Announced at the Playstation Experience 2016, fighting game tournament staple Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 has made its way onto the PS4, bringing the flashy, comic-book fighter to a new generation of players. Being a port of a five-year-old PS3 and Xbox 360 game however, is the return to Capcom’s combat crossover any good?
Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3
Developed by Capcom and Eighting / Published by Capcom
Available on the PS3, PS4, PS Vita and Xbox 360. Reviewed on the PS4.
*Review code provided by Capcom
Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 on the PS4 (the Xbox One and PC will be coming later) is a straight port of the expansion to Fate of Two Worlds, meaning it brings both the good and the bad of the original release. Once again, players get to choose from a vast and varied group of fighters from both Marvel and Capcom camps – most of which are well known characters and some which are obscure fan favorites – and jump onto 2.5D stages to beat the living pulp out of each other in 3v3 battles. The action is fast and furious, with simple bread and butter combos, combos that can juggle opponents and keep them taking damage until they are knocked out, tag attacks that bring in team members for assists or hyper combos or to switch a character in, an X-Factor meter that powers up fighters and heals some damage, and more. The game is easy to pick up and play for newcomers, but the wide range of combos and strategies can easily have veterans overpower opponents with advanced tactics and a flurry of hits that’ll have them wishing they can smash their controller or fight stick to bits.
The game is tons of fun, and the nice and wide selection of characters, tag team options, and strategies really add a level of depth to an experience not found in your typical 1v1 fighters. It also comes with your standard Arcade Mode, Vs. Mode (which comes in both the offline and online variety), and training modes designed to let players perfect their combos and come up with new ones to devastate their foes in impressive ways.
But here is also where the game’s flaws lie, as there’s really not much to do here other than fight. The game does lack substantial game modes, and while this game is all about kinetic combat with dozens of projectiles flying all around the screen, additional modes would have added some spark to the game, like a proper story mode that doesn’t rely on text boxes to say everything. With the port some new features should have been added, but at the moment, it’s the same game already seen on the PS3 and Xbox 360. One point in its favor however is that the PS4 port brings almost all the DLC content, including the Heroes and Herald mode, and a digital copy of the Marvel vs. Capcom: Official Complete Works book, so that’s good news.
Still, it’s all good, and if playing with others is your thing, you’ll be doing plenty of it here. Offline mode is tons of fun playing with friends or competitors locally, and while online mode’s netcode is still not perfect, it allows players to duke it out with minimum lag (as long as the ping is low between the two, as always).
Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 on the PS4 is an excellent port of one of the most popular fighting games available. It is also just a port however, and it doesn’t really bring anything new to the table, so don’t expect any additional bells and whistles here. After all, with Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite coming next year, this is as good as it’s going to get.