Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Review (PlayStation Vita)

Capcom brings one of its key brawlers to the PlayStation Vita, completely intact.

Along with regular match-ups, you can take on opponents through local Wi-Fi match-ups, or hop online and see what the world has to offer.  While there are slight moments of lag, the fighting for the most part holds up significantly, and you’ll pull off combos without missing a beat.

The visuals in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 are outstanding.  The game moves fluidly at 60 frames per second, and the super combos glare across the screen with a sense of wonder, especially Ghost Rider, who unleashes his “look into my eyes” shtick and fries his opponent instantaneously.  The action is fun to watch too, if you’re waiting for a turn on the system.  The audio consists of simple voice samples (Phoenix Wright is hilarious) and great background music, some of which will be pure nostalgia to Capcom fans.

Though there are some things that make the game too simple and the DLC isn’t included in the game itself, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is a game that happily justifies the return of the handheld fighting gaming scene.  It’s a welcome addition to the PlayStation Vita, and it paves the way for better games to come, particularly Street Fighter x Tekken, set to make its debut this fall.