Unless you happened to be one of the lucky people who pre-ordered your copy of Capcom’s Marvel vs Capcom 3 directly from their website, the rest of us commoners had to wait until midnight today in order to purchase a copy of the game. Local Walmart and Gamestop stores even held tournaments for prizes. Now the big issue for alot of gamers, especially MvC2 tournament players, was whether or not the new MvC3 lived up to the hype and if is a true successor. I personally don’t own a copy of the game, I don’t even own a next gen system. I did. however, get to play with a friend’s copy.
In my opinion, the game is fun. I remember back to when they were first reporting updates about how the game was coming along, what characters they were adding, how they wanted to keep the spirit of MvC2, how they wanted to balance the roster, etc. While they did succeed in making the game fairly balance, I mean everybody has high damage combos, I think it went a little overboard with some features. The ground bounce and wall splat features they took from Tekken and Tatsunoko vs Capcom do add an interesting element to the gameplay, but I somehow feel that the lack of defensive features to counteract it, such as a burst action like in the Guilty Gear and BlazBlue series, makes it feel more like a training mode simulation than a competitive fighting game.
But does that make it a bad game? I don’t think it does. Its a different game from MvC2. Even though its billed as MvC3, the line of succession is really just in name. Instead its more similar to TvC which came out a couple years ago and was also thought to be the sequel to MvC2 for a while. The style of the game, linear air combos, tag in combo feature, are all features from TvC. I think thats where most of the MvC2 fans will have most of their gripes. Its more of a combination of MvC2 elements, with TvC’s engine per se. Its an obviously upgraded engine from the Nintendo Wii based TvC one, but its still roughly the same.
Overall, its really too early to tell whether or not MvC3 will attain the same lasting power that its predecessor did. In a month’s time two big tournaments will go ahead and see where players rank, Final Round in Atlanta, GA on March 11-13, and Showdown Championships in Houston at Anime Matsuri, March 18-20. As a player who once dealt with the transition from the first Marvel vs Capcom to MvC2, I can say that change is very hard at first. For most new players to the genre, MvC3 offers a lot of appeal that only the VS series brings. For older players, you should just play it for a while and give it a chance.