Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 came out of nowhere when it was announced at the 2018 Video Game Awards. What was even more unexpected was that developer Team Ninja was behind the game, and it was being published exclusively for the Switch by Nintendo themselves.
The game manages to retain the qualities of its predecessors while improving in most areas of the franchise. You can check out Culture of Gaming’s very own review written by John Powell.
Fortunately for fans of the game, we also know that there are a few DLC expansions coming to the game, the earliest of which releases on September 30th. What exactly should come in these packs?
We already know that every pack has at least four characters in it, with the possibility of more. But for a $20 expansion, I would sure hope I’m getting more than twelve new characters to play. Without new content you’d just be replaying previously done levels or Infinity Trials but with new characters. Talk about a lame deal.
Instead, there are ideally two major factors that should be bundled with the new characters. The first is a new chapter. The base game has ten chapters, and depending on what difficulty you play on, it can take anywhere from say thirty minutes to about an hour. Sometimes more, or less depending on how much you explore.
If they add a new chapter to every pack that tells the story of the characters being included, it not only allows for a fresh experience for players but also deepens the storytelling of the game. Which is overall generic, so some boost in content could help even the playing field.
Each chapter would then also include new bosses. For the Fantastic Four Doctor Doom could appear, or Galactus. For the X-Men, we could see Mr. Sinister or Apocalypse. One thing the game does very well is making every boss fight stand out from the rest. No two feel the same, and each will test you in various ways before you become successful.
More Infinity Trials
The second large content boost that each pack should have is a new Rift that adds some more Infinity Trials. These are basically a series of various challenges that reap large rewards. From unlocking new characters, EXP Cubes, and Ability Points. Even if they’re smaller sized rifts like Gamma, the first one you unlock.
Getting challenges suited more to the new characters you’re getting would justify the price of the DLC and the inability to pick and choose which packs you can or cannot get. Since it is an all or nothing deal, only adding new characters is going to turn a lot of people away from purchasing it.
Not everyone cares about the Fantastic Four, Marvel Knights, or X-Men. Which means some people will only have a hand full of characters they care about being added when contemplating the purchase. But some small content boosts can go a long way to securing more buyers.
Knowing exactly what characters they’re going to add to Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is tough. Especially since the inclusion of some characters in the base game has left me scratching my head. We have Crystal and Bloodstone in the game, but no playable Ant-Man? Nova is playable in most other Marvel games but he gets the slip here?
Both have perfect play styles that would match this sort of game perfectly. Fortunately, we do have confirmation on some characters we can expect to be added.
- Moon Knight (confirmed)
- Blade (confirmed)
- Punisher (confirmed)
- Moon Knight (confirmed)
- Cloak & Dagger
- Nightmare (Unlocked Through Trial)
- Colossus (confirmed, free)
- Cyclops (confirmed, free)
- Mystique (Unlocked Through Trial)
- Jean Grey
- Mr. Fantastic
- Invisible Woman
- The Thing
- Human Torch
- Silver Surfer
- Super Skrull
- Doctor Doom (Unlocked Through Trial)
Give Me More Style Please
By far the most disappointing aspect of Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is the quality of alternative skins for characters. Yeah, the camera angles can sometimes be a pain, but you can adjust quickly to where that’s no longer an issue.
But the skins you get are basically just pallet swaps. While some may resemble other versions of the characters, such as Grey Hulk, or Armored Spider-Man, others are just different colors completely. Even in the original game, you could unlock skins that actually altered the way your character looked.
It’s especially sad when you consider the fact that there’s only one skin available for characters too. Not only are the skins of poor quality, but there’s also no variety. We know that the game will receive some support in this regard. Hopefully, it comes sooner rather than later.
What do you think of Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 so far? What do you want to wind up seeing added from the character packs? Make sure to let us know in the comments below!