Generally favorable reviews - based on 48 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 48
  2. Negative: 0 out of 48
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  1. Feb 13, 2012
    If you're a fighting fan with a new Vita, this game is pretty much everything you could hope for right now.
  2. Feb 24, 2012
    A mobile beat-em-up never looked so good. Unfortunately the Vita fighters don't get the same expansive content package that made the stationary version so exceptional.
  3. Mar 22, 2012
    If the idea of pitting two incredibly strong universes of characters together in an ultimate battle doesn't excite you then the promise of fast paced action gameplay and stunning visuals should draw you in. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is perfectly represented on the Vita and having a portable fighter is always good to have because it is something you can easily drop in and drop out of. With great online and a stellar arcade mode at your fingertips (almost literally) UMVC3 is a game well worth the money for any Vita owner.
  4. Mar 2, 2012
    If you already own Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 on a console, the Vita version is going to be hard to recommend unless you are a super fan of the game and want to take that same experience on the go. For people who haven't touched the game and have just picked up a brand spanking new Vita, ask yourself this – are you looking for a console experience and/or a great fighting game to play? If so, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is highly recommended. Its move from home consoles to the handheld device is a near perfect one, and Capcom throws in extras for good measures. Let's get ready to fight!
  5. Feb 13, 2012
    If you're a fighting game enthusiast who enjoyed the console version Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and have dreamed about being able to take it anywhere, this game is a dream come true.
  6. Mar 8, 2012
    This is a complete and very nicely done port of a really great fighting game.
  7. Feb 18, 2012
    Still a stellar fighting game, but if you already have it on a console, there's no point in picking it up again.
  8. Feb 22, 2012
    This great brawler captivates you with fine graphics, excellent playability and an awesome selection of fighters. (…) That´s just the way we want our portable titles to be. Well done, Capcom!
  9. Feb 22, 2012
    The Vita version of Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 is really impressive. The graphics are as sharp and stunning as the one in the original version of this crazy fighting game. The new touch mechanics are kind of useless, though, but the final experience is still very good.
  10. Feb 21, 2012
    If you missed the the PS3 version and Xbox 360, it's time to buy Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Graphically amazing and with a wonderful gameplay, it will satisfy all lovers of the genre.
  11. Feb 13, 2012
    Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is best suited for two types of Vita users – those obsessed with the series who can't tolerate having it out of arms reach, or anyone looking for a good fighter who hasn't played it yet. If you've even spent a single night with Capcom's comic crossover, you've already experienced everything the old workhorse has to offer.
  12. Mar 2, 2012
    Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is an impressive showcase for the Vita. Its sharp colors pop off the screen, and it controls better than ever thanks to the system's d-pad. If you love the game, or the series in general, this is a must-buy and delivers the goods in every way. However, if you've already got a console version, you might want to wait for a price drop since this is presently priced the same and can't be played on the big screen.
  13. Feb 28, 2012
    A port that is almost identical to the home versions. Pretty, comprehensive, its only real shortcoming is some really long loading times.
  14. Mar 14, 2012
    All of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3's beloved 3-on-3 tag-team action makes the transition to the Vita, and the game truly looks and plays just like its console brethren.
  15. Apr 9, 2012
    The graphics are on par with the home consoles, the same goes for the content, and PS3 users can have some interesting interaction if they have both versions of the game. All in all, a great addition to Vita's library.
  16. 80
    If this is the quality expected of future fighting games, then the PS Vita is proving a heavyweight contender for the genre on the move.
  17. Games Master UK
    Mar 14, 2012
    Very few '2D' fighters are this fun regardless of skill. [Apr 2012, p.96]
  18. Apr 1, 2012
    An excellent port of console fighting game hiding behind its jaunty good-looking graphics an entertaining fighting-system, a great number of playable characters and mainly its fine worked-out online/local multiplayer.
  19. Feb 24, 2012
    Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 makes a smooth transition to the PlayStation Vita, keeping its fast-paced combat intact and adding some new features.
  20. Feb 23, 2012
    Online play holds up admirably to the lobby features and netcode standards of the original, and dedicated pad players should find little trouble adjusting their links, loops, and launchers to the Vita's crisp controls.
  21. Feb 21, 2012
    I'll admit it might be a tough pill to swallow in regards to picking up this game for a third time, but having it in a portable form that's nearly identical to the home console versions is certainly a pretty big plus. Ideally this is for the hardcore fan, or the person who held off buying Ultimate the first time around because they didn't want another version of the game 9 months after the last one released. If you fall into either of these camps, then you should definitely pick this one up. I don't think there's enough here to really blow away any casual fan, but it's certainly worth a look and right up there with BlazBlue as a pretty awesome launch title for fighting game fans.
  22. Apr 11, 2012
    If you seek a Fighting-Game fort the PS Vita, you will find the best one in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
  23. Feb 13, 2012
    A fast-paced, well playing fighter that makes few concessions on the Vita. While the game's modes are pretty sparse and the new touch mode is a dud, there's still a lot to be excited about if you're a fighting fan with a brand new Vita.
  24. Mar 5, 2012
    In the end, if you're looking for a fighting game for your brand new console, than Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is quite an engaging game that offers a considerable amount of replay value.
  25. Feb 21, 2012
    A great port from the console versions. All the original characters and modes are there. And with the ability to challenge other players online and offline, gives it an even greater replay value.
  26. Feb 16, 2012
    Capcom has come to PSVita UMVC3 well. The game is almost as large and deep as the major versions, and just as fun. Sony's new console comes with a good fighting game with this crossover.
  27. Feb 15, 2012
    An excellent port of Capcom's gloriously insane crossover fighter. It may not have the depth of Street Fighter but in the short term at least it's just as entertaining.
  28. Feb 13, 2012
    A solid fighter, especially if you missed it last year. There was potential to make this the definitive version, but as it stands, it's another quality title for Sony's monster machine, and a worthwhile pick-up you should play.
  29. Feb 16, 2012
    Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 is just like the console version, but thanks to the stunning screen of Vita it is also more beautiful. The touch functions definitely work but could make the complex combat system too easy and unbalanced.
  30. Feb 28, 2012
    If you like the over-the-top, extreme nature of this series (and it's not for everyone; the pocket-protector variant of the fighting fan will probably not like it as much as the rest of us), you are going to love every ultra intense moment.
  31. Official PlayStation Magazine Benelux
    Mar 4, 2012
    Except for a few missing background animations, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 on the Vita is an exact copy of its bigger brother on the PS3. A technical marvel if you ask us, since Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 isn't known for its static gameplay. [March 2012, p.59]
  32. Feb 16, 2012
    This is the choice for those wanting a relaxing, satisfying time, while Blazblue should be the choice for those looking to learn and hone their craft.
  33. 80
    It's fun, it's got appeal to comic book fans, it's got appeal to game fans far beyond the limits of Street Fighter, the online play is well put together, and the game constantly looks and sounds great.
  34. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Apr 11, 2012
    [I]t's the Vita-specific features that may well entice new players to the otherwise hardcore fighting series. The lower difficulty settings actually let you dominate in fights on the easy setting (and there's 'very easy', too), unlike easy on Street Fighter IV, while a wholly touchscreen fighting mode lets you finger your enemies to death. It's not the best way to play the game, but it means that even the greenest newbie can win a fight without having to remember increasingly complex combat commands. [April 2012, p77]
  35. The impact of the visuals on Vita are impressive enough, but together with a solid control set and at least an attempt to include new features make this easy to recommend.
  36. PSM3 Magazine UK
    Feb 14, 2012
    An impressive port that will satisfy seasoned fighters, though it concedes to newbies in the worst way possible. [March 2012, p.92]
  37. Mar 28, 2012
    Anyone looking to get into the fighting genre would fare well here: it's not too technical at first, but offers enough gameplay and modes to turn you into a combo-mashing pro while keeping you entertained.
  38. Feb 21, 2012
    Get ready for 10 more years of nonsense and trickery. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 truly showcases the Vita's power, packing every last mode and feature from the PS3 version into the palm of your hand. No rookie or veteran fight fan should miss it.
  39. Feb 13, 2012
    A great start for the fighting genre in PSVita and an excellent port of the original PS3 game from last November. It includes an easily forgettable touch mode, but its gameplay is great, its traditional controls are splendid and it offers lots of characters, although falls short in gameplay modes for one player.
  40. Feb 27, 2012
    This Vita version of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 plays and looks just as great as its console-brothers. It does not add anything other than a horrible touch-mode, however.
  41. Mar 2, 2012
    Even if you think the double dipping of Ultimate was a scam, it is hard to deny the value of being able to play this amazing brawler whenever, and wherever, you want. I cannot recommend this game enough and if you own a Vita, this is easily a must-own in my book.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 93 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Feb 16, 2012
    The fluidity of the console version transfers nicely to the Vita`s analog stick. Touch controls are neat but would not use them regularly.The fluidity of the console version transfers nicely to the Vita`s analog stick. Touch controls are neat but would not use them regularly. While some graphics took a hit for this version the overall look is great Full Review »
  2. Sep 10, 2013
    Gaming is all about having fun, lots of fun. And while Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 isn´t the most technical fighter out there, it really isGaming is all about having fun, lots of fun. And while Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 isn´t the most technical fighter out there, it really is still a lot of fun. The graphics here are of high quality.
    One could easily argument that this game is seriously lacking in game modes and overall content, but what little you get, well is a hell lot of fun!
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  3. Mar 8, 2012
    Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 is a great port to the vita, with beautiful visual and gameplay comparable to the console counterparts. The touchUltimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 is a great port to the vita, with beautiful visual and gameplay comparable to the console counterparts. The touch controls are very responsive and allows new players to experience the vast in depth fighting system . The use of the touch screen allows players to complete combos without the use of manual inputs , although this seems dumb down, completing Arcade Mode on Very Hard will still require skill and practice. There is also an option in online mode to turn off the use of touch mode for the use of traditional control inputs. Online play will vary from player to player , but in my experience there have been issues of latency in online match making and connection issues with inviting friends. Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom is a great fighting game experience on the Vita, just cross your fingers when it comes to the online mode. Full Review »