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jovabrow Aug 16, 2018 Marvel and Capcom used to be a winning combination, when it came to the fighting games they codeveloped. Their first taste of success started with X – Men vs. Street Fighter, which pitted the key members of the X – Men, the world – famous team of legendary superheroes, against the original characters from the Street Fighter series; the series which birthed the fighting game genre. Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter followed. More characters from both universities joined the fray. Assists, where a selected albeit inactive character would perform an attack of some sort on command, became a mainstay of not just the Marvel vs. Capcom series, but made a presence in other fighting games as well, such as Mortal Kombat 9 and, more recently, Dragon Ball FighterZ. Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes was up next. Capcom upped its game considerably by enabling characters from any of its intellectual properties, not just Street Fighter, from doing battle with Marvel’s own IPs. In this game, the 2 vs. 2 concept became central when the assist feature was removed, in favor of the second fighter being a randomized selection from the playable roster. PSN Gift Cards Discounted PSN cards at Onlinefunnycentre. Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes, the title which followed, has a place in the hearts and minds of the fighting game community’s members who played it tirelessly for almost a decade (and even those who didn’t). If you’re even remotely interested in fighting games, you know of this title’s significance. Boasting a roster of 56 characters (of which only 4 were said to be usable at the highest levels of competition, i.e. Cable, Magneto, Sentinel and Storm), MvC2 was accompanied by a peculiar, yet compelling soundtrack, and tons of fun. When it came to assists, characters also had 3 separate options to choose from, which allowed for a small amount of diversity in gameplay. Learn From This, Capcom MvC2’s main draw was its borderline comically large roster, but from a purely casual perspective, it was HIGHLY entertaining. Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (or its complete version, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3) was released in 2011 as the fifth instalment in the Marvel vs. Capcom series. While UMvC3 only contained 36 playable characters, they were more unique and ‘fleshed – out,’ as opposed to the palette swaps and ported characters that ‘plagued’ its predecessor. Alongside Street Fighter IV and its subsequent re – releases, UMvC3 served as the lifeblood of the fighting game community from 2011 until late 2017, early 2018. It was the highlight of every major fighting game tournament; EVO, Summer Jam, CEO and Final Round are but a few examples. Even though one of UMvC3’s main features, X – Factor, was divisive, UMvC3 brought the hype and competition in a well – aged package. Learn From This, Capcom UMvC3 is a graphically aesthetic game that has aged well. It’s one of Capcom’s shining and defining moments. Can’t take that away from them. Sadly, the next Marvel vs. Capcom video game would not do justice to the series, but rather, it did an incredible injustice which may very well be irrecoverable There are precious few series of video games which don’t have a ‘black sheep’ somewhere, but UMvC3’s sequel is the blackest of black sheep, it seems. How did that game earn that distinction? I personally think it started with one word: expectations. You truly had to be a part of UMvC3’s community (whether as a participant or spectator) to understand just how much hopes people had. The FGC, based on this rich and lengthy history of fighting game entertainment, was clamoring for a new addition to the Marvel vs. Capcom series. Even those only marginally interested in fighting games, or those who would rather watch the competition than be a part of it (like myself) were all eager to discover just how, exactly, Marvel and Capcom intended to outdo themselves with their next crossover title, while overcoming the licensing issues which often befall them. (A point of interest here is that Marvel, at the time UMvC3 was released, had not yet been acquired by Disney. More on this point a little later in this article.) Learn From This, Capcom The wallpaper of hope. If you’re not invested in fighting games, it may be difficult to grasp the degree of hype this wallpaper generated. It’s fake, but it didn’t matter; it signaled that another Marvel vs. Capcom title was on its way, which itself was true. Details about the game, tentatively titled “Marvel vs. Capcom 4,” started coming in. One of the most important observations was that it would be returning to its 2 vs. 2 roots, as illustrated in this announcement trailer below. The trailer also revealed two brand new characters: Captain Marvel from Marvel, and Mega Man X from Capcom (both of whom deserved much, much better). The rationale for staying away from 3 vs. 3 was that, at the highest levels of competition, many teams comprised of 2 characters, and a third that was used mainly for her/his assist. I can attest to that logic being sound, as can others. With that, the FGC was expecting nothing short of greatness. Unfortunately, what they would eventually receive was nothing short of an embarrassment for Capcom. Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite, the follow – up to UMvC3, failed on every conceivable level. Where did it all go wrong? Let me put it this way: think about a tree that’s poisoned. The fruit which a poisoned tree produces would, logically, be poisoned as well. That’s my way of saying that MvCI started badly, and as such, ended badly. There was a significant issue with MvCI’s PR. This requires some background information: Marvel, for reasons that aren’t entirely clear to me, isn’t particularly keen on the X – Men (or mutants not named Deadpool) anymore… and seemingly, neither is Disney. As such, there are no X – Men in MvCI, at all. No Wolverine, no Magneto, no Storm… nothing. There was a time in Marvel’s history where Wolverine was its face; the same way Ryu is the face of Capcom, which is why the two were usually seen together in Marvel vs. Capcom wallpapers, promotional art, trailers, etc. People like pairs. Rum and coke. Rum and raisin. Mario and Luigi. Some pairings are inseparable, and for the Marvel vs. Capcom series, that pairing was Ryu and Wolverine. Only Ryu made it into MvCI, and for that reason alone, the FGC was not pleased. I’ll discuss their displeasure a little more in Part 2 of this series. 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