A month later I still find myself playing MVC3 and still really enjoying it. Yet I gave MVC3 an 8.5 and Halo Reach (which I stopped playing after getting all the achievements) a 10. Does that make me a Halo fanboy... god I hope not. I do my best to remain unbiased in my reviews. However, I will admit that when it comes to consoles I am all Xbox over the PS3. Why? I just like the experience on the 360 more. With the Xbox coming out earlier than the PS3 I had a lot of friends jump to the Microsoft side of the fence. Plus the dashboard, Xbox Live, friend achievement tracking, all really help the experience. Whereas the PS3 just ran behind the times. I use my PS3 regularly... as a Blu Ray player, but I own all of 3 games for the system (SF4, Metal Gear 4, and BlazBlue) mainly because the special editions of the game come with Blu Ray specific extras.
But back to the task at hand. What makes MVC3 a game that I come back to time-after-time especially after I initially had negative feelings about the game. Well I admit that the negative feelings all center around the roster. It just really hurt going from a 60+ character roster and waiting 11 years for a 32 character roster which cut out a good amount of fan favorites. While the roster does hit on a good amount of often forgotten characters, and references a lot of favorites through ending cut scenes, I really just miss the feeling of being overwhelmed with my character selection options. Though here I am, a month later, and every time I sit down with my spare time to play a game I find myself going back to MVC3. It's quick, it's fun, and it's easy. Not easy like I can kick the crap out of the game on the hardest difficulty levels. But when I jump on to play (whether it's online or off) chaining combos together is fun and effortless. The game makes you feel like a pro after putting only a handful of hours in, while SF4 takes a lot of dedication (and patience when you are getting your but handed to you online).
Which brings me back to Halo Reach. Now it was Bungie that said they wanted to focus on 5 minutes of a game and then make that repeatedly fun to play. And I played the crap out of Halo Reach when it came out, and for some subsequent time afterwards. As of writing this I haven't picked up the defiant map pack. But I played Halo with friends until I got all the achievements. I played it enough to where beating the game on Legendary alone was not that terrible of a challenge. So why the disparity in ratings and why do I want to play MVC3 more than Halo?
I think it breaks down to a couple of points:
1. While Halo is great - there are just so damn many FPS games out there that I really lose interest in playing them quickly
2. MVC3 can be 15 minutes of fun, or it can be hours of fun. Whereas Halo is more like potato chips... you can't play just one match.
Well that was a good waste of 10 minutes and this whole post started because I am always checking every couple of weeks to try and find out what characters are going to be added to MVC3 next.
Here is my ideal list of characters... what's yours?
1. Dr. Octopus
2. Mr. Sinister
4. Ghost Rider
5. Nick Fury (the original, not the Samuel L lookalike)
10. Arch Angel
14. Captain America
15. Iron Man
23. Super Skrull
24. Fin Fang Foom (if they can make Amaterasu work, why not?)
1. Crimson Viper
3. Chun Li
9. Hsien – Ko
11. J. Talbain
16. Ken (you'd have to focus more on his dragon punch, kicks, and air attacks, like MVC2)
18. Dr. Wiley
22. Chris Redfield
23. Jill Valentine (but the RE2 duds anyone that can kill zombies in a skirt and tube top is OK with me. Plus I don't like the crazy Jill)
25. Viewtiful Joe