E3 2010: Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Hands-On PreviewBy Paul Semel - Posted Jun 15, 2010
What We Already Know:
Just a few weeks after announcing the game at their annual Captivate press event, Capcom let would-be brawlers in the media get their first crack at the upcoming fighter Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds at a pre-E3 press event.
Much like the recently revamped Street Fighter series, MvC's return comes with its two dimensions intact -- both have 3D character models moving on a 2D plane -- but with a seriously updated art style. Though it still employs a comic book-esque look of the older games -- the characters all have a slightly cel-shaded look about them, something on-par with Borderlands -- it's far more detailed and vivid. While 1998's Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash Of Super Heroes had characters looking like they did in the '70s, Marvel vs. Capcom 3 looks more like the Amazing Spider-Man: Red-Headed Stranger or Deadpool: X Marks The Spot trade paperbacks that Marvel published last month.
What We're Seeing Now:
Staying intact from earlier incarnations, MvC3 will feature 3-on-3 tag teams battling it out, with such characters as Captain America, Wolverine, The Hulk, Iron Man, and Deadpool representing the former group, while Ryu from Street Fighter, Chris Redfield from Resident Evil, Morrigan Aensland and Felicia from Darkstalkers, and Dante from Devil May Cry will step in for the latter.
What's interesting is that while all of the Marvel characters are being designed by Capcom employees (no, not that guy in accounting), they're actually modeled after those from relatively recent comics. Wolverine sports the same yellow and blue spandex he had in 2004's Astonishing X-Men, while Iron Man's suit is the Extremis Armor that was first introduced in 2006, a variation of which appears in the movie Iron Man 2. But Capcom did let it slip that some designs -- like alternate costumes, perhaps -- might be done by some Marvel artists.
While some of these characters are new to the series, the ones who are being carried over from 2000's Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age Of Heroes will come with their classic moves intact, though they'll get some new ones as well. Similarly, Ryu and his friends from Street Fighter IV will also be bringing their same skills to this game as well.
In fact, this is another way in which Marvel vs. Capcom 3 will be similar to Street Fighter IV: you need to learn those combos. While MvC3 does feature a much more flexible combo environment, that doesn't mean you can get by on your button-mashing skills alone. This is not a casual fighting game by any stretch of the imagination, even if it is populated by big-time movie stars.
The only real change in this regard is that you can now launch your opponents into the air by hitting a single button, not a combo that changes from character to character. You can even juggle guys by hitting it repeatedly, as I -- er, rather Deadpool -- learned first hand when he underestimated Ryu.
Also revealed were two of the arenas. Which, not surprisingly, will also represent both companies. So far they've announced Kattelox Island, the setting of Mega Man Legends, and Spider-Man's home town of New York City. In fact, the latter one takes place during a parade that features a Spider-Man balloon, with photographers from The Daily Bugle taking pictures of your beat down.
Lastly, Capcom did confirm that the game will be compatible with all of the arcade sticks they released in conjunction with Street Fighter IV and Super Street Fighter IV, though they did hint there might be more available when this game comes out next spring 2011 on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.