Kid Safe: Moderate Game Quality: High
- This game features a number of different characters, most often with certain special powers, fighting back and forth against each other in an attempt to figure out who is more powerful.
Internet Requirements: Moderate
- Marvel vs. Capcom 3 has moderate internet requirement for two reasons. First, players are able to engage in fighting-matches online against other players via the internet. Secondly, in the near future, players will be able to purchase and download new characters to add to the roster of available fighters.
Story Summary: In Marvel vs. Capcom 3, you play as a group of three characters from the Marvel
Comic Books and the Capcom Video Games in a battle to save both universes. Marvel Villian Dr. Doom has sided with Capcom Villian Albert Wesker two conquer both universes and, in doing so, awoken a force so powerful it might just destroy them all.
Kid Safe: Moderate
- Foul Language: Moderate
o Marvel vs. Capcom 3 features a moderate amount of foul language, primarily in the words "a*s", "h*ll", and "b*yotch (referencing "b*tch"). These terms are repeated over and over with certain characters as they are part of phrases that a character will say at the beginning or end of a fighting-match.
- Violence and Gore: High
o Marvel vs. Capcom 3 features a moderate amount of violence. By definition, a fighting game features multiple characters engaging in violence. Aside from this, different characters use a multitude of weapons including, but not limited to, multiple types of firearms (including handguns, rifles, machine guns, etc.), grenades and explosives, knives, swords, blades, fireballs, lightning strikes, and more. These tactics are all used to deplete an opponent's life and defeat them.
o To Marvel vs. Capcom's credit, all of these fights are depicted without the usage of blood or gore.
- Sexually-Related Content: Moderate
o Marvel vs. Capcom 3 features a moderate amount of sexually-related content. To begin, a number of different female characters are depicted in exceptionally revealing clothing; most of which shows off cleavage and buttocks that jiggle as the character fights. One character in particular is wearing little more than strips of fur which wraps around her body and covers her nipples and genitalia. Another character is shown drawing sunglasses from within her cleavage.
o Aside from this, there are several sexually related scenes and references. One scene shows a scantily clad, exotic dancer dancing on a pole underneath a sign that reads "Sexual Embrace". Another features a character who says "Ya got any naked pictures of your mom? Want some?"
- Use of Drugs and Alcohol: None
o Marvel vs. Capcom 3 features no scenes of drug or alcohol usage.
Game Quality: High
- Graphics / Visuals: High
o Marvel vs. Capcom 3's has a high overall quality of graphics and visuals. To put it simply, the game is an absolute treat to look at. I can only think to describe it as "watching a comic-book come to life before your eyes". The game takes the marvelous colors and sharp designs of a comic book character and made them 3-Dimensional. This isn't just limited to the fighting itself; every character has unique special attacks, poses, and things that they do that look absolutely gorgeous. Plus, all of this is portrayed flawlessly in a massive high speed engagement where characters are rolling in and off screen constantly.
o Not simply limited to the characters and how they act, the game has a multitude of backdrops and levels that players will fight on that provides atmosphere to the conflict. Each level is based off of something from the Marvel or Capcom worlds, a perfect example being fighting on top of the Daily Globe from Spider-Man or in a top secret lab from Resident Evil. Each of these levels is fully 3-Dimensional and moves on its own, with different things happening as the fight progresses. Using the Resident Evil example again, in the background there are monsters that are caged up for study. If a player slams another play against the ground too hard or uses an attack that gives off a massive explosion, then those cages burst open and set the monsters free to wander around the environment.
- Audio: High
o Marvel vs. Capcom 3 features a high level of audio quality, particularly in the sound effects and voice acting. First off, almost everything in this game has its own unique sound effect attached to it that really adds to the gameplay experience. Punches, kicks, throws, jumps, guns, sword-swings, laser-beams; you name it, they've got it. These sounds just add that extra weight to your actions as you hear the thud of a punch land or the zap of a lightning blast. It allows the game a slightly more visceral feeling.
o Even more impressive than the sound effects, by far, is the voice acting. Every character has full voice acting in both English and Japanese. For all of the characters that have previously been voice acted in another movie or video game, the actors used are either the same or they match the voice perfectly. For those characters have not previously been voiced, the actors that were acquired almost always matched the voice I would have imagined for them. Not bad given it's done over two language. Plus, everyone has something to say. Every character has a large number of sayings and phrases that are used to open a fight, close a fight, and even in the middle of a fight. Once again, the sound quality simply adds more weight to the experience.
- Gameplay / Playability: Very High
o Marvel vs. Capcom 3 features a high level of gameplay and playability. First with playability, this game is perfect for both experts and players who have never touched a controller before in their life; plus anyone in between. There are literally two training/tutorial modes. The first is literally called training and allows you to pick your characters you want to practice with and then beat up on a practice character; allowing you to do anything that you want, whether it be getting used to just moving around to perfecting how to do a super-attack. After this, there are also "missions" which will instruct you on how to do specific attacks, actions, and challenges; effectively training you in everything you need to know about each character that is available. Even if you train to your heart's content and still find you are having difficulty, the game allows you to modify how hard the fight is; whether you want it very easy, very hard, or anywhere in between. Finally, if you happen to forget all of your training, you can easily pull up a menu for every single character telling you how to do any attack.
o Playability aside, the gameplay is fun and varied. Not to mention the missions again, Marvel vs. Capcom 3 also features several types of gameplay modes. There is the classic "Arcade" mode where players are able to advance through several fights in order to "save the world". Players are encouraged to do this multiple times with multiple characters to unlock character models, sound clips, music, extra characters, etc. Players are also able to go online and battle others via the internet in both a ranked setting or a non-ranked setting.
- Dollar-Value: High
o All in all, Marvel vs. Capcom 3 has a relatively high dollar-value, all things considered. Great visuals, great sound, a plethora of gameplay options, plenty of ways to learn how to play, the ability to hop online and play with others, the ability to earn and unlock several extra characters and a massive amount of extra content just by playing, etc. The only downside that I can think of is if you are only interested in "playing through the game" as the single-player "arcade mode" will probably only last you about 20 minutes tops. The game is designed for a player to sit down and play over and over and over and master certain characters for the sheer challenge of doing-so. If that doesn't sound enticing, probably not a good purchase; however, if you like this idea, you'll absolutely love this game.
- To be completely honest, the content in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is pretty standard when it comes to "fighting" games. However, if you would like to try a couple of others, we would recommend "Street Fighter 4" or fall back to Marvel vs. Capcom 2. Both are absolutely excellent titles and tend to keep the intense blood/gore and sexual content to a minimum.