Marvel vs Capcom 3 Review

By on February 14, 2011

The fighting genre at its best.

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First Impressions
My reaction is

You’ll have a pretty tough time playing the game single player even on simple mode. In traditional Marvel vs Capcom style the game will take you through several levels of mixed tag team battles ending ultimately with a showdown against the mighty planet gobbling Galactus, who can be a challenge and a half to beat.

While the single player arcade mode is fun and great for unlocking new characters, artworks and movies, it’s really the versus mode that’s the heart of this game. Expect some epic versus battles with your mates with glorious comobs and power moves causing explosions and fireworks in every corner of the screen. Expect sore thumbs after a few games though – this is button mashing fun at its very best.

The online mode is where things get really interesting. If you’re a newbie, prepared to get your ass whopped as veteran players can finish you off with a string of comobs even before you have had a chance to attack. It’s a good place to watch how others play though and polish up your combos. You’re going to have to give up crazy button mashing and focus on using combos, hypermoves and assists to defeat online opponents with strategic moves. What I didn’t like about the online mode is that in ladder matches, you’ll have to wait till the other players have finished in order to proceed to the next round. The problem is that you’re not allowed to watch their matches which means you have to sit around waiting and don’t have a chance to check out their moves in preparation for the next match.

In terms of graphics, the game looks great, improving on Marvel vs Capcom 2 but keeping the same comic book style to it. Based on MT framework, the graphics aren’t quite as good as Street Fighter 4 but definitely looks very well polished. In terms of sound, you have the option to swtich between English or Japanese for voice.

Overall, Marvel vs Capcom 3 is exactly what fighting game purists have been crying out for. It’s not revolutionary by any means but a huge victory for the genre none the less.

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The Scorecard
Button mashing, combo busting manic fighting action. This is what fighting games are all about.
Comic book style art that remains true to the series.
Pleasantly atmospheric with English and Japanese voices.
Unlockable characters, competitive online play and an infinite number of combos to master. Enough to keep you hooked for ages.
Two player games don't get better than this.
A brilliant sequel to Marvel vs Capcom 2. Fighting game purists are going to love this one.


Hitesh is a tech/games journalist and Business Development Manager for the Tbreak Network.

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  • UnlimitedpOwer

    I like most of your review. You really hit home with the main points I was looking for about this game. However, I just have to say, MvC3 is not a beat-em-up game. It is a Fighting game.'em_up
    “Beat ‘em up (also known as brawler) is a video game genre featuring melee combat between the protagonist and a large number of (usually) underpowered antagonists.”
    “Fighting game is a video game genre where the player controls an on-screen character and engages in close combat with an opponent. These characters tend to be of equal power and fight matches consisting of several rounds, which take place in an arena.”

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