Cheats and Walkthroughs
Cheats and Walkthroughs
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 arrived a couple weeks ago with twelve new characters itching for a fight --six famous faces pulled from the historic annals of each company. Today we look at the tale of the tape for Capcom's new combatants and point out a few comics worth reading to better understand their motivation as they wither under some online jerk's Sentinel spamming.
First Appearance: Ghosts 'n Goblins, multiple platforms, 1985.
Special abilities: Firebrand can fly, breath fire, and shred enemies to pieces with his razor-sharp claws. He also has the most powerful headbutt this side of Andre the Giant.
Firebrand isn't just a gargoyle or a demon; he's both, however that works. He's a member of the Red Arremers, a prestigious clan of knights in Satan's service that have appeared as minor but memorable villains in most Ghosts 'n Goblins games. Although Firebrand is a bad guy in those games, he's the title hero of the Gargoyle's Quest series, starring in the Game Boy original and the NES and SNES sequels. There he's a young hero who will save the gargoyles from an evil king via a mix of platforming and mild RPG elements. Firebrand travels the Ghoul Realm, gathering elusive objects that improve his abilities while slowly dismantling the forces and power base of King Breager. Eventually Firebrand assumes the legendary title of Red Blaze. Gargoyle's Quest II is a prequel that shows how Firebrand became so talented at hurting people, and the SNES series-capper Demon's Crest follows the anti-hero on a quest for various powerful crests that let him change to deadly new forms.
Notable appearances: Ghosts 'n Goblins, multiple platforms, 1985; Gargoyle's Quest, Game Boy, 1990; Gargoyle's Quest 2, NES, 1992; Demon's Crest, SNES, 1994.
Fighter: Frank West
First Appearance: Dead Rising, Xbox 360, 2006.
Special abilities: West is a talented photojournalist and no-nonsense man's man who's as good with his fists as he is with the lens. He's also talented at slaughtering zombies by the thousands.
Brazen freelance photojournalist Frank West never shies away from a challenge. He's photographed wars, revolutions, natural disasters, and any other kind of dangerous, high-pressure situation that'll make him good money on the freelance market. He winds up in the deadliest situation of all in Dead Rising, as he breaks through a government quarantine and winds up trapped in a shopping mall teeming with limitless bands of starving zombies. Still, West maintains his composure, wiping out countless zombies with makeshift weapons scrounged from mall shops while rescuing the few humans still alive inside the mall. Frank talks a big game, but he backs his macho bluster up with genuine skills. He knows how to survive and how to make sure zombies don't. Basically Frank West should be played by Kurt Russell circa 1984 in the inevitable Dead Rising movie.
Notable appearances: Dead Rising, Xbox 360, 2006; Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop, Nintendo Wii, 2009; Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars, Nintendo Wii, 2010; Dead Rising 2: Case West DLC, Xbox 360, 2010.
Fighter: Nemesis T-Type
First Appearance: Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, PlayStation, 1999
Special abilities: Nemesis is an intelligent zombie-like creature that can regenerate damaged tissue, attack with its outsized tentacles, and also shoot rockets from its arm.
It's not technically accurate to call Nemesis a zombie, but don't hold that against it; it's still a disgusting, shambling mockery of humanity all the same. The monstrous main bad guy of the third Resident Evil game has been happily murdering STARS members since the last century, filling players with dread through a combination of artificially enhanced intelligence, inhuman regeneration, and an arm that launches rockets. Nemesis is as ominous and frightening a presence as Sinistar or the Beast from Infamous 2. Still, it is eventually defeated in Resident Evil 3 by Jill Valentine, only to reappear in later spin-offs from the zombie franchise. Nemesis is also a prominent villain the film Resident Evil: Apocalypse.
Notable appearances: Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, PlayStation, 1999; Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles, Nintendo Wii, 2007.
Fighter: Phoenix Wright
First Appearance: Japan - Gyakuten Saiban, Game Boy Advance, 2001; North America - Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Nintendo DS, 2005.
Special abilities: Phoenix is a skilled attorney and rhetorician, with a sharp eye for detail, a dedicated legal team, and the most dramatic objections ever heard in court.
Phoenix Wright isn't the most obvious recruit for a fighting game. He's a man of words, not violence, armed with a keen detective instinct instead of martial arts skills. He can grind a trial to a halt with a single word and accusatory finger, but he can't shoot fireballs or miniature black holes. Look deeper though and it makes perfect sense. Wright is a tireless crusader for justice who will do whatever it takes to get his man, and with the fate of two different worlds in the balance, it's not a surprise he'd approach his enemies head on. With the help of the mystical Fey family, friend/enemy Miles Edgeworth, and mounds of incriminating evidence, Phoenix Wright can stand against any supervillain or paradimensional demon lord.
Notable appearances: The Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney trilogy, Nintendo DS, 2005-2007.
Fighter: Strider Hiryu
First Appearance: Strider Hiryu manga, 1988; first videogame: Strider, arcade / NES, 1989
Special abilities: Strider specializes in super-complicated ninja stuff, like jumping really high, and flipping around a lot, and slicing guys up with a plasma sword he calls Cypher.
Strider Hiryu debuted in a serialized manga in 1988, but he's best remembered for the many video games he's appeared in since 1989. The most popular version of Strider in America is probably the 1990 Genesis port of the arcade original, which heavily touted its then-groundbreaking 8-meg cartridge. Hiryu slides, slices, and cartwheels his way through five increasingly difficult levels while trying to bust up an assassination plot against his boss. The 1989 NES game bears a few superficial similarities but is a far different and better game. Obviously it's not as pretty as the Genesis or PlayStation Striders, but it adds extra depth to both the game and character with a satellite HQ hub-world that lets you tackle the missions in any order. It's closer to Bionic Commando than the all-action coin-op version of Strider.
Notable appearances: Strider, NES, 1989; Strider, Genesis, 1990; Marvel vs. Capcom, arcade/Dreamcast/PlayStation, 1998-2000; Strider 2, PlayStation, 1999.
First Appearance: Devil May Cry, PlayStation 2, 2001
Special abilities: Beyond such garden variety superpowers as super strength, speed, and stamina, half-demon Vergil is also a pro with a sword. Oh, and he can tap into his demonic heritage and perpetrate a true blood-bath in his Demon Trigger states.
Like his twin brother Dante, Vergil is a powerful half-demon and swordsman who looks like a mid-period Bowie persona. With his deadly blade Yamato, the villainous Vergil slices his way through Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening en route to a showdown with his younger brother. It's a tale as old as time: one androgynous half-demon brother loves humans, while the other androgynous half-demon brother wishes to destroy humanity and become fully demonic. So Vergil isn't just a slightly more powerful version of Dante; he's a genocidal supernatural asshole with a passion for fashion.
Notable appearances: Devil May Cry, PlayStation 2, 2001; Devil May Cry 3, PlayStation 2, 2005.