Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 77 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 75 out of 77
  2. Negative: 0 out of 77
  1. Feb 14, 2011
    91
    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.
  2. Feb 14, 2011
    86
    This game is pure spectacle. No fan of the Marvel vs Capcom series should miss this game.
  3. Mar 7, 2011
    82
    Lastly Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 is a good game to play when you're super drunk and you need to go to sleep, but you cannot lie down because you will get the spins.
  4. Feb 25, 2011
    80
    For the diving board and fire hose audience, Marvel vs. Capcom 3 drains down to two modes: Arcade and "Story." Plenty of fun there with a live human opponent!
  5. Feb 15, 2011
    90
    It's still a wonderful, hugely fun game, because the fan service and foundation of its 3-on-3 fighting action is very sound.
  6. Feb 16, 2011
    84
    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.
  7. Feb 18, 2011
    90
    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.
  8. Mar 2, 2011
    80
    As far as superhero showdowns go, you simply won't find anything more spectacular than Marvel Vs Capcom 3.
  9. Mar 9, 2011
    80
    The fighting is fast and entertaining, the visual style is bright and well detailed, and the roster doesn't leave any major gaps. All in all if you're a fan of the series this is a worthy addition and one you should pick up.
  10. Feb 14, 2011
    80
    Anybody unfamiliar with fighting games should be warned that, MvC3 will seem enticing – and it'll create no end of smiles when the shell's finally cracked open – but it'll also take a lot of patience, a lot of time and a lot of effort. Spend some time practising in mission mode and get over that hump, and Marvel vs Capcom 3 will provide months, if not years of entertainment.
  11. Feb 14, 2011
    90
    While not completely perfect, Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds is a helluva lot of fun. Packed with a good balance of Marvel and Capcom players, you'll find this almost entirely offensively minded game a non-stop fighting thrill ride that you won't want to stop riding.
  12. Feb 13, 2011
    80
    Far more welcoming to button-mashers than Street Fighter IV, this is a game in which you can tap stuff and watch sparkly miracles happen. But to begin to understand and master its systems will take just as much practice as it did in Ono's game – and quicker reactions to boot.
  13. Feb 14, 2011
    80
    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.
  14. Feb 14, 2011
    80
    Marvel vs. Capcom 3 was almost there, it was close to becoming a classic of its kind and sharing the throne with Super Street Fighter IV, but its reduced contents and imbalance between characters pulled it down a bit. No doubt that it's still an awesome game and highly recommended.
  15. Feb 22, 2011
    80
    Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is an entertaining and well-made fighting game. The excellent option settings and the great controls make up for the somewhat meager content. Many competitors have more modes, but few manage to maintain the same quality as this game.
  16. Feb 18, 2011
    83
    Marvel VS Capcom 3 comes with a lot of fun and fine game mechanichs that gives to expert players the opportunity to chain unbelivable combinations.
  17. Feb 18, 2011
    86
    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.
  18. Mar 23, 2011
    90
    Marvel vs. Capcom 3 might be a bit light in the gaming modes, there's no denying that the core gameplay is solid enough stands on its own and has something to offer for every type of gamer. Fighting fans of all flavors will enjoy the hybrid 2D-meets-3D gameplay, the smooth animations, and the excellent character special moves.
  19. Feb 14, 2011
    93
    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.
  20. Feb 28, 2011
    90
    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.
  21. Feb 16, 2011
    75
    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.
  22. Feb 17, 2011
    80
    MVC3 will, no doubt, seduce any fan, thanks to its spectacular gameplay and production, but also thanks to its accessibility and varied cast. But, when your take some time to think about it a little, it's hard not to consider that Capcom's title stays quite light in terms of game modes, of online play, and almost insulting in its DLC policy. It remains a awe-inspiring show of sound and lights, with a unique atmosphere. Hard to miss.
  23. Feb 17, 2011
    70
    While Marvel vs Capcom 3 fulfills its ambition to bring a fun crossover on the table, enforced by its gameplay largely inspired from Tatsunoko vs Capcom, it fails in too many fields of solo and online to be more than just a good fan-boy game.
  24. Mar 3, 2011
    85
    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.
  25. Feb 14, 2011
    90
    All in all, MvC3 is undeniably a fine product, the result of a labor of love from its creators, and, indirectly, the fanbase that supports them. I'm sure some will be dissatisfied -- if you're expecting to play MvC3 like tournament MvC2, you'll likely wind up disappointed
  26. Feb 15, 2011
    85
    There's a lot to love for longtime franchise fans and new challengers alike with fighting that's excitingly frantic.
  27. Feb 17, 2011
    80
    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.
  28. 80
    Just like previous entries in the series, Marvel vs Capcom 3 doesn't care too much about balance, which is to say that this might not be a game for dedicated Street Fighter fans. What it is, though, is a chaotic fighting where pyrotechnincs, special abilities and a wide selection of characters always fill up every inch of the screen. And it's highly entertaining all the way to the annoying end boss, who as it often is with fighting games is the absolute weakest part of an otherwise very solid and entertaining effort.
  29. Feb 22, 2011
    80
    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.
  30. Feb 19, 2011
    100
    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.
User Score
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 164 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 60
  2. Negative: 10 out of 60
  1. Feb 26, 2011
    4
    Capcom kinda messed this up. On one hand they simplified the control scheme so casual players can easily gain access to the game. On the other hand the stripped back modes, limited offline play and emphasis on online play lean towards hardcore gamers/tournament players. I would say while I like fighters, I would have to be a casual gamer, and I am really doubting if I should every actually keep the game. The fighting is solid, but I don't know how to do the flashy techniques that I would see in gameplay videos... why? Because there is no true tutorial mode. Mission mode is a chore, even going through it, I still don't understand how to do half of these things. I was also hoping for (the as promised) story mode, but Capcom somehow did not follow through. There is just arcade mode.....and thats it.
    Finally the character roster is alright, not the best. They were leaning towards more well known, modern games for Capcom and I guess whoever Marvel wanted for their side. Yet the charm for Marvel vs Capcom 1/2 was the combination on these completely random characters. In removing veterans like Megaman (in which including NONE of his incarnations makes no sense), Captain Commando, Strider and Jin, the legacy of Capcom is kinda just not there. Hell, they go and include MODOK and Dormammu ascharacters when its obvious that casuals wouldnt know who the hell they were, why does this then apply to Capcom characters? Makes no sense.

    Anyway this game just doesn't work for me. As a basic fighter it is spot on, but as an overall package it is lacking. I recently bought Power Stone Collection for PSP and I found that alot more fulfilling an experience for a game thats around 10 years old. But I guess Capcom know that the ones that love this game so much will be the ones that will shell out the dollars for the crazy amounts of DLC that this game needs to feel like a complete package.
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  2. Feb 15, 2011
    10
    this game is good it might not be what people wanted from MvC3 but it is still good most of the characters in MvC3 are usable unlike MvC2 where out of the 56 playable characters that they had only about 10 were good for use in hardcore play. Better graphics more streamline gameplay great characters this game is global EVO worthy Full Review »
  3. Feb 15, 2011
    9
    What a great game! There have been several games lately that a lot of people have been eagerly awaiting for a long time, but this is the first that actually seems worth the wait. Stunning visuals that look like you are playing an interactive comic book. Great music and character voices. Each character is brilliantly realized and is faithful to the source material (Deadpool is hilarious). The game is fun for the accomplished fighting game fan and newcomers alike. There is a great deal of depth in the fighting engine even though it has been streamlined a bit, and it hasn't been stripped so much that it will disappoint the hardcore fans. If you're a newbie you can switch on simple-mode and if your friends didn't know any better they'd think you're a pro, even though you'll still get crushed online. A lot of people are complaining about there only being 36 playable characters in the game (4 of which are unlockable), which is cut back from the nearly 60 in Marvel vs. Capcom 2, however a lot of those fighters were duplicates with swapped out palettes ( they had the same movesets, strengths, weaknesses, exploits, etc., they just looked like different characters). Each character in MvC3 is a total individual, unique in both appearance and play-style. Each has four different optional appearances, although these are just mainly color swaps. New characters have been announced as DLC later down the road and I'm sure more are on the way, this is the way videogames are made and marketed nowadays and I'm not going to deduct points for this as the omission of these items doesn't diminish the quality of the game, later they will merely add to it and keep the game fresh long after the "new" has worn off. The only issue I have with the game and the reason I docked it a point is the lack of game modes. You only really get arcade, versus, training, and online versus. They're all pretty much the same. The only difference is that at the end of the arcade mode you get a static cut scene ending featuring the character you won with, it's not enough to be considered a story mode. A new mode has been announced as DLC but for one reason or another Capcom decided not to include it on disc. This doesn't break the game but it certainly should have been included as the number of game modes was the sole area I thought was lacking in this game. That said, this is still a fast, fun, and highly addictive fighting game. Easy to pick up and play, but hard to master. It is great for solo play or even better as a party game because everyone has heard of most of these characters and it is so easy to just pick up and start wailing away on opponents. If you like fighting games, Marvel comics, or Capcom games, this will keep you entertained for a long time to come. Full Review »