Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds
E3 2010: Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Hands On Preview - Hulk Smaaaassshhh
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I think it’s safe to say that Capcom is the king of the fighting genre. If the fast-paced and methodical action of Street Fighter isn’t enough, then surely the frenetic, over-the-top action of Marvel vs. Capcom is. Making a comeback on consoles next year, Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is returning to kick the ass of its opposition and put tag-team fighting back on the map…. And boy does it! After getting our ass handed to us by Capcom’s UK PR Manager, Leo Tan, it’s clear from this early stage that MvC3 is shaping up to be everything you’d ever want from the game’s sequel…. And this is coming from someone who barely managed to chalk up a win. Fast action, a fluent tag-team system, crazy combos and some stunning visuals... What more can you ask for?

Admittedly, stepping up to play Marvel vs. Capcom 3 at this year’s E3, I was a little rusty to say the least. It’s been quite a few years since I’d gone hands on with the franchise - yes, I opted not to play the recent XBLA version - but after a few minutes I’d got more than a good enough feel for the mechanics which are fairly simple to grasp. It’s the whole mantra of, easy to pick up and play, years to master.

With three normal attack buttons, one throw button which was being referred to as the “magic” button throughout the show and a couple of buttons assigned to the tag-team elements, the controls don’t really get as complex as that. Oh, and of course, back is block, and it’s probably the most important control - as it is with any fighting game. The two tag-team buttons refer to one button which is used to call in another of your team members to continue the combo and the other to swap them out of the action. If you’ve played Tatsunoko vs. Capcom recently, then you’ll be more than at home with the controls.

Those unfamiliar with the series, before the action commences you must choose your tag dream team, consisting of 3 characters from either universe - or a combination of the two universes.

The characters on show consisted of the 10 already announced characters: The Hulk, Iron Man,  Captain America, Deadpool and Wolverine from the Marvel universe; as well as Dante from Devil May Cry; Morrigan and Felicia from Darkstalkers; Chris Redfield from Resident Evil; and Ryu from Street Fighter.

 There was a good sample of characters on offer that managed to cover all the various fighting styles, whether you wanted the powerful but slow Hulk, Dante with his large sword and guns for more ranged combat, the quick brawler that is Wolverine or the agile Felicia. Each character comes with their subset of franchise relevant special moves, whether it’s Dante using his guitar from DMC3 to shower his opponent with electricity, Felicia who calls in a smaller Felicia assistance to make things twice as hectic, Chris Redfield with his massive bazookas – no, this is not an innuendo – or The Hulk with his Hulk Smash. All the bases are covered here.

The combo system will take a little getting used to - that could be said with every fighting game though - and it could be a while before you’re pulling off those 100+ hit combos - it is possible though, as I was the unfortunate recipient on the odd occasion. Using the tag system is where the game excels though, whether it’s a quick tag in and out, or a proper character change. Combining these changes with the combo system is where the franchise - as it always has been - excels. There wasn’t really anything more satisfying at this year’s show than pulling off the perfect tag-in to keep that combo going and the damage ticking up.

I obviously didn’t really have enough hands on to get to use the Street Fighter-esque flashy background super moves, although, again, I was a victim of them and I can safely report that they are as outrageous and dazzling as they ever have been in any series. From what I can tell as well, the character balance seemed pretty decent at the moment too, although it’s clear from my relatively short hands-on that Dante is one of the upper tier characters with an amazing amount of diverse and powerful attacks. Throw in that long reach of his and he’s one character that I can see being a massive favourite when the game ships next year.

From a control standpoint and a balance standpoint, even at this early stage Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is shaping up to be challenging its cousin for supremacy of the fighting genre. As it always is in games of this ilk though - more so than Street Fighter - the cast of characters will be what makes or breaks the game - well, I‘m not sure it‘ll break it in all honesty as whoever they choose will be a worthy addition no doubt. With the likes of Dante, Deadpool, Morrigan, Chris Redfield and co signed up already, the cast is shaping up to be a fine one indeed and we can’t wait to see who else comes out the shadows in the coming months. Frank West, Gambit and Viewtiful Joe please Capcom.

Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is currently scheduled for an spring 2011 release.


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Comment #1 by Mongooli P5
Thursday, June 24, 2010 @ 12:34:24 PM
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Can't Wait!!!

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Comment #2 by Emo185
Thursday, June 24, 2010 @ 12:34:44 PM
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Sounds Awesome, Looks Awesome - cant wait till i get to play it myself - playing as Dante should be fun :D

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Comment #3 by ShAnE U69K
Thursday, June 24, 2010 @ 12:34:55 PM
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why do they keep making games look cartooney? is it laziness or just cheaper?

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Comment #4 by Darkxid3
Thursday, June 24, 2010 @ 12:35:11 PM
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Out of all games shown at E3, i want this the most!

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Comment #5 by PJ Monkeybutt
Thursday, June 24, 2010 @ 12:38:58 PM
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I think we need Wesker and Silver Surfer. This game is going to be EPIC!!

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Comment #6 by oxoxo ash oxoxo
Thursday, June 24, 2010 @ 12:40:22 PM
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@3 its called style

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Comment #7 by Epic Gamer Will
Thursday, June 24, 2010 @ 12:43:40 PM
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God I loved the 2nd one... Ultimate team: Ice man, Spiderman, Iron man. Trust me this was my beauty, ultimate, amazing team!!!

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Comment #8 by ShAnE U69K
Thursday, June 24, 2010 @ 12:44:44 PM
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@6 no it isn't, it a type of lazy thing developers are doing that they think looks good. it doesn't, it looks a bit shit considering this is supposed to be a new game. whilst i admit graphics aren't everything, it just seems like a cop-out.
also platform fighting games belong on the sega mega-drive not the 360. who keeps buying shit? cant we move forwards instead of drivel like this.

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Comment #9 by Webb [STAFF]
Thursday, June 24, 2010 @ 12:48:12 PM
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@#8 - Half of the franchise's roots are in comic books, so from my perspective, they make sense. It looks bloody beautiful as well. Realistic graphics with characters that are fueled with over-the-top antics seems like a weird choice that I suspect wouldn't look that great. Oh, and people still love fighting games, always will. Just because it's not your genre of choice doesn't mean it's not someone else's.

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Comment #10 by hehehahe
Thursday, June 24, 2010 @ 01:18:56 PM
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I wasn't really following this game too much, but my god, each screen shot makes me want it more and more. Can't wait for it now, Morrigan ftw!

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Comment #12 by A HOM3L3SS MAN
Thursday, June 24, 2010 @ 01:28:32 PM
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Sorry. I meant I haven't played MvC since PS1...
I remembered when you preesed start. The dude would say, "Let's go crazy!"

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Comment #13 by SkitchNM
Thursday, June 24, 2010 @ 01:41:25 PM
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There are plenty of styleless games with great graphics for people like shane. About time they made some games for the rest of us again.

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Comment #14 by MudkipSRK
Thursday, June 24, 2010 @ 02:11:26 PM
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They wanted to make the game look like a comic book is what Niitsuma-san said, and it's pretty damn close to a moving comic book. I quite frankly love the style and it looks amazing.

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Comment #15 by Echo
Thursday, June 24, 2010 @ 02:12:47 PM
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Sweet. Deadpool's making an appearance :D

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Comment #16 by Hulktax
Thursday, June 24, 2010 @ 02:20:37 PM
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It's all about the Hulk baby.

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Comment #18 by Harryson9
Thursday, June 24, 2010 @ 03:07:13 PM
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Game looks amazing graphics look hella awesome and i cant wait to kick ass with deadpool

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Comment #21 by navvy626
Thursday, June 24, 2010 @ 04:24:19 PM
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@ #6 smooth come back, no jokes
this game is gunna be awesome i seriously cant wait

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Comment #22 by XxStuartxX 1990
Thursday, June 24, 2010 @ 04:52:46 PM
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they do cell shade graphics because no matter how far in the future you pick it up it will still be top notch

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Comment #23 by TOS SoyBomb
Thursday, June 24, 2010 @ 05:22:35 PM
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Its so sad that fighting games are going down hill. I mean, a launch button? Really? Can't launch on your own? Capcom dropped the ball with tatsunoko now mvc3? Lame.

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Comment #24 by TOS SoyBomb
Thursday, June 24, 2010 @ 05:24:40 PM
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oh yeah, Dantes is one of the cheating characters in this one, long reach attacks.

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Comment #25 by NoThru22
Thursday, June 24, 2010 @ 06:00:06 PM
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Frank West and Viewtiful Joe are in. Gambit is not.

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Comment #26 by samjustsam
Thursday, June 24, 2010 @ 06:58:15 PM
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if viewtiful joe is in it its a must buy for me. i cant wait! I...WANT... THIS...NOW!!!! *nerdgasms* awwww that felt good.

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Comment #27 by samjustsam
Thursday, June 24, 2010 @ 07:02:25 PM
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o and they gotta put ghost rider in it. if they do, i will go insane! he is my favorite marvel character.

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Comment #28 by Darth Grif55
Thursday, June 24, 2010 @ 07:17:47 PM
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My most anticipated game of 2011. I want Thor, Juggernaut, Frank West & Guile the most.

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Comment #29 by ZACK GSF
Thursday, June 24, 2010 @ 09:18:29 PM
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Comment #30 by A HOM3L3SS MAN
Friday, June 25, 2010 @ 02:36:50 AM
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@#23 - ......... What's a launch? I googled launch technique, but ain't getting anything... I think I know what thinking, but I"M not sure if its right.. Is it that super jump where they jump really high?

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Comment #31 by Webb [STAFF]
Friday, June 25, 2010 @ 04:24:11 AM
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@#30 - Launch = throw.

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Comment #32 by MakoBallistic
Friday, June 25, 2010 @ 06:37:02 AM
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Ive always hated the control scheme in these games (because i suck lol) but the fact that it looks so gorgeous, and that i can play as deadpool, means i might have to get it anyway.

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Comment #33 by Ubliveon
Friday, June 25, 2010 @ 10:50:19 AM
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This is gonna be great. I sucked at MVC2, but I still really liked it. With the easier interface and overall improvements all around, This is looking to be like one of the best fighters I've seen.

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Comment #34 by Fata1Stryke
Friday, June 25, 2010 @ 11:24:20 AM
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Looks really cool, although I bet I'll get owned, I don't have much experience with fighting games. Dante ftw!

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Comment #35 by Mahazel
Friday, June 25, 2010 @ 02:19:03 PM
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Dante vs Deadpool... how epic is that!

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Comment #36 by 2ChopStick
Friday, June 25, 2010 @ 10:42:01 PM
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looks so different but it tight on 360

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Comment #37 by xtkbilly
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 02:34:24 PM
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I find it funny that #6&8(same person) implies that they know how much money it takes to produce a video game, and how hard it is to produce cel-shaded graphics compared to normal 3D graphics.

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Comment #38 by Its Fooga
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 03:14:33 PM
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I really hope they throw Wesker in there. That'd be beast.

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Comment #39 by Jefferrz
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 06:50:31 AM
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The hours I lost playing the first and Second. I will defo be getting this on the day of release. Any one know what wolverine used to say when you flew across the screen. Sounded like something about a pepparami but dont think it was

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Comment #40 by Dragonfis1
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 09:47:18 AM
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is this going to be a retail game or an arcade game for the XBLA?!?!? cuz i want it!

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Comment #41 by Wing X Custom
Monday, July 19, 2010 @ 07:03:10 PM
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If they add Viewtiful Joe and have him do his super sentai-esque transformation at the start of a match and Gambit respectively, then i will have a Gambit-gasm. Henshin A' Go Go Bitches!

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Comment #42 by ZexisStryfe
Wednesday, September 01, 2010 @ 03:18:39 PM
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@39 He said "Berserker Barrage!"

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