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March 22, 2011
Marvel Vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds - PS3 Review
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Artistically MVC3 looks impressive.
Can you believe it has been over ten years since Capcom released Marvel Vs Capcom 2? Well after some legal wrangling we now have the third game in the franchise. Interestingly the developers have reworked the game engine to simplify the control somewhat, but does that make this a lesser title, or just more accessible to a wider audience? We've played through the game and give you our impressions...

After one of the most gorgeous looking intros to a game that we've seen for some time it's straight to it in this third outing for the franchise. The menu offers up few surprise with the ability to select from Offline Mode, Online Mode, Gallery and Options. The Offline Mode is then split up into Arcade, Versus, Training and Mission while Online Mode offers Ranked Match, Player Match, Search Lobby, Create Lobby, Shadow Battle and Leaderboards.

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Spider-man takes on Wesker from Resident Evil.
We started off playing the Offline Modes and naturally the Arcade Mode was our first port of call. Now I'll admit I'm a bit of a novice with fighting games these days, having lost much interest after Tekken 3. In any case, on Medium Difficulty, and selecting normal controls rather then simplified, I cruised through to the final boss without using a continue - but that's when I got stuck - the final boss Galactus who towers over you, but can also destroy any character with a single firing of his laser. Eventually I beat him but it puts into serious question the games difficulty curve which goes from too easy, to crazy hard. Still, the 3-on-3 action was frantic with the ability to call in friends to assist easily, as well as switch to other characters.

Other offline modes include Versus which is a 2-player mode so you can take on a friend, Training so you can learn all the moves and Mission. Now Mission is one we were excited to play as we expected some kind of campaign mode however it is simply an increasingly difficult test of your abilities to perform a series of moves for each character. Quite disappointing.

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Girl-on-girl; Crimson Viper Vs Storm.
Moving into the Online components of this game the developers have done an admirable job in keeping the lag to an absolute minimum which is critical for a brawler such as this where skilled gamers don't count the moves in second, or tenth of seconds, but almost within a couple of frames. Now we're not skilled enough to perform at that level, but the many matches we played online were pretty smooth. The Ranked Matches allow you to fight against opponents and improve your rankings. It's also possible to Search Lobby and Create Lobby as well as viewing the Leaderboards however the Shadow Battles promises to be quite interesting with the ability to compete against the best players in the world, or at least their styles that have been recorded.

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The massive Tron takes on Captain America.
One thing which remains critical to a game such as this is the character roster, and while the number of characters has dropped back to 36 from the 52 in Marvel Vs Capcom 2, those remaining are probably the most important, and impressive available. A further two characters, Marvel's Shuma-Gorath and Capcom's Jill Valentine, are available as downloadable content therefore bring the roster in MVC3 to 38. Still, it must be said that there aren't many 'dud' characters here and some of the new ones like Arthur are quite unique and quite entertaining to get to grips with.

On the Marvel side you can expect Captain America, Deadpool, Doctor Doom, Dormammu, Hulk, Iron Man, Magneto, M.O.D.O.K., Phoenix, Sentinel, She-Hulk, Spider-Man, Storm, Super-Skrull, Taskmaster, Thor, Wolverine, and X-23. Capcom fans should be pleased with the roster on that side with character including Akuma, Albert Wesker, Amaterasu, Arthur, Chris Redfield, Chun-Li, Crimson Viper, Dante, Felicia, Hsien-Ko, Mike Haggar, Morrigan Aensland, Nathan Spencer, Ryu, Trish, Tron Bonne, Viewtiful Joe and Zero.

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Wolverine takes on X-23 in MVC3.
In terms of the actual gameplay Marvel Vs Capcom 3 offers both normal and simple control schemes and for anyone that has played a brawler in the past should certainly opt for the Normal scheme to keep things interesting, and a little more difficult. Still, our biggest issue with this game is simply the business of the screen and you'll be hard pressed to keep track of which character is yours, and which is the main character on-screen that you're controlling. Losing track of which of the characters you are can certainly cost you a match. It's almost too busy for its own good, although that can also be part of the fun.

Using an improved version of Capcom's MT Framework engine Marvel Vs Capcom 3 really is a great looking title. Admittedly we can't discuss how accurately the Marvel characters are to their comic book counterparts as we don't read them regularly, but what is here impressed me from a technical and artistic standpoint. Backgrounds are varied, and quite spectacular, while the characters themselves are well animated while the visual effects will have the screen lighting up and flashing with all manner of effects. Marvel Vs Capcom 4 is a pretty impressive game visually.

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Chun-Li is always a favourite.
Audio in this game is pretty nice with different music for the characters in both original and re-arranged formats while the effects are as bold and brash as the visuals while retaining the familiar sounds from other Capcom titles. Dialogue is pretty sparse, but what's there is delivered well enough in a comic book character fashion - that is, corny but suitable.

While fighting fans will likely find plenty to enjoy in Marvel Vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds this game is so frantic that you'll struggle to get to grips with what's happening on-screen. Audio visually this game impresses and for fans of the genre, or indeed this series, this third outing is well worth checking out.

Review By: Dave Warner

GRAPHICSCapcom's MT Framework does an admirable job translating this game to PS3. Bold, colourful and frantic sums it up.
SOUNDSome decent music and effects akin to those in other Capcom brawlers.
GAMEPLAYIt's fun, but ultimately perhaps a little too frantic, and simplified for its own good.
VALUEWhile this has the core Arcade game, and Online battle are decent, it doesn't have the "home frills" like Namco's fighting games leaving you wanting more.
OVERALLMarvel Vs Capcom 3 drops the hardcore gameplay in favour of a simplified scheme, but may be too confusing for novice gamers. Still, technically it's fun.

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