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POSTED 19/2/11


MARVEL VS CAPCOM 3: FATE OF TWO WORLDS

Capcom
PS3 (also on Xbox 360)

Sometimes things you’d not necessarily expect to go well together do – chocolate and peanut butter, The KLF and Tammy Wynette, Nerf and artillery. Years back, some may have added Marvel and Capcom to that list.

A decade on from the second outing of this collision of stuffs comic and gamey, both its legend and anticipation for this follow-up have swollen like the most engorged of swelly things. So... acegasm, or shitlump?

The former – which you likely surmised by having already peaked at our rating.

MVC3 takes its predecessors’ unbroken vibe, but yanks it with skilfully-placed kicks and punches into now. Utilising 3D fighters within 2D landscapes like Super Street Fighter IV, there’s less on-disc roster with only 36 (cue DLC announcements...), but they all look decidedly spiffy.

As you’d expect, Marvel pluck their big guns – Spidey, Wolverine, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, etc. Capcom peeps appear from franchises including Resident Evil, Devil May Cry, Darkstalkers and, unsurprisingly, Street Fighter. Funnerer ones also show, including Ghosts ‘n Goblins’ Arthur, Viewtiful Joe and our fave, Final Fight’s Mike Haggar.

Every character has several personal signature moves, and whilst ‘n00bs’ will likely freak at the controls, they’re easier to get your bonce around than the likes of SSFIV. With practice and challenge areas aimed at helping absorb moves knowledge, boning-up time reaps benefits.

That being typed, some moves, depending upon the trio you go the whappity with, can spam you through to the arcade mode ending where you battle big motherfucker Galactus (a surprisingly easy beat). But that’s about as much fun as actually eating real Spam.

It’s sensory overload-a-go-go, but once you gel there’s mega-fun here, be it two-player local or venturing online – likely for demoralisation speedier than you can grunt “Hulk smash!”.

Hulk sma... D’OH!

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