E3 2010: Marvel vs Capcom 3 first impressions

Even with all that’s on display this week, with all that’s been announced, the first stop we made on the E3 2010 show floor had to be Marvel vs Capcom 3. All we’d heard since its April reveal were a handful of screenshots and a few minor details, but today I was able to sit down and play-test this 10-years-in-the-making sequel.

The same but different

The first thing longtime fans want to know is “How does it play?” The answer lies somewhere in between MvC2 and January’s Tatsunoko vs Capcom. Instead of two kicks and two punches, you have light, medium and strong attacks plus a dedicated launch button for aerial combos. Combined, these two tweaks make the combat (and 100-hit combos) that much easier to bust out, but no less complex. In short, don’t worry about it being dumbed down – it’s every bit as frenetic as the MvC you love.

Attention to detail

With so much flying across the screen in a 3-on-3 match between Marvel and Capcom heavies, you can easily lose some of the smaller details that have been tucked into the battle. Iron Man’s massive cannon sends data-like blobs of techno-sparks in all directions, Hulk’s face grimaces with rage, Chris Redfield pulls out a different gun based on the punch button used, Deadpool shouts “Shoryuken!” when he does a dragon punch, the in-game text prompts are all takes on Viewtiful Joe lingo… the nuances never stop. Even with all that insanity going on, don’t you dare blink.

Deadpool is a superstar

Without a doubt, you’re going to love Deadpool. He moves fast, he stomps forward and moonwalks backwards, plus he’s 100% true to the comics in that he constantly breaks the fourth wall. When you lose, he’ll yell “Arrg you pushed the wrong button!” while a victory has him pointing at the screen and saying “Hey you, yeah YOU!” Plus the usual taunts and self-aware references that make him a strangely omniscient character in the Marvel universe. Classic characters on display, like Hulk, Wolverine, Captain America and Iron Man handled more or less like their MvC2 counterparts, with obvious adjustments that I’m not able to discern with such a quick demo.

MvC3 is still down for an early 2011 release, though we’ve been told that Capcom will indeed be repeating its Super SFIV strategy and bringing the game to public gatherings for community hands-on affairs. Not sure when the first will be, but at least it’ll be before New Year’s, right?

More on the game soon!

Jun 15, 2010


  • InsertChrisAntistaJokeHere - June 16, 2010 12:02 p.m.

    Wow, just saw gameplay for it and this looks epic!
  • buckybantam - June 16, 2010 8:18 a.m.

    I LOVE the way Deadpool yells "Bang, bang, bang, bang..." as he fires his guns during his super combo. Brilliant...
  • realskillz - June 16, 2010 4:25 a.m.

    looks great cant wait for mvc3 next year
  • superrey19 - June 16, 2010 3:57 a.m.

    I wish you guys had a better video player so that we may actually see these "details" you mention! Game looks great btw!
  • pr0tostar - June 16, 2010 3:40 a.m.

    Looks fantastic, but... Is it just me or is Chris shaping up to be a Cable clone?
  • elpurplemonkey - June 16, 2010 2:59 a.m.

    Never been into the MvC series but this looks like a lot of fun.
  • ScruffMoney - June 16, 2010 2:57 a.m.

    Deadpool and Dante... 'nough said, I want it!
  • WaffleLeech - June 16, 2010 2:36 a.m.

    Lookin' foward to gettin' my grubby hands on it. I hope there is a SSFIV style Trial Mode. reCAPTCHA: the crandell
  • Chewrocka - June 16, 2010 2:35 a.m.

    Amazing! Deadpool is my favorite marvel character so it's good to see him just as crazy and awesome as in the comics.
  • Wizrai - June 16, 2010 2:27 a.m.

    Looks like if Chris couldn't keep up, the play looks like Brawl's Snake, on the other hand, Dante whooped'shum'wasshhh!! >:3
  • Tenfey - June 16, 2010 2:02 a.m.

    Might I inquire as to the whereabouts of your curly mustache?
  • Hurricrane - June 16, 2010 1:37 a.m.

    you guys REALLY need a better video player :/ other than that, looks cool. But they need to have Ms Marvel to be complete
  • bamb0o-stick - June 16, 2010 1:10 a.m.

    Bang!Bang bang bang bang!
  • CH3BURASHKA - June 16, 2010 12:55 a.m.

    Looks incredibly hectic. I wonder if they'll create MVC3 fight-sticks to go along with the release. SPOILERS They will.
  • Cyberninja - June 16, 2010 12:39 a.m.

    i hope you guys have MvC3 partys like with SSF4
  • mgkyo666 - June 16, 2010 12:28 a.m.

  • Conman93 - June 16, 2010 12:25 a.m.

    Lol after watching the trailers I agree that deadpool is insanely awesome. Chris really kicked ass too! Next spring is going to rule!!

Showing 1-17 of 17 comments

Join the Discussion
Add a comment (HTML tags are not allowed.)
Characters remaining: 5000