For a £32 re-release of a decade-old game, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance was in a right sorry state when the minimally-revamped version hit Steam in July, and its sequel wasn’t in much better shape. MUA didn’t recognise Xbox controller buttons correctly, sound crackled, and none of the first game’s DLC characters were included. For £30, I’d expect proper definitive editions of the superhero action-RPGs. Heck, I’d hope for full remakes. At the very least, I’d want a working game. Anyway, now Activision say they’ve patched many of the major problems and they have the DLC coming too.
“We are still working on making the DLC for the first Marvel: Ultimate Alliance available in the coming weeks as a free update,” Activision told Eurogamer. They also detailed the latest patch:
Controller mapping improvements that address both Xbox One and Xbox 360 buttons, triggers, and a problem specifically with the A button.
General improvements to audio and fixes for the crackling sounds.
Improvements to player invitations for Marvel Ultimate Alliance.
UI updates and fixes for desync/disconnection issues when playing online.
Yep, a lot of folks were complaining about those all right. Seeing as this is the first time Ultimate Alliance 2 has been released on PC – only the first was before – it’s a shame the launch has been so messy.
The new releases were handled by Zoe Mode but ultimately these issues not being caught falls on Activision, the publisher. Recognising buttons as different buttons on perhaps the most popular PC controller is not a subtle problem, after all.
I’d still wait to see they shape up but if you really want a go now, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance and Ultimate Alliance 2 are £31.99/39,99€/$39.99 seprately on Steam or £39.99/59,99€/$59.99 together in a bundle.