Generally favorable reviews - based on 44 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 44
  2. Negative: 0 out of 44
  1. Dec 12, 2011
    Like it or not, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is the penultimate version of the game available. The gameplay has been refined, the roster is bigger and even more diverse than before, and everything else has been tightened and streamlined for online play. If you are a fan of the series, this is the version that you must own.
  2. 93
    Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is one of the best fighting games available on the Xbox 360 thus far.
  3. Dec 16, 2011
    The same blistering combat spectacle as before, but even bigger, better and madder. [Jan 2012, p.76]
  4. Nov 28, 2011
    UMvC 3 is an outstanding game and an absolute must-buy for those who love the series but didn't buy MvC 3 for whatever reason. If you did buy it, then I would recommend waiting for a price drop unless you absolutely MUST recreate your favorite Strider Hiryu moments from MvC 2 - $40 is a fantastic price for those without MvC 3, but isn't so attractive if you already spent $60 on MvC 3.
  5. Nov 23, 2011
    In the end, it's hard to justify a purchase if you already own the original Marvel vs. Capcom 3, as there just isn't enough new content for the $89.99 launch price. However, those who didn't pick up Marvel vs. Capcom 3 will find this a great fast-paced fighter with a challenging boss and familiar Capcom and Marvel characters beating all shades of red out of each other.
  6. Nov 29, 2011
    Capcom might be pushing their luck by releasing a Ultimate edition of a game that was already released early in the same year. However, it is this confidence that helps ease us into this timely update.
  7. Nov 24, 2011
    It's certainly not a huge expansion over the previous game, despite the addition of 12 new characters (who could have been delivered via DLC), but it makes sense to rebalance the original roster in the face of the new playable options, so fighting game fans needn't worry too much about justification.
  8. Jan 24, 2012
    More, more, more. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 has more of everything from the original: more characters and costumes, more stages, more modes available already on the disc, simply more fighting possibilities than ever starring some of the most popular Marvel and Capcom characters.
  9. Dec 8, 2011
    It won't win you over if you didn't click with it the first time, but if you enjoyed your time in this crossover, the new characters and updates should keep you hooked for a little while longer.
  10. Dec 4, 2011
    While I can't presume to be an expert on fighting games, I do have a pretty strong grasp on what I like. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3's selection and variety of characters, depth of knowledge and reference to its source material, and the addition of Galactus and Heroes and Heralds mode gives a shot in the arm to a game that was pretty great to begin with, and it's well worth the money to anyone eager to check out the new cast.
  11. Nov 25, 2011
    This is an incremental update with a lot of fresh paint.
  12. Nov 18, 2011
    This Ultimate version is better than the original Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and hardcore fighting fans should consider it a must-have, although only nine months have passed since the original launch and this may upset some gamers.
  13. Nov 15, 2011
    Hardcore fans, this is a must. Casual players may not see the need to upgrade, but whichever side you fall on, this is one hell of a fun experience.
  14. Nov 14, 2011
    If you skipped out on Marvel vs. Capcom 3 earlier this year or simply heard about the Ultimate version and opted to wait it out, you'll find a lot to love in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
  15. Nov 18, 2011
    An excellent game for $40, but in the back of your mind you can't help but wonder if we'll hear about a third MvC3 in a few months... that said, for the money, you'd be hard pressed to find a more complete and thrilling fighting game.
  16. Nov 15, 2011
    Yeah, it would've been nice to have a downloadable upgrade rather than pay for a new product, and more modes would've been nice, but Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 still does what it set out to do, enhancing the original experience with a great new slew of characters and added features. Fighting fans will definitely get their fill with this, especially once they get their hands on Ghost Rider and Rocket Raccoon.
  17. Nov 14, 2011
    I would have liked to see an expanded tutorial mode, something beyond just showing players combos and such, but at the end of the day I am glad Capcom's main focus was improving the core gameplay even if it means skimping out on some of the more trivial features aimed at a more casual audience. For competitive players though, this is truly the ultimate version of the game, both in name and execution.
  18. Dec 27, 2011
    Capcom's great fighting game got an enhanced edition targeted mainly at hardcore fans who will appreciate not only new characters but also gameplay tweaks. [January 2012, p.72]
  19. 80
    As fun as ever. [Issue#79, p.77]
  20. Nov 24, 2011
    If you're new to the over-the-top combat games and didn't yet try the Marvel vs. Capcom series, it would be pure madness to miss this one. On several levels, it's purely spectacular. But if you already payed Marvel vs Capcom 3 last february and are not a pro, maybe it's time to say no, thanks. Unless you're rich.
  21. Nov 18, 2011
    Ultimate is a finely tuned evolution that should be held in a similar regard to Super Street Fighter IV. It takes the flexible combat system from the previous game, irons out many of the niggling issues and expands the possibilities even further, because no matter how you look at it, that's the type of fighting game Marvel is.
  22. 80
    If you were curious about MvC3 but never bought it, we wholeheartedly recommend this version. But if you own the original, this $40 upgrade will probably leave you feeling more slighted than delighted. There's consolation in the fact that UMvC3 will soon be getting an extra mode (Heroes & Heralds) via free DLC; and if you're interested in being competitive in one of the most frenetic, frenzied games of all time, it's worth paying for this ride twice.
  23. Nov 16, 2011
    With this extended cast of highly viable characters, the only thing holding you back from picking a group of characters you enjoy is your imagination. While this hastily released upgrade definitely has some room for improvement, there is absolutely enough new content to warrant the purchase.
  24. Nov 16, 2011
    There are three types of people who might want to get this game. The hardcore gamer has probably already pre-ordered it, so that's a no-brainer. The newbie who didn't get vanilla MvC3 gets to have all that and more for twenty bucks cheaper, so that's also a no-brainer. Then there's the casual gamer who already has a copy of vanilla MvC3. Make no mistake, you are buying the exact same game again, just with a lot more stuff added to it. If that's worth 40 bucks to you, then pick it up.
  25. Nov 16, 2011
    Marvel vs. Capcom 3 has never been a bad game, and neither is Ultimate. It's important that you know exactly what you're getting into, though. It's been built to appeal to a fan community of die-hard experts, who spent 10 years playing Marvel vs. Capcom 2 at increasingly high levels of performance, who own their own customized fighting joysticks and who've been researching their team for the new game for the last six months.
  26. Nov 14, 2011
    Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 introduces a host of unique characters and gameplay tweaks that change the game's formula for the better.
  27. Nov 14, 2011
    Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 is still a spectacle, but compared to the first time around, the hype feels far more subdued.
  28. Nov 14, 2011
    That's the story of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3: This is actually the game that the original should've been. If you've not played MVC3 or traded it in and want another fix, this is absolutely the best route to go. If you bought the original, how much do you love MVC? If you want more, go get it – the newcomers are great fun.
  29. Nov 14, 2011
    In the same way that a comic series reboot can offer new fans a good jumping-on point, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is the perfect choice for curious fighters to check out the most complete entry in the series.
  30. Nov 14, 2011
    There's great ideas in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, like the mission mode for learning the controls. Too bad those aren't entirely fun, wasting a lot of the game's potential. Out of the box, I don't see enough incentive to buy this if you own Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds - we'll see if the free Heroes and Heralds DLCs changes that. If you're a beat'em up fan and skipped the original, it's worth the buy – not brilliant, but solid enough.
  31. An energetic brawler with deceptive depth. [Feb 2012, p.107]
  32. Dec 6, 2011
    But if you're doing just fine with non-Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and you can live without Ghost Rider, Nemesis, and Vergil, then I wouldn't recommend this for purchase at all. Hardcore fans and competitive players will likely feel that they need to own it and that's understandable, but they're on the short end of the stick as well. I love the game, I love the new characters but this is the kind of iterative nonsense that should not be rewarded with consumer dollars.
  33. Nov 30, 2011
    If you skipped MvC3 back in February (perhaps because you weren't in a rush and knew this version would come), then for $40, you're getting a very solid fighter with a huge cast and lots of attention to detail.
  34. 70
    If you own previous –non-Ultimate- versions of this punch-and-kick game there is no reason to buy this one. Otherwise, you should try it – it is still a great fight with crazy visuals and endless multiplayer fun. [Jan 2012]
  35. Dec 28, 2011
    By all accounts, the game itself is fantastic and much deserved of the score we gave MvC3 but there just isn't enough in UMvC3 to really set it apart as a title in its own right.
  36. Dec 2, 2011
    A repackaged version of Marvel vs. Capcom 3 with added characters, gameplay balancing and slightly improved netcode. For newcomers to the series, getting into this will be a harsh and unforgiving journey, but for fans it's a must thanks to the added characters and slight balance tweaks.
  37. Dec 1, 2011
    Is it worth it? In a word, yes. [Christmas 2011, p.116]
  38. Nov 21, 2011
    Quotation forthcoming.
  39. Nov 16, 2011
    It's tough because Ultimate MvC3 is a great game and a solid improvement on the fundamentals in the original.
  40. Nov 14, 2011
    Die-hard players...will certainly get $40 worth of fun out of this release. 12 new characters is huge, and exploring the interplay between them and the tweaked returning cast will provide hours of fun. The much improved online interface is also a huge draw for competitive players. Ultimately (pun intended), the vast majority of UMVC3's new features will only really be appreciated by dedicated players, and for them it's a must have, for everyone else though, it's a harder sell.
  41. Nov 14, 2011
    Ultimate's new characters, improved online offering and Heroes And Heralds make for a generous package given its budget price-point, and once it clicks, it dazzles.
  42. Nov 17, 2011
    I personally think it's a little too early and doesn't offer up quite enough content to get me re-excited for the game, but even though I find the upgrade to be kind of minimal, I can't deny that it's still a fun as hell fighting game.
  43. Dec 19, 2011
    If you never played MvC 3 and love fighting games, this is a recommended buy with a larger roster and more balanced gameplay. But if you already own the previous game, the added content isn't enough to justify the expense. The added fighters aren't charismatic enough and the new Galactus mode just feels like a gimmick. Nothing that couldn't be made with a simple DLC.
  44. Nov 30, 2011
    Although it's a good fighting game the learning curve is steep and there are not enough news in Ultimate to make it worth your money.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 79 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 24
  2. Negative: 9 out of 24
  1. Nov 21, 2011
    Isn't this why we have DLC? Seriously I paid $60 on day one for MVC3 and now a year later I am expected to drop another $40 for some minorIsn't this why we have DLC? Seriously I paid $60 on day one for MVC3 and now a year later I am expected to drop another $40 for some minor tweaks to the game mode and 12 new fighters. Why couldn't I just download an update for $15-$20 to my HD? I can't knock the game too much it is great game game, a bit of a button masher's paradise not a technical fighter at all, but great visuals and cool characters, alot of fast action fun if you have friends to play with locally, never did like playing fighting games online always more fun to trash talk in person :) But I give it 5 out of 10 because this is the game that should have come out last year. Full Review »
  2. Jan 29, 2012
    Go to hell Capcom for using this Outdated Mid-90's Money Scheme just release DLC and don't blame the disaster in Japan last year for yourGo to hell Capcom for using this Outdated Mid-90's Money Scheme just release DLC and don't blame the disaster in Japan last year for your ravenous greed Full Review »
  3. Nov 16, 2011
    This game is pretty good if you always wanted to buy Marvel Vs Capcom 3 but you didn't. It's almost the same game with fews minors changes (This game is pretty good if you always wanted to buy Marvel Vs Capcom 3 but you didn't. It's almost the same game with fews minors changes ( like spec mode online , new menus, etc) + 12 news charaters and a few more map.In the other hand, if you already bought MVC3 at full price, you might not want to get this again at this price, unless you really wanna play those 12 news charaters.It's like a MW3 in fact , the same game but with some upgrades expect they will tell you it is and won't try to sell it to you like it's a brand new game.It's up to you to decide, but if you like MVC3 you will surely love this one. Full Review »