Your Marvel Comics Reading List Ahead Of Ultimate Alliance 3

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Your Marvel Comics Reading List Ahead Of Ultimate Alliance 3

For many fans, part of the fun of the previous Marvel Ultimate Alliance games is seeing all the character cameos, in-jokes, and other nods to the expanded Marvel fiction. From what we’ve seen of Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, that kind of encyclopedic knowledge of the fiction certainly isn’t necessary to have a good time. But, if you’d like to tap into that part of the experience, your go-to source is a deep dive into the backlog of the many comic stories referenced within the game.

We asked Marvel to help us curate a list that would help you do exactly that. Rather than trying to add in our two cents, we’d like to let Marvel’s team speak for themselves to introduce their suggested reading list.

But before we pass the baton to their prepared written thoughts on the subject, it’s worth sharing that all of the titles below can be tracked down through your local comic shop, often in either single issue or trade paperback format. In addition, you can find any and all of these entries available as digital comics, or you can purchase a subscription to Marvel Unlimited; that app is available on the App Store and Google Play, and opens up access to over 25,000 comics for a regular monthly subscription fee.

Your Marvel Comics Reading List Ahead Of Ultimate Alliance 3

about X hours ago from
Your Marvel Comics Reading List Ahead Of Ultimate Alliance 3

For many fans, part of the fun of the previous Marvel Ultimate Alliance games is seeing all the character cameos, in-jokes, and other nods to the expanded Marvel fiction. From what we’ve seen of Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, that kind of encyclopedic knowledge of the fiction certainly isn’t necessary to have a good time. But, if you’d like to tap into that part of the experience, your go-to source is a deep dive into the backlog of the many comic stories referenced within the game.

We asked Marvel to help us curate a list that would help you do exactly that. Rather than trying to add in our two cents, we’d like to let Marvel’s team speak for themselves to introduce their suggested reading list.

But before we pass the baton to their prepared written thoughts on the subject, it’s worth sharing that all of the titles below can be tracked down through your local comic shop, often in either single issue or trade paperback format. In addition, you can find any and all of these entries available as digital comics, or you can purchase a subscription to Marvel Unlimited; that app is available on the App Store and Google Play, and opens up access to over 25,000 comics for a regular monthly subscription fee.

Super Replay – God Hand Episode 20: The M.A.J.O.R. and the Minor: Part 2

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Super Replay – God Hand Episode 20: The M.A.J.O.R. and the Minor: Part 2

After a festive holiday season, Game Informer's annual 12.31 Super Replay usually brings suffering. In years past, this day has kicked off complete playthroughs of stinkers like Overblood, Overblood 2, Blue Stinger, Illbleed, Raw Danger, Martian Gothic: Unification, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Vampire Hunter D.

Figuring out which game will be honored with this spot is a stressful decision that usually takes a full year to figure out. That wasn't the case this year. The community figured it out for us. We had the somewhat official I Watched the Entire Overblood Super Replay group vote for a Super Replay earlier this year. With hundreds of votes cast, the poll ended in a tie between Killer 7 and God Hand. Rather than just flipping a coin to see which one we would do, I decided to record both of them. We knocked out Killer 7 earlier this year, and almost rolled right into God Hand, but couldn't find a window to get it done in a productive way. I shelved the Super Replay until 12.31. It was one of the games I was considering years ago for this spot anyway.

Super Replay – God Hand Episode 20: The M.A.J.O.R. and the Minor: Part 2

about X hours ago from
Super Replay – God Hand Episode 20: The M.A.J.O.R. and the Minor: Part 2

After a festive holiday season, Game Informer's annual 12.31 Super Replay usually brings suffering. In years past, this day has kicked off complete playthroughs of stinkers like Overblood, Overblood 2, Blue Stinger, Illbleed, Raw Danger, Martian Gothic: Unification, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Vampire Hunter D.

Figuring out which game will be honored with this spot is a stressful decision that usually takes a full year to figure out. That wasn't the case this year. The community figured it out for us. We had the somewhat official I Watched the Entire Overblood Super Replay group vote for a Super Replay earlier this year. With hundreds of votes cast, the poll ended in a tie between Killer 7 and God Hand. Rather than just flipping a coin to see which one we would do, I decided to record both of them. We knocked out Killer 7 earlier this year, and almost rolled right into God Hand, but couldn't find a window to get it done in a productive way. I shelved the Super Replay until 12.31. It was one of the games I was considering years ago for this spot anyway.

Replay – SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle For Bikini Bottom

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Replay – SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle For Bikini Bottom

Watch the Game Informer staff play as SpongeBob and Patrick in this (beloved?) platformer from yesteryear. Game Informer wasn't so fond of Battle for Bikini Bottom when it released, giving it just a 4.25 out of 10, and knocking it for focusing too heavily on collecting random things. We praised Heavy Iron Studios' work on the strange move set that SpongeBob uses to collect thousands of things, but grew bored of it quickly.

Game Informer's Kyle Hilliard heard people loved this game, and wanted to see why. Will he agree with their assessment or ours? We come to somewhat of a conclusion after playing it for a good 30 minutes. Whether you like it or not, Battle for Bikini Bottom ends up being an interesting game to reflect on, as it identifies both the positives and negatives of licensed games.

After looking at this game, we spend a little time with Alias, a game based on a television series that starred Jennifer Garner and was created by J. J. Abrams. The game didn't live up to the high standards of the show, but was ambitious in its missions and environment interaction.

Replay – SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle For Bikini Bottom

about X hours ago from
Replay – SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle For Bikini Bottom

Watch the Game Informer staff play as SpongeBob and Patrick in this (beloved?) platformer from yesteryear. Game Informer wasn't so fond of Battle for Bikini Bottom when it released, giving it just a 4.25 out of 10, and knocking it for focusing too heavily on collecting random things. We praised Heavy Iron Studios' work on the strange move set that SpongeBob uses to collect thousands of things, but grew bored of it quickly.

Game Informer's Kyle Hilliard heard people loved this game, and wanted to see why. Will he agree with their assessment or ours? We come to somewhat of a conclusion after playing it for a good 30 minutes. Whether you like it or not, Battle for Bikini Bottom ends up being an interesting game to reflect on, as it identifies both the positives and negatives of licensed games.

After looking at this game, we spend a little time with Alias, a game based on a television series that starred Jennifer Garner and was created by J. J. Abrams. The game didn't live up to the high standards of the show, but was ambitious in its missions and environment interaction.

Weekend Warrior – Scattershot

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Weekend Warrior – Scattershot

It's finally here. The weekend. Time for us to kick back, relax, and watch Neo slaughter hundreds of people because they killed his dog (that's still what that series is about, right?). Oh, we'll also play some video games as well. Here's what the GI crew is playing this weekend. Let us know your weekend gaming plans in the comments below!

Suriel Vazquez (@SurielVazquez) – Having a weekend retreat with Cassie Cage in the pink post-apocalypse.

Javy Gwaltney – This weekend I’m seeing John Wick slaughter an entire country this time, I guess? I’ll also be diving more into Rage 2’s wasteland and reading some Shakespeare plays.

Weekend Warrior – Scattershot

about X hours ago from
Weekend Warrior – Scattershot

It's finally here. The weekend. Time for us to kick back, relax, and watch Neo slaughter hundreds of people because they killed his dog (that's still what that series is about, right?). Oh, we'll also play some video games as well. Here's what the GI crew is playing this weekend. Let us know your weekend gaming plans in the comments below!

Suriel Vazquez (@SurielVazquez) – Having a weekend retreat with Cassie Cage in the pink post-apocalypse.

Javy Gwaltney – This weekend I’m seeing John Wick slaughter an entire country this time, I guess? I’ll also be diving more into Rage 2’s wasteland and reading some Shakespeare plays.

Top Of The Table – Wingspan

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Top Of The Table – Wingspan

Don’t judge a book by its cover. The old maxim instilled into us as children can still have relevance as adults, and Wingspan helps prove the case. As I prepared this article, one of my non-board game playing co-workers saw the game box on my desk, commented about the attractive cover, but wondered aloud why anyone would want to play a game all about birds. The answer is that despite appearances, Stonemeier Games’ Wingspan is one of the most sophisticated strategy games to release in a long time. Intricately balanced and elegantly designed, it offers a nuanced series of decisions in every playthrough, and vast replayability on subsequent runs. And from its gorgeously illustrated card faces to the custom trays in which they fit, it’s also one of the prettiest games you’ll ever pull from your shelf. Wingspan is just as beautiful as its cover promises, but even your first game is enough to explain why someone would want to play what seems on the surface like such a simple concept: because it’s really, really fun, whether you come in with a love of birds or not.

Top Of The Table – Wingspan

about X hours ago from
Top Of The Table – Wingspan

Don’t judge a book by its cover. The old maxim instilled into us as children can still have relevance as adults, and Wingspan helps prove the case. As I prepared this article, one of my non-board game playing co-workers saw the game box on my desk, commented about the attractive cover, but wondered aloud why anyone would want to play a game all about birds. The answer is that despite appearances, Stonemeier Games’ Wingspan is one of the most sophisticated strategy games to release in a long time. Intricately balanced and elegantly designed, it offers a nuanced series of decisions in every playthrough and vast replayability on subsequent runs. And from its gorgeously illustrated card faces to the custom trays in which they fit, it’s also one of the prettiest games you’ll ever pull from your shelf. Wingspan is just as beautiful as its cover promises, but your first game is enough to explain why someone would want to play what seems on the surface like such a simple concept: because it’s really, really fun, whether you come in with a love of birds or not.