Marvel vs Capcom has always been this over the top fighting game where chaining combos, pulling off special moves and juggling your opponent for a long time has been a piece of cake. This made the original (1999) Marvel vs Capcom great for those that were new to fighting games and wanted to button mash in an era where Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat needed skill and complex button combos over button mashing. However, today we have games like Injustice 2, Mortal Kombat X, Killer Instinct and more making fighting games more accessible for newcomers by dumbing down some of the combos and including some over the top special moves that can be activated by pulling down the two triggers of the controller. The special moves have been executed well in Injustice 2 with slick animation and brutal effects. With so many options at your disposal to enjoy a fighting game, Marvel vs Capcom Infinite doesn’t necessarily stand out as the over-the-top fighting game it once was. But its gameplay is still strong, making it a great game for fans and newcomers alike. It isn’t perfect though.
Marvel vs Capcom Infinite – The Roster
Kicking things off with the roster, you have 30 fighters at your disposal and a big disappointment from the get-go is that the X-Men are missing. Characters like Wolverine and Cyclops were my favourites and not having them on the roster is a big bummer. Also, no Deadpool! However, there are a bunch of new faces in the game but they aren’t enough to supplement the loss of the X-Men. The roster of 30 characters includes Black Panther, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, Dormammu, Gamora, Ghost Rider, Hawkeye, Hulk, Rocket Raccoon, Spider-Man, Thanos, Spencer, Ryu, Strider, and many more.
A big change in Marvel vs Capcom Infinite is the introduction of the Infinity Stones, which include Space, Time, Mind, Reality, Soul and Power. At the beginning of each match, you can choose two characters and one Infinity stone. Each stone has an Infinity Surge ability, which functions as a special move in battle. Each stone brings its unique ability which means that apart from the standard slew of combos, you have an additional 6 special moves (one for each stone) in your arsenal during battle. This adds a refreshing pace to the gameplay when compared to games like Injustice 2 where you have just one special move per character.
Marvel vs Capcom – The Combat
Coming to combat, it’s quite easy to get the hang of and once you get used to pulling off combos, you can juggle your opponents in the air for a long time before letting them hit the ground. Add to it the fact that you can call your second selected character at any time to aid in combat and you are essentially a badass for a good 15 to 20 seconds before your opponent has a chance to realise what hit him.
For beginners, you can keep mashing the light attack button to get the basic combos and that should keep you going through the story mode with ease.
Marvel vs Capcom – The Story
Speaking of the story, it tries to justify the existence of the Marvel and Capcom Universe under one roof and is easily forgettable. The story acts as a threat stitching one fighting match to the next and it’s the weakest element of the game. During the cutscenes in the story mode you see the characters interact with each other and apart from the cheesy voice acting, the character expressions and animations are rather stiff. But all this takes a back seat when you get into the two on two battles.
Stiff animations aside, the game is filled with comic book colours all over the place, especially when the fights begin. When you pull off Iron Man’s special move, the entire map is filled with a bright yellow ray of his attack and the background becomes a blurry mix of red and yellow. It adds vibrancy to the gameplay. Add to it the fact that each Infinity stone brings its respective colour scheme when executed and you have one trippy colour filled game.
When it comes to story and cutscene execution, games like Mortal Kombat X and Injustice 2 are better than Marvel Vs Capcom Infinite. However, when it comes to gameplay and the execution of special moves, Marvel Vs Capcom brings some refreshing changes to the board. Mashing one button to get through the game is fine for newbies and the depth of combos for experienced players is fun to explore. Add to it the fact that each Infinity stone brings something unique to the table and you have more than 10 different special move executions with the same two players you have selected thanks to the 6 infinity stones.
Local multiplayer is a lot of fun and the game is perfect for a party night. The cheesy voice acting and odd animations are distracting but not enough to take you away from the core gameplay.
Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Price: PS4 & Xbox One: Rs 3999. PC: Rs. 2499
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Sameer "Psycho Mantis" Mitha
I live for gaming and technology is my muse. When I am not busy playing with gadgets or video games I delve into the world of fantasy novels.