Title: Marvel vs Capcom Infinite
Platform: Windows, PS4, Xbox One
Reviewed on: Windows
Genre: Fighting Game
Players: Single player, Multiplayer Vs. (Online and Local)
Written by Bad Demoman 17th October 2017
Marvel vs Capcom is a very important series to the Fighting Game Community -
Before the game was even released, graphical concerns were apparent. Chun Li was particularly infamous for having a face that looked like it had been given a massage with sand paper. Surely, an absolute disservice to such a loved character. Thankfully, this has improved -
The story has been lauded from the start, and while I enjoyed it at first, the campy cheesiness starts grating quickly. Mild enjoyment turned to a struggle to finish, and jarring interactions between the two universes makes things all the worse. Each character seems to be paired with another for the glut of their interactions, and while Hulk and Ryu helping each other fight off a huge Monster Hunter beast was probably the highlight of the whole thing, awkward pairings like Frank West and Spiderman feel forced, and the characters have very little in terms of chemistry. Thankfully, no content is locked behind completion of the story like some games do, so giving it a wide berth is your best bet.
Perhaps this lackluster story could’ve been improved by some noticeably missing characters that Capcom have proven in the past they have an excellent hold of. I would’ve loved to see Wolverines cynical contributions to each ridiculous situation, or even Deadpool lampooning the whole situation. It would’ve made the ridiculous tonal shifts a little more tolerable, from Morrigan hitting on Ghost Rider to Gamora and Strider competing with each other for title of edgelord. Speaking of the cast, it almost feels like Disney may have had too much of a say in that regard. Most the Marvel cast is whatever’s popular or upcoming in the cinematic universe, and there's a complete absence of anything owned by Fox -
So far I’ve been overwhelmingly negative about Infinite, but there's one area where it truly excels -
All of this comes together to provide a smooth fighting game experience, helped greatly by the fact that the games online systems are extremely well designed. Lobbies allow 4 games simultaneously, so no longer will you be waiting in a huge queue of other players. As soon as you’re done with a match, you can get right back into searching for another game with a few button presses, rather than going through scores of menus like some games. All this, with a fantastic netcode that can withstand all but the laggiest of matches. Unless your internet is truly awful, you’ll be able to duke it out online to your hearts content.
Marvel vs Capcom Infinite perhaps isn’t the game we’d all been hoping for. The visuals might not be stellar, and the story is cheesy garbage, but the element that really brings fighting game fans together is the fast-
A recognizable and varied cast,
Easy to learn, Hard to master.
Inconsistent and jarring visuals,
Truly atrocious Story Mode,
Infinity Stones feel gimmicky.
Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite gets a 7/10.