If you are looking for intense Street Fighter like game play with more focus on outrageous power attacks, then this is your game.
Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 | Introduction
Marvel and Capcom have been working in tandem to make awesome fighting games since 1994 with the release of X-Men: Children of the Atom. Being the pinnacle of the series of games that followed, Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 is the definitive answer to “what is the best fast-paced fighting game?” In UMVC3, two players compete with teams of three characters from either the Marvel or Capcom universe or any combination thereof. You get a super meter that can go up to level five; and you have three life bars separating you from defeat. When you choose your characters, you determine what moves they will do when you tap the support buttons. When you tap the corresponding button, that character will leap onto the screen where you are and do their ‘assist’ move. There is a tag system where you bring another character in by holding their support button, or other button inputs.
There are a lot of ways you can use your super meter to enhance moves or lay out crazy Hyper Combos. If you are a player new to this series, you will need to learn a seemingly endless amount of characters, mechanics, and various strategies to be competitive online. Players with skill will be fast, confusing, and hitting with hundred hit combos. The single player experience is enhanced with the free Heroes and Heralds DLC.
Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 | Single Player Modes
Training Mode: Capcom made one of the best training modes ever in this game. You have a lot of control over the situations you want to test out your strategies and combinations against. When I first get a fighting game, I usually go straight to training mode and spend many hours there before I take the game online, or even play the standard game. This game was made to translate well for the player who spent a chunk of time on Marvel Vs Capcom 2. So, with that said, noobs will have a lot of catching up to do to be able to hang in there. When you pick your characters, you have the option of choosing Simple Mode for your control scheme. It cuts out a lot of the abilities your character might have but gives you a fighting chance against veterans.
Arcade Mode: Exactly what you would expect. If you are upgrading from MVC3 to Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3, it’s worth noting the AI is improved. Galactus is as hard hitting as ever.
Mission Mode: In this mode, you choose one character and the game itself teaches you some mechanics for your character ranging from easy to insanely difficult. The game gives you a list of commands, figuring out the timing is up to you. Offering tutorial-like missions for 48 characters seems awesome, but it barely touches the surface of the complexity to this game.
Heroes & Heralds: This is both an online and offline mode for the game. This free DLC offers an upgrade system. In both modes, you pick a side. Either you fight for earth or for Galactus. The online is a campaign mode against the other faction which operates on a weekly system. After the week is over and a side has won, you can re-choose your side. In single player, it is a territorial control game. Upgrades vary based on the cards you earn to make up your team’s “deck” of three cards. These cards range in effects and can be significant like refilling your bars or enhanced abilities in specific situations. You even get a virtual binder to flip through to look at the cards you have collected. I found this mode to be good for completionists and for those who like to tweak their characters a bit. It definitely gives the game some additional replayability for middle-of-the-road casual gamers. Characters who didn’t make it into the final playable roster make an appearance on the cards you can find.
Galactus Mode: Unlocked once you have 30,000 player points. If you have a save from the MVC3 game when you play Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3, Galactus Mode will be unlocked. You get to do some damage as the big guy.
Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 | Characters
With 48 characters and three assists each to choose from, you can quite easily make up your own unique team of 3 in this game. Every character has a cool looking move set that is all their own. With varying strengths and weaknesses, each character has its own flavor and style. The roster does not include a few of the characters from the first two games, but does include a lot of fun ones with deep strategy to learn. Some are strong, others are defensive or combo heavy. You can go on YouTube and search up strategy and walk through videos for a majority of the cast.
Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 | Gameplay System
The control scheme has been tweaked since part two of the series, and the moves have been made slightly easier to execute since MVC3. If you own the game and want to play with some friends who will not be investing any more time into the game other than some friendly versus, then the Simple control mode is good. Simple mode is actually quite capable of taking down good players.
If you have play experience with any of the Street Fighter or Capcom Versus games, then you have a basic understanding of the mechanics for movement, blocking, combinations, and performing special attacks. You have four normal attack buttons and two assist buttons. The attack buttons are light (L), medium (M), heavy (H), and special (S). You can string your moves L, M, H, then S in the air or on the ground. S is a launch move on the ground or a smash down move in the air. If you are pressing up when you land a launch move, you will perform a super jump, following the opponent so you can perform an impressive combination. The controls triggering the use of your team mates have a lot of advantages and potential weaknesses. If your assist character gets hit before they can leave the screen, they take a lot of damage.
Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 | Online Modes
Ranked Battle: Battle opponents from across the globe competitively to increase your tier standing.
Player Battle: Meant as an alternative to Ranked Battle for more novice players.
Heroes & Heralds: As outlined above, this allows you to compete in a campaign against the opposing faction on a weekly basis. You get to use the “Deck” system of using 3 cards to augment your team’s abilities.
Overall, I suggest being prepared for a tough battle online. Being that the game is two years old, most casual gamers have probably already moved on. Remember, there have been people playing Marvel Vs Capcom games since 1998.
Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 | Rating
Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 is a game that either clicks or doesn’t. Its extensive mechanics may turn away some players who want a more casual experience. It is a beautiful, responsive, & skill-based game. There is some time investment required to get good at it. Each new character can be tough to learn if you don’t understand their move set. Its modes could be more numerous, but the game play and balance themselves are near perfect.