Should You Buy Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3? Yes.

Should You Buy Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3? Yes.

Didn’t we just buy this game back in February? No sir and/or ma’am, this is Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, a re-release of the recent release packed with a dozen new fighters from both sides of the battle and enough gameplay tweaks and extras to keep fans fighting until Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Hyper Turbo Edition comes out sometime next month (probably not true).

Are the 12 new characters powerful enough to defeat the feeling of being burned by another Capcom retail update? Let’s ask our gut.

Michael Fahey, who single-handedly led the failed movement to have Squirrel Girl added to Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: If you had asked me this question in July when Ultimate Marvel Versus Capcom 3 had first been announced — a mere five months after the original game — I wouldn’t have said no. I would have laughed in your face for picking up the original game in the first place and not waiting until you were certain Capcom wasn’t going to screw with anything else. This is hardly a new pattern, ladies and gentlemen. There were three different versions of Street Fighter II released for the Super Nintendo in as many years, and they never dropped the price 30 per cent back then. You poor, poor fools!

Yeah, I bought it too, and I was furious. But I got over it. You know what helped? The realisation that to the best of my knowledge Capcom has never released a bad update to an existing fighting game. They can never seem to leave well enough alone, but is that a bad thing?

It also helps that I’ve spent several days fooling about with the retail version of the game, putting each of the 12 new characters through their paces (Rocket Raccoon more than most) and checking to see if the new balance tweaks are noticeable to a casual fighting game fan like myself (not really). Overall I’m impressed with the new selection (except for Doctor Strange, who should be off hovering somewhere mystically), and the addition of the new card-powered Heroes and Heralds single and multiplayer mode appeals to both the Marvel fanboy and the rampant collector in me. And hey, it’s $US20 less than the original, which is a damn good deal. You can still be outraged while you’re getting your arse kicked by an anthropomorphic raccoon. Yes.

Evan Narcisse, who’s probably bought that Mark Gruenwald Hawkeye mini-series about five times now: Games like Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 are like catnip to a lifelong comics reader like me. They’re interactive ways of having those classic, nerdy “who’d win?” conversations. Yes, we got the vanilla version of this game around seven, eight months ago but the work that’s gone into Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 feels truly additive. I’m not talented enough to feel all the rebalancing in my bones but I do know that getting six characters and new modes on top of all the tweaking agrees with me greatly. Heinous business practice to essentially re-sell an already extant game? Maybe, but go ahead and recycle that old MvC3 like old newspapers. Hawkeye, Iron Fist, Phoenix Wright and Strider all make me say Yes.

Brian Ashcraft, the ultimate MvC3 non-player:.The plan was to play Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 at this year’s Tokyo Game Show, but I ended up on a boat with raw fish, Seth Killian, and no Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Shame because I was looking forward to seeing what exactly makes the game ultimate. I did talk to Seth, which is always lovely. He’s a lovely dude. Capcom, never one to look away from a spin-off, a sequel, or an update, is supposed to have rebalanced MvC3 with the ultimate iteration. I’d imagine that for those who had issues with vanilla Marvel vs. Capcom 3, this is something they’d want to pick up. I’d also imagine that those folks aren’t reading this and have already made up their minds. They are extra characters and whatnot, but… me? I can’t help but feeling that this is fighting game minutia, and so my gut ultimately says this: Nope.

Gut Check is an off-the-cuff impression of what we think of a game: what we’d tell a friend; how we’d respond on Twitter or Facebook or over a beer if someone asked us “Would you buy this game?” Our lead writer, who has played a lot of the game, decides. Other writers chime in for additional points of view. Stay tuned for our full review.


  • riiigghhhtt – dont buy Halo anniversary because of graphical updates – but buy Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom for a handful of new fighters and a couple of technical tweaks….

    o and why your out buying this buy Kinect Disneyland Adventures

    • Halo: CEA also includes mutliple skulls that change the campaign like previous Halo games, includes terminals that give some backstory to the franchise, and gives you a DLC code for the 7 new (but remade) maps for Halo: Reach. Also if you have a Kinect you can scan items, weapons and enemies for background information.

    • Your last sentence should read ‘Oh, and while you’re out buying this, buy Kinect Disneyland Adventures’.

      Also, ‘don’t’ has an apostrophe, and sentences start with capital letters.

    • 12 new characters, all of which are really good, i’m having major troubles as to who i am going to play as. A MASSIVE amount of balancing and changes (seriously, you should see how different Ryu is from Vanilla MVC3) much improved online, more alternate colours, and a new mode (Heroes and Heralds) all for a cheaper price (we are still ripped off in australia though).

      i don’t know, but when i first heard that all anniversary was going to be is the original Halo with the same engine with a facelift, it put me off, i mean if i wanted to play Halo CE exactly the same, then i’d play it on my Xbox, i’d have rather a full remake on the Reach engine, it’s honestly a bit half assed. and the multiplayer maps although they look great, i only play multiplayer for when my friends come around, so they wouldn’t be used as much.

      however, even with that in mind, i’ll still buy anniversary, just a bit later when it is cheaper, however i could not wait for Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom


        Assuming you were like me who was stupid enough to by MvC3 when it first came out anyway… if this is a first purchase however you’ve bagged yourself a bargain.

        Sorry but this is a pass from me… on a side note I find Fahey’s yes reasons absolutely insulting to any form of intelligence.


  • $3 per character, for 12 new characters = $36. has it for $36.
    Absolutely worth my money; Especially with the nerfs/rebalances.

  • Should we buy a DLC pack for a game released earlier this year? Well I suppose you kinda have to in order to keep playing the game.

  • Who is this “You”? I don’t see the point in making a blanket statement like this when everybody has different tastes. Nobody I know likes fighting games so I would not recommend this to them regardless of it’s merits.

  • So my favourite character, Phoenix is nerf. No not the attorney, but my brunette cosmic force terror waifu. How sad I am 🙁

  • Wake me up in 20 years when you have a gut check that results in “NO”. These always seem like pure justification to buy new games *right now*, rather than a balanced opinion of a game.

  • I F*CKING HATE how Capcom do this with every single franchise these days.

    Gut Check should say “NO” Don’t buy it, because your sending a pack of cocks the wrong message. “Sure, I’ll pay full price for half a game, then pay full price again when you re sell it with the crap you pulled from the first title. Please violate my wallet as often as possible Capcom!”

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