Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 review (PS3)

HonestDragon | 964d ago | User review
Reviewing: Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
2011 in Gaming - A Look Back at Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
Now this is technically going to be a dual review. Seeing as how Marvel vs Capcom 3 and Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 were released in 2011, I figured it's only best if I cover both. It is also fitting since there are people who didn't buy Marvel vs Capcom 3 and instead went with Ulimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 that I review both. This is where there is a divide in the video game community over whether or not a gamer loved or hated Marvel vs Capcom 3. That question would be asked again when Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 was released just nine months later.

Being HonestDragon, I have to say that I was pumped for Marvel vs Capcom 3. I remember the good old days when I used to play the original Marvel vs Capcom and Marvel vs Capcom 2 when I could choose from my favorite characters of who faces who. Who would it be today? Ryu vs Venom? Gambit and Iron Man vs Strider and Mega Man? Doctor Doom vs M. Bison? I was always happy to be able to play it. So let's see what Marvel vs Capcom 3 and Ultimate delivered.

First, and obviously, the gameplay was pretty good. It's fast paced, smooth, and very addicting. The new chained combos allow players the chance to unleash a lot of damage. The air combos offer something new in that if you are fighting in a stage with a second level of ground, then your air combo can send you to somewhere new in the stage. There are also Hyper Combos and Team Combos that pretty much can make or break a match. If you want to destroy your opponent, then those are the kind of moves to use. Unless they block it then you're left in the dark. Another addition to the matches is "X-Factor" where once activated, increases strength and speed, while regenerating lost health. This is especially helpful when you're in a bind. The problem with "X-Factor", though, is that it is too easy to activate. So much so, that I keep finding myself accidentally activating it when I don't want to.

Second, the graphics are sweet. The characters look amazing in the new 3D models and 2D environments. It's a nice switch to see how well this game looks on this generation of consoles.

Controls can be pretty intimidating. Veteran players of the original, like myself, will have a hard time getting used to the new configurations. It is by no fault of our own because unless you really are dedicated, then you are going to have a hard time adjusting. Half the time, I have no clue what I'm doing and the action is so fast paced that I can't keep up. Yeah, I lose a lot.

The sounds of both Marvel vs Capcom 3 and Ultimate are clear and precise. You even get the option to have the characters speak in English or Japanese. Banter can be heard among the characters when they begin the match. Probably my favorite line with Captain America is when he taunts Zero. "Your name's Zero, huh? Hope you don't fight like one."

Features that are seen are limited to only a few modes. The game adds Simple Mode for people to use moves easily that are limited to only a few face buttons. Even then, I sort of had difficulty in that it made it harder for me to execute moves despite doing the exact button combos. Mission Mode is something for players to use for character challenges, but seems more like a training simulator. Finally, Shadow Mode is a mode where you get to face the strategies and teams of the game's development staff to see how you stack against them.

Even with the intriguing gameplay and hype that went into Marvel vs Capcom 3, I have to say (and be honest) that Marvel vs Capcom 3 and Ultimate were a huge letdown. I'm serious. This game could have been better. For gameplay, even with the characters I'm okay with and despite the hours I have played, I always get beaten time and again by people who played an equal share of time. For features, there's hardly a thing to see and go through. The experience that I have with this game can be described with these two words: "lackluster" and "infuriating".

The cold, hard truth about Marvel vs Capcom 3 and Ultimate is that they are bare minimum games. We were told that there was going to be all of these features that would separate Marvel vs Capcom 3 from its predecessors. Did we get the Story Mode that Capcom was pushing for months before the game's release? Not unless you got the special edition with the 12 page comic that tells the story. Did we get Spectator Mode for when you go online to face other people? Not for MvC3, but it should've been there in the beginning. Did they patch the games for balancing? Not until UMvC3 and even then we had to pay for it, while the guys at Mortal Kombat do it for free. Did any other modes that were seen in Street Figher IV (like Tournament Mode and Team Battle) make it onto this game? No.

Marvel vs Capcom 3 and Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 have so many issues that gamers want addressed that I feel obligated to point them out. The three biggest issues among gamers is the roster, online lag, and supposed Story Mode. Gamers go back and forth on this, but I'll sum up what I've heard and experienced.

Everyone kind of had the feeling that the roster here was going to be shorter than the one in Marvel vs Capcom 2. That wouldn't have been a problem for me, as long as they had good and interesting characters to put there. Granted, not all of the originals made the cut, but quite a few new faces made an interesting appearance here.

Dante, Trish, Amaterasu, Viewtiful Joe, Chris Redfield, and Albert Wesker (to name a few) make great debuts. Still the burning question for Capcom's side is: where is Mega Man? They released a costume for Zero that resembles Mega Man...but it's still not Mega Man. They brought in Frank West's Mega Man costume...but it's still not Mega Man. What about showing some love for other franchises like Dino Crisis, Lost Planet, and Onimusha? I heard a lot of people say they wanted characters from those games.

What about Marvel's side? They have some good debuts, too. Deadpool, Dormammu, Super-Skrull, Taskmaster, Thor, and X-23 are excellent additions. As of UMvC3, Ghost Rider, Doctor Strange, Iron Fist, Hawkeye, Nova, and Rocket Raccoon were well received. People seem to like Marvel's side with some exceptions including M.O.D.O.K., She-Hulk, and Phoenix.

So where is that Story Mode we were hearing so much about? I was really interested in it. For both games? The Story Mode is non existent. The comic explains that Albert Wesker makes contact with Doctor Doom from his world about conquering both of their worlds. To make sure that a link is established between their worlds, Doctor Doom and his allies siphon power from Galactus' machines to power their dimensional gate. In affect, the heroes from both universes are at war not knowing what has been done, but eventually have to face an angered Galactus. That would have been really cool to see in the actual game with cutscenes. People who didn't buy the special edition that had the comic would be completely clueless about what's going on and would then have to go online for the answer. Even then, it's a disappointing experience in the game that consists of six stages that has no plot progression and a seventh stage where you fight Galactus. The end depends on who you strike the final blow with and then you get a picture and text ending per character.

Online gameplay is okay at best. Personal experience proved no problem with getting into a match, but I have seen my share of lack of connection to a single lobby. Many times, I had to try to connect and then get the failure notice. It sends me back to the main menu and I have to start again.

This is where the line is drawn between the good and the bad of Marvel vs Capcom 3 and Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3. In this particular case, for me, it's bad. I thought this game was going to be the fighting game for me of 2011. I was dead wrong. Instead, that designation went to Mortal Kombat which blew all expectations of fighting games out of the water. Mortal Kombat proved that a fighting game can have more than just great gameplay. A fighting game can have a story, well done cutscenes, tons of extra bits of content, and not too complicated button combos.

Compared to Mortal Kombat, Marvel vs Capcom 3 and Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 are lacking in so many areas. That plus the fact that once someone masters certain characters winning a match becomes impossible. Even with the characters that I'm somewhat good with I still get beaten in less than three minutes. That's including the fact that other gamers find the moves they can spam and make endless combos, but because of the fast paced gameplay I hardly know what hits me. For that, both Marvel vs Capcom 3 and Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 gets a barely passing grade of being average. I might be coming off as harsh because so many people love this game, but I'm letting you guys know that while it can be fun, it can also be frustrating and lackluster. And when you see what Mortal Kombat offered you from the get-go and continues to do so, Marvel vs Capcom 3 and Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 look like they barely gave you anything. My recommendation lies to only fans of the franchise because new gamers will have difficulty stacking up to veterans and people who master the game quickly. Until we see what else Capcom has planned, this is HonestDragon signing off.
Ups
Addictive Gameplay
Amazing Graphics and Character Models
Surprising, Yet Good Roster Additions
Downs
Bad Online Connection Rate
Lack of an Actual Story Mode
Surprising, Yet Questionable Roster Additions
Score
9.0
Graphics The characters look great and so do the stages, even though the stages get repetitive to play on.
9.0
Sound Clear and precise, although crowded with noise at times. The character taunts are welcome to this installment.
6.0
Gameplay Fast paced and adrenaline pumping, the gameplay will leave you breathless. The button controls, on the other hand, may overwhelm certain players and lead to frustration of doing things in the match you don't want to.
5.0
Fun factor While the game is addicting and got me determined at certain points, losing match after match to people who mastered certain characters does not become fun. It's even more frustrating when the controls are hard to understand and execute.
6.0
Online Online can be a variety of things, but you will face tough times getting into a single lobby. Lag is another problem in that you may get kicked out or lose a match because of it.
6.0
Overall (out of 10 / not an average)
dedicatedtogamers  +   963d ago
90% of this game's popularity comes from the cameos. As in, a fan of Resident Evil (for example) likes UMvC3 because they can play as Wesker, Tyrant, Chris, and DLC Jill.

Without the cameos, it wouldn't be nearly as popular. For the proof, take a look at the glaring unpopularity of the other Vs games like the various SNK vs CAPCOM games and Tatsunoko vs CAPCOM.
HonestDragon  +   962d ago
What do you think so far about the lineup for Street Fighter X Tekken?
dedicatedtogamers  +   961d ago
It looks okay. I'm not quite sure I like the fighting style, but it's hard to ignore the 50-chaaracter roster in SFxT. I dunno. I'm more excited about Tekken Tag 2, Persona 4 Ultimate Arena, and Skullgirls.
Hufandpuf  +   963d ago
I don't own the game, but my friend brings it over for me to play. The game is seriously unbalanced. I kept beating him with different teams like Ryu and Wesker, but then he started using Nemisis, Vergil, and Hulk. Those three are UNBEATABLE. The only way for me to win against him now is to spam, and I don't like to spam. He won't change his team either because he hates losing, so this is a BIG problem. I think the only way to beat him is to pick the same team he has, but he doesn't like clone teams.
unkn0wn  +   963d ago
That team of Nemisis, Vergil, and Hulk is horrible.

OT
The gameplay for umvc3 is daunting, you should have known that buying the game. I feel like half this review complains about how hard the game is, and the other is about the story mode.

Finding an opponent is not the same thing as a lobby. Also, you cannot knock opponents into other parts of the stage, if youre ending the air combo it slams the guy into the ground. The last problem is if this were a dual review, you wouldn't single out problems specific to one game. If you were going to do that, review one game, not both.
HonestDragon  +   962d ago
Thank you for your input. I apologize if my review came off as too much of a complaint. I'll admit that I was really excited for this game and some of my disappointment rubbed off in my review. I really wanted this to be a great game, but my experience with it did not prove well. Essentially, I have to put my experiences, the good and the bad for the review.

I'll also admit that I should've just made this about Ultimate, but I was considering reviewing both games. There was one problem though: they are basically the same game. As much as I wanted to avoid having to compare the two, I found way too many similar positives and negatives when I played both.

Are you sure about the other parts of a stage? I found that in the outdoor stages, there was a second level you can air combo someone up to, like the Daily Bugle. Oh and I should've put player, not lobby...my fault there. Next review I do won't have any comparisons or that many negative things to mention.
soundslike  +   962d ago
"The only way for me to win against him now is to spam, and I don't like to spam."

spam until he changes tactics

thats how fighting games work
dedicatedtogamers  +   961d ago
Incorrect. That's how CERTAIN fighting games work. Go ahead and try to spam in games like King of Fighters 13, Virtua Fighter 5, or BlazBlue and you will end up bruised and beaten against a halfway-decent player.
Hufandpuf  +   961d ago
That would be like fighting with/against Ermac in MK9: Annoying. I like to have fun in fighting games, not have to make it a job/chore to show someone who's boss.
TeaDouble_E  +   962d ago
Glad I didn't buy this, thought they would iron out the netcode for ultimate. People say it still lag like the original.

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Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3

Average Score 8.2 Reviews(68)
Release Dates
PS Vita Release Dates
US 15 February 2012
PS3 Release Dates
US 15 November 2011
EU 18 November 2011
AU 18 November 2011
Xbox 360 Release Dates
US 15 November 2011
EU 18 November 2011
AU 18 November 2011