As both a meme and inside joke amongst fighting game fans, one question has always lingered for years. When’s Marvel? But now Capcom has finally provided a solid answer to that question, as well as a whole bunch of interesting additions to their beloved Versus series with the next iteration of Marvel vs. Capcom. During E3 2017, I was able to get hands-on time with Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite at the Capcom booth and see how much hype the fourth game of the series will be bringing to fighting game fans on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
During my time playing the game, I was able to play with two characters from the radically different roster of Marvel superheroes and Capcom gaming icons. Of the 21 characters that were available in the demo on display during E3 2017, I opted for playing with newcomers Captain Marvel and Mega Man X. Unlike previous games in the Marvel vs. Capcom series, there will be many new faces this time around.
If you were tired seeing the same types of characters used in tournament matches, then you’ll be happy to see a whole bunch of new faces. Though some of their moves are inspired by things we’ve seen in the past, most of the attacks and moves for each character
Another big change for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is the format of the fights. No longer 3 vs. 3 battles, the game returns to the series roots of 2 vs. 2 combat, where assisting each other in combos and special moves becomes more focused rather than chaotic. Teaming up for attacks has always been a marquee part of the series, and Infinite is no exception.
While firing my Mega Buster with Mega Man X, I would constantly look for chances to use Captain Marvel’s assist to stagger opponents and continue my combo. The excitement and flashy nature of special moves is still there, but you’ll be seeing characters switched in and out of the fight more often as main fighters.
The most interesting addition to Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite was the implementation of the Infinity Gems. Marvel fans know very well that the Infinity Gems have a variety of abilities and powers that make them coveted items in the Marvel Universe. Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite implements the gems into the fighting by allowing you to select an Infinity ability before the start of the match.
Depending on which gem you select, you can power up your characters abilities or hinder your opponent with varying effects during a fight. These abilities are further enhanced when you fill up the Infinity meter, which is similar to the X-Factor from the previous game. The gem abilities can become a major factor to the changing momentum of matches, sometimes even saving you from very bad situations during a match.
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite looks and plays very well. The character lineup is interesting and the fighting is still intense. My time with the game during E3 2017 gave me a positive outlook on what to expect by the time it releases on September 19, 2017.
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