Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 Store-Specific Offers

With "Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2" going on sale in a few short days, here's your guide to getting Hulk, Thor, Juggernaut and a special edition of CIVIL WAR.

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By Matt Cabral

"Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2" Xbox 360 box art

Decisions, decisions...

With the sequel to one of the absolute best comic book video games landing with a pavement-buckling Hulk Smash next Tuesday, there's little wonder what will be spinning in our 360s and PS3s in the coming weeks. However, choosing exactly where to purchase "Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2" could prove more taxing than deciding whether to align with the anti- or pro-registration forces.

You see, Activision has teamed with a number of retailers to offer store-specific bonuses. From an exclusive character to codes letting you unlock heroes immediately to a special comic book, find out how to get the most super hero bang for your buck come September 15.

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 GameStop Juggernaut standee
Juggernaut, exclusive to Gamestop

Fans of Cain Marko's Cyttorak-powered alter ego will want to head over to Gamestop, as an exclusive code to unlock Juggernaut will be granted to the retailers' in-store and online customers. No word on exactly how we'll be able to unleash this baddie's super-human strength in MUA2, but we're guessing he'll provide perfect fodder to showcase the title's amazing destructible-environment tech.

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 Xbox 360 Best Buy cover featuring Hulk
Hulk early unlock code, exclusive to Best Buy

If you wanted to don the tattered purple pants of Bruce Banner's pissed-off protagonist in the original MUA, you had to purchase a post-release downloadable hero pack featuring Hulk and three other super heroes. For MUA2, however, Activision has decided to unleash the green meanie from the get go. But there's still a catch; if you want in on the smash-tastic action immediately you''ll have to purchase Best Buy's Hulk-enhanced edition which includes a code to unlock the character. You can still unlock him later by playing through the game.

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 Thor character art
Thor early unlock code, exclusive to GameCrazy

Thor's faithful following will want to hit GameCrazy early Tuesday morning if they plan on scoring select copies of MUA2 which pack-in a code to unlock Odin's ass-whupping offspring straight from the get-go (you can still unlock him later by playing through the game). Better yet, you should avoid the line-up and pre-order a copy to guarantee your grasp on the Norse warrior's Earth-rattling hammer.

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 Wal-Mart exclusive comic book cover by Gabrielle DellOtto
Key Moments of CIVIL WAR comic book, exclusive to Wal-Mart

If you think the standard 24-plus character roster will provide more than enough world-saving action, you may want to consider Wal-Mart's exclusive offer; rather than giving gamers a character-unlocking code, the retailer has opted to offer an exclusive comic book—complete with Gabriele Dell'Otto-cover art that highlights key moments of the Civil War saga.

Whichever option you choose, don't miss out on "Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2" when it releases on September 15!

 

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      32 comments
      slayer1123
      slayer1123

      you start off with the green giant hulk duh!!!!!!!!!

      CityBoyBIZ
      CityBoyBIZ

      i know ya'll feel the same as i doyou dont wanna play throu 75% of di gameand THEN... get Hulk, Thor, or Jeanyou wanna get'em early and play throu most of di gameand there can be chances you miss those capsulesto unlock'em so you just might beat di game w/OUT unlocking demhave no fear my fellow MUA. headstake these codes and use'emJean Grey - left, left, right, right, up, down, up, down, startThor - up, right, right, down, right, down, left, right, startand big ol Green genes himself... Hulk !!!down, left, left, up, right, up, down, left, start !!!if anybody knows how to UNlock Juggs... lemme knocatch me on the Avengers/Hulk/Thor forums

      dinofan747
      dinofan747

      Does nobody understand that you can still get Thor and Hulk? You just have to play through the game you morons. Quit your bitchin.

      diamondtelepath
      diamondtelepath

      [quote@Onslaught2004 So maybe I should make a different thread for this but, what does everyone think about all these characters that were actually not in the Civil War series?Don't get me wrong, I'm going play with Phoniex (who was dead at the time of the War & still is...), Thor (dead...but maybe its a clone we are unlocking...), Iceman (on the sidelines...or maybe we get to fight that wack X-Men Civil War stroyline), Thunderbolts & Deadpool (weren't they just hunting ppl down?), Juggernaunt (who I got from ordering at Gamestop), and Hulk (in space) but I just think they could have added different players in their spot.Maybe, Black Panther, some of the Young Avengers, Tiagra, Hercules (who like saved Capt...), Namor?!!, Wonder Man, Spider Woman (Juile Carpenter), you know people like that...but anyway I'm sure I'm being too critical cause I KNOW the game is going to be the best anyway; still, I hope the characters in the comic book Civil War will be in the game.[/quote] I agree. And I will be playing as Phoenix also ;) Got 2/5 of the way to unlocking her so far.Also, I learned Cyclops, Psylocke, and Blade are PSP/DS exclusive characters. I was bummed when I saw Thor and Hulk in the roster in the strategy guide with that whole pre-order bs for the other consoles, but I pre-ordered for Juggy so I'm good =P ...but yeah, I'm pretty sure Blade was not important during CW and Psylocke was... still dead??It all makes me laugh. Let's see if this leads to a Secret Invasion game tho, ha

      bevedale
      bevedale

      You can play as Thor and Hulk, JUST NOT RIGHT AWAY, unless you use the codes. You will get your Smashing and Hammering all you want. Some will just get it sooner than others. Read the article in its entirety before going ape-s@%t.

      ethan05
      ethan05

      [quote@spider-warrior Okay yeah, Hulk and Thor will still be in the game. But the fact that we have to go to a specific store just to play as Juggernaut is still a rip off.And if they are going to have Thor and Hulk as unlockable characters, they better be easy to unlock. Because during the first MUA, I couldn't unlock Black Panther and Dare Devil because it was too hard to find all 5Black Panther dolls or DD dolls.[/quote] There are gamestops all over the place, and they have been advertiseing this for awhile so it's not a rip off if you paid attention. And if you have problems finding the items to unlock characters spend the extra money for a strategy guide or look one up on line it's not that hard.

      ethan05
      ethan05

      [quote@thause77 YO!The only exclusive character is juggernaut.and you get him from gamestop.The other stores only give you the character EARLY!You still get them eventually in the game. This just gets them earlier.c'mon people.lets read the article before we lose our stuff over here.later[/quote] I contacted my friend that is a store manager at Gamestop and he pretty much said the same thing you just posted. The only diffrence in purchase at other stores is you get certain characters right off the bat. But by preordering at Gamestop you get access to Juggs through a code they give you but if you play through the game you eventually unlock the Hulk and Thor. If you don't read the article all the way through you can miss the point they are trying to make. It wouldn't make any sence for them to deny everyone access to these popular characters.

      Justincredible2008
      Justincredible2008

      Ok, there are a lot of people on this board who obviously can't read. People who are complaining b/c they preordered at Gamestop... READ THE ARTICLE THOROUGHLY! You CAN play as Hulk!You CAN play as Thor!All you have to do is this. 1. Put in the game.2. Play it.3. They will be unlocked eventually.Stop whining! If anything, people who pre-ordered it at gamestop should be excited because Juggernaut is the only one who is NOT available by playing through the game. So... good choice! Juggernaut IS already available on PSN (and most likely XBox Live) to buy for $2, for those who preordered at Best Buy, GameCrazy, Wal Mart, etc. And the game isn't even out yet... so you can buy him and have him ready to go from the get-go. Gamestop people just save $2 and get all the characters.

      Juxst
      Juxst

      Hulk and Thor in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 are similar to Black Panther and Daredevil in the first. Because you need to collect actions figures to unlock them, they are playable for everyone. Gamecrazy and the other place are offering you codes, which unlock them early. without collecting stuff. they are still playable for EVERYONE, regardless of where you pre-ordered.

      AHBARNUM
      AHBARNUM

      [quote@spider-warrior And if they are going to have Thor and Hulk as unlockable characters, they better be easy to unlock. Because during the first MUA, I couldn't unlock Black Panther and Dare Devil because it was too hard to find all 5 Black Panther dolls or DD dolls.[/quote] From what I hear on 360/PS3 you have to collect Asgardian boxes or whatever for Thor and gamma ray capsules for Hulk so sorry. On Wii you unlock characters by complete disc bonus missions. I'm not to sure on the Wii though, I read it on a the MUA2 forum, some guy said he got the Wii version early.But hey, when people get those codes you know it will be al over the internet.

      Onslaught2004
      Onslaught2004

      So maybe I should make a different thread for this but, what does everyone think about all these characters that were actually not in the Civil War series?Don't get me wrong, I'm going play with Phoniex (who was dead at the time of the War & still is...), Thor (dead...but maybe its a clone we are unlocking...), Iceman (on the sidelines...or maybe we get to fight that wack X-Men Civil War stroyline), Thunderbolts & Deadpool (weren't they just hunting ppl down?), Juggernaunt (who I got from ordering at Gamestop), and Hulk (in space) but I just think they could have added different players in their spot.Maybe, Black Panther, some of the Young Avengers, Tiagra, Hercules (who like saved Capt...), Namor?!!, Wonder Man, Spider Woman (Juile Carpenter), you know people like that...but anyway I'm sure I'm being too critical cause I KNOW the game is going to be the best anyway; still, I hope the characters in the comic book Civil War will be in the game.

      Onslaught2004
      Onslaught2004

      [quote@jryan2479 People, if you have read the article you would know that both Thor and Hulk are unlocked after playing through the game. Just cause GameStop offers Juggernaut, shouldnt discourage you from playing through the game to get the other badasses. Afterall, isnt that why you preordered the game in the first place?Secondly, for all those who are impatient, give the game a month's release, then check the code sites. I'm sure all of the unlock codes will be listed or some other kinda way to unlock them...if you're into that sorta thing. :venom:[/quote] I agree completely...actually it's kind of sad that Best Buy and GameCrazy is offering unlock codes for characters that are already in the game...patheic

      spider-warrior
      spider-warrior member

      Okay yeah, Hulk and Thor will still be in the game. But the fact that we have to go to a specific store just to play as Juggernaut is still a rip off.And if they are going to have Thor and Hulk as unlockable characters, they better be easy to unlock. Because during the first MUA, I couldn't unlock Black Panther and Dare Devil because it was too hard to find all 5Black Panther dolls or DD dolls.

      colossalpikachu
      colossalpikachu

      To add my two cents, I believe if you have the Wii console you get exclusive characters Blade, Psylocke and Cyclops too, why has that not been mentioned?

      moogerfooger22
      moogerfooger22 plus member

      Yes. It says unlock the Hulk and Thor. Who cares. That doesn't make it any less of a bust. And where the hell is the Punisher? Surely if you can put him in a game that chronicles the Civil War...

      Rawnzilla
      Rawnzilla

      They changed the article. It was originally written to say that the characters were Store Exclusives. After they saw all the backlash, they fixed the article and corrected it. Don't insult others when you don't have the full story yourself.

      dedman79
      dedman79

      :dead: even though you reserved the game at gamestop, you'll still be able to play as thor and hulk. you have to play the game and unlock them. and if it's like the first ultimate alliance, once they're unlocked, you will have them from the beginning when you start again. too many crybabies with no attention span. whining about not starting with a character you're going to unlock anyway? idioitic.

      rrrrrr
      rrrrrr

      WHAT.......... BULLSHIT

      CodyJohnson
      CodyJohnson

      It says "early-unlock" code. Meaning you unlock them at the beginning with those codes, not that you can't get them. Please read before freaking out people.

      BigDaddy35
      BigDaddy35

      :venom: As far as codes later, and playing through the game and the unlocking Hulk and Thor later fine, but I still would like to have known this earlier. Then I could say, if I wanted, who cares about the Juggernaut, I want Hulk now.Also, I wouldn't be able to say I want Thor now, because what the heck is Gamecrazy anyway??Still don't like the idea. I dislike it as much as the "only xbox360 ownwers are worthy of downloadable character crud they pulled on the first one" Seriously, what the heck was that?

      Zalitz
      Zalitz

      Is Thor playable no matter what? Seems so. Hulk? Seems so. Juggernaut? Seems to be available only through one store. Is all this dumb, stupid, irritating, and going too far already? Absolutely. I miss the times when a video game was the same no matter where you bought it. And its getting into music (Gun N' Roses @ Best Buy, AC/DC @ Walmart) and I don't know how long it'll take to get to movies, but everyone seems sick of it. I know its all about money, but we all hate it and we all want to vent. Whatever, I don't even feel like pre-ordering at Gamestop anymore. Juggernaut was never important to me anyway.

      thause77
      thause77

      YO!The only exclusive character is juggernaut.and you get him from gamestop.The other stores only give you the character EARLY!You still get them eventually in the game. This just gets them earlier.c'mon people.lets read the article before we lose our stuff over here.later

      AHBARNUM
      AHBARNUM

      I'm pretty sure these codes just unlock the Hulk and Thor early. On the MUA2 site and on an IGN articles I believe it says and pardon my spelling that you get:Thor by collecting some asgard stuffHulk by gamma-ray viles or whatever andJean by collecting M'Kraan crystals. If you would like to see the article I'll go looking but I know it's been said.

      marvelzombie-X5
      marvelzombie-X5

      WHY!? I was looking forward to haveing hulk and thor now its ether or and i have to buy it at best buy to git the hulk, lame! :hulk:

      jryan2479
      jryan2479

      People, if you have read the article you would know that both Thor and Hulk are unlocked after playing through the game. Just cause GameStop offers Juggernaut, shouldnt discourage you from playing through the game to get the other badasses. Afterall, isnt that why you preordered the game in the first place?Secondly, for all those who are impatient, give the game a month's release, then check the code sites. I'm sure all of the unlock codes will be listed or some other kinda way to unlock them...if you're into that sorta thing. :venom:

      dragunfyst
      dragunfyst member

      im like the rest of you except ive never even heard of gamecrazy. i cant buh-leeve ive been anticipating this game for a while to find out a few days before there will be no thor or hulk for me from the get go. this is the only place i read this but its marvel's page so it cant be wrong, right? gee wizz-i hope somebody does something.

      Avengersrule
      Avengersrule

      Can't we just type in the codes for all three characters to play them regardless of where you bought the game?I'm sure people will post the unlockable codes online once they have them.

      moogerfooger22
      moogerfooger22 plus member

      This is complete garbage. The only reason I pre-ordered the game was because I was so stoked to finally get to use the Hulk. I didn't even bother with Juggernaut. And yet time and again, we get friggin Storm. Great. Moonstone. If it really is an ultimate alliance, why do we have to wait to find out we're only gonna get B-list superheroes. I don't know Marvel...

      shellhead
      shellhead

      That announcement left a really terrible taste in my mouth.. I understand why they would made Juggernaut and exclusive, but Hulk and Thor??? Are you kidding me? The are two of Marvels most popular characters, and to announce them this close to the release date?? This sucks. I too pre orderd it at gamestop, but now im not gonna be able to use Thor??? Marvel is really going to have to make up for this, and somehow make these characters unlockable online or something. Bad idea Marvel, bad idea...

      venom252
      venom252

      this is absolutely ridiculousim sure im not the only one who knew the only way to get juggernaut was to order through gamestopand i did this b/c i wanted the one extra characterif i had known juggernaut was coming at the cost of hulk and thor i would have made a completely different decisionthis is so completely irresponsible on the part of vicarious but also on marvelthis decision in it of itself is bad, but the PR on this should have been clear long agohulk was one of the ones i wouldve used as a regular in my teamnot anymorethanks for nothing marvel

      biggrntrck
      biggrntrck member

      This is highly irritating. I also ordered the Gamestop version so I could get Juggernaut, but Hulk and Thor were marketed all along as playable characters for everyone. I find it hard to believe that there would be an announcement that two of Marvel's "tent-pole" characters are available only as exclusives. We're talking about two characters that have had or are about to have their own movies and we find out 3.5 days before release that they're exclusives? I'm seriously frustrated, I can only hope this announcement is somehow in error.

      BigDaddy35
      BigDaddy35

      :venom: Why did they wait until now!! I knew about Juggernaut forever, and preordered at Gamestop only because of that, only to find out that Hulk has to gotten through Best Buy! I am very disappointed!!I hope the codes can be shared!