Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 Update - New playable characters and sim missions DLC

We get a look at some of the content in the new downloadable content pack from Activision and Vicarious Visions.

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Now that Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 has been released into the wild and fans have plowed their way through both of the game's campaigns, it's likely that people are experiencing a need for some more things to do. Fortunately, Activision and developer Vicarious Visions have been thinking ahead. Albany-based Vicarious is currently putting the finishing touches on a sizable chunk of downloadable content that's set to give fans of the game more to do and more characters to do it with. The upcoming DLC pack is set to feature several new playable characters, made up of heroes and villains, and new simulator missions. We recently had the chance to try out some of the upcoming content and will be sharing our thoughts during the next two weeks. This week, we're talking Psylocke, Carnage, and two new sim missions: Balance and Insidious Alliance.

Hello, Psylocke!

X-Men fans will likely be very pleased at the addition of Psylocke to the roster. The psychic ninja's model looks great and is curvy in all the places fans will want it to be. Her default outfit is based on the iconic blue ninja outfit we all know and love, with some nice subtle touches and two-toed ninja shoes. Her alternate outfit is based on one of her more modern suits, which is a bummer since we were hoping for Lady Mandarin armor, but so it goes. Psylocke's powers are a nice mix of some of her classic powers and some ninja moves. Her katana lunge is a forward charge using her psychic knife. The butterfly kick is a short series of kicks. Psionic bolts are psi bolts that stun enemies. Finally, the triple strike is a series of three slashes. We've tried a few of her fusions with different characters and are pretty pleased by how she fits in to the mix of powers. What we've seen skews more toward clearing and guided fusions, which are handy.

Spider-Man fans should be cool with the inclusion of Carnage to the roster of villains in MUA2. You can never have enough crazy symbiote-powered nutjobs in your baddie options. The twisted villain comes rocking his classic black and red gooey costume, which makes an unsettling squishing sound as he moves. We didn't get a look at his alternate outfit, but we reckon it will be equally freaky. In terms of powers, Carnage doesn't overlap too much with Venom. Lunatic lunge is a handy charge that sends him barreling into foes, biting everyone along the way. Symbiote surprise shoots out tendrils to impale anything around him, and you can extend them by mashing the B button. Berserk blade keeps it simple and has him toss a massive axe at his foes. Finally, slice 'n dice hacks up nearby foes with blades. Carnage's fusions share some similarities with Venom's, but they do differ a bit.

Fact: Psylocke is a distant relative of the neurotic Pokemon, Psyduck. Or not.

The two sim missions stick to what's fun about the game: beating things up. Balance is a fun challenge that has you moving to keep ahead of an energy wave. The catch is that you can't get too far ahead due to an energy wall directly ahead of you that is positioned a set distance away from the advancing wall, essentially boxing you in. You'll have to deal with enemies that drop in as well as random obstacles like doors, which you'll have to bash down. As in all the sim missions, things get nuts the longer you last, with more challenging enemies getting dropped in. Insidious Alliance is a good timed challenge that plays out like a survival mode with midbosses. You'll face a who's who of all the heroes and villains you took on in both campaigns. As you clear each wave, you'll have a breather to break open some crates and restore what health you can. If you manage to make it to the end, you get to face Carnage, which is as hard as you'd expect a battle against a symbiote sociopath to be. Thankfully you'll be rewarded for your efforts with new boosts. In addition, the DLC pack will let you earn new achievement points or trophies, depending on your platform of choice.

If all this sounds good to you, just wait until you hear about the other stuff Vicarious is tossing into the upcoming DLC. The content is set to hit before the end of the year. Check back on November 4 for more word on what's coming in the DLC.

Discussion

134 comments
Human-Pheonix
Human-Pheonix

Will Someone tell me how to get Juggernaut? I already Downloaded him but I can't seem to get it. Do I play the game again Unlock the Hulk What?

Human-Pheonix
Human-Pheonix

Sweet they have The Smoking Hot Psylocke. Now if they only add ALL the Hotties of the Marvel Universe. Especailly Rouge and Emma Frost.

pkujulo2
pkujulo2

issizots, I don't have a problem with paying for DLC, but $10 is just too greedy.

issizots
issizots

I TOTALLY agree with you @VandymanNKU, people ALWAYS whine about stuff. they forget that it COSTS the developers time and money to develope new DLC content so ofcourse they HAVE to charge.

issizots
issizots

Even though I really am glad the DLC is out I am alittle dissapointed that it's $10.00. I would have been more than happy to pay $5.00 for it for only 5 characters and ONLY two simulator missions inwhich they could had easily added more since it seems the simulator missions take place ni the same room unLIKE the first where you got to have different environments and it was just OVERALL more entertaining. I support DLC to the max and being we're at this phase of internet gaming people who want DLC have no right to whine, even if the price is a bit steep, I thought it was but i'm NOT complaining and i just bought it. i prolly won't get to the game until Im taking a break on dragon age lol cuz i just started that game and for the LIFE OF ME everytime i tried to play it the past 2 nights i've been too tired to hold my eyes open to even play. So the hour i've actaully played as my human commoner warrior i'll catch up on tonight. If my friend does get this DLC add on then i'll pop it in and play coop with him but if not ill just wait. I also thought this DLC was going to ADD more trophies to the game? I looked at my trophy list before I downloaded and it said it has 51 trophies and after installation of new dlc it STILL has 51 so i guess and HOPEFULLY they won't stop here with dlc i hope they make MORE dlc that hopefully will add OMEGA RED!!

issizots
issizots

and MR Sinister, maybe even apacolypse himself! Even though he's the uLTIMATE BAD AZZ they could alter him weaker due to something that coulda happened to make him more vulnerable so he can atleast die lol. Also a great Sim mission where you fight sintinels would be SO GREAT, and be that add new Aerial fusions and possible sentinel specific fusions due to the sentinels SUPER toughness. But get the sim mission OUt of that retarted small weapon x like room or nut house padded wall room(lol) and add the sentinel Sim Mission in the City of even multiple game levels where you can climb the buildings to fight the sentinels hands/head where before you climb you take out his feet, and when you're on top of the building do an aerial fusion specific ONLY for sentinels for each hero/villian. Would ALSO be GREAT if they had a HeroVSVillian royal rumble to give you ultimate rewards for each character you win with, maybe a new power/fusion specific or even another costume(inwhich i would disagree for that weak of n award. Also Cyplops is in the PS2/WII/PSP version of the game but not in the ps3/360 versions, i'd rather see nightcrawler/Mistique before cyclops anyway due to nightcrawlers abilities to teleport(which lack in this game) and Mistique for her support for magneto and his army of bad villians. ANyways i'm going to run, have fun with the new dlc, and message me if any ofyou hear about new trophys for the game on ps3.. thanks....

Hizakii
Hizakii

yes carnage! please add ghost rider. buying dlc for a game u like means you also support the team who developed the game you bought in the first place so why not.

VandymanNKU
VandymanNKU

Right there with ya Barighm, people just like to cry. If a game doesn't do DLC; people whine. If they do DLC, people whine. So lets boycott everything. Why don't we demand that GTA, Fallout, and Rockband give away their DLC free too. Everyone wanted online gaming, well welcome to the future it brings with it. It is what it is. If you didn't like the game or are cheap then don't buy it. I liked the game, and I like Carnage and Cable so I'll prolly get it. Got my fingers crossed that add Cyclops too. So child please.

mad_marvy
mad_marvy

This game is shaping up to be quite cool, I hope they release more DLC for this in the future with more characters like Punisher, Namor, Emma Frost, Spiderwoman & Vision (more avenger & x-men characters basically) They don't want to admit they have rushed the game but at least they want to extend it and keep people happy!

Barighm
Barighm

*sigh* People complain when developers don't announce any plans for DLC at launch, then they complain the DLC should have been included in the final product if they do announce plans for DLC at launch. They just can't win. Stop judging this DLC. We don't even know all of its new features yet. This article only reveals a small portion of the new DLC. Wait for the whole reveal before complaining plz.

bnolan25
bnolan25

I just hope they put in Colossus and Cyclops

JazhS04
JazhS04

That's business. They release the game in september and release dlc just a few months later of course to make more money. They should have put these dlc content and characters in the game which was released in september, that would've been fair. but it's just about money you know. they will release even more dlc packs each of them will cost 9.99 bucks i think then you play the characters and after a few hours you have enough of the new characters.

reddo123456789
reddo123456789

whats gonna happen if you don't pay for dlc?? you think they're just gonna go 'you know what, you are all totally right. here have all the free dlc you want'. you're all dreamin, you can't fight the power. if they're not gonna get paid for developing new content, hey big surprise, they won't develop new content. boycott it til you turn blue in the face, it won't change a thing. i like dlc, i will continue to buy it. i'm just spewin it gonna cost me twice the amount to get it than most of you. and you're still complainin. weak america, real weak.

DFen
DFen

well part 1 of this game was fun and Im guessing this one is even more fun of course, why it got a 7.5 ?

Neo_Geno
Neo_Geno

Welcome to the world of economics. If you don't like it, that's your problem.

Misfit119
Misfit119

beak1313: No such luck. You know it's going to be at least 5 bucks for a faster but somewhat weaker Venom and yet ANOTHER X-Man. You're basically buying it for the trophies. And Psylocke sounds like she's going to have some overlap with Deadpool which is annoying. @Bloodnumber: preach to the masses brother! Teach them of the stupidity of "if you don't like it don't buy it"! Break the fanboys!

beak1313
beak1313

I just hope this is free!! So we can all get it and not have to dish out extra money for it. Its like buying a hot dog at the hot dog stand and then you have to pay for mustard too. It really grinds my gears!

ronedaddy
ronedaddy

yo bloodnumber i swear i got ya back on this one

Exclusive_
Exclusive_

bloodnumber if nobody hears you lord know i do.

Kyuubi_Vegetto
Kyuubi_Vegetto

bloodnumber we use to buy expansion packs No PC gamers bought Expansion Packs for anywhere from 30-50 dollars we console gamers never bought expansion packs casue they didn't exist for the platform. And no the don't buy if you don't like it mantra still stands developers don't have to make content especially content with no real importance to the game free if they don't won't to.

noahmorrow07
noahmorrow07

hhhmmmmm looks good im confused though is carnage and phlylock the onlyones or r they comming woth more out and if they are is it all in one pack ??

jjakasmokie
jjakasmokie

not that much i don't think i will be adding this when it first comes out i'll wait

Rippedentrails
Rippedentrails

Looks like 'Exclusive' has some problems he needs to work out...

geddy_2112
geddy_2112

"you americans have it cheap anyway. in australia its at least 80 bucks for a new game and at least 15 for dlc." LOL Aussie stock market =fail.

bloodnumber
bloodnumber

come on people. Dont give into dlc like this. You are being robed of your money. Your. "if you dont like it dont buy it" statements are sad. Dlc came be a great thing. but not when its something as dumb as this. we use to buy expansion packs that had so much more meaningful content. Now we pay 5-10 bucks for new characters, or in street fighter new costumes, or horse armor, its ridiculous! This content should be free! So stand up for yourself and everyone else. No More Bad over priced dlc!

bloodnumber
bloodnumber

Norwegicus said: @bloodnumber But every thing they are involved in are usually rushed to the point of total disappointment and made so that at least 10 expansion packs with almost no content are following. Quality come second to quantity with that company. beautify said

RockZillaX
RockZillaX

@ reddo123456789 yeah man.. I'm in AU as well.. strangely we are at all time high of USD0.9300 but an Xbox 360 Elite is as low as $299USD but here in Australia we have a Xbox 360 Elite retail at $449AUD. The new Modern Warfare 2 250gig 360 is retailing for $599AUD here but in the USA it will be $399USD.. Games as you say are minimum $80 here but the normal retail at EB and the like is anything from $109AUD to $119AUD where as in the USA the same game at the same retail outlet (EB/Gamestop) is $59.99USD. Taking into consideration the we get an exchange rate peak of 0.9270 AUD/USD today.. And as far as DLC/Xbox Live/PSN DLC goes we pay close to as much as double what Americans pay. 12months XBL pre paid Gold is $89.00AUD at EB and $99AUD at Kmart in the USA at EB they are $49.99USD. I think its really really unfair. I know this has nothing to do with this DLC but just thought I'd make a point. Even though I feel this way I will gladly pony up the funds for decent DLC and games. I just choose my retailers carefully. Play-Asia FTW

reddo123456789
reddo123456789

you americans have it cheap anyway. in australia its at least 80 bucks for a new game and at least 15 for dlc.

Neomaniac15
Neomaniac15

Good! exactly what i was looking for! when all the DLC comes out i'll have to re-review the game.

beak1313
beak1313

That is awesome that we get new sim missions and characters in the dlc pack. Carnage and Psylocke are awesome characters too!! I dont want to have to pay for them though i already dished out almost 60 bucks for the game. I got the first ultimate alliance and then i got the hero villian pack with the dlc. When they came out with that gold edition for 60 bucks a few months later with everyone on it i was a bit upset cause i really ended up spending like 75 bucks on the game with the dlc. Batman had free dlc... i know its different but still.

sonicare
sonicare

I dont normally have issues with DLC, but it's kind of poor form for a game that was just released to already have a payable DLC coming out soon.

KC_Chiefs_4Life
KC_Chiefs_4Life

My guess, another $9.99 for DLC lol. If its 4 or 5 bucks then no prob. But seeing as they threw in 2 more sim. missions, that bumps up the price automatically like theirs a lot being offered here (pffffffffffft). I may or may not get this, can't say yet.

rann89
rann89

DLC? I'm not interested until they say how much it's going to cost.

reddo123456789
reddo123456789

like so many people have already said, if you dont like dlc don't pay for it. all i know is that some of the best gamin experiences i've had recently have been from dlc. the lost and the damned rocked so hard, i couldn't put it down, and the dlc for oblivion turns it from a great game to one of the best for x360. so go spend your money on your house, your car and your bike (brag much?) but don't have a cry when you dont have enough spare change to make a good game great.

urmom191
urmom191

Carnage=the most win i've ever seen in a DLC pack. seriously this is the greatest/most unexpected surprise ever. thank you activision

NuGundam_20
NuGundam_20

My Bad RockZillaX I was talking to Supafly about the Luke Cage thing. I didn't specify. I agree that the the game's previous roster was better. Silver Surfer, Doctor Strange, Colossus, Moon Knight. I too wish they just added characters. I don't have MUA for next gen (had it for ps2) but that same old cast you're talking about makes me want to get the original one to play as them. Like you said, in a perfect world....

Exclusive_
Exclusive_

To reddo123456789 not trying to put you out there but you don't know me or for that matter what i have. im just being real about this. DLC is a bad thing that is used in the wrong way period if you like paying for more content then cool but why put more money in a game that should have had it in the first place. for me im not into games like that anymore i rather do something to my house no my car oh wait my bike damn sorry got to much stuff at the age of 26 lol job wow good one!!

RockZillaX
RockZillaX

@NuGundam_20 I largely agree with you though I didnt bring up Luke Cage. As for The Goblin I am well aware of his notoriety for sure, I just feel that the roster of the previous game was better. I would rather them have not taken anyone out but only added many more. In a perfect world.

Diernes
Diernes

Nice, Psylocke.... Might give this a rental.

bloodnumber
bloodnumber

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bloodnumber
bloodnumber

oh yeah. Im not saying im opposed to dlc. games like guitar hero, or fallout have great DLC. But this is clearly planed out dlc that should be free.

bloodnumber
bloodnumber

Hey every one. Lets boycott this dlc if its not free. Unless the game is expanded why should we have to pay for a few extra characters? They in no way add to the core game experience. Also, remember expansions for the computer? remember the cost of those expansions and all that they gave you? For 20 bucks you got your self a whole new game to play if it was done right. By buying into this over priced dlc we are saying its ok to rob us. So stand up and say No! to over priced uninspired DLC.

chesucks
chesucks

Where are the "new" characters, level, and a way to fix the bug/glitch's in the game?

NuGundam_20
NuGundam_20

SupaflyGamer25 and RockZilla, The reason why Luke cage is in is because he plays a large role in the comics right now the last few years. He has a prominent role in the New Avengers being right at the forefront and was even offered the role of leader but turned it down. And RockZilla, Goblin (or Norman Osborn) has been one of the most important villains recently. He's the commander of Shield (now HAMMER), formed a dark Avengers and is the cause of Marvel's current main event Dark Reign. Even then he's Spider-Man's greatest villain. He's Spider-Man's Joker and if you don't know why, please check up on the impact he's played on Spider-Man's life. You might understand why he's playable. Spider-man's arch-nemesis should be in this game, especially if Venom is.

jrisme
jrisme

I think downloadable content is cool. Most of the time A game has a deadline to meet with limited time to come up with content. Testing and all that can take a long time. If they give you downloadable content later. They can stretch the game deadlines and give you more. Yeah sure the game will cost you more money in the long run. but if you don't like it. don't buy it. I have a ton of games i've downloaded content for, and even more I haven't. Now if you want to rant about something. Buying closthes for your avatar???? Now thats stupid..

BigBacon87
BigBacon87

I don't understand why people are complaining about DLC. Nobody has a gun to your head. Don't buy it if you don't want to just play the game you purchased and be content. If you think everything possible should be included in the game then games would never come out at all because you can always add to certain experiences. Think before you type if at all possible. On the subject it's nice to hear by the time Im finished going through the game there will be fresh content. Ive been pickin away at it in pieces as I have alot of other games on my plate right now, with more coming this week.

Zazabar11
Zazabar11

DLC isn't terrible. I don't like when they plan on releasing the stuff before the damn game comes out. That, to me, says something. I do like me some good DLC, just wish the damn games weren't $60 in the first place. lol money

reddo123456789
reddo123456789

dlc is awesome. it allows companys to release games earlier, gauge what parts of a game are successful, then add to it in a way they have never been able to do before. what, you can't spare 15 bucks for this sort of experience? get real buddy, and get a job while your at it.

Exclusive_
Exclusive_

I think DLC have started something that should even been started in the first place a incomplete game were developer can mike more and more money out of gamer which is sad. t