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But the one thing that The Lord of the Rings games have never gotten quite right - and the one thing that Marvel: Ultimate Alliance absolutely nails - is a feeling of fellowship. Of a band of heroes, each with unique weapons and powers, coming together to fight as a cohesive team. Of multiple players picking their favorite roles and joining up to finish a cooperative story.

LOTR: The Two Towers enabled you to select different characters, but never at the same time. In Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, you choose and control an entire party, switching between members on the fly. LOTR: The Return of the King added two-player levels, but only during certain sections. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance has four-player coop throughout, offline or online. LOTR: The Third Age had four characters, too, but not the famous heroes you know and love. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance includes practically everyone, from Spider-Man and Captain America to Black Panther and Moon Knight.

Look, we're not claiming Marvel: Ultimate Alliance is a mind-blowing masterpiece, and we're not saying The Lord of the Ring franchise has been terrible thus far. We just hope,as more entries are developed, a few of them take a cue from the comics. Watch the video below, then try telling us Gandalf and company aren't superheroes. You can't.

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