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After a ten-plus year wait for fans, Capcom finally released Marvel vs. Capcom 3 to the world. Now, less than a year later we get the inevitable Capcom update in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, a game that in many senses addresses the main issues of its predecessor from only a few months ago. While this game increases the roster and adds in new modes, fulfilling the requests of genre diehards, it’s perplexing as to why the original release wasn’t like this in the first place. This game certainly is one of the worst attempts at milking a fanbase for every penny it has, although it’s a solid fighter on its own accord

What Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds Got Right

Improved, increased roster – Twelve new fighters are added to the fold to bring the entire roster to 48. While the roster is diverse with unique characters that have their own niche abilities from the worlds of Marvel and Capcom, it has found a balance that the past games were lacking. The extravagant world of Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is brought to life with stunning visuals that immediately immerse the player in the hectic gameplay. There’s always something crazy going on, which can be hard to follow at times, but it’s been brought to life with amazing comic-inspired visuals.

Spectator mode –No longer will you be confined to watching life bars slowly dwindle as you await your turn in an online match. The fantastic addition of the spectator mode — something quite clearly missing from the February release — allows you to watch your competitors compete to the death as you await your turn at battle.

Limited number of modes – Just like its predecessor, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 ultimately falters when it comes to value. Unless you’re crying out for new characters and stages, there’s little incentive to actually invest here seeing as though the additions are pretty much slim pickings. The single-player campaign gets old quickly, while the game’s mission mode offers little information on how to actual perform a move, unless you’re prepared to constantly pause the game.

The Final Verdict

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is somewhat of an expansion of the original, adding in a handful of great new characters, as well as mode tweaks and new stages. However, one can’t help but ask why these inclusions weren’t in the original game release, or at least launched as DLC. At close to the full price for a game there’s little justification to fork out for this if you already have the original. True rental material.

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