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What Marvel's Avengers Could Learn From Marvel: Ultimate Alliance

Marvel Ultimate Alliance and X-Men Legends have several unique mechanics that could be beneficial in future Marvel titles to expand their gameplay.

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The release of Marvel’s Avengers has managed to fill a void while also highlighting an unfortunate gap in the release of modern superhero co-op games like Marvel: Ultimate Alliance and X-Men Legends. Marvel’s Avengers brought its comic book-inspired story to life under the development of Crystal Dynamics, bringing the popular characters of Marvel Comics to a third-person squad-based action game. While the genre lends itself to a particular style of action, there is a notable absence of the team dynamic made famous by the titular heroes.

The first assembling of the Avengers in the MCU saw the heroes combining their techniques and tactics to fend off an otherworldly invasion, showcasing the camaraderie and synergy of the six heroes. This is a dynamic that would persist throughout the MCU and in the four following Avengers movies especially. However, video game fans would have to go back to previous Marvel-based video games to see anything resembling a team-based system.

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