Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Review
A great addition to the Marvel vs. Capcom franchise.
One of the main complaints in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 was how bad the netcode was. Although it wasn’t unplayable, online latency was not as good as other Capcom fighting games that were released at the time. In Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 the netcode was improved to a great extent making it around as good as Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition. You might still notice some latency even playing within the same country or neighboring ones but its overall a significant improvement over the previous online mode. In addition, UMVC3 finally has spectator mode which was promised in the original game but never delivered. It works pretty well and will definitely make waiting for your next match a lot more bearable. A few other tweaks were added such as being able to rematch when playing non-ranked matches as well as seeing your opponent in the lobby before entering a ranked game to avoid playing games with horrible connections. All of these changes added up offer a much smoother online experience than the original Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
Modes are something that Marvel vs. Capcom 3 lacked quite a bit as other than Arcade and Mission mode there was not much to do. While UMVC3 improves upon modes available it still doesn’t give enough to diversify to what you can play. The arcade mode’s story and endings remain the same for the previous cast, while the new ones have their own brand new endings. In arcade mode you can now play as Galactus which can be unlocked by getting to a certain amount of points accumulated in the game or by having a save of the original Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Playing Galactus can be fun for the first time, but it gets boring quite quickly.
The mode that was supposed to add a ton of diversity to the game however was sadly not included on disc. Heroes and Heralds mode promises huge character customization and over the top fights between the cast of the game is going to arrive as free DLC sometime in the near future. It’s quite unfortunate that this mode specifically was not on disc for us to try as it would have added a whole new level of replay ability to the game.
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is a great expansion upon the original that expands on its strengths and fixes a lot of the weaknesses. If the previous release didn’t go to your liking then this will probably not convince you for a purchase. However, if you were waiting to purchase or a huge fan of the series then this will definitely be on your must buy list.