Review by Xhunter11

"Join the Ultimate Battle!"

It's been over 10 years since the last installment in the Marvel VS Capcom series. Capcom released MVC3 earlier this year, and due to the success of that title, they have released an updated version known as Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3. Is it really the Ultimate version? Read on to find out!

STORY:
There really isn't much story going on in the MVC series. This game does make an attempt at a deeper story than previous installments. When you load the game up, you'll be shown a comic book being narrated by Galactus which details how the two universes merged together. Wesker, Dr. Doom, M.O.D.O.K., Dormammu, and the other villains in the game have joined forces to conquer the two worlds, and in the process they've managed to steal some of Galactus' energy. This causes Galactus to make his presence known to the heroes and villains, and with the threat of total destruction looming over both universes, everyone teams up to battle against Galactus and save their worlds.

In addition to this basic story, every character has an ending. This range from cool, to funny, and sad. There is also going to be a downloadable mode called Heroes VS Heralds which will add more storyline to the game.

Overall, the story is there, but it isn't very strong, nor is it a main point of the game. The character quotes before and after a match are entertaining and full of past references, so you'll get a kick out of that.
SCORE: 3/10

GAMEPLAY:
Marvel VS Capcom is all about tag-team fighting. In this game, you choose a team of up to three Marvel or Capcom characters and fight your opponent and a fast-paced version of Street Fighter. Every character has a large amount of moves at their disposal, ranging from simple moves to special moves and hyper moves. You can also call your partner characters in at anytime for an assist attack, push your opponent away with the Advancing Guard, knock your opponent in the air for an air combo or a Team Aerial Combo, switch with your partner for a cross-over attack, or cross-over counter, and have all three of your characters team up for a Team Hyper Combo or Delayed Hyper Combo.

The combat is very deep and impressive. There are many ways to battle and a myriad of techniques to discover. It'll take some time to create a team and learn the characters, but this only adds longevity to the game, and learning the characters is a lot of fun. You'll be surprised at the characters you find yourself playing as.

On the subject of characters, there are a total of 50 playable characters (with two as Downloadable Characters). These range from popular choices such as Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Spider-Man, Dante, Ryu, Chris Redfield, Chun-Li, Zero, and Strider Hiryu, to fan favorites such as Arthur, Phoenix Wright, Ghost Rider, Nova, Mike Haggar, Viewtiful Joe, Amaterasu, Iron Fist and Frank West. If you're a fan of Marvel or Capcom, chances are your favorite character made the cut.

As for game modes, there is Arcade (fight six teams, finishing with a fight against Galactus), Versus (two players fight each other), Training, Mission (perform combos with the characters), Online fighting, a Gallery (with theme songs, artwork, bios, and endings), and the Galactus Mode, where you get to play as Galactus and defeat six teams of characters.

There is a lot of gameplay options here, and the combat will keep you coming back for more. The Heroes VS Heralds Mode will add even more life to the game.
SCORE: 9/10

MUSIC & SOUND:
The soundtrack for this game can be switched between classic and dynamic. In classic mode, the soundtrack is a techno-rock style, featuring character themes taken from classic Marvel fighting games and Capcom games. Every character has a theme song that plays for them in this mode. In dynamic mode, the stages have their own BGM.

As for sound, every character has a voice, which is a staple of fighting games. The voices and the sound effects are very high quality and nicely done.
SCORE: 9/10

GRAPHICS:
Since this is technically a comic book game, the game is going for a comic book inspired art style. The artwork for the characters and stages is very good, and adds a lot of colorful variety in an age where many games are going for a dark and gritty "realistic" style. There are also several graphical effects going on, especially when super and hyper moves are used. You'll see some of the flashiest fights ever in a fighting game with this title.
SCORE: 9/10

FINAL WORD:
Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3 takes an already solid fighting game and makes it even better. Capcom has been on a roll with reviving their fighting game franchises, and if you're a fan of Marvel, Capcom, fighting games, or MVC3, I highly recommend this title.

FINAL SCORE: 10/10


Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 11/21/11

Game Release: Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (US, 11/15/11)


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