Marvel vs. Capcom 3: five motivational tips from the producer
This week, many gamers will be getting their first taste of the trademak high tempo, three on three, gameplay of Marvel vs. Capcom. The third entry in the series launched today in Europe after being out in North America since Tuesday. It’s a great game but we sympathise with anyone who finds the speed, air combos and assist moves all a bit bewildering. If you’re one of the bewildered ones, you should read on.
Last month, when we spoke to Ryoto Niitsuma, producer of Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, we asked him to share a few sage words with the newcomers to the series. This is what he had to say:
1. Firstly, remember this game is three on three. Even if you lose a character, it is only a third of your whole health bar, so don’t give up. Even if you have lost one character, you still have two more to go. Even if you lose two characters, you still have one other. Losing a character does not mean you are done.
2. Use assists effectively; they are very useful. Even if your main character is engaged in a move or something, your assist character can just come in and do things irrelevant to what is happening.
There are always good combinations, so if you decide what characters you like, you then need to then decide what assists suit you. There are always tendencies for what assists will do better and there are always good and bad combinations, depending on what your character is and your style.
3. Motivation. Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is a very versatile game so it allows anyone to play the game in any way they like. So, in other words, you have to find your own style. Pick the characters you like, and then play through.
If someone says: “Have you looked at the tier system? This character and this character is the best.” Don’t listen to them. We have made this game so well that everything is perfectly balanced. People come up with tiers because they tend to play with those characters. It doesn’t mean that those characters are better, it just means those characters are played more. So there is always more space for exploration with the other characters – so pick your style.
4. While Marvel vs. Capcom 3 will have perfect network mode, and it is a bit of a contradiction for us to say this, Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is about socialising. It is about playing with your friends. So fair enough, you can play network mode with other people, but it is always better to physically gather up in one massive living room with some pizza and play together – that is what this game is about.
5. Lastly, do not quit; don’t be a quitter. If you are about to lose, don’t pull the cables out. If you lose once or twice and somebody laughs at you, forget him or her – just keep your style and keep on going.
Thanks to Niitsuma-san for sharing these wise words. Remember kids, no one likes a quitter.
Have you been playing Marvel vs. Capcom 3? If so, please share your thoughts below. What’s your favourite line-up? Have you found your perfect assists yet?