Two classic action RPGs make their return in one downloadable package.

By Jason Venter

Activision Publishing and Marvel Entertainment have brought back a couple of popular action RPGs from the PlayStation 2 era, and you can find the pair of titles on Steam, the Xbox Game Store, or on PlayStation Live, starting today.

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 were originally released in 2006 and 2009, with development of the PlayStation 2 editions handled by Raven Software and n-Space. The updated versions feature improved visuals that should really bring the action to life on the new platforms, and allow a whole new generation of gamers see why Marvel: Ultimate Alliance is remembered so fondly by those who experienced it back in the day.

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance features more than 22 playable characters, and players can create teams to suit their playing style. More than 140 characters appear in all, including Captain America, Spider-Man, Wolverine, and plenty of others. There also is a local cooperative mode, and competitive online and local multiplayer modes are available to keep as many as four players busy at once.

In Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, things work largely the same way, with a roster that now includes more than 24 playable characters. The plot centers around the Superhuman Registration Act, which always does a nice job of making epic battles possible. Players will have to take sides in a conflict, which affects the missions, challenges, and threats they encounter.

The overall Marvel: Ultimate Alliance Bundle has an MSRP of $59.99, or you can purchase the individual titles for $39.99 each. Both games have been rated T for Teen by the ESRB. Are you interested in participating in the ultimate alliance?

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