Generally favorable reviews - based on 56 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 56
  2. Negative: 0 out of 56
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  1. Feb 19, 2011
    MvC3 is the same crazy, over-the-top fighting game that fans loved back in 2000, just with a fresh control scheme and a new coat of 3D, hi-res paint. Fighting game fans will fall in love with the "easy to play, hard to master" format.
  2. Feb 14, 2011
    Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is the best fighting game that I have ever played... and I have played a LOT of fighting games in my gaming life. The character rosters is diverse, the gameplay is frantic yet deep, and the game offers you a wide variety of modes that keep you coming back for more. Move over MvC2, there is a new king in town.
  3. Feb 21, 2011
    Far more than just a fun novelty. It's backed by a pure, serious fighting game engine and it manages to deliver on all levels. It's fun, approachable by the novice, works with any number of players from solo through online to a local party environment and has incredible depth.
  4. Feb 16, 2011
    It is next to impossible not to recommend this game to anyone who is a fan of either of these two brands, as you will most assuredly find a fighter that suits your play style. Aside from the lack of spectator mode and redundant characters that made the final roster, I have nothing negative to say about this game.
  5. Feb 23, 2011
    Definitely go out and buy this game now because there is a new fighter in town.
  6. Feb 14, 2011
    Small gripes aside, you shouldn't miss Marvel vs. Capcom 3 if you have even a passing interest in Capcom, Marvel, the fighting genre, or good games. This pugilistic prize mimics the polished, accessible reinvention of Street Fighter IV, forming another strong leg for the resurrected fighting genre to stand on.
  7. Feb 14, 2011
    The possibilities are endless, and you'll experience something new in every match you play. Try to leave your preconceived notions about what this game should be at the door, pick it up, and just have fun because that's what this game is all about.
  8. Mar 27, 2011
    For those having a hard time comprehending today's fighters, MvC3 is there for you. Meanwhile, veterans can definitely say that this title hits the spot.
  9. Mar 25, 2011
    Frankly if you're a fighting game fan you're doing yourself a disservice by not playing this excellent title.
  10. Mar 1, 2011
    Hands down a must own title for fans of the series. Even if you only have a passing interest in the genre, this is a game that you shouldn't miss out on.
  11. Feb 28, 2011
    MvC 3 delivers pretty much exactly what I would've expected a modern-day MvC to be - crazy gameplay, fantastic controls, a lot of roster variety and depth, and jaw-dropping graphics. The only area it underperforms in is the online play, which is still a little too laggy even with the patch and its barren online mode selection doesn't do the game justice. Everything else is pretty much fantastic though, and that sole black mark isn't big enough to dissuade me from giving this a high recommendation.
  12. 90
    Combine the depth of gameplay that will be examined for years, the gorgeous attention to character animation, and the inclusion of Simple Mode, and you have a game that's easy to recommend for anyone with a PlayStation 3.
  13. Feb 23, 2011
    One of the best fighting games you can buy right now. MvsC3 is very solid and a great opportunity to dive into 2D fighters.
  14. Feb 18, 2011
    Fighting with the iconic Marvel and Capcom characters is a fun experience for experts and players who are new to the genre. There could be more stages, though.
  15. Feb 16, 2011
    Pretty much exactly how I expected it - epileptic, frantic fun. Sure, it has a few balancing issues (Sentinel) and it might be a little too frantic at times, but at its core it's a great fighter for those who don't have the patience to learn SSFIV's endless move lists.
  16. Feb 15, 2011
    It's still a wonderful, hugely fun game, because the fan service and foundation of its 3-on-3 fighting action is very sound.
  17. Feb 15, 2011
    Marvel vs Capcom 3 is not a game, it's a nuclear rainbow explosion on steroids. There's nothing as crazy, fast and spectacular as it in the fighting genre right now. The gameplay is sure to appeal to both casual gamers and experts, and it's even more balanced than we expected. So much that it might even conquer a niche in the competitive tournaments, and that's definitely saying a lot for a Marvel vs Capcom title. Maybe it will never have the great balancing of games like Blazblue or Street Fighter IV, but it's an exhilarating beat em up that anyone should try, and that's more than enough to make it a masterpiece.
  18. Games Master UK
    Feb 14, 2011
    Awesome overload. Sometimes too much for the human brain to cope with. [Mar 2011, p.76]
  19. Feb 14, 2011
    With spectacular comic book presentation, some of the most chaotic action in any game ever and sufficient technical depth to keep even ultra hardcore fight fans happy, this is the impossible - a worthy successor to Marvel vs Capcom 2.
  20. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    Feb 10, 2011
    MvC2 fans may be bitter about some of the changes, but in the end, the joy of watching our favorite characters beat the crap out of each other will always win out. [March 2011, p.70]
  21. Play UK
    Feb 20, 2011
    It's fast, frantic, fun, furious and flipping well other things that begin with f. Even so, it's a shame that Capcom didn't push the boat out with extra modes, stages or characters. [Issue#202, p.80]
  22. Feb 14, 2011
    Highly recommended for 2D fighting fans, a must-have for those who enjoyed the previous game, an excellent chance to return to a genre for those who left it years ago, and also a good option for many to discover a new style of game, through a charming roster of characters.
  23. Feb 23, 2011
    The Capcom and Marvel characters are combined in this fighting game, were you have to fight against two evil persons that want to combine the two worlds. The story isn't really interesting, but the gameplay on the otherhand is. This is a great fighting game with very good gameplay and a fine graphical style. After ten years this third part is really great!
  24. Feb 18, 2011
    While it might not be the ultimate game we wanted, Capcom has stepped it up and provided a well made, solid fighter with some of favourite heroes clashing in an epic battle.
  25. Feb 14, 2011
    This game is pure spectacle. No fan of the Marvel vs Capcom series should miss this game.
  26. Apr 4, 2011
    All in all, MVC 3 is a highly enjoyable game with plenty of replay value. While some Capcom characters are noticeably absent from this title, the ones you do get to play with are a blast and only enhance the Marvel vs. Capcom experience.
  27. Mar 25, 2011
    Whilst there may not be a huge amount of content available in MvC3, it doesn't seem to suffer too badly for it. There's still a lot to the game, such as learning to play each and every character to perfection, or if that's not you thing, then sticking the game on very easy along with the simple control system and just enjoying the amazing and impressive animation and artwork on offer.
  28. Mar 3, 2011
    A rich, fast-paced and suitable-for-all-tastes fighter from Capcom. Not as hardcore and well-crafted as Super Street Fighter IV, but highly enjoyable nonetheless.
  29. Feb 27, 2011
    Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds is definitely not just another fighting game. It's one of the most advanced games you can get so just go ahead and buy it.
  30. Feb 24, 2011
    There's a lot about Marvel vs Capcom 3 that's disappointing, but in the end there's too much in here that's good to make me really want to be really hard on it.
  31. 85
    An over-the-top brawler with a surprisingly deep combat system. Fans of both brands will love the new characters, but the lack of overall content keeps it from being a complete K.O.
  32. Feb 16, 2011
    Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds is a solid fighting game that's easy to pick up. The redesigned controls and gameplay mechanics mean that pretty much anyone can jump in, but the game could do a better job in teaching some of its more advanced mechanics to newcomers.
  33. Feb 14, 2011
    Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is a blast to play, despite losing some of the high-level intricacies found in its predecessor. It's an exceptional synthesis of cohesion and chaos, and shows real improvement over its predecessor.
  34. Feb 14, 2011
    It's a minor miracle that Capcom has managed to keep each and every entry character true to their various source materials.
  35. Feb 14, 2011
    Exactly what beat-em-up purists have been crying out for. It's not revolutionary by any means but a huge victory for the fighting game genre nonetheless.
  36. Feb 14, 2011
    The balance and depth in the game is astonishing, and even the odd characters have their distinct charms...What's really a shame here is that the developer didn't manage to find a way to supplement the core experience with extras that would extend the life of the game by adding some variety to the package.
  37. May 24, 2011
    The fluid and intuitive controls in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 feel great. The graphic effects and the versus mode are truly great too. A wonderful game.
  38. Feb 16, 2011
    The arcade mode is very short, and the lack of substantial unlockables makes this one a bit of a bummer in terms of play value. Still, you'll at least have fun both online and offline with the new battle system.
  39. Feb 22, 2011
    Right now though, I'm enjoying the hell out of this game, I think you will too. Even if you're not the world's biggest fighting game fan, which I surely am not, there's a whole lot of spectacle to take in with Marvel vs. Capcom 3, which makes it damn fun to watch if not play.
  40. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Mar 17, 2011
    What you have is a game that feels like it only has 85 per cent of its content, and a few fighters are horrendously overpowered or have spam-tastic attacks – Phoenix and Sentinel are prime offenders. However, if it was a choice between something that looks and plays as well as this, or had tonnes in it but felt as rough as a $3 steak, we know which one we'd pick. And it looks like we got it. [Apr 2011, p78]
  41. Mar 6, 2011
    While severely lacking in some features that really should've been there and being a little unfriendly to newcomers, Marvel vs Capcom 3 is a fun, deep and unique fighter full of visual flair and satisfying combat.
  42. Mar 2, 2011
    As far as superhero showdowns go, you simply won't find anything more spectacular than Marvel Vs Capcom 3.
  43. Mar 1, 2011
    An explosion of colours and cool combos and at the same time a great depth, smooth controls and even a great fighting game for beginners.
  44. Feb 23, 2011
    It's a gorgeous fighter with vast depth, but it slightly lacks the tightness and coherence that made Street Fighter 4 such an instant classic.
  45. Feb 22, 2011
    Marvel and Capcom unleashes all their heroes and villains for another round of bone-crushing fighting. It might not be the most balanced game ever, but it makes up for it with pure entertainment.
  46. Feb 18, 2011
    Like its predecessors, Marvel vs Capcom 3 is a game that's largely about having fun with one of the best crossover casts in existence. There's plenty on offer to keep the hardcore fanatic entertained and does more then enough to satisfy such long harboured pleas and demands. But at the same time the concessions and general insanity should keep even those who don't know the difference between a Crossover Assist and a Crossover Counter mashing buttons and generally having a good time.
  47. Feb 17, 2011
    Fate of Two Worlds is certainly entertaining. It doesn't matter if you have graduated from the traditional Street Fighter-school or if you don't know the difference between a Hadoken and a Dragon Punch. This game has over-the-top action and a low difficulty so that everyone can get enjoyment from this. However, it comes at the cost of balance between characters.
  48. Feb 16, 2011
    But if you've ever had an inkling of interest in Capcom's previous attempts but found them too impenetrable, MvC3 is probably your best bet at finally cracking that code and getting some enjoyment out of all this crossover madness. Just make sure you've got some like-minded, similarly skilled opposition to take on, or else it's going to get messy and decidedly unfun.
  49. Feb 14, 2011
    Marvel Vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds is a great fighting game, but this time Capcom has made a couple of bad mistakes. The lack of a basic tutorial for new players and some issues with the online (no connection quality bar and no spectator mode) ruin the online experience. This game is great, but needs some fixes with a couple of patches.
  50. Feb 12, 2011
    A fanboy production through and through. As a straight-up fighter it has depths both visible and invisible. But it feels without focus: there's so much going on that there's no core, nothing for anyone below expert level to latch on to. All the best moves are here, but where's the heart? [Mar 2011, p.84]
  51. Mar 7, 2011
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
  52. Feb 16, 2011
    Its approachable, eye-catching flair matches most of the hype and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, though veterans may feel slighted by the simplified control scheme.
  53. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Apr 6, 2011
    Whacking frantic battle frenzy in which you can build yourself against the computer and comic book heroes. Fun guaranteed only in multiplayer mode! [Mar 2011]
  54. Edge Magazine
    Feb 26, 2011
    There's a great deal of satisfaction in finding the right combination of fighters and feeling the curve of a battle until you hit the tagging sweet spot. [Mar 2011, p.88]
  55. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Feb 22, 2011
    Satisfying in parts in a way that only kicking a supernatural wolf can be, but it doesn't quite recreate the satisfying ebb and flow of other beat-'em-ups. [Spring 2011, p.106]
  56. Feb 16, 2011
    MvC3 tends to emphasize flash over substance... and that's totally cool, for some folks, as MvC3 is going to divide the fighting game audience, including series faithful. Some will like that it's more accessible (if a bit stripped down), while others will decry the dumbing-down of their favorite series and its lack of arcade sauce.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 150 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 37
  2. Negative: 1 out of 37
  1. Feb 25, 2011
    This is a great game. The graphics are good sound us cool too (and includes remixes of 'wanna take you for a ride from mvc2). The charactersThis is a great game. The graphics are good sound us cool too (and includes remixes of 'wanna take you for a ride from mvc2). The characters are great and I think it was a good idea of using more unknown characters instead of bog standard marvel and capcom ones (e.g has zero instead of megaman). My only problem is that dlc characters have already been announced 2 months before the games release meaning they could have easily been fitted into the game ( and the game already has 20 less characters then mvc2). But that's just capcom being greedy and shouldn't put people of buying the game. Overall a excellent game! Full Review »
  2. Feb 15, 2011
    Attention all: Disregard weege's review, unless you never play fighting games, as he clearly has no idea what he's talking about. If you optAttention all: Disregard weege's review, unless you never play fighting games, as he clearly has no idea what he's talking about. If you opt to use the one button simple control scheme, you will get slaughtered by anyone who is even decent at the game--I repeat SLAUGHTERED. The one button control scheme is aimed at folks who just want to mash around with friends and who do not get into fighting games that much. Anyone who plays fighting games moderately, and especially high-level players would annihilate anyone using this watered down control scheme.

    Anyway, the game has great visuals, great roster (in my opinion), and the additions and tweaks to the fighting engine make for an quickly engaging, yet deep fighting experience. Sure, it can get crazy, and button mashers may frustrate you the first couple of matches, but just a small amount of time in practice mode will give you the upper hand and you can dismantle such strategies. This is a great follow up to one of the best 2D fighting games of all time--if you are a fan of the series it is a must buy. If you are a huge fighting game fan, it is a must buy. For casual fighting game fans, I strongly recommend it. Anyone else may want to rent/gamefly or play at your local game store before making the purchase.
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  3. Feb 23, 2011
    MvsC3 is a very bright and brash, slick, fast and even simplified to a degree its appeal is more online than the single player offline mode.MvsC3 is a very bright and brash, slick, fast and even simplified to a degree its appeal is more online than the single player offline mode. That's not to say you should not bother with the single player though Capcom have worked hard to made the AI more challenging on the hardest difficulty, usually on the hardest he game is still relatively easy and un challenging but not this time round, bravo Capcom a more challenging experience awaits. The single player also has missions for all the characters much like the ones found in the SSF4 series, enough to keep you busy for a couple of hours with some devious timings required for some of the tougher missions. Online is an interesting affair once you understand how to start a game the gameplay online works well but be warned if the opponent or yourself has a poor connection the lag is terrible, when characters are at a distance all seems well but get in close and the lag kicks in making it practically unplayable which leaves Capcom something to work on. Cacpom has worked hard to try to bring more people to the series with simplified controls and moves with one button commands allowing even the most ham fisted player a chance to look good,, overall Capcom has made a great game here and the only real competition it will have is its previous outing MvsC2 this is definitely a worthy purchase for any 2D beat em-up fan. Full Review »