To say that Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 is one of the most anticipated games of the year is an understatement. It’s been 10 years since we stepped into the ring with the MVC crew, and the clash between the two worlds is stronger than ever. The earth is being threatened by Galactus and it’s up to the heroes to stop the Villains from taking over. Let’s just go ahead and be honest though, who cares about all of that? How have the fighting fundamentals changed, and is it still worthy of being in your library?
• First thing of note about Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 is the outstanding artwork. The characters are beautifully animated with lively effects for each of their moves. While the backgrounds will come to distract you during matches due to their gorgeous movements. The Ghosts and Goblin stage breaks up in the background as you fight, while Asgard is alive with creatures and the glowing architecture of the gods. It’s so good I’d like to see this style of animation used in other video game genres.
• It’s still a fresh and high octane fighting experience. If you’re familiar with the way things worked in the Marvel Vs. Capcom 2… well you’re probably going to have to throw all that knowledge out the window. MvC 3 switches the tables quite a bit, in fact it changes some moves from your favorite characters outright. It forces you to learn new combination’s and jump into the mix with new teams. Just don’t get confused with how the game is played, it’s still very combo oriented affair.
• The character voices are the real stars of sound in MvC 3. Where the music is a good amount of remixes from previous Capcom games and upbeat techno. The voices for characters like Deadpool, Spider-Man, Wolverine, etcetera… match each character perfectly. The way characters react to each other before and after a match can be a surprising treat. While they may not be as catchy when saying special moves, you won’t really hear them over the crisp sound effects.
• The simple mode is where button smashers will feel at home. If you’ve no hope or time of ever learning the ropes of each character. This mode will probably be your favorite, it pretty much allows players to spam combos with single buttons. This also goes for how players are allowed to use special moves, you press one button to do every move for that character. The only problem with simple mode is, that you can’t really learn how to use a character with it. The moves that are mapped to the D-pad are no longer available, you can only use the special button to do attacks.
• The multiplayer is kind of a mixed bag at this stage. I’m sure when all of the patches come in, you’ll be able to get into a game just fine. As things are now in my personal experience, I’ve found it incredibly hard to get into a match. I’ve only been able to get into a few lobbies, and when it was time to start a game… well let’s just say it never ends well. So at this point the versus mode is my only hope, as online is just too much work to attempt to get a quick game in.