Don Moore

Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 First Impressions

In Gaming, Video Games on September 21, 2010 at 3:15 AM

It’s been nearly ten years since Marvel vs. Capcom 2 was released. For nearly a decade, fans have waited for news of a sequel.Now, that wait may possibly be sorta kind of almost close to over. Daniel Feit of Wired was fortunate enough to get his hands on the epilepsy inducing goodness that is Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and shares his first impressions. The biggies?

  • Easy mode is back: If you loved “Easy mode” on the first game in the series, or hated the  complex control scheme of the sequel (ie me), you’ll be glad to hear that “easy mode” is back with a vengeance. The standard six Capcom buttons are now whittled down to three attack buttons and one aerial launcher button to initiate air combos. Then there’s an even easier easy mode, which allows you to do special moves without the traditional button & joystick combinations. No more having to spend 3 hours with your friends teaching them how to do a Shoryuken.
  • RIP sprites: The 2D sprites we have come to know and love are gone, in favor of “realistic” 3D modeling similar to Street Fighter IV. Tekspeak is having trouble deciding whether this is a good development or a bad one.
  • Where did all the stage go? MvC vets are used to having expansive boards in which to battle. The stages in the newest installment are decidedly less roomy:

…which hopefully lead to less evading and more action (I’m looking at you, wall climbing Strider Hiryu).

What does this mean for us, the fans? It means a new installment that will try to stay true to its roots despite drastic changes in gameplay and visual style. And I’m sure you guys can’t wait to see if they succeed.



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