Activision had a solid presence at New York Comic Con, with playable demos of both Prototype and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Unfortunately, though, we didn't get to see much about Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 - just a new trailer and a sort of nerd side-show.

The trailer gives a good overview of the game's plot.. My gripe with the original Ultimate Alliance was that the story felt like a ninth grader's fan fiction. "All of the Marvel heroes are fighting all of the Marvel villains!" I realize that it's a common occurrence in comics but it felt a little gimmicky.

This time around, though, the game is set during the Civil War storyline. The super hero community divides into two factions over the Superhuman Registration Act, a piece of legislation which would require mutants to register with the government. Captain America fighting Iron Man? Sign us the hell up.

In addition to the trailer, the UItimate Alliance 2 booth also held numerous "super hero debates." Two comic book fans would stand behind podiums (regrettably with microphones) and argue about super hero issues. These debates were then scored by a panel of judges, often made up of random convention goers who were dressed up as Marvel characters. One of the topics discussed was whether mutants should be allowed to play professional sports.

The debates were a creative use of the booth space and it fit the Civil War theme of the game but relying on random comic book fans to entertain an audience was a big leap of faith. Suffice to say, there were some very cringe-worthy jokes. It was pretty funny hearing the audience make exaggerated, You Got Served-style OHHH's when debaters started insulting each other, though.


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