Hmm. It might be packaged as Marvel Ultimate Alliance II, but watch the above trailer, and tell me it’s not just Civil War: The Videogame. There’s not even a Marvel villain to be seen; instead, it’s just the heroes tussling with each other. I didn’t have my Xbox 360 when the first Ultimate Alliance came out, and I hadn’t really thought much about a sequel…but then I saw the Human Torch and Storm create a TORNADO ON FIRE. If there are more combo powers like that, I’m sold American.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.