Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds Hands-On

Capcom's finest square off against Marvel's superheroes in the third iteration of the popular fighting series.

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Have you ever wondered what would happen if Dante fought Wolverine? What about a match that pits The Hulk against boulder-smashing superstar Chris Redfield? These questions, and many of life's other mysteries, are all answered in Marvel vs. Capcom 3--the third installment to the highly popular Marvel vs. Capcom fighting series that fans have been begging for since the waning days of its predecessor's popularity. First, let's talk about characters. While we have yet to see the full lineup of characters from both Marvel and Capcom, there were a surprising number of characters already playable in our hands-on demo. Morrigan, Ryu, Chris Redfield, Felicia, and Dante were on hand to represent Capcom, while Captain America, Iron Man, Wolverine, Deadpool, and The Hulk stepped up to represent Marvel.

We were quickly told that the characters are all still being worked on, so while some characters--like The Hulk--look a bit stiff and glossy at the moment, you can take comfort in knowing that is likely to change as development progresses. With that said, some characters are further along than others. We were told that Deadpool has been the focus of attention, and it shows. His general animation looks great, and he already has a fair number of taunts and moves that are faithful to the spirit of the character (his minidragon punch is especially cool). It's also worth noting that Deadpool has a teleportation device to help him zip around, but if you try to use it three times in a row, it will malfunction and explode.

All of the characters feel pretty good and are easy to play at this point. Returning characters like The Hulk, Wolverine, Captain America, Morrigan, and Felicia all have similar moves from previous games. As such, they are pretty easy to jump into and use effectively right away. As for the new faces, Chris Redfield feels a bit like Jill Valentine from MVC2 and most of his moves are focused on projectile attacks with his sidearm, though he also uses his knife in some standard moves. Dante, who appears as the Devil May Cry 3 version of the character, borrows many of his notable attacks from the Devil May Cry games, including his sword, which has a bit of reach to it. Moreover, some of his attacks have him using weapons from those games (like the gauntlets), and he can also change into his devil form.

As for environments, there were two that we saw--one in an elevator that rose up against the skyline of New York with The Daily Bugle and the Baxter Building as enormous balloons of Marvel characters (most notably Spider-Man) floating in the background. If you think of a certain department store's holiday parade, you'll get a good idea of what it looked like. The second level was the Mega Man-themed Kattelox Island, overrun with servbots getting into trouble. It's nice to see these universe-specific levels as opposed to Marvel vs. Capcom 2's generic, albeit very nice looking, fighting areas.

But when you're actually in a fight in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, there's a good chance you're not going to take much notice of the backgrounds anyway. These fights are just as fast paced and crazy as those in the previous game, with an emphasis on quick and, in many cases, over-the-top combos. But there are some differences. Marvel vs. Capcom 2 featured a six-button setup with four attack buttons and two assist buttons. Marvel vs. Capcom 3 also has four attack buttons and two assist buttons, but the breakdown of the four attack buttons are mapped out as light, medium, heavy, and "exchange" (as Capcom calls it). Those first three buttons are self-explanatory, but the exchange button can be thought of as the launcher attack--the move that lets you launch (of course) your opponent into the air where you can then perform a devastating air combo.

If you're especially skilled with the timing of the exchange button (and you press left, right, or up to knock an opponent into walls or higher into the air), you can perform damage resets that essentially let you start a combination over again with a different character. So let's say you start an air combo with Morrigan that launches Wolverine into the air. If you time it right so that you press one of those corresponding directions and the exchange button, then she'll leap out and one of her tag partners will come in with a brief window to do another combo before repeating the same process. This will allow the third character on your team to come in and finish the barrage. This isn't an automatic thing. It requires some pretty precise timing to nail properly and get the most damage out of it. When you press down (or if you have neutral direction on the controller) while hitting the exchange button on an air combo, then your opponent gets slammed to the ground and the combo is over. Additionally, if you hit the exchange button when you're on the ground (without pressing down) then you can still perform a standard attack. It probably sounds a little confusing on paper, but once you get to try it out for yourself, it makes a little more sense. Also, though the button layout is slightly different, it's still pretty easy to come to grips with how to execute classic moves in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, which we may or may not have tested by spamming Wolverine's berserker barrage. More skilled players will be happy to know that advancing guards are in the game and that you can still perform multi-character supers, as well as integrate the different types of assist attacks (shot for projectiles, direct for body attacks, and extra where a character throws something onto the screen) into their combos. And here is one final piece of info: When your team is down to one character, you'll see a glowing red X next to his or her name. This means that character can inflict slightly more amounts of damage on his or her opponents in a last ditch effort to survive.

If anything, at this point, Marvel vs. Capcom 3 already succeeds much in the same way that its predecessor did in making you feel like you were really good at fighting games even if you were not. We'll have more on Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds before it is released early next year.

Discussion

112 comments
undeadcow
undeadcow

luv the style and new characters really hope they paid more attention to high level gaming and not end up with a broken game like MvC2 where 5 characters are playable in pro-level. otherwise, i'll have to go back to GGAC soon.

undeadcow
undeadcow

luv the style and new characters really hope they paid more attention to high level gaming and not end up with a broken game like MvC2 where 5 characters are playable in pro-level. otherwise, i'll have to go back to GGAC soon.

dark411
dark411

I have been waiting so long for Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 and now it's here and better than i thought and DEADPOOL IS BACK :O

TouoT
TouoT

I think they should put Stripperella from Marvel, since it was create by Mr. Stan Lee

M_TM_L
M_TM_L

Yeah Finally Marvel Vs Capcom 3

belgand42
belgand42

I suspect that Deadpool has been getting extra attention because of plans to release a Deadpool film. The terrible recent Wolverine: Origins included him almost exclusively to use as a way to set him up for his own solo outing. Along the same lines with the current success of Iron Man and the upcoming Captain America, Thor, and Avengers films I suspect that Marvel was particularly interested in having this made because of the cross-promotional aspect. I'd say there's even money that Thor will show up in it as a result.

forhekset
forhekset

2D hand drawn beauty is where it's all at, ie SF3, but as long as it plays the same, and by the sounds of it it will, then it's awesome. I'd love DLC packs of several characters at once instead of just afew before they give up after awhile. I kinda wished they'd add triple supers that fuse in really interesting ways, kinda like Ultimate Alliance I suppose.

morocheuk
morocheuk

holy crap. dante. deadpool cracks me up with the "bang bang bang" super move. good job bringing in characters from other franchises.

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

I still say 2D would have been better. None of these 3D graphics, please, just do high-definition sprites like BlazBlue.

MacenKrace
MacenKrace

Man... looks cooler than ever... Better than SSFIV.

Omega_Zero69
Omega_Zero69

i kinda like the sprites better but we'll see if its any good

PUREPL7YA
PUREPL7YA

Any info on the ULTRA TURBO EDITION to be sold with DLC at a discounted price one year after MvC3 releases ??

thc512
thc512

the merc with a mouth... nuff said

killered3
killered3

Hey, 2D-3D like Street Fighter 4!! Now this will be something to see!

WilliamSmith45
WilliamSmith45

Because we "Casuel gamers" dont want to be dominated by more hardcore players thats why Capcom has made MvsC 3 more Noob friendly. I couldnt be happier.

SirSpoon84
SirSpoon84

@ydude16 yea man that would be nice, but we gotta wait about a whole year :( reminds me of when they announced the game coming to dreamcast, they said in one year lol

ydude16
ydude16

I was hoping it would be released this year....

SirSpoon84
SirSpoon84

ug why they not show spiderman, i hope they didnt replace him with deadpool and i hope there aint no exclusive pre order things, that would just blow

moe050
moe050

OMG.... deadpool is finally in this game!! Dante too? yeah.. this will be gotten ASAP. they better still have psylocke...

newhighscore
newhighscore

i was hoping more of the roster would be revealed...these new controls sound sketchy too. why are devs trying to make everything easier and dummed down for "casual gamers"? this should be for the die hards that lined your pockets with our quarters capcom. let the noobs catch up.

pip_boy_3000
pip_boy_3000

can't wait, I still play 1 and 2 all the time on my Dreamcast :]

jjjrrr11211
jjjrrr11211

looks good i will check it out for sure

blackguy09
blackguy09

They def need to come out with a playable demo on the playstation network or xbox live. This game looks too nasty.

anthonycg
anthonycg

@ Burning_Typhoon That's the way Tatsunoko vs. Capcom is set up. Capcom is trying to make their games more open to casual players to get into. SF4 arcade mode was a huge disaster for new players since they had zero chance of beating Seth until they went on some forum to figure out spamming hard kicks and avoiding his broken transporting grabs... But then again they're casual so who would expect that to happen? I do hate holding back to sub out because you have to get the hold timing right or else you'll call out your partner instead... But with two less buttons, specials will probably be like SF4 where you hit 2 attack buttons and some random stick swerve. If it's not as broken as MVC2 I'll be happy because MVC2 was more like Marvel Pwning Capcom 2.

derek3257
derek3257

wish they would do a beta for the holidays.

Burning_Typhoon
Burning_Typhoon

Pressing back+Assist to tag out, and can't use assists while blocking, along with only having 3 attack buttons, and a launch button...... Explains clearly while I hate this game already.

daman246
daman246

cant wait to start owning ppl with dante

patriotsnake171
patriotsnake171

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Cybrid-X
Cybrid-X

I hated the fact that they took 2 attack buttons in MVC2, and now, they have even less, 3 and the other button which can attack I supposed............ oh well, I'll stick to my SSFIV unless I can't resist the fun of tearing souls with Dante....

sagameister3
sagameister3

Still looking forward to a full roster, hopefully it'll have as many as the previous versions, wouldn't mind more though :) .

YamaBushi13
YamaBushi13

This does not look very tasty... it looks strange. But I shall not judge a book by its cover and give it a go... the demo!!! Try before you buy!

robgam3r
robgam3r

man cant wait i am sold i hope theres a crazy number of fighters like 60 +++ lol ....... dream big right

DEATH775
DEATH775

YEAH I can't wait for next year.

SuprSaiyanRockr
SuprSaiyanRockr

I was hoping more characters would be revealed. Oh well.

diesel_lee
diesel_lee

Haha fail, they'll release SUPER SUPER MEGA ULTRA EDITION Marvel vs Capcom 3.5 four months after half the universe pre-orders the limited edition Marvel vs Capcom 3. Haha

KoruKinshi
KoruKinshi

An 'air combo' button? Really? How much more retarded can you be? Seriously, I want to play a decent versus game, not a button masher. At least TvC actually HAD some level of skill to it. The last good, BALANCED hyper fighting versus game was MvC 1.

nastymc
nastymc

will it be Iron-Man or War Machine??? or maybe an orange Hulk?

holidaysins
holidaysins

I HOPE THEY DONT HAVE LIKE TEN CHARACTERS AND MAKE YOU BUY ALL THE REST dlc sucks

holidaysins
holidaysins

NO THIS NOT WHAT I WANT----- I WANT CAPCOM VS SNK 2 OR 3 ON 360

nate1222
nate1222

I still love Marvel vs Capcom 2. Bring it to the 3DS (I plan on owning a 3DS) and I'll buy it!

Falmar
Falmar

I just hope the Hulk gets the moves it deserves, especially after he beat the crap out of every single marvel charachter in World War Hulk!

ScorpionBeeBee
ScorpionBeeBee

THIS is one of my most anticipated titles ever! I'm glad the action is still fast paced and crazy just like MvsC2, go Capcom go!