Sunday, June 12, 2011

Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Review

Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two WorldsJ. Wellington Rommefeller here, presenting you with a review done by one of my dearest friends Lucian Bravado. This game series is one he has long been a fan of and requested to do the review personally. I was happy to oblige, of course, and so here it is, the review for Marvel vs. Capcom 3

Imagine Wolverine, Deadpool, and Dante facing off against the Incredible Hulk, She-Hulk and Haggar. In a fight to the finish, who would come out on top? What about the Avengers; Captain America, Iron Man and Thor vs. the likes of Akuma, Magneto and Super Skrull? Are these merely childhood fantasies you only discussed with your closest chums whilst sampling from your parents’ liquor cabinet? Nay, these fights and many more are possible by taking part in the wondrous series that is Marvel vs. Capcom. In the third and newest installment of the franchise, fans familiar with the game and newcomers alike can assuredly appreciate the classic arcade style mixed with a newer, more polished look and feel.

If you were ever a child punching quarters into a fighting game at the local nickelodeon, chances are good that you have played Marvel vs. Capcom. After all, what's not to love about the game? Take your favorite Marvel comic book characters (i.e. Spiderman and Phoenix) as well as Capcom video game characters (i.e. Ryu and Amaterasu) and thrust them into a team-based battle, letting them engage in a brutal bout, until only one team is left standing. In gamers’ minds (and this is true in adolescents and adults alike), the idea of proving who is truly "the best" team ever created has an intoxicating allure.

Marvel vs. Capcom 3 certainly sticks with the "if ain't broke, don't fix it" mentality, keeping the premise of the game virtually the same as its predecessors. The only real difference between this game and the previous installments are additional characters and easier to grasp controls. In the newest chapter of the saga, players can choose from over 30 different characters to throw down fisticuffs within a team-style brawl against friends or the computer. Gamers can truly test their skills by challenging the newly improved A.I. in arcade mode; battling a barrage of enemies with their pre-selected team in a knockdown, drag-out fight to the finish. These battles can be extremely frustrating for some, however, as the A.I. tries to pair up the most difficult combination to counter the team set in front of it.

If you are lucky enough to pass every stage in arcade mode with relative ease, your good fortune is about to change. The final battle is against none other than Galactus, the long-lived super-villain of Marvel lore. Just when you think you have a good understanding of your team’s moves and a firm grasp on the game’s mechanics, this battle will help remind you that you truly need more practice. Your bout with Galactus will likely consist of two parts; one of which will lead to Galactus unleashing two of his greatest fighters to battle your team not one on one, but simultaneously. Seem simple enough? Well I can assure you it is more difficult than it sounds, and if you happen to conquer the dynamic team he sets before you, then and only then will you battle the mighty Galactus. Let's just say this is probably the most frustrating battle of the game, as it’s nearly impossible without an unreasonable amount of practice. Once you finally defeat Galactus, you can begin to unlock a multitude of in-game extras, from game art to individual endings with each character. These little extras are certainly worth the effort for the hardcore players of the game.

Creating a solid fighting team in MvC3 is completely up to player preference. The ability to fully customize your team not only to fulfill childhood dreams, but to fit your particular style of fighting is an incredibly important aspect of the game, and one that works quite well. Some players may find themselves entranced with creating a team consisting entirely of extremely powerful, brute strength characters such as Incredible Hulk, Haggar, and She-Hulk. 

What players may sacrifice in speed and movement in this sort of combination, they more than make up with sheer power, creating hit combos on their opponents that can cause serious damage. However if speed is your weapon of choice then players are open to some truly great combinations of characters to choose from. Imagine a team of Wolverine, Deadpool and Dante showing the players that sometimes size isn't everything. This particular combination, when handled correctly, is my favorite as players can unleash seemingly endless combos making their opponent extremely frustrated. I know what you’re thinking. “Lucian, isn’t purposefully making your opponent angry not a very classy thing to do?” and my response is “It was all the doing of Wolverine, Deadpool, and Dante. I had no part in it.” 

Every character in MvC3 also has a special attack, called a hyper combo, which can be unleashed after filling a meter in the fight. 

To fill this meter, players can chain together moves to form combos, or just be beaten upon, the former being more effective than the latter. Players can build up to five levels of special attack, each level more devastating than the last. While each attack delivers a visually impressive attack causing a terrible amount of damage, if you can manage to land enough combos to your opponent, a fifth level hyper combo will deliver a horrific amount of damage to your enemies. Players who are familiar with Street Fighter 4 or other games that offer this type of leveling system will find this very easy to grasp, but newcomers to the series can oftentimes find themselves mashing away at buttons begging for a special attack to be unleashed. 


Overall, whether you use the game to live out childhood grudge matches between your favorite comic book/video game characters, or simply pick up this game as a new playing experience, you will not be disappointed with Marvel vs. Capcom 3. This game sets the standard for arcade style fighting games as one of the best created so far. From stunning graphics and sound work to the easy-to-comprehend gameplay for unfamiliar players and veterans alike, Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is definitely worth a buy.
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