March 31, 2012

My first game review is up on the SciTech section. I love fighting games and Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom3 is a great arcade flashback. Had fun with the Avengers, too. 

Back to the Arcade with Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3

KARL R. DE MESA March 31, 2012 8:03pm
Ah, the days of taking names at your friendly neighborhood arcade complex. You could always tell the hustlers from the patsies with how they were hunched over the flashing light of the console. Their gestures were just a bit more precise, just a tad bit faster than anybody else’s. Plus, there’s that detached concentration in their eye, the video game equivalent of the thousand yard stare.

If you’ve ever pined to relive those moments again, then Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 on Playstation3 is a fine, fine way to relive your glory days at the arcade.
This game is basically an updated version of Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds. Released in November last year its launch was delayed by the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami. Supposed to be just a downloadable extra, the developers decided to beef up everything and release it as a stand alone. And if you’re lucky or rich enough to own (a curse be upon you, fat cat) the tasty and very new Playstation Vita, this one is a flagship game for that.

Are the additions cool enough to justify a stand alone that was previously an update? Well, let’s count the ways:
  • Foremost are the 12 brand new fighters in both the Marvel and Capcom rosters, making it a grand total of 50 to choose from (Jill Valentine and Shuma-Gorath can be downloaded).
  • Eight new stages from both universes.
  • New modes like the Spectator Mode, and the Heroes or Heralds Mode.
  • A prettier, cosmetic redesign that comes with a sparkly new HUD.
  • Gameplay that rewards consistency and is thus more balanced.
That really is, weighing everything, a yes and a no. See, if you already own fate of two Worlds it really is just the top three things that would make a difference.
If you’d really like to see how devastating (and, he—or rather it–really is) the Nemesis T-Type from Resident Evil 3 can be in crucial circumstances, or how Ghost Rider can be valuable from a mid-screen distance then this is really a no brainer. I mean, it’s 12 characters more! Even if it’s just the novelty value of it, the added tweaks can be generous enough to have you selling your old Blu-Ray disc.
Other notables among the new character additions include Doctor Strange, Nova and Hawkeye for Marvel and Vergil, Frank West and Strider Hiryu (from the old MVSC2: Age of Heroes) for Capcom.
Read the rest of it HERE. 

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