The much hyped fighting game this year was finally released on both the Xbox 360 and PS3 Feb. 15. It came in two versions: “Special Edition” ($69.99) and the “Standard Edition” ($59.99). After playing the game for a few days its time to let all of you know what to expect when you play MVC3. Before you rush out and pick up a copy Bay Minette, you need to read this review first.
First off the game looks beautiful! Character animations are smooth, visuals are bright and colorful and gives players the comic book feel. The action in the game is fast paced and over the top, with quirky commentary and flashy character specials. The game still offers the famous 3 v 3 team combat system, it also introduces some new team move such as “Team Arieals”. The controlls have been modified to allow new players to easily pick up and learn the game. You no longer have both kick and punch attack buttons, you now have buttons to execute Light, Medium, Heavy and Special attacks. Tagging in your teammate no longer has players holding down two buttons, it is done now by holding down that particular character’s assist button.
The game still boast an Arcade mode, but this time around each playable character has a ending to unlock by beating the mode with a that particular character. A new Mission mode has been introduced to allow players to learn a specific character by performing having you do the character’s special moves and combos. Of course the mulitplayer mode is still availble where playeres can challenge other players to online battles. This however is were Capcom fails and the frustration begins.
There is no longer a spectate mode while in a online lobby (Capcom promises to have this fixed shortly with a patch). You can no longer watch the players in the lobby fight as you wait your turn, instead you watch the player’s liscense cards bump each other to emulate a fight. Worse, the matchmaking doesn’t work most of the time. When you choose to search for a Ranked or Public lobby you will get “Connect lost to host” errors 9 times out of 10. Players will be sent back to the main menu where they will have to go back through the steps to get back to the online mulitplayer. Players will find themselves repeating this step 10-15 times before they actually get into a match.
Capcom also tempted buyers by promising them two character’s exclusive to the “Special Edition” copy of Marvel Vs Capcom 3 (Jill and Shuma). These characters are not even finished and will be made available to “EVERYONE” on March 15. If you are not going to be playing online and want a good fighting game to play with family and friends locally, this is a must have. If you are going to be playing this game online, I recommend that you wait to pick up your copy until these issues are patched. The game has potential to be one of the best fighters on the market, but seemed it seemed to be rushed to make release deadline. Lets hope that Capcom listens to public and fixes these issues in a timely manner.
Overall I give the game 5 out of 5
Game Modes to choose from: 3 out of 5
Online Mode (With issues): 2 out of 5