I was at Comic-Con when news broke/leaked regarding the dozen new fighters who’ll be included in ULTIMATE MARVEL VS. CAPCOM 3, so I haven’t had the opportunity to comment on any of it here yet. All of you maniacs have, of course, seen evidence of how I simply dominate at MVC3, so you can be sure I’ve got an opinion about all of this. Luckily, our comrades at Giant Bomb have gotten their hands on the newest gameplay footage, which shows Dr. Strange and RESIDENT EVIL’s monstrous Nemesis settling their disputes through the means of hyper combos and aerial assists - - so I've got an opportunity to comment, at last.
Actually, I got to play UMVC3 a couple times while I was at Comic-Con and I found the changes in gameplay to be pretty rad. I’ve been long-questioning why Strider wasn’t brought back and, now that he’s returned, he’s a combo-tastic as ever. Ghost Rider played like Capcom’s translation of MORTAL KOMBAT’s Scorpion (which is a good thing) and Hawkeye felt like he was all about technique, since there’s quite a small-but-significant variety in his trick arrows. Firebrand didn’t make much of an impression on me, but I never really played GHOULS ‘N GHOSTS anyway.== TEASER ==
Anyway, judging by the video above, Strange and Nemesis look like they’ll be respective mirrors of Dormammu and the three RESIDENT EVIL fighters who’re already in the game. Dormammu’s actually quite hard to master with all his calculating spell attacks (even more technical than Hawkeye) so I imagine Strange will similarily be the “thinking man’s fighter" in this upgrade.
In respect to the rest of the line-up, I’d say it’s an interesting mix of Capcom giving gamers what they want and also giving them what they (maybe) don’t know they want yet. The continued absence of Captain Commando is perplexing, seeing as how he was one of the most popular fighters in the previous games and, along with Viewtiful Joe, he’s one of the only Capcom characters who’s an actual superhero. Including Phoenix Wright and Frank West certainly answers fans' demand, but it does continue the odd tendency to include “plain clothes” fighters in this who look oddly mundane next to the colorful Marvel characters. It’s even more noticeable when Hawkeye, Strange and Iron Fist have all been presented in their retro duds instead of sleeker modern redesigns like Nova’s. I might've preferred Noh-Varr over Rocket Raccoon, but the little critter's still a delightfully inspired choice.
There, I've said my piece. Now, let's go for broke!