Last week, the long anticipated Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds finally graced the shelves of my local Gamestop. After buying the game with a friend and a second controller, we sped home to engage in the amusement and frustration. This article will not be a review as I have not beaten the game yet. I have to mention that prior to this, I have been the winner in the previous games against this friend. I had no problem completely destroying him when we would play at The Galloping Ghost in Brookfield. He would always reorganize his team in order to find some weakness in mine but unfortunately he did not succeed.
During the first fight, I chose my team of Phoenix, Wolverine, and Felicia; mixed genres of Marvel and Capcom until more characters were unlocked. After about 20 matches or so, I soon learned that I was not the winner for most of it. However, I can say that I haven’t had so much fun with a fighting game in a long time.
The system is very similar to the first and second installments. You choose a team of three that can be Marvel characters, Capcom characters, or in my case, a combination of both. The cast of characters is surprising and expected all at the same time. There are a lot of characters from the old installments but to the fans of MvsC, there are a few surprises. Personally, I do not want to spoil it for you, as I am a gamer that enjoys the feeling of accomplishment when I unlock a new character.
The question still remains as to why I did not live up to my gaming standards as I did prior to this sequel. The controls are a completely different ballpark. If you’re a gamer that has played MvsC or MvsC2 a few times in your life, this will not be that drastic of problem for you. However, for the fans, it unlocks a completely new system that does take some getting used to. I thought that I knew Wolverine like he was my best friend but sadly it was if I was starting all over again. Do not take this as a bad thing, fans. You should take the opportunity to relearn your characters and you might find yourself building an entirely different team. Gamers will also be very happy to know that no two characters are the same even if they come from the same comic book or same video game.
Richard George of IGN.com explains the drastic change in controller set up:
“The four main attack buttons have been remapped from two kicks and two punches to a set of light, medium, heavy and special attacks. Other notable alterations to fundamental controls include a common move to pop opponents into the air for combos, and a shift to calling in partners through the assist buttons instead of pressing punch and kick.”
Another new change to this game is what fans will come to learn as “The X-Factor”. X-Factor allows a player to cancel a combo move from their opponent. The trick is that this changes from character to character and does take some time to get used to.
In Marvel vs. Capcom games, your bar charges for your team to execute a devastating attack that requires one, two, or even all three of your characters to dish out on your opponent. The combos are more intense in the fact that the graphics of this game truly make it more memorable. Instead of just a quick combo attack, there is dialogue and different camera angles before the combo is full executed.
Here is a fun tip that a friend of mine and I found. Most fighting games require the player to engage in Arcade Mode or a mode that is designed for one player to unlock goodies from the game. After playing about 20 matches, we unlocked two characters and artwork for the game.
If you do not see Jill Valentine unlocked, fear not. Jill Valentine will be available on Xbox Live and PSN.
Without revealing too much to the consumer, I will definitely say this. For the fighting game fans, this is a wonderful game to add to your collection. There is a potential for hours of fun for you and a friend or just yourself in bonus features such as Mission Mode. The graphics of the game are exceptionally beautiful and definitely give a new visual stimulus to the Marvel vs. Capcom series. The roster, although not as expansive as the previous games, does have its benefits. If you’re a Marvel vs. Capcom fan, this game is definitely one that needs to be picked up. It is lacking a few fundamentals (such as Survival Mode) that were in previous installments; however, it is still addicting and will provide you with fulfillment that you have longed for in a fighting game.
Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds is now available for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 and rated T for Teen on the ESRB Rating System.