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    A CHALLENGER APPROACHES: Phoenix and Gambit Confirmed For M:UA2

    By | July 23rd, 2009
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    With San Diego Comic Con in full effect, all kinds of news has been flowing in from all angles. It’s hard to keep up with, especially with us not being there (this year), but I figured there was one thing we could definitely report on, and that is the new character’s for Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2! So check behind the cut for some classy pictures as well as some commentary.

    Man, check her out. Looks great, doesn’t she? I know. I know! Here’s the thing, though – Jean was dead when Civil War happened. Grant Morrison killed her. So, out of everyone in the Marvel Universe, why her? I’m not really sure. Some of the choices for characters in this game are really quite peculiar. Even though Jean is cool to have available, I just can’t see myself ever wanting to use her. Not with the other characters available. Nothing against Jean but her powers seem kind of boring, and it’s not like I can’t just use the Human Torch for all my flame related attacks. So I’m not overly crazy about this pick.

    Gambit, on the other hand, is CLEARLY fan service. Most people who read comics don’t actually like Gambit, whereas most people who don’t do. I don’t know why this is. Probably because they don’t know how much of an unbelievable dick Gambit is. Regardless, he looks awesome. His costume has got a lot of cool little extra details thrown in there that I’m very impressed with. However, in past games (i.e. X-Men Legends) Gambit has been a pretty cruddy character to use. His power is cool in theory but it doesn’t work that well. At least, not in comparison to characters with similar base skills. He is also another complete oddball choice, all things considered, because Gambit wasn’t with the X-Men during Civil War. My guess is he is, like I said, just fan service.

    All in all, this is pretty underwhelming. I feel like the game is being bogged down with X-People, even though that’s not the case. It just strikes me that these two are too … not important. Does that translate well? In the big scheme of things as far as Civil War goes, the X-Men didn’t matter. They had a side mini. None of the X-Men even really appeared in the story, save Wolverine (if I remember correctly). I feel like Marvel and Activision would have been better suited just sticking to the rest of the Marvel U and characters that had a part to play in the story.

    Then again, Deadpool is a character just to appease fans, so that throws that out the window, doesn’t it?

    Matthew Meylikhov

    Once upon a time, Matthew Meylikhov became the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Multiversity Comics, where he was known for his beard and fondness for cats. Then he became only one of those things. Now, if you listen really carefully at night, you may still hear from whispers on the wind a faint voice saying, "X-Men Origins: Wolverine is not as bad as everyone says it issss."