- Publisher: Capcom
- Developer: Capcom
- ESRB Rating: “T" for Teen
- Genre: Fighting
- Pros: New characters; smart balance changes; great gameplay; nice visuals; spectator mode
- Cons: Release only 9 months after MVC3
Capcom is kind of notorious for producing re-releases and "Super" versions of its games, much to the dismay of early adopters of the original release of the title in question who feel a bit left out in the cold. It has to be said, though, that Capcom didn't plan on releasing a new MvC3 version so soon after release. Most of the additions found in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 were originally planned to be released as DLC for the core game, but the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan changed all of that. The schedule had to be drastically changed and it was decided a new retail release was a better plan.
As much as it does sting that a new MvC3 is already out in the same calendar year as the vanilla version, Ultimate MvC3 isn't a quick and dirty cash in. It has a lot of new stuff - 12 new characters to bring the total to 50, new stages, balancing changes, X-Factor changes, and a new HUD plus a bunch of stuff under the hood all in addition to everything from the great original game we already gave a 9/10 to earlier this year. And you get all of this for $40. That seems pretty fair to us.
The Ultimate version of the game is re-balanced with characters getting different moves, damage slightly altered a bit for existing moves, and character HP and other factors have been adjusted to make the character roster more balanced. The X-Factor has also been changed so that it is the same for all characters instead of granting different damage modifiers to different characters. The result is a game that will definitely still have tiers and still have some characters and teams a little better than others (assuming you actually know how to use them) but everything will be a little closer and better balanced than the original release. Which is a good thing.
Another nice change in UMvC3 is that it actually has a spectator mode for online play this time around. Instead of just sitting around the lobby and watching health bars slowly deplete, you actually get to watch the players fight. A big improvement over the original.