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POSTED 19/11/11


ULTIMATE MARVEL VS CAPCOM 3

Capcom



This review is not a rebel review. This review is Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3...

What?! Well, stuff has to be said about liberties taken with loyalties in Capcom’s releasing essentially the same game twice in nine months, just adding a dozen new characters and some stages that should’ve been DLC, plus tweaks that could’ve been injected via updates. Things like balancing certain characters’ abilities, and neatening up menus here and there. It’s shitty, like when you buy an album on release day (well, we still buy albums) only for it to be re-released soon after with a bonus disc, snazzy gold pen autograph and frozen spermatozoa from the lead singer included in case you feel like getting intimate with a turkey baster. Or something.

Still, dubious decision or not, it shouldn’t affect the game’s final rating, so we won’t let it.

Right. 12 new characters? Yep, Phoenix Wright – ‘unique’ fighting style and all - plus 11 others. More? Oh alright. From Cappy’s side there’s also Frank West, Vergil, Strider, Nemesis and Firebrand, whilst Marvel donates Ghost Rider, Hawk Eye, Doctor Strange, Iron Fist, Nova and, erm, Rocket Raccoon. Meanwhile, some characters you may have become familiar with in the non-ultimate mix may have undergone handling tweaks... caveat emptor, semper fi or rana frog. Something Latin, anyway.

A welcome twiddle is in the online, whereby if you’re sitting out a match whilst others go the biff, you can watch rather than getting acquainted with every square poofteenth of the lobby.

With unquestionably ace fighting that’s oozy with style, and 48 on-disc characters amidst which paddle some remarkable varieties of technique, there’s no questioning the quality of UMvC3. We can’t help wondering though where U2 would be today if they’d treated their ultra-loyal fans like this... well, up until those inevitable remasters.

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