A REVIEW OF ULTIMATE MARVEL VS CAPSOM 3 I WROTE FOR THE WEBSITE WWW.SQUARE-GO.COM
Capcom is one of those developers that give most people warm fuzzy feelings inside when you mention their name. From classic Disney platformers of the early console era, arcade defining fighting games through to making us scared of zombies again, Capcom is a fan favourite. Which may explain a few things about Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
The game is an upgraded version of Marvel vs Capcom 3which launched earlier this year. It is a variant of the Street Fighter template but rather than one on one you have two teams of three fighters battling it out, with the winner being the first to knock out all of the opposing team. Since the first release, Capcom have been beavering away, tweaking the game engine and generally polishing the game because the first one was somewhat lacking.
Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 looks an absolute treat. The characters, both from previous Capcom games and from the Marvel Comic line, look top notch with big, bold colours and flashy effects making for high quality eye candy. It is a game, at least initially, designed to suck in new players who want to play as Thor beating up Arthur from Ghouls and Ghosts.
The controls are similar: incredibly flashy moves are pulled off pretty easily but this is only a bluff. As you move deeper into it the game, like most Capcom beat em ups, has great depth. You’ll find air combos, juggles, crumples, wall bounces, staggers and more terms to make your head spin.
This is where we come to the crunch: Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 is a game for fans, both of the first game and of the series as a whole. If you own the first game and played it as a five minute bit of fun then there isn’t a reason to purchase the new version. There are plenty of new characters, including the legendary Phoenix Wright and Iron Fist, there is also a new mode, accessible as free downloadable content, which introduces Ability Cards into the game and has you fighting either for or against Galactus, The Devourer of Worlds.
There are other changes in the game, mainly to re-balance the characters from the first but to notice most of these changes you will have to be the kind of player who counts frames of animation to perfect their combos.
Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 is a fun game. Online works better than last time and the normal offline multiplayer is always good for a blast. For people who owned the first, tread carefully. There may not be enough in it to justify a full price purchase.
If you’re a fan of beat em ups and didn’t try the original, give it a go. It’s crazy, over the top fun that brings back memories of the arcade, both good and bad.
Three stars out of five
Originally published December 11th 2011