Raven Software did a brilliant job. The game was getting hype all the way up to its release as being a video game based on a movie that wasn't actually a huge pile of crap. And after I played it (for about 4 solid hours) I think I called Cary and said three little words, "DOWNLOAD THE DEMO." Actually, it may have been four words, but I'm just going to ignore the likely expletive that I probably said. I mean, Game Informer's review of the game gave it an 8/10 with a second opinion of 9/10 -- do you need any more flashing lights before you head to Game Marketplace?
After I finished the game I was asked, "So are you going to get 'Marvel: Ultimate Alliance' now?" I think I laughed. But now... "Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2" rears its head and I can't help but pontificate. Let's compare, shall we?
The Hulk from M:UA(1)
The Hulk from M:UA2
There are definitely enough differences (seemingly, good) to make my head turn. But is it enough to make me buy it when it's released? That certainly remains to be seen. It's set for a Fall 2009 release and with Bioshock 2, Dante's Inferno, PES 2010, and Left 4 Dead 2 set for Fall 2009 release dates, this one may just get shoved under the rug.
But what's important is that this post has reminded me of something: Cary. Download the fucking demo. The expletive can no longer be ignored, and neither can Wolverine.