The latest, but possibly not greatest, Marvel vs. Capom game is a matter of weeks away, and I could not feel more bland. The characters in the base game are not as amazing as previous entries, and a lot of the new characters are DLC such as Black Panther, and that is sad. The overall success of The Marvel Cinematic Universe, at this point, has caused a lot of fatigue, and focusing so much on those films aesthetically… *sigh*
I mentioned in the title that this game is a mistake… well, what would have been the correct thing for both Marvel and Capcom to have done for a new entry? Expanding Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
Do not get me wrong, I was not a huge fan of vanilla MVC3 and even Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 did not completely make up for things… so why do I want that game expanded upon? Because it had the potentially to be the next Marvel Vs. Capcom 2, at least in roster count once you include all of the DLC costumes and alternate skins in both versions of MVC3.
MVC2 had 56 heroes to choose from, which sounds great until you realize that some of those 56 were characters like War Machine who started out as a recolor of Iron Man, Servebot who is a super tiny character, and a second wolverine with bone claws and only the slightest difference from the adamantium clawed incarnation.the last version of MVC had 50 characters without using cheap things such as that, and that is quite honestly… really remarkable, all things considered.
Characters that were basically stat and color edits such as Dark Sakura, Shadow Lady, Hyper Venom, etc in past MVC games were mostly absent in MVC2 and on. What if in MVC IV, they had brought that idea back? There is no telling how many interesting characters they could have made with minimal effort. Not only that, but the DLC character models were not re-skins, but brand new models. Instead of Zero looking like Zero, they gave him Megaman X’s character model! Spencer from Bionic Comando’s alternate was his Bionic Commando: ReArmed appearance.
These characters, as well as other already existing character skins such as Black Spider-Man, Red Hulk, etc, legitimately could have been different playable characters with their own moves with very little work done on the game. Slap that together with some characters from Street Fighter IV and V, maybe a few other existing models laying around, and role back the system to the most popular one: MVC2, and it would have been very big. That alone would get it the number #4, and we haven’t even really created anything new for it yet.
MVC2 had 8 or 9 new-ish characters including characters like Son Son, Marrow, and Cable, so throw in something like that, and BAM… 85-90 character roster, EASY.
Instead, we have a neutered character roster with reused assets from Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 for more than the cost of a full retail game. Awesome guys.