Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
is a pretty standard arcade fighting game. You select your main character followed by two assist characters. You are then put against another team of three and whoever reduces the opposing teamís health bars to zero first wins. The health bars sit at the top of the screen with the timer in the middle. A victory is also possible if you have more cumulative health than the enemy team. Pretty simple concept, right?
The fun starts with the controls. UMvC 3 features a fairly simple three button control scheme. Your Light, Medium, and Heavy attacks are mapped to the (Square), (Triangle), and (Circle) buttons respectively. Thereís also the (X) button, which allows you to use a Special attack. Alongside this are two different modes of control. The Normal input scheme is what you see in most fighters. Youíre responsible for using the combos and coming up with your own moves. This method allows you to be more flexible with what you want your character to do. The Simplified scheme allows you to use special combos by simply pressing a button. This scheme isnít very involved and limits what type of combos you can do with your character, but itís very easy to pick up and play. Also, movement is tied to the Directional Pad and Left Stick, but you knew that, didnít you? Yeah, you did.
UMvC 3 isnít short on things for the player to do. While the main draw will probably be the Arcade and Online Modes, thereís also other modes for more casual players to enjoy. In the Offline section, players are able to set up regular Versus Matches for fun or hone their skills in Training. For players that enjoy a goal, the Mission Mode is available with specific missions for each character. Keep in mind that in this mode, youíre locked with the Normal control scheme. The Heroes and Heralds Mode allows players to equip their characters with various types of cards to change their attributes. Last up, the Gallery allows you to view the different movies and artwork youíve unlocked. Perfect for those who enjoy taking in the fruits of their labors.
I enjoy my lone wolf style, but I still like to know I have backup when I need it. The Assist System is pretty much exactly that. You choose two characters alongside your main character and theyíll be on standby in battle. By pressing (R1) or (L1), you can call a character to rush in and attack the enemy for you. This can be useful for combos or just giving you a hand if you need it. Holding the corresponding button will allow you to swap places with the character, giving them a chance to fight and letting another character rest if theyíve been having a hard fight. Itís always nice knowing someone has your back.