Marvel vs. Capcom 3 with and Arcade Joystick

By on February 15, 2011
Hori Arcade Joystick

Hori Arcade Joystick

We had a chance to test out the new Marvel vs. Capcom 3 game today and words can’t describe the sense of nostalgia that swept over us as we once again flew through the air landing combo after combo with Spiderman while the Hulk made periodic appearances to land a “HULK SMASH” or Ryu jumped in for a quick “HADOUKEN”. The whole thing really brought us back to the days of the early 2000s when Marvel vs. Capcom was a staple in every respectable Arcade throughout the country.

The Arcade experience has all but faded from the American landscape since then with the proliferation of high powered home consoles. Why spend endless quarters at an arcade when you can buy the game and play it to your heart’s content at home? Still, the arcade experience had its own perks and many people fondly remember afternoons spent beating random strangers into submission and watching as they insert coin after coin. This made playing with the arcade joystick all the more fun as we found that our hands still contained the memories and timing mechanisms of those 99 hit combos and super moves. Marvel vs. Capcom 3 might be in 3D now but it is still a pure fighting game as the game play is still restricted to a simple 2D backdrop making it possible to even play the game with a joystick.

As far as the gameplay goes, it remains virtually unchanged which is nice for nostalgia’s sake. Marvel vs. Capcom 3 might have had a facelift but it stays true to its roots when it comes to the core gameplay mechanics. You can buy arcade sticks at gaming accessory stores to keep it even more true to the original intended experience. We found that pulling off combos and specials was made noticeably easier with the arcade sticks than with the unwieldy controllers.

Overall however, we did not really notice any new gameplay mechanics with this latest iteration of the popular franchise. Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is a little like Marvel vs. Capcom 2 but with better graphics. That aint such a bad thing in our books though….

About David Scarpitta

I am a critical guy, and love to review and give my professional opinion on just about anything. Though have a love for tech/gaming and music alongside the cinema. You can catch me consulting and developing the net any day of the week.