MvC: Infinite Review

Why rush the production?

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Capcom is a giant mess at the moment but they have still managed to make another solid fighting game with the latest addition of Marvel vs Capcom. The good news is that Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite is a pretty good game with a lot to offer. The bad news, which relates to Capcom more so than myself, is that their games kind of can’t afford to just be “pretty good” at this moment in time. Not to get to off-topic but Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite is not a great game and could have been so much more than it is; however, Capcom has rushed this game to the point where there are some glaring flaws. It’s still a lot of fun but let’s just get into what I love and what I hate about this game.

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First things first, one of my major gripes with this game is the roster; however, there are some characters I really like seeing in this game as well. My outlook on the roster at this point in time is both positive and negative. I love the addition of Captain Marvel to this roster and I love both Rocket Raccoon and Gamora. Those three characters are my favorites to play in this game simply because they’re a lot of fun and I just feel comfortable using them at this point in time. I do have some major issues with this roster though and it’s very obvious what the problem is. There are no X-Men on the MvC: I roster and who knows if they will be back or not. Ironically, at this point, Street Fighter V is in a much better place as far as their roster is concerned. I get that Street Fighter V has been out longer but the point is, both of these games have suffered from not-so-good launch rosters. MvC: Infinite has started out a little bit “better” but not by much; I don’t know if I even like the current roster of MvC: Infinite compared to SFV’s launch roster which is really pathetic.

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Something I actually really like about this game is the overall gameplay and I really enjoy playing it when I actually have the time. The game has implemented a new feature involving the Infinity Stones which is pretty awesome. In my experience, I tend to use the Space Stone which traps the opponent in a small box as seen above. Because of the Space Stone, it makes the fight more engaging and gives me the upper hand at that specific point in time. I also love the variety of the characters in this game; I gotta give credit to Capcom there because they do a great job with this in Street Fighter V as well. No two characters feel the same.

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I almost forgot to talk about this but this was something that many people had major issues with: the character models. I will not lie but the character models in this game are pretty awful in comparison to Street Fighter V and other fighting games. Since this game feels rushed, so do the character models. I generally tend to not care so much about graphics but at times, the models can be a bit of a distraction. It’s one of the issues I have with other titles such as Fallout; it’s 2017 people. Let’s try to make Chun-Li and other characters not so choppy and bad-looking because she looks awesome in Street Fighter V, as do other characters in that game.

I have not yet played the story mode of this game but it is loaded with content, as far as game modes are concerned. That’s one thing that this game does right by, in regards to the consumer. MvC: I features a story mode, an arcade mode, training, missions/trials, online play, and much more. There is a lot to do with Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite.

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I’d personally recommend renting this game before straight-up buying it. I bought it because I love fighting games but I realize they are not for everyone. There is a ton to be offered for the fighting game fan in Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite but don’t expect a perfect title.

7.5/10.

 

A Giant Swing-and-Miss

Why does this keep happening?

Street Fighter V isn’t a game that has been shy of criticism; their latest character reveal is no different. The newest addition to the Season 2 cast of characters is Abigail, a character from the Final Fight series.

Final Fight characters are no strangers to the Street Fighter series but this is the best Capcom can do? Season 2 has been a huge let down compared to Season 1. I have a huge issue with Season 1 and 2 DLC characters simply because they should already be in the game but that’s another issue entirely. The main issue here is, if they wanted to add a character like Abigail to the SFV roster, why not just give us Hugo? Why not bring back Dudley instead of saying, “this is our new character” with the addition of Ed. I get the mindset of Capcom and there’s only so much they can do before a character is just a “copy” of another character. Hell, Ryu and Ken have been in the series since the first game but everybody views Ken as an American Ryu.

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What disappoints me most about Season 2 is that all of these DLC characters kind of stink. Minus Akuma and Kolin, Season 1 wipes the floor with Season 2 DLC characters; in Season 1, we were granted a pretty nice batch of characters from previous games. With Season 2 DLC characters just about over, I hope that Capcom can get over this hiccup and produce something worthwhile in time for Season 3 DLC. The game has faced a ton of criticism and I can’t say I blame many people for not holding back their complaints with how Street Fighter V has been handled over the course of a year.