Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 Fate of Two Worlds Review

Time seemed to crawl from the time Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 was announced to when it was finally released. I dribbled away hours checking to see if there were any new updates on shoryuken.com. Finally, this past Tuesday at around 4:30 p.m. there was a knock, knock, knock on my door. “Why yes, UPS man, I will sign for that package!!” Waiting and anticipating had ended; finally a copy of Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 (special edition) was in my hands.

The special edition packaging was well worth the extra cash. The game was packed in a luxurious metal tin rather than the standard plastic DVD case. Some vinyl stickers were included (ok…what the hell am I going to do with those???) as well as a collectors comic book filled with promotional art and two special codes; one code good for a month subscription to Marvel digital comics and the other good for 2 DLC characters, Resident Evil’s Jill Valentine and Marvel’s weird eyeball monster Shuma-Gorath. Blah, blah, blah…on to the game.

Freud would have a field day

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Video Game Preview : Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 : Fate of Two Worlds

OOh doggy, I just cannot wait until next Tuesday. First, I get to hang with some of my bestest buds for “Secretly Timid Tuesday,” and then I get to spend the rest of the day playing Marvel Vs. Capcom 3. It’s as if I am twelve and it is summer. I hope Diane and Jill recognize me…gonna have to wear my glasses so my eyes don’t hurt.

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Just ten years ago my friends and I played the hell out of Marvel Vs. Capcom 2. The concept is simple…you mix and match a group of three characters and pit them against another three. Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 featured a huge cast of characters from various families from both Marvel (X-Men, Hulk, Spider-Man, The Avengers, etc.) and Capcom (Dark Stalkers, Street Fighter, Final Fight, Mega Man). The game was basically created by ripping character sprites from previous Capcom titles and slamming them together like peanut butter and jelly.

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This go round Capcom had to start from scratch and the result is gorgeous. The character models are kinda cell-shaded which give it that “comic book” feel. Capcom newbies Chris Redfield and Dante join veterans Ryu and Chun Li (shout out to voice actress friend, Laura Bailey (Eagles ’99)) over on the Capcom side. Newcomers over on the Marvel side include The Sensational She-Hulk and Wolverine clone X-23. Both sides have their wtf characters; Capcom’s Arthur and Marvel’s MODOK. I must confess, I breathed a heavy sigh of relief once I discovered that Storm would be returning. Will she be god-tier once again? We will find out in one week. Oh, and if I can pry myself away from the X-Box controller I will post my thoughts next week as well.