Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Chicago Fight Club Recap – Laughs, hype, and an awesome interview with Seth Killian
On September 22nd, Capcom held an event for Marvel vs. Capcom 3 in a warehouse in Chicago. Hundreds of fans waited in line for a ridiculous amount of time just to get their hands on the game for the first time. Was it worth it? Absolutely.
Seth Killian was awesome enough to share a bit of his time for a brief interview shortly after being kicked out of the Fight Club. Those bouncers were serious business.
My adventure began at 1pm as I dashed like a madman to find the location of the fight club. Why? Because the first 100 people get a wristband and receive something special. I got lost somehow but I did manage to meet some Capcom fans along the way. They couldn’t find the place either. Then we heard Ken’s theme and the sounds of Street Fighter guided us in the right direction.
I came in as number 41 and was guaranteed a spot in line. I could have just gone home but I decided to stay and talk with a bunch of fellow gamers. I’m glad I did. A group of us ended up going to a local CVS and purchased a bunch of snacks using some guy’s Link card. There was a lot of love from the community right from the start and many of us didn’t even know each other. In fact, we didn’t even introduce ourselves until after we started eating.
It didn’t take long for the lines to start forming. The first 100 had already arrived by 3pm for an event that didn’t even start until 8. The very last wristband came down to a race between two guys. It could have ended ugly but the person with the 100th band was ultimately decided by a coin toss. Shortly after, the next 100 showed up. This place was packed and it wasn’t even 4pm yet.
As we all waited for hours, people discussed fighting games and … Pokemon. It was weird. Eventually, someone busted out their laptop and started playing Darkstalkers and Street Fighter III: Third Strike. Even more surprising, a couple of people brought their arcade sticks with them. There was a bit of hype going on for Third Strike as a few spectators started placing friendly bets of less than a dollar into a pool for the winner. It was an interesting experience to say the least.
I ended up meeting Keits, the Editor-in-Chief of Shoryuken.com, for the third time. We had met once at Midwest Championships but I formally introduced myself to him at E3 2010. To say that he does a lot for the fighting game community would be an understatement. Not too long after, Capcom’s Seth Killian arrived. He’s actually from Chicago, so this was a bit of a homecoming for him.
Fans flocked to Seth asking for autographs and details about Marvel vs. Capcom 3. He’s an extremely nice guy and talked to everyone that approached him and took many photos with countless fans. Capcom’s John Diamonon was also there showing some love. If you don’t know who that is, he’s the guy that always breaks the PlayStation Blog with giveaways. Throughout the night he helped me whenever I needed assistance. Thank you, John. You’re awesome!
Eventually the event started to begin and a group of us circled around Seth and asked him a bunch of questions. The group consisted of myself, @FxyMxy from Replay with Doc, @TheDiscoPony from Destructoid (with another guy whose name escapes me), @Rogersbase from VGTribune, and @hatedgreatness from TheBitBag. I’m probably forgetting someone else, but that’s beyond the point.
In regards to the leaked MvC3 character lists, Seth reiterated that none of them are 100% accurate. Naturally, he wouldn’t confirm any unrevealed characters. Seth did jokingly say that Capcom should add Monster Hunter characters to the roster for instant sales in Japan. We agreed.
One thing I almost forgot to mention, there is a Marvel vs. Capcom 3 collector’s edition in the works. I’m not sure if Seth actually wants anyone talking about it yet. Ooops?
At this point it’s nearly 9pm and there are hundreds of people still trying to get inside. In the crowd was this amazing Tron Bonne cosplayer that got a lot of attention. The bouncers let her in right away. It actually took me quite a bit of time to get inside myself, despite being number 41. Thankfully John D. from Capcom came to save the day. Seriously, he’s awesome.
There were about 20 Marvel vs. Capcom 3 units inside the warehouse, each with their own crowd of people waiting in line to play. Some were there just to see the game in action and left completely satisfied. Dante and Iron Man were definitely two of the characters I saw the most. There was tons of respect from the crowd and everyone shook hands after each match.
The build of Marvel vs. Capcom 3 at the Fight Club was the same one from TGS and had 18 characters to choose from, many of which were playable for the first time in North America. Much to my disappointment, Wesker, Spider-Man, Tron Bonne, and X-23 were not playable. I was able to play two matches during my entire time there. My team consisted of Chun-Li, Amaterasu, and Chris for my first match. During my second playthrough I swapped Chris out for Trish.
Unsurprisingly, Chun-Li was by far my favorite character of the bunch. I didn’t utilize her properly my first time through, but once I got adjusted to the gameplay mechanics I was actually pulling off combos. Being able to mindlessly do her lightning legs into her Hyper combo Kikosho was great. Chun-Li’s speed really throws people off and her anti-air assist move still works wonderfully.
Amaterasu (the wolf from Okami) is an absolute beast. Even though I had never played as her before, I was able to pull off moves with ease. Amaterasu is able to get close into enemies easily with her dash and she’s so fast. My opponents didn’t know how to react to her rushdown game.
Trish is a character that I never figured out how to use properly. I know she has tons of tricks and trap setups but I simply didn’t have enough time to actually try them. She has a bit of a delay on some of her attacks since she actually has to swing her sword. She’s an interesting character that I wish I had more time to learn.
Chris was the only character I had experience with since I used him at E3. The same problems I had then, I have now. He’s too slow for my liking and when I finally got close to my opponent, my attacks just weren’t worthwhile. His Hyper combo still does tons of damage though.
It seems like characters with an airdash have an advantage over anyone that doesn’t have one. I had a difficult time trying to switch characters. It turns out that you have to hold one of the buttons for a second or so to switch out. I definitely did not like that. If there was a way to instantaneously change characters in the middle of battle, I never figured it out.
Gameplay aside, the presentation is better than ever with explosions of color at all times. Characters from the Marvel side seem to actually have alternate costumes and not just simple color swaps. I saw Wolverine wearing his X-Force black and gray costume and it looked pretty sweet. There seemed to be much more detail this time around.
The event ended at 11pm and everyone was kicked out of the warehouse. I did managed to get a brief interview with Seth Killian before the bouncers disposed of us. Back in February, I wrote an article about the lack of online practice modes in fighting games. I asked Seth about it and he gave me a pretty good answer.
My time was limited but Seth did give a basic breakdown of the four new characters revealed at TGS. Check out the video below to see the most awkwardly worded interview ever. And of course, there’s a special treat for Chun-Li fans at the end. Clearly, I know how to use my time wisely.
The Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Fight Club in Chicago was a huge success. Nobody could have expected such a massive turnout, especially since we only knew about it a week in advance. Let’s hope for more Chicago events from Capcom in the near future. At the end of the day I left with a month subscription for Marvel digital comics and a set of shot glasses featuring Mega Man, Arthur from Ghosts’ N Goblins, Ryu from Street Fighter, and Cody from Final Fight. Most importantly though, I made a bunch of new friends. Yeah, it was an awesome day.