Review :: Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3

Marvel + Capcom + Vita = Best Portable Fighting Game Ever?

Written by Super User

Published Wednesday, 14 March 2012 20:00

Write your own review !

Bringing a fighting game to the Vita could have been a disaster. Handhelds are typically not suited for the fighting genre. Concessions often have to be made in order to replicate the controls on the smaller system. Thankfully, the Vita version of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 shows that this handheld is much different than everything that has come before it. Virtually a pixel-perfect port of the console version of the game, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 on the Vita is exactly the (portable) game fighting fans have been waiting for.

With the Vita version of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, it’s almost as if Capcom zapped the game with a shrinking ray, and put it onto a tiny little cartridge. All of the game’s modes (Arcade, Mission, Heroes and Heralds, etc.) appear, and since the Vita has nearly as many buttons as a PS3 controller, no alterations were made to the controls. Anyone who has played the game before will find himself right at home when firing up a match for the first time. Newcomers may find it a bit challenging to execute combos perfectly at first, as it does take a little bit of time to get accustomed to the sensitivity of the Vita’s analog sticks. Of course, once that muscle memory of “half-circle forward, heavy attack” begins to take hold, the differences between a larger controller and the Vita soon fade.

"All of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3’s beloved 3-on-3 tag-team action makes the transition to the Vita, and the game truly looks and plays just like its console brethren."

Of course, this wouldn’t be a Vita game without some sort of touch-screen controls. The game’s Touch mode is an interesting detour into what not to do with a game. There’s absolutely no skill involved, as all you have to do is merely tap your opponent, and your chosen combatant will attack as fast as you can tap. It’s not necessarily a bad idea in concept, but the execution takes away some of the allure of the game. Since your finger is constantly covering the screen, you can’t see any of the action happening. The game’s visual presentation is one of its most impressive features, so disrupting it with rather pedestrian touch-screen controls doesn’t really do the game any favors. It is just another game mode, so you don’t have to spend any more or less time with it than you want.

Every character and costume in the console version of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is present in the Vita version as well. Sadly, Jill and Shuma Gorath are still only available as DLC, but the roster and costumes remain otherwise unchanged. It’s pretty incredible just how great everything, from the stages to the hyper combos, looks on the Vita, and it’s definitely one of the selling points of the game. In a side-by-side comparison, you’d be hard-pressed to tell the difference between the two versions. Animations are fluid, even when playing online, and there’s no slowdown whatsoever when there are multiple characters on screen at once.

Final Focus

All of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3’s beloved 3-on-3 tag-team action makes the transition to the Vita, and the game truly looks and plays just like its console brethren. It can be a bit tough at times to execute your special moves precisely on the Vita’s analog sticks, but the game is an otherwise brilliant experience. But again, it is almost the exact same game as the console version. There isn’t a lot of incentive to pick it up unless it’s your first time, or you’re a die-hard fan who needs a fighting game fix on the go. That said, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 looks and plays great on the Vita. No matter what your reason for picking it up, you won’t be disappointed in the least.

 


Pros
+ Virtually identical to console versions + Loads of content and replayability + Looks amazing
Cons
- Virtually identical to console versions - Tough to be precise with Vita analog sticks - Touch screen controls aren’t very good

Final rating
8.6 / 10
Comments
More PS Vita reviews
2012-10-29 :: Gravity Rush
2012-05-05 :: Mortal Kombat
2012-04-03 :: FIFA Soccer
2012-03-12 :: Rayman Origins
2012-03-08 :: Dungeon Hunter Alliance
2012-03-06 :: Asphalt: Injection
2012-02-29 :: Uncharted: Golden Abyss
Game details
Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
Release date : 2012-02-15
Platform :
Publisher : Capcom
Developer : Capcom
Gameplay : Fighting & Wrestling

GameFocus High Fives, June 2015 - Jesse
There is arguably no other aspect of gaming that is more underappreciated than the Non Player Character (NPC). Serving as companions, quest ...

Read more

GameFocus High Fives Canada Day Bonus Edition
Happy Canada Day! Bonne fête du Canada! We here at GameFocus hope you’re celebrating the enactment of the British North American Act (Consti...

Read more

GameFocus High Fives, June - D.J.
There is arguably no other aspect of gaming that is more underappreciated than the Non Player Character (NPC). Serving as companions, quest ...

Read more

GameFocus High Fives, June 2015 - Jesse
GameFocus High Fives Canada Day Bonus Edition
GameFocus High Fives, June - D.J.
DLC Talk

DLC Talk: Bioshock: Burial at Sea Ep. 1

DLC Talk: Bioshock: Burial at Sea Ep. 1

Here we are. The next generation of consoles is among us and it is finally time to start thinking about finally unplugging our beloved current-gen systems. Could there be a better swan song for one of these systems than taking a trip back to Rapture?


Read more
First Impressions

Injustice: Gods Among Us

Injustice: Gods Among Us
Injustice: Gods Among Us, the upcoming DC fighting game by NetherRealm Studios, is set to be released on April 16th. Even though the release date is just around the corner, they continue to announce additional characters that will be playable upon release, as well as alternate costumes for numerous ... Lire la suite...

More previews
GF Blogs

Why I Haven't Committed to Buying Digital Games

Why I Haven't Committed to Buying Digital Games

Let’s face it: buying digital games is significantly more convenient than buying from a retail store. You don’t have to put pants on to go outside, nor do you even have to go outside. You don’t have to drive to the store, nor do you have to wait in line at said store. On top of that, the price is generally the exact same, if not more for the physical version.

Let’s face it: staying in just your underwear, FTW.

Despite the overwhelming advantages of buying digital, I still can’t fully commit to it. While I understand I am more in the minority with each day that goes by, I truly believe I have a legitimate case about buying physical copies of games.


Read more

PlayStation VR is Everything I Hoped For (and More!)

PlayStation VR is Everything I Hoped For (and More!)

In some sort of cosmic twist, I have seen the future. No, I didn’t find out where/when/why I’ll die, nor did I even find out what I’ll have for breakfast tomorrow (I hope it’s pancakes). But I assure you, I have seen the future.

The future of video games that is. I recently got to test out Morpheus - uh, I mean PlayStation VR - Sony’s answer to the ever-growing interest in virtual reality. Although the headset is currently far from completion, it’s also far from shotty.


Read more

Summer Gaming Guide: What to Play

Summer Gaming Guide: What to Play

Whether it’s a rainy day, a sickness, or some other reason not to go outside and enjoy the beautiful summer air, video games are the perfect way to spend your time - that is, if you can find a game to play. In terms of releases, summer generally isn’t the most fruitful of seasons, and this year is no different. So what games could/should you be sinking your teeth into during the dog days?  


Read more
GameFocus 2016 Top 10
1
The Witness (PlayStation 4)
8.6

facebook-follow-us

twitter1

 

GameFocus Podcast: December 2015
The last Podcast of the year looks ahead at what Nintendo is up to next year plus our highlights from this year.  

Read more

GameFocus Podcast: December 2015

Recent comments

Powered by Disqus