WTF is up with the power levels in Marvel vs Capcom 3?

Any time you have two unrelated worlds cross over, there's a certain degree of rule-bending you have to allow. Of COURSE someone like Chun Li couldn't take down Galactus, but for the sake of gameplay we accept that she can. After all, it's not a very fun game if half the characters can't stand up to Hulk, Thor or Wesker.


The game's profile pages contain power grids for each character that are wildly out of synch with each other, and suggest many decades-old Marvel heroes are less capable than most of Capcom's fighting-game-only characters. Suitably outraged, I grabbed Henry (for Marvel nerdidity) and Chris (for grounded "who gives a shit"-ity) and scrolled through EVERY SINGLE character profile, scruitinizing each one for accuracy and consistency.

It's borderline stupid, but oh man was it fun.

Above: REALLY? Chris beefarms Redfield is stronger, smarter, faster and tougher than Captain America??

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  • kibbles0515 - January 19, 2012 1:36 p.m.

    The fact that the ratings are based off of different universes is irrelevant, as this universes have been combined for this particular game. If the power levels are to be compared across universes, than they ought to be standardized. Someone should've found a way. And I don't see any compendium of Capcom knowledge of power levels and whatnot, which means they made them up for this game, which means they could've standardized them so as to fit with Marvel's power levels, and they didn't. They were just stupid and lazy.
  • Zeb364 - March 10, 2011 11:31 a.m.

    Just as good as Talkradar built it up to be.
  • chainsawninja600 - March 10, 2011 4:17 a.m.

    Also, Brett and Hank, of course, right. Not only is Deadpool's name Wade Wilson, but it even names him as Wade later in his bio in the profile section.
  • DanteofFlorence - March 9, 2011 9:31 p.m.

    god this was funny, and informative at the same time. more please!
  • Mamudo - March 9, 2011 4:31 a.m.

    Every time I see these power grids I bow my head and shake it in disbelief. ReCaptcha= poker newspaper
  • Miles_Endsly - March 6, 2011 5:26 p.m.

    Beast*, Bishop, Brood*, Carnage, Cloak/Dagger, Cyclopes, Daredevil, Deadgirl, Deathbird, Doorman* (this guy needs some attention, he has so much potential), Electra, Franklin Richards, Ghost Rider*, Gladiator, Graviton, Grim Reaper, Hobgoblin, Hope Summers*, Iceman, Iron Fist*, Jubilee* (pre depowered cause that sucks ba*ls), Killraven, Kingpin, Kitty Pride, Lilith, Lizard, Lockjaw, Longshot, Luke Cage, M*, Machineman*, Magik, Marvel Girl (Rachel Summers), Meltdown, Mephisto, Mister Sinister*, Mojo, Mr Immortal*, Nick Fury, Night Thrasher, Nitro, Northstar, Onslaught, Penance*, Psylocke, Puck, Punisher, Quasar, Quicksilver, Rogue, Sage, Sandman, Sebastian Shaw*, Shatterstar, Silver Surfer, Spider Woman, Squirrel Girl, Stepford Cuckoos*, Stiltman, Sunspot, Terrax, Typhoid Mary*, Ultron*, Unicorn, Valkyrie*, Venom, Vulcan*, Warlock, Whizzer, Wild Child, Wonderman, some x and y character (it's ironically difficult to find a unique character with an X name in the Marvel Universe...), Zodiac*, Zzzax... Emphasis on ones with stars.
  • Miles_Endsly - March 6, 2011 4:52 p.m.

    I'd like to see a Top 7 Marvel and Top 7 Capcom Characters We Would Like to See as DLC for MvC3. i.e. Dr Strange (two nearly exclusively Dr S bad guys and no Dr S? something smells like bad tuna), Nightcrawler (Even though he died recently which is total bs and they should bring him back), Xorn (kung fu and a black hole in his head, love the possibilities! plus he's little known and due for a come back), Mystique (very interested to see how they'd make her change into other playable characters and such), Shadow King (That would be a very fun one! Like a super sexy mix of Akuma, Hulk and... Dante [bear with me, in my head that makes sense and I fap to it]), Enchantress, Black Panther, etc... and I'm not very up to date with Capcom but I'm sure someone out there can make a more than acceptable list.
  • Miles_Endsly - March 6, 2011 4:35 p.m.

    I'mma huge advocate of Storm and her power gird makes her look like a weakling. 5 out of 7 energy projection for someone who can fart a class 5 hurricane for kicks?! I understand it if she had gotten a 6/7 reserving 7/7 for Phoenix, but Come on!
  • Pudge - March 6, 2011 9:56 a.m.

    How the hell is Wolverine's stamina not 7? I've read a comic where he is shot at by a machine gun 24/7 for MONTHS and will not die. He's survived his skeleton being ripped out of his body in liquid form. And his stamina is like a 3?
  • AndIThoughtHeSmelledLikePizzaOnTheOutside - March 5, 2011 11:46 p.m.

    More of this stuff. I don't care what fictional universe.
  • Hellwilder - March 4, 2011 6:54 p.m.

    Hulk's intelligence is over 9000
  • TheRedRabbit - March 4, 2011 6:11 p.m.

    I f****ing loved this! Gamesradar is awesome!
  • super0sonic - March 4, 2011 9:07 a.m.

    I looks alot like Capcom is on a different scale then marvel. I mean you were more or less ok with the marvel stats. So there 2 is normal person. On the Capcom scale it looks more like 4 is a normal human. If you take that into account then is not as fucked up. Also I would put Tron in the same intelligence as tony stark.
  • Stitchking - March 4, 2011 8:34 a.m.

    Someone may have said this already, but those rankings are based off in universe stats. So a 7 in the Marvel world isn't a 7 in the Street Fighter or Resident Evil world. And as far as gameplay goes, the stats in the game are the same as in the guide and it says they don't effect gameplay.
  • TheWebSwinger - March 4, 2011 5:41 a.m.

    Great video. Spidey's power levels got SHAFTED.
  • Corn - March 4, 2011 4:44 a.m.

    Well now wait just a damn minute. Storm refers to Magneto as Magnus and Erik, and Spidey calls Deadpool Wilson. These bios don't seem to agree with the win quotes.
  • MinxRiot - March 4, 2011 3:39 a.m.

    X-23 is supposed to be stronger than Wolverine according to the comics (or at least the recent ones).
  • Sleuth - March 4, 2011 2:23 a.m.

    It's always best to go with the handbooks.
  • HowdyCowboyCheesesBurger0911 - March 3, 2011 11:01 p.m.

    Marvel should kick up a fuss with capcom over this and make them change it, its just not right.
  • Ravenbom - March 3, 2011 8:41 p.m.

    Yeah, I didn't notice that either until I was looking at X-23's profile. She was one of the world's top assassins so it's a little incongruous that she's got such low power, etc...

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