Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (PS4) Review

Ken McKown

Pringles, curly mustaches, and remasters…oh my!

Few games spark as much excitement as the Capcom versus titles. It had been rumored for what seems like forever, but the latest in the Marvel vs. Capcom series was recently announced for 2017. With Marvel vs. Capcom 3 being in limbo due to licensing issues, most people thought it would never see the light of day again. However, it seems the skies have cleared up, as Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 has returned on PS4 (with Steam and Xbox One versions hitting in March), and it is most certainly time to take me for a ride.

UMvC3 is one of the biggest and fastest fighting games from last generation. The Ultimate version added six characters for each side, as well as two DLC characters, bringing the core roster up to a whopping 50 combatants. For those that have been living under a rock, the game features three-on-three fighting with the ability to tag out, bring in partners for quick hits, and of course insanely flashy super combos either solo, or with their teammates.

MSRP: $24.99
Platforms: PS4 (reviewed), XB1, PC, 360, PS3, Vita
Price I’d Pay: $24.99

So what has changed? Honestly, not a whole lot. This is still the base game that was released last generation on PS3 and 360. Probably the most notable addition is the inclusion of all of the DLC that was released for the game. So there are a bunch of costume packs, and the aforementioned two characters. All of that is included by default. For the $25 price tag, that is not a bad deal. Capcom has also included a digital version of the art book that was released around the same time as the game, which is always nice. Outside of that, this is pretty much the same game, albeit a little cleaner visually.

The biggest boost with this game releasing on PS4 is the community. UMvC3 is still holding its own in the fighting game community. Players still flock to it, so now that the game has resurfaced, it makes it easier to pick up on a modern platform, especially at the $25 price and having all the DLC on the disc. This makes it much more accessible for tournaments and such, plus a world without Marvel is a sadder world. There is not a better fighting game to spectate – matches at a high level are insane.

Speaking of community, releasing this game on a brand new platform also brings a whole new online scene. Hopping into online matches was quick and painless, and yes, I still suck thoroughly at this game, but I still enjoy the spectacle. I did have a few matches that had lag issues, but for the most part it ran relatively smooth. It feels good to have Marvel back and relevant again, plus it gets people excited for the new game launching in 2017.

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is exactly what you would expect, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I am just glad to see it back in circulation, I do wish exclusivity would die though, making PC and XB1 players wait four months to play this remaster is flat out ridiculous. That said, get hype and welcome back the curly mustache. Marvel is back baby, and it feels so good.

Review copy of game provided by publisher.

Good

  • All the DLC is included
  • Still chaotic and fun
  • Tons of characters and fan service

Bad

  • Almost too chaotic
  • Netcode can still be hit and miss
8

Great

Ken McKown
Ken is the Editor-in-Chief of this hole in the wall and he loves to troll for the fun of it. He also enjoys long walks through Arkham Asylum and the cool air of Shadow Moses Island. His turn-ons include Mortal Kombat, Metal Gear Solid and StarCraft.
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