add this assortment of abilities together and you’ll find Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order gives each character a wide assortment of abilities that only go further when you realize they can be combined with other heroes! Chain together various hero skills and you can make some truly wicked combos that lead to not only increased damage on enemies but visual treats that will make your inner childhood smile.
Speaking of combat, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is pretty simple but has some unique concepts. Enemies usually play out like most beat ‘em ups where you lay waste to them till their health bar drops. Where Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order gets tougher—and more interesting—is when you get to enemies that have stagger bars. These purple bars give the enemy an almost second health but also comes at a cost for them. If that bar depletes, it allows the player time to lay waste to them as they are stunned and this especially applies to bosses. When an enemy is stunned, you’ll find unleashing your special moves is the most punishing motion to make and will net you an easier win on harder difficulties as you play.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order might seem like the ultimate action RPG—pun very much intended—but not everything is heroic in this title. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order suffers from a few problems the biggest of which comes in the form of the camera and graphics. There are two camera options in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order one being the top down perspective and the other being the heroic camera. The heroic camera is pretty neat allowing players to almost make Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order a third person action title but the top down camera—and sometimes the heroic one—suffer from strange movements when you are in closed rooms or tight corridors. When you do see the game closer up, you also will notice that Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order kind of looks dated. When you have titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Odyssey, you know the Switch is capable of a lot more. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order doesn’t look horrible mind you, but it looks a few years older than what it should be and that is even more noticeable on a monitor versus the handheld mode.
The last glaring issue in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order can be its repetitive gameplay. When you’re playing with friends and trying to master the art of combining skills together—which is tough— Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is fun and rarely boring. Alone though, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order can become repetitive after several hours of gameplay. While the leveling up system is robust offering incentive to level grind characters, gameplay rarely divulges from how it starts even when you gain all the heroes. We didn’t feel Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order gets boring, but it can become a bit stale after several or more hours alone.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Fun story with great narrative from characters
- Huge roster of heroes with more promised allows players to use their favorites and make the ultimate team ups
- Ability to play co-op makes combat even more exciting and frantic
- RPG elements are truly robust with huge amounts of abilities to gain for heroes
- Heroic camera mode gives you a nice angle at all the high-octane action
- Single player can become a bit repetitive alone
- The camera does sometimes get caught in odd ways
- Graphically not the best Nintendo Switch game