Now that you’ve assembled the perfect team in Marvel Vs Capcom 3 and gotten down the basics of gameplay, it is time to take your game to the next level before you can hang with the serious competition.
Advancing Guard – This will no doubt be the most important tool in your arsenal and if you have any experience fighting the AI in Arcade Mode then you are well acquainted with this move. The way this works is that instead of a normal block which is holding back on the stick, you hold back and hit two attack buttons at the precise moment your opponent attacks. If performed correctly you will actually repel your opponent. This is perfect for countering aggressive players or for slowing down rush-down characters. You’ll want to live and breathe Advancing Guard.
Aerial Counters- By now you have probably noticed that a large portion of gameplay takes place in the air. To attack successfully in the air, you also need to be defend successfully. Let’s say that you’ve been caught off guard by a combo and are launched into the air. At this point you are unable to block but you do have an ace up your sleeve. At the end of the combo your opponent will have to hit the special button to either switch team members to continue the aerial assault or knock your character to the ground. If you time it correctly and guess the direction the other player will press (besides left or right as they are interchangable) you can stop the attack and knock the player away. For example, as the player would press down + the special attack button, you would press it as well. This will save you quite a few matches and keep the aerial assaults at a minimum.
Snapbacks – A snapback is simply a move that cause the opposing character to be sent out the match if it connects. The effect is only temporary but can give you a precious few seconds to finish off a weak character in your opponent’s reserve. The move, performed by pressing down, right and one of the two assists buttons, is a great way to keep characters from recovering from that beatdown you just handed them. You can even choose which character will be brought out when you snap out the current character by pressing the left assist button for the first character and the right assist button for the second.
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