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Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds
2 September 2013
Summary: I've been anticipating Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 for almost ten years. While it was great for Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 (released in 2000) to get a semi-follow up in the form of Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom last year, it felt a little anti-climactic. Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom is an incredible game, but I think it's fair to say that Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 is the title that fans have really been waiting for. Sadly, I've had reason to feel that Marvel Vs.
Excerpt: A long time ago, early in 2011, a fighting game was released that was the continuation of every comic book gamer’s dream come true. Marvel VS Capcom 3 featured 36 fighters from two of the most loved universes, with Marvel characters like Spider-man, Wolverine, The Hulk, Thor and Iron Man – what a line-up! – and Capcom characters like Dante, Ryu and Viewtiful Joe.
Excerpt: Why Capcom? Didn't you learn anything from Marvel vs. Capcom 3? Didn't you see what I said about the game in my half-year special of the worst games of the year? Apparently not, because you went out, acting like the previous game was a beta, just adding elements that should have been in the original game to begin with, like new characters and stages, and made it a full retail package.
Excerpt: “Hang on”, you say, in a confused daze, “didn’t this game come out already?” Well, it did see its original release in February, so you would be right. However, Capcom has added much more content to the previous release and has now re-released it as an ultimate package, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 . Between the new characters, new stages, new gameplay modes, and Heroes and Heralds, Capcom has certainly made this re-release worthwhile.
Conclusion: More than an add-on, less than a sequel is a fair description of Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 . The original fighting engine from the original remains intact (though several aspects of it have been tweaked – such as a mild nerfing of X-Factor), but the amount of content in the game has ballooned to almost obscene levels. 12 new characters have been added to the roster, upping the final count to 50. The new fighters include fan requests like Phoenix Wright from the Ace...
Pros: Everything Marvel vs. Capcom 3 did right, plus a whole lot more.
Cons: Some of the added features were undoubtedly missed in the first release, why release an update so soon?
Excerpt: Capcom has struck again with its latest fighting entry, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. While basically serving as an update for February's super hero and game icon throwdown, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 manages to feel like an entirely new experience. With an updated engine, twelve additional brawlers and a few added game modes, this is a hard title to miss for its $40 price tag.
Conclusion: Ultimately, Ultimate is still a monster hiding under an attractive coat of flashy combos and familiar characters. It may feel inviting at first, but sink a little deeper, and you discover a game in which victory and defeat hinge on a fine line. It's a high-risk, high-reward system that buries you in a brightly colored light show on the slightest misstep. Ultimate Marvel vs.
Pros: New characters feel distinct from the rest, Spectator mode for online play a welcomed addition, Retains superb style and animation from the original.
Cons: Lack of gameplay mode diversity, Replay support is still absent, Mission mode still lacks key training tools.