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Pros

This game has insane graphics, portability, online action and improvements and new characters. It also looks great on the PlayStation Vita.

Cons

This game plays almost exactly like the console versions making the portability the primary advantage to people that already own the game. The improvements were not significant enough to make the purchase worthwhile for that demographic.

Verdict

Overall, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is a top notch fighting game that anybody would love to have on the Vita. Just be sure you do not already own it on the console and expect something different.

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Reviewed: Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 (PS VITA)

When it comes to video games, you have to have a hook that you can’t get anywhere else to get somewhere. When they released the Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 for PlayStation Vita was released, it had some strikes against it right out of the gate. The game is darn near a replica of the other console games with a handful of additions and changes. Are those changes enough to make the game worthwhile to the average gamer? This is the question that has to be answered to determine if the game is a good deal.

Is it really all about the mobility?

Needless to say, the PlayStation Vita is all about mobility and playing on the go. This game is phenomenal in every way as far as being as good as the console games. It is nearly a carbon copy in that way with only minor differences in backgrounds and detail. The primary advantage to owning this game is the ability to take it anywhere and still play online. That is a huge advantage, but is it enough?

Other improvements?

The other improvements on the game are not as much improvements as minor additions. These include the following:

•12 new Marvel and Capcom fighters including Strider, Firebrand, Ghost Rider and Hawkeye.
•Touch controls specific to Vita
•Eight new stages
•Spectator mode online that allows you to watch matches rather than just wait on the bars
•Heroes and Heralds mode for online


The new fighters are a pretty cool addition as a great many people were hoping for Hawkeye and Firebrand. These additions are a neat part of the new game.

The touch controls are a joke. I love fighting games and this is little more than throwing a small combo by touching the screen. Most gamers will ignore that feature all together.

The fan spectator mode is very cool and was a feature that needed to come around. Heroes and Heralds are all about Galactus and serving or fighting him. It is pretty cool, but certainly not groundbreaking.

As for differences that is about it. Huge advantages exist for portability and the other advantages are negligible in my eyes.

How is the game play in general?

I guess that is enough of the negative. On with the positive – this game is incredible.

If you like fighting games, then Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 for the Vita is one of the very best options on the market. This is particularly true of anyone that loves Marvel Comics or Capcom comic style fighting games. The game is simply incredible.

The fact that they were able to get this game to be as good as the console version is a miracle of technology. The fact that they were able to do this without sacrificing anything at all that is noticeable is a miracle period.

Are the positives enough to make this a must buy?

As great as the game is, it is not something that I would go out and buy just for the portability factor. If I did not own the game on any console, then I would run out and buy it for the PlayStation Vita. The game is so good, in fact, that I would rather have it on the Vita than on the consoles given a choice. Where this game fell a little below the mark was in giving it enough differences from the console version to make people buy it in spite of already owning it on consoles.

Conclusions overall

Think about it. The vast majority of people that might buy this game already own it on the consoles. That said, the only way they will buy it again is if it has enough extras to make it worth the price. The extras are not plentiful enough for that in my humble opinion. As a stand-alone game, however, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 for Vita is a fantastic game.
Date Reviewed: March 28, 2012, 7:45 pm
Reviewed by Rodney Southern
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