The single player of the game is spread out between 5 acts that will take you to locations such as Stark Tower, Underwater Atlantis, a possessed circus carnival, Hell and Dooms Castle. The single player is relativly long and clocks in at around 8 hours or so [depending on how you flesh out the team, take on side quests etc etc].
The game starts off on a Helicarrier in space, Dr Doom is threatening Nick Fury and doing this Fury creates a super team from all the "MetaHumans" he can find, and there are plenty to choose from. The game has around 15 or so characters unlocked from the start including Wolverine, Spiderman, Ironman, Deadpool, The Fantastic Four, Thor, SpiderWoman and Captain America.
As you progress through the story there are additional characters for meeting specific objectives or attaining so many collectibles throughout the game eg// Daredevil and Black Panther are unlocked by finding 5 action figures throughout the game of the characters, Fury is bagged for completing the game, Silver Surfer for completing all comic boom missions and Ghost Rider for saving him in Hell.
If youve played XMen Legends then the gameplay here is exactly the same, you select a team of 4 characters and control them around the level collecting coins, equipment and going through the story. Characters can be levelled up to the max level of 99 and each character has atleast 3 different costumes to use each giving different abilities different boosts when worn.
The story itself is any comic book fans dream, Dr Doom has assembled the Masters of Evil and is trying to take over the world, you will fight enemies such as Galactus, Shocker, Rhino, Lizard, Fing Fang Foom, Mephisto, Arcade and Bullseye just to name a few, and characters from the series will have unique dialogue if in the team. Spidey will banter with Scorpion or Bullseye will have discussions about their past if Daredevil or Elektra feature in the team for example.
Theres nothing special about MUAs multiplayer component, but atleast its there. You and up to 3 friends can tackle the story mode, each person selecting 1 character or any of the available characters if less than 4 players are playing. You can do the story in coop [which basically you just play through it together] or you can turn on arcade mode which is all against all to see who the most useful hero was in each chapter.
Stats are tracked such as enemies killed, coins collected, and random things like who did the most grapples, who took least damage etc and your given points for each award you unlock, most awards is most useful hero and this mode ties into some achievements for winning so many rounds etc
However it must be said the MP is not a strong draw for the game, its there, it works, you wont be playing it forever
To be honest the graphics are probably the thing that let MUA down the most, but you must keep in mind this was a 2006 release game, the graphics arent terrible by any means but when you take the time to look at the characters in game then you can really see poor face textures and poor models, it seems all the guys have the same character model so you have Spiderman with the same build as Wolverine, just does tlook right
The sound is pretty poor to be honest as well, the voice acting is pretty good, infact Id say its better than most games, they have really captured Spidermans cockiness or Wolverines gruff voice, the background music is what really lets it down.
Too many times with the background music simply just stop and cut out and leave you playing the game without any [until the next checkpoint is reached or the boss your on is defeated]. To be honest this is unacceptable and can really leave you thinking, what the hell is going on?
A solid list of achievements, youll net about half of them by playing through the story as you have your standard ones like "Mephisto Was Defeated" etc etc, through this you also have you "Defeat 50, 200, 4000 enemies" achievement, as well as thowing people off ledges etc. Youll also get achievements for completing the game with 3 other players, winning so many Arcade mode matches, completing it on HARD and unlocking characters.
A fun list but will pose a challenge for the full 1000
1 set of DLC has been released for the game and that is the Hero and Villains packs, the packs can be bought individually for 500MSP or together for 800MSP. The DLC features 4 new characters in each pack
Hero: Nightcrawler, Cyclops, Hawkeye, Hulk
Villains: Dr Doom, Magneto, Venom, Sabretooth
and this comes with 12 new achievements, the basic ones are for unlocking all the costumes for all the new DLC and then you have achievements for story mode interactions [Sabretooth being confused for Wolverine, Cyclops meeting Jean]
This [for me] is where the game breaks down, they have released characters in DLC which are already in the game, mainly Dr Doom, Nightcrawler and Hulk, which means you can get Dr Doom on your side for the final Dr Doom fight [this is an achievement also] or choosing to save Jean [letting Nightcrawler die, and then have him on your side next level] which to be honest I think should not have happened.
The DLC is definatly worth it but as I said, for me I would have prefered these dual characters to have not been a part of it
Final Score - 8/10
HUGE roster of characters
Lots of customizability and replayability
Great gameplayer with a great story
Poor graphics on inspection
If your a Marvel fan and NOT played this game then shame on you, despite its flaws I personally consider this the greatest game on the 360 to date, definatly rent or buy it [only cheap now] if your slightly into comic books, watch out for MUA2 this fall!