Hands up everyone who likes games about characters with no discernable connection to one another beating the snot out of each other in ever more imaginative ways! Well then this post is for you. Marvel vs Capcom 3: The Fate of Two Worlds is the latest in Capcom’s long line of bizarre yet addictive 2D beat-em-ups and it’s hitting the shops next week. The fifth instalment of the series (maths is always the first casualty of inter dimensional war), MvC3 features a packed roster of Marvel and Capcom characters beating the M. Bison out of each other in glorious arcade style in an effort to save both of their worlds from a messy end.
Capcom has promised that this game will define itself from the rest of the series by focusing on the “robust plot” created especially for the game by comics writer Frank Tieri:
“Doctor Doom has assembled the greatest villains of the Marvel Universe and has joined forces with Albert Wesker in order to unite their respective universes in an effort to conquer both. However, this course of action awakens a great and powerful threat that could potentially destroy both worlds. It is up to the heroes of the Marvel and Capcom universes to put a stop to this evil before it is too late.”
Ok, so ‘robust’ may be a bit of a strong word. But let’s be honest, buying a game like this for the story is like buying a Ferrari F40 for the cup holders. The point of the MvC series is to cram together iconic characters with fast paced action and more combos than KFC and on this level MvC3 looks set to deliver. The roster is beefy (any game that lets you play as the Marvel U’s resident Suicide Girl craving demon, Dormammu is fine with me) and the control system has been simplified so as to help appeal to the casual fan. It’s even got a ‘Simple Mode’ which allows players to pull of combos more easily while you learn the ropes.
Unique character endings, online match-making and piles of DLC are all present and accounted for and if you pick up the collector’s edition then you even get a special prologue comic which is…er…yeah.
Old school beat-em-ups may not be the powerhouse of gaming that they were in the 90s but there’s no denying that they deserve their place in the hearts of gamers. If you’ve got a few quid in your pocket then you could do far worse than renting this bad boy and seeing what it’s like. After all, who doesn’t want to play a game where you can make Viewtiful Joe punch Galactus in the head?