E3 2017: Marvel Vs. Capcom Infinite Feels Like a Retread of UMvC3

I only spent a short time with Marvel Vs. Capcom Infinite, but my brief hands-on demo left me worried.

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With E3 finally upon us, I got hands on with Marvel vs Capcom Infinite, one of the most anticipated fighting games of the year. After a short play session, I came away with several concerns.

On the surface, the animations for all the fighters appear identical to Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3. Punches, kicks, and jumps for returning characters mirror their UMCV3 counterparts. I got to see four super moves, and some of those seemed to be recycled as well. Rocket Racoon, Captain America, and Dante have identical super moves from UMVC3. Even the battle cries that accompany their super moves sounded familiar. Either the voiceovers were pulled directly from UMCV3 or the talent did a phenomenal job of mimicking the same exact tone, pitch and timing.

Next was the art design. At first I liked it, but most of the Marvel Characters look like they were ripped directly from the Marvel Contest Of Champions mobile game. YouTuber Maxamillion has put together a compelling case that Infinite reused animations from UMVC3 in Contest. I would expect this from smaller studios, but for a publisher with Capcom's prestige, it's less justifiable.

Infinite's gameplay fell flat with me as well. The game plays like a simplified MvC3, with lots of juggle combos and assists. While fun, matches felt too simple, almost as if Capcom believed UMVC3 to be too complex and in-need of streamlined mechanics. Admittedly, I only spent a short time with Marvel Vs. Capcom Infinite, but my brief hands-on demo with concerns left me worried. Fortunately, the game has a long way to go, and these things may change.

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    June 15, 2017 8:06 PM

    Greg Burke posted a new article, E3 2017: Marvel Vs. Capcom Infinite Feels Like a Retread of UMvC3

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      June 15, 2017 9:44 PM

      After seeing what ArcSys is doing with DBZ, MVCI is merely an afterthought especially after seeing MVCI in action and it's just the MVC3 graphics engine with a bit of polish on it.

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        June 15, 2017 10:51 PM

        They just swapped out the models with the mobile game ones. LAZY.

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          June 15, 2017 11:09 PM

          Also no Viewtiful Joe? That saddens me greatly.

          Also seeing as how this is suppose to be a MCU roster they still kept Richard Rider along as James Gunn has stated Rider won't ever appear in the GotG movies.

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            June 15, 2017 11:22 PM

            Games dark to. What happened to all the color?

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            June 16, 2017 1:16 PM

            It's not all MCU, definitely a lot of it though. Hawkeye is definitely using his animated costume as default, etc.