Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is a modern-day fighting game classic. For years, its been one of the most hotly contested battlefields in the genre. So much so that years after Capcom stopped supporting the game, it still appears regularly at tournaments the world over.
With Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite set for release in the near future, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 returns exclusively on the PlayStation 4 to whet our appetites. Is this a port worthy of your time, whether you’re a diehard fan or a newcomer to the franchise?
At its core, this is the same game players have been playing since its initial release in 2011. There are a few pros and cons that stem from that. All of the white-knuckle action that captivated combatants at the turn of the decade is here, just as you remember it. Off the strength of its dynamic combat system and a lack of competition in the team-based fighting game market, this one still largely stands the test of time.
Unfortunately, this also includes the game’s warts. As time progressed, some characters were proven to be top tier, infinite combos were discovered and other unintended holes in the combat engine allowed for tactics that undermine the core design of the game. Part of why the hype has cooled around the game is that there seemed to be no hope in Capcom addressing these issues. Despite this new port, nothing has been done on that front to influence the gameplay. Not to say that Capcom won’t patch it in the future, but as it stands now, the product remains the same.
Unless you’re completely burned out on Ultimate vs. Capcom 3, this port is like cuddling inside a warm and comfy blanket. It looks a bit better than you remember it, while capturing everything else you love (and hate). For potential newcomers, it’s a mountain worth climbing, but it’s one of the highest mountains you’ll encounter in gaming.