Marvel vs. Capcom 3 - New Character Roundup

Magneto, Arthur, X-23, Wesker and more are all playable in the latest preview version of the crossover fighter.

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We recently received a brand new preview version of Marvel vs. Capcom 3--the long-awaited third game in the fighting game series that pits Capcom all-stars against some of Marvel's finest. The new preview build doesn't include Marvel's Phoenix and Capcom's Mike Haggar, both of which were just announced today, but it does include several other previously announced characters that were not playable until now. Needless to say, we've spent quite a bit of time with the lineup, which includes a mix of brand new characters, as well as some old favorites.

Arthur
An absolute fiend with projectiles, Arthur is a fierce contender who isn't afraid to mix it up in melee as well. With a half-dozen different ranged attacks, most of which come in successions of two or three, he can easily break through single-projectile characters, such as Ryu. His small stature also makes him tricky to rush down at times because some attacks will simply sail over his head. Arthur is not very nimble, however, and his lack of a dash and floaty double jump make escaping from a tight situation challenging if caught unprepared. In melee, the wide reach of his sword strikes and numerous low-hitting attacks can force your opponent back into projectile range. If you're in need of a boost, Arthur's golden armor super affords him roughly 20 seconds of enhanced projectile attacks and will even stay with him to boost his assist attacks if he switches out.

Crimson Viper
Crimson Viper's highly technical gameplay translates well into the fast and frenetic world of MvC3. Unlike the other Street Fighter contenders we've seen, she brings in the special systems at play in Street Fighter IV. Her focus attack can absorb a number of hits and crumples foes just like before, while EX versions of her special attacks can be excited at the cost of one bar of special meter. C. Viper is a deadly fast character and easy to combo with, even if you're just mashing buttons. When you pair that with her quick and deadly burning kick, she makes an excellent character for both newcomers and veterans alike--even with such low stamina.

Magneto
If you were a fan of the Master of Magnetism's previous incarnations in the series, then you'll be happy to know that little has changed. His disruptor projectile is still great for keeping opponents at a distance. Likewise, his returning gravitation attack--which grabs enemies, stuns them, and brings them closer to Magneto--is great for setting up a ground combo that you can eventually continue in the air with his launcher. The same goes for Magneto's throw, which momentarily stuns opponents in a similar way, allowing you to capitalize as long as you dash over. Magneto's level one supers--magnetic tempest and shockwave--are the same as in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, while his level three super grabs opponents and crushes them in magnetically dramatic fashion. Overall, he's a bit slower than most of the other characters on the roster, but in the hands of the right player, his attacks are pretty devastating.

MODOK
The Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing is an oddball character who has an excellent keep-away game and ensures your opponent has the least amount of fun possible. At the heart of MODOK are his analyze cubes, which damage the opponent and give him a charge on contact. These charges can be used to power up his attacks, most interesting of which is the jamming bomb that seeks out your opponents and alters their controls. Light on combo potential, MODOK relies heavily on filling the battlefield with a veritable minefield of projectiles to keep opponents at bay. His shield will protect him from anything less than a super, and staying familiar with your location relative to it is vital when opponents are trying to get behind you. However, locking down foes between you and the shield (which they cannot pass though) can lead to some big damage or an easy throw.

Nathan Spencer
The unfortunately redesigned bionic commando, Nathan "Rad" Spencer is a deadly grapple artist from any range. He is a bit slower than most, and he doesn't get as much air on a jump, but he makes up for this with his trusty bionic arm--which allows him to swing across the top of the screen or reel himself to the side or bottom. Spencer can also grab hold of opponents from virtually anywhere on the screen and follow up in one of four ways: performing a quick hit, lunging so as to send them bouncing off the wall (great combo potential), pulling them up to Spencer, or pulling Spencer up to them. If Spencer is being hammered in melee, his armor piercer (a powerful direct melee attack) comes out fast and can interrupt an overaggressive foe. His Achilles' heel, however, lies in the smaller characters whose tiny hit boxes make them tricky to grab.

She-Hulk
The Hulk's female counterpart is quite a bit different from most other characters on the roster because she not only lacks distinct projectile attacks but her move set is also largely based on wrestling--think R. Mika from the Street Fighter Alpha series or El Fuerte from Street Fighter IV. As such, she's been equipped with a dash move that you can either execute by itself (which puts her into a track run position) or by holding right (or left, depending on orientation) on the controller after performing one of her special attacks. This lets her stay within close proximity to use her somersault kick, clothesline, or an assortment of combos. She-Hulk also has a heavy strike move where she lunges and cracks an opponent's head on her knee, instantly dizzying him or her. If it connects, this opens up a number of other options for her.

Spider-Man
Spidey hasn't changed that much since Marvel vs. Capcom 2. He's still one of the quickest characters in the game and has a nice mix of projectiles to deal with an assortment of attacks in the form of the webthrow. His web-ball still momentarily encases foes in a mound of webbing, creating time to launch a combo on a defenseless opponent. His webswing is also useful for closing the gap on foes, more so after a super jump than off the ground. His maximum spider super is great for catching opponents off guard in some situations, and his ground-based crawler assault super can be easily chained into other combos.

Storm
Storm is a tricky character who relies heavily on prediction and timing to keep her enemies in check. Both of her main ranged attacks--the whirlwind and typhoon--can take up to a full second or two, depending on strength, to fire off. To use them effectively, you'll have to be able to predict your foe's next move and, in many cases, use your assists to provide cover as you charge. Flight and an eight-way dash attack (somewhat similar to Hulk's gamma charge) give her the mobility you'll need to get into position for your next assault. And because most of Storm's normal attacks produce some miniature force of nature, she is able to effectively control a lot of space.

Tron Bonne
Another returning character, Tron Bonne might seem a bit unorthodox at first, but she has a number of useful attacks at her disposal. Of course, she also makes extensive use of her servbot companions, both in her supers, as well as her beacon bomb attack. If this attack connects, two servbots will temporarily hold an opponent in place. Her little helpers also come into play in her servbot launcher attack, which can be used as an antiair skill, but it won't do much as a primary projectile. Tron's best projectile attack is her rock throw where she can pick up boulders from the ground and throw them in rapid succession, but she can also hold before releasing. She also has a pretty useful dashing punch attack and a command throw that picks enemies up and then drags them across the ground in a circle.

Wesker
Fighting a good Wesker player can be an absolutely soul-crushing experience. With good stamina, strong normals, and a heavy focus on mind games and counterattacks, Wesker excels at crushing unsuspecting players. His forward plus heavy attack draws his quick-hitting sidearm, which he can then follow up with a teleport hit and combo. His various counterattack moves, including a counter super, allow him to punish any type of assault, such as projectiles. And his other super, phantom dance, can connect quickly from anywhere on the screen and makes for a great follow-up to a chain of supers. Quick and fierce, Wesker is an unrelenting beast who can easily turn the tide on any assault in the right hands.

X-23
Because she brandishes the same adamantium claws, you might think X-23 is a Wolverine clone, but she kind of isn't. In fact, we might go so far as to say that her move set (aside from her supers) has created a more deliberate, less-spastic version of Wolverine. She has quite a few dashing attacks that can hit low or high, as well as one aerial dash move. Additionally, X-23 has a skill that lets her jump immediately behind an opponent, creating opportunities for some cross-up combos. She also has a really nice command throw that she can execute from a distance, which has her leaping backward before launching toward her opponent's shoulders to perform the throw.

Zero
The hero from the Mega Man universe is incredibly fun to use. His standard plasma sword attack is easy to combo, particularly when it's topped off with his dragon-punch-like special move. Zero also has two useful projectile attacks. One involves his sword and can come out at three different speeds, depending on the button used, but he also has a buster shot that he can charge and hold while using other attacks. His aerial dash attack is quite fast and can easily catch opponents off guard as well. Because Zero's standard attacks can be so powerful, it's not surprising that one of his supers (sougenmu) casts a shadow version of the character, allowing for twice the number of hits.

That does it for our look at the recently added playable characters. Be sure to stay tuned to GameSpot as we'll have a much more on Marvel vs. Capcom 3, including an upcoming tournament.

Discussion

79 comments
ryuu-drako
ryuu-drako

Im just glad zero is in it, im gonna pwn people now.

chambiko
chambiko

We want Nightcrawler.......

slickmichael3
slickmichael3

Honestly they should of kept the MVC2 (Marvel vs Capcom 2) Characters list and just added on. why not? or DLC why not ? Characters list: Venom, Gambit vs. Vergil (Dante's twin brother), Strider Hiryu, Rogue, Ken,Cammy,Guile,Cable (MVC2),Silver Surfer,Psylocke,Carnage, and The Punisher. Perfect stay Akuma on Marvel vs Capcom 3. Please if they added on all Characters List or DLC Whatever If they do that Trust me People will crazy fast buy that Marvel vs Capcom 3 and they people goes crazy buy it I know it. I hope they do that added on for all Characters List!.

tremor33
tremor33

Venom better be in it. Carnage too while they're at it

Nishua
Nishua

The game isn't even out yet and people are asking for Capcom to screw them over with DLC characters. What is wrong with you people?

sherif999
sherif999

i want nemesis xD * STAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARS *

megakick
megakick

how much money are the dlc fighers going to be? do u buy one fighter or a pack of fighters? has this been discussed yet?

jnw93
jnw93

@Jupiter79 yeh Psylocke would be great i forgot about her

Pangamaster
Pangamaster

I'd like to take this time to mention by no means is this the final roster, and we can be sure to have more to look forward to.

imthebossxD
imthebossxD

im glad with this roster the only thing is that only a couple of characters that i wanted in this game are missing. my favs are Tron Bonne,Spiderman,X-23,trish,storm,jill,phoenix,felicia,chun-li,morrigan,shehulk,crimson viper,hsien-ko,ryu,and wolverine. tron,x-23,and morrigan are my most favorite and (IDGAF) i dont give a fxck about the negative things of what ya people have to say about my favorite characters i go HARD for them!!!

ventus194
ventus194

everything is ridiculously awesome but im still bothered that megaman isnt in it hopefully you can download extra characters online or something (right!!?!?).

Tha_DRP
Tha_DRP

this game looks so crazy now, can't wait to punish it

acenitro
acenitro

what a ridcilous modok costume,get away from me or i will smash my computer!

Leefendus
Leefendus

am i to understand that there is no longer a penalty for doing cross-over air raids? When the mechanic was introduced in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom it was genius. Looking stylish and giving you the ability to add extra damage to your combo in the air. But it also cost 1 super bar to do it, Making you think and plan about it befor doing it. While i am glad that they took that machanic and put it in MvC3, not being penalized for doing it just seems unfair to me.

RaveNRolla
RaveNRolla

what happens to Wesker? can you counter those special attacks?? cause he does 2 of those in the clip and ends up getting smacked in the shades... game looks awesome and @KUNG-LO: yeah, he did! i'm gonna love that game

KUNG-LO
KUNG-LO

Did Deadpool just say "You pressed the wrong button !!!" before he died Lols. Thats worth the price of admission alone. I might have to learn to play this.

megakick
megakick

alice from the resident evil movie, nemesis, gill, strider and seth would be great.

ahpuck
ahpuck

No megaman, no Ken, No hayato, No Strider, No gambit, No buy. Actually, knowing how Capcom operates, I'll just wait a few months for Super Marvel vs Capcom 3.

Testament
Testament

this will break up a lot of realtionship givin it comes out around valentines day

Testament
Testament

I am sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo glad they change the ending with "your two allies" instead of "your two hero's" because we all know everybody on here is not heros

genopreetyboyo
genopreetyboyo

Can we get a demo... Damn!! We going to spend money, Let us atleast throw a couple of jabs... Thums up if yall agree

OrNiGhTZ
OrNiGhTZ

looks like the costume colors are to look for..hope they think about another fun give costume.like a promotional ..y'know...just figure it out

Fighter4Life
Fighter4Life

I already got my team set up Zero, X-23 & Phoenix. Can't wait until Feb.

Binarynova
Binarynova

I think it's time to stop holding my breath. A month from release and no mention of classic Mega Man. Ah well, I have lots of games I need to catch up on anyway.

Lexxurious
Lexxurious

MvC3 is sounding (and looking) like its going to be fun /entertaining experience. Only problem is finding a way to squeeze in play time with this all the other great PS3 games.

djedgaravila24
djedgaravila24

WE WANT CARNAGE (MARVEL) AND HYO IMAWANO OR SHOMA (CAPCOM) FROM RIVAL SCHOOLS UNITED BY FATE, OH AND BY THE WAY, BRING THAT GAME BACK AS DLC ON XBLA OR PSN!!!

Kid_Black_Star
Kid_Black_Star

Can't wait for this game this is gonna pull out all the stops

Taasi23
Taasi23

Thanks for this round-up. It hard to grasp the play-styles of the various characters from video alone. And now, I cotinue th wait util the announcement of Galactus as a playale character. :D It looks like the first half of my gaming year will be divided between MvC3 and DCUO!

sheepdog1234
sheepdog1234

I've been waiting for this game for so long , i might stop playing WoW for a week or two

Amartelle
Amartelle

No one is going to hear from me for a week after this game comes out.

slavgunner
slavgunner

Cannot wait for bonkers bouts of fighting insanity. Bring it on.

Kulcan
Kulcan

Looks Amazing. O_O

rasterror
rasterror

I wish they also included Dark Phoenix too. I was really hoping Nightcrawler, Lady Death Strike, Nemesis, or Beast were included. Oh well, here's hoping for DLC.

nazhoyuriar
nazhoyuriar

MODOK?.. SHE-HULK!!.. ARTHUR?!?!?!?!.... WTFF... WHERES VENOM

LordSephiroth5
LordSephiroth5

where is hayato? without him my roster will always be incomplete.

lujanr32
lujanr32

all these gay characters, just gimme Carnage (marvel) and ill be happy

zell1
zell1

Still Batsu or gtfo.

madd_hatter
madd_hatter

I'm already seriously thinking about who i'm going to main XD

FsLeonhart
FsLeonhart

I hope it is released to PC. Dreaming does not cost anything

uglypinkmoose
uglypinkmoose

pretty sweet.... can't wait ! "goes to play MVC 2

acenitro
acenitro

mega man x and venom!where are you?

acenitro
acenitro

somebody just told me green goblin and akuma announced.is it true?

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I get the feeling that hearing "psyonic blaster" over and over again is going to annoy me.

Sandpiper121PP
Sandpiper121PP

Marvel vs. Capcom 3 looks awesome! I definately am adding that game to my must get list! :)