Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is a pretty fighter, but its quality is only aesthetic, as the game has many flaws and is unbalanced

User Rating: 6 | Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds PS3
Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds is the type of game that you are almost 100% sure is going to be awesome, but when you buy it, it turns out to be nothing more than a bitter disappointment. And then it's salt in the wound when you find out that in a half-year, another version of the same game is going to be released for forty dollars, and that this game fixes many of the issues that you may have had with the original version; however, even if Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 would have never come into existence, that still would not erase the many flaws this game has. Marvel vs. Capcom 3 may look and sound absolutely amazing, but that worth is only skin-deep.

Game play: 6. The controls of Marvel vs. Capcom 3 are similar to that of Street Fighter: you have four attack buttons (low, medium, heavy, and special), but the game's controls are a lot more deep than that. Different characters all have their own special moves; there are defensive moves like advancing guard; your partners (you now use three fighters instead of just two on this game) can attack; you can do air combos; hyper combos; throws; snap backs; and X-factor, which is something you can do once a match that makes you faster, stronger, and regenerates the current fighter's health. All these moves and more make for a very deep fighter. There is also a simple mode that allows you to do some of these things without much of a learning curve.
There aren't as many characters as on Marvel vs. Capcom 2, but 36 is still a solid and varied roster.
There are four main modes for offline: Arcade, Versus, Practice, and Mission. There are four main modes for online: Ranked Match, Player Match, Search Lobby, and Create Lobby.
In Arcade mode, you play through eight stages; the last one being against the king of the game, Galactus. Versus and Practice are self-explanatory. Mission mode makes you input combos for different characters; each harder than the last.
The key difference between Ranked Matches and Player Matches are that the latter does not affect your rank.
There is also a gallery where you can view things you have unlocked such as movies, characters bios and endings, and others.

The controls are excellent. The learning curve isn't too steep nor too low. Even if it is too steep for you, you can always start with the simple controls. All of the many different moves you have at your disposal make this a very deep fighter.

The online works well. It's pretty lag-free.

Now, you may be thinking to yourself, "What could possibly be wrong with this game to make Demonjoe93 give the game play a 6?". Well, for starters you may have noticed that I did not mention a time attack or survival mode. That's because these modes are not on this game. Now, call me old-fashioned, but I think a fighter in today's generation should have basic modes that were available in PlayStation 1 fighters like Tekken 2 should also be in this game. There is almost nothing in this game for someone who prefers to play alone to do aside from the Arcade and Mission mode, and the latter isn't really all that good.

When you start with the offline modes and notice that it is incredibly bare-bones, you will probably start to think "I'll bet it gets better when I go online." Well, you would be wrong to think this, for the online mode isn't all that much better. There's not much Capcom could do with basic, random match-ups in the Ranked and Player matches, but in the lobby's you cannot even view the fights you're not in. In a big lobby, this makes the time in between your fights very boring.

Another considerable flaw to this game is the lack of balance. There are too many characters that are either over-powered or just suck and not enough who are balanced.

Presentation: 9. The graphics are gorgeous. The Marvel characters look like they came straight out of their respective comic-books, and the Capcom characters look fine as well. The sound effects are pretty good. The sound track is awesome. The story, or lack thereof, could have been better. There's not much a story here really.

Value: 4. The single-player, as I said before, is bare-bones. You won't find a lot of value in just an Arcade mode. As long as you have friends to play this game with, the Versus mode will give you plenty of time. The online mode would provide plenty of value, but due to the game's unbalanced characters, the online community is infested with people who exploit these flaws.
An outside factor that negatively impact's the value of this game is the existence of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. There's not a lot of value to this game when there's a new version out for it already.

A lot of characters
Excellent controls
Fantastic visuals
Not a lot of lag online
Bare-bones single-player
Lobby mode does not allow you to view the fight's of other players
Poor balance

Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds is not the type of game I would recommend to a lot of people because of the new version's existence. Maybe if you see both games in the store and the original version is much cheaper and you're not worried about the community being dead due to many people moving on to Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (I don't know that it's dead for a fact, but its a safe bet that much of the community moved on to the newer version), then, yeah, this game is probably worth a purchase. Otherwise, this game really is not worth your time nor money.