Vanilla PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 NA: February 15, 2011 JP: February 17, 2011 EU: February 18, 2011 Ultimate PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 NA: November 15, 2011 JP: November 17, 2011 EU: November 18, 2011 PlayStation Vita JP: December 17, 2011 NA/EU: February 22, 2012 PlayStation 4 WW: December 3, 2016 Microsoft Windows, Xbox One WW: March 7, 2017
Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds is a fighting game by Capcom that came out for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2011, followed by its re-release, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 on the same platforms, plus the PlayStation Vita, 9 months after the vanilla's release in the same year.
In December 2016, Ultimate was remastered for the PlayStation 4, and then the Xbox One and Microsoft Windows three months after.
Fast-paced and high-octane action, just like the previous installments in the series.
The game carries on the 3v3 tag-team formula with assists, just like New Age of Heroes had.
Colorful and stunning graphics, including the art style which is influenced by comic books, which is appropriate, considering that Marvel is (mostly) a comic book company.
The music is very catchy, especially the character select theme, the credits theme, the victory theme, and the return of the I wanna take you for a ride song from Marvel vs. Capcom 2.
Awesome newcomers that have debuted as playable characters in a Marvel vs. Capcom game, such as Deadpool, Thor, and Phoenix from the Marvel side, as well as Dante, Albert Wesker, and Amaterasu from the Capcom side.
Tight and fluid controls.
Certain characters from a Marvel comic or a Capcom game make cameo appearances in characters' endings, such as Ghost Rider (who would later be playable in the Ultimate) in Dante's ending.
Galactus is an epic final boss.
Great cast of voice actors including Steve Blum as Wolverine and Kyle Hebert as Ryu.
What also makes this interesting is the fact that the Marvel characters have actors like Tara Strong, Tom Kane, and Nolan North who mosty do western animation due to being an American while the Capcom characters are voiced by actors like Michelle Ruff and Sam Riegel who mosty voice characters in anime due to being a Japanese company.
Plus, The Marvel characters only have English voices while the Capcom characters have both English and Japanese voices.
Whenever you pit a character against another, he/she will have a unique pre-fight and post-fight dialogue (and sometimes special quotes during the results), and the other character will often do the same.
New mechanics such as Team Aerial Combos and the way to block them.
Characters will call each other's name when tagging out. Plus, sometimes one character will nickname his/her partner when calling them out.
Beautiful credit scene and montage of characters in it, along with the music playing during the credits.
Each character has a battle theme, and most of them are pretty fun to listen to, especially Deadpool's theme.
The battle stages are lively and represent the Marvel universe and the Capcom universe.
More newcomers like Ghost Rider, Vergil, Phoenix Wright, and Hawkeye were added as new playable characters.
Additionally, after being absent from the original version, Strider Hiryu returns in this game's roster.
There is a mode where you can play as Galactus, the final boss of this game!
There is also a new mode called "Heroes vs. Heralds" where you select a team on the Heroes side or the Heralds side, and enhance your characters' abilities by adding cards to them.
New moves were added to the characters, including Wolverine's "Swiss Cheese" combo.
The gameplay is more balanced than the vanilla.
Two new alternate colors were added to the characters.
Unlike the original, every single character (with the exception of Magneto) has a DLC alternate costume.
Due to the inclusion of new characters in this version, more special conversations have been added.
More stages have been added to the re-release, those being altered versions of the stages from the vanilla version.
While the gameplay is solid and fun, it's also poorly balanced, especially when you use X-Factor.
Some of the iconic characters from the previous installments like M. Bison, Thanos, Venom, and, worst of all, Mega Man are not in this game.
And what makes matters worse is that Mega Man, despite being one of Capcom's most beloved characters, is stillnot included in the re-release.
There's barely any offline content besides the "usual" modes in a fighting game like Arcade, VS. Mode, and Trial Mode.
Some of the newcomers of the game are very odd choices like Nathan Rad Spencer, based on his design from the infamous Bionic Commando game from 2009.
The cover art of the game is really ugly.
Only six playable characters (those being Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Ryu, Chris Redfield, and Dante) have DLC costumes while the rest don't have any. This was averted in Ultimate where every single character, except Magneto, has a DLC Costume.
Shuma-Gorath and Jill Valentine were announced as DLC characters before the game even came out.
The flashiness of the game can cause seizures to the players.
There is even a disclaimer before the game starts warning players about this.
The Ultimate version came out nine months after its original counterpart did in the same year, rendering the vanilla version immediately obsolete and alienating those who'd already bought it.
When it first came out, it didn't include any of the DLC, not even Shuma-Gorath or Jill Valentine, and you had to re-buy them unless you already did in the original version and carried them over to Ultimate. However, all of the DLC is included for free in the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC ports.
While nice to listen to, the music is inferior to the one in the original version.
The Marvel characters get 3 or 4 (or sometimes more) new special conversations, while each Capcom character only gets one.
Too many of the Marvel characters added to Ultimate have endings where they form teams of characters from Capcom games or other Marvel characters, with the exception of Rocket Raccoon.
The Ancient Warriors Costume Pack containing Hulk, Magneto (no longer part of the pack), Arthur, and Firebrand was delayed to March 2012, because of Magneto's controversial House of M outfit, which bore a heavy resemblance to King Juan Carlos, president of Spain.
However, there was another way of getting that costume, and that was a glitch where you had to go through a series of complicated steps of accessing any of the characters' DLC outfits for free, including Magneto's House of M costume. That glitch was later patched out and removed, rending Magneto's costume completely inaccessible.
The game, along with all of its DLC, was delisted from PlayStation Network and Xbox Live on the PS3 and Xbox 360 respectively in December 2013. This is likely due to Capcom's license with Marvel expired, and Disney's ownership of the latter company.
In late 2016, that license was renewed when Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite and the 8th gen remaster of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 were announced. Though, Marvel Infinite was a commercial failure, and effectively killed the franchise.
Though not as big as Guile's Theme or Rules of Nature, the battle theme of M.O.D.O.K. became another "Goes With Everything" meme.