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5.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly impressive port., February 27, 2012
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This review is from: Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 - PlayStation Vita (Video Game)
I'm not a technically-minded fighting game player so I can't really speak to the specifics of the gameplay system and whether or not it lends itself well to technical play. I can however say that the game is a hell of a lot of fun to play, and is really pretty impressive for a portable game.

The graphics are on par with the HD console versions of the game. The game's 48 default characters appear large and detailed, and animate fluidly. If there's any slowdown it's so minor as to be virtually unnoticable, and the majority of the time the game appears to run at an impressive 60 frames per second. The backgrounds feature fewer animated elements, and certain levels that scrolled in the console versions don't appear to here. Loading times seem to be roughly on par with the PS3 version.

I had concerns going in that the Vita's smaller face-buttons buttons might hamper the gameplay a bit, but I surprisingly found myself having an easier time of it than I did even the PS3 version. The D-Pad is solid, and pulling off complicated combos, special moves, and supers works like a charm. In fact I find myself enjoying the game even more than I did on the PS3. The Touch mode is...well, it's there. In it you can tap the screen to perform combos and activate your supers and X-Factor, which while neat to mess around with for a bit quickly leaves the game feeling like an effortless cake-walk to complete. I think it's something that most folks might be inclined to mess around with once or twice, but I don't see it having legs.

The game features all the same gameplay modes as its console cousins do, including Heroes and Heralds (which is day-one DLC). The online stuff is set up exactly like it was on the console versions, and thankfully you have the option of filtering out touch-screen players when you set up matches. You can also opt to allow folks to interrupt your game for matches if you'd like, and again you can choose not to allow touch-screen players to challenge you if you're so inclined. You do have to be connected to Wi-Fi to play online though, as attempting to access the online components on 3G will only allow you to check the leaderboards. In my experiences with it thus-far, online gameplay performed pretty well and was relatively lag-free, but while it was a ton of fun, I'm such a scrub that I'm probably going to spend the bulk of my time with the game offline until I get a bit better at it.

If you have the PS3 version you can take advantage of the Ultimate Controller mode, which allows you to use your Vita to control the PS3 game and allows you to map your choice of special moves and/or supers to the touch-screen. That mode really doesn't add much value to the package, and again, you do need the PS3 version to take advantage of it, but if you meet that requirement then it's a nifty extra to tool around with once or twice. Another very cool bonus is that any DLC that you purchased for the PS3 version of the game will be available for you to use on the Vita at no extra charge. So if you've bought any costumes or the two DLC exclusive characters for the PS3 game, then they're yours to use on the Vita as well.

The TL;DR version of this review is basically that you're getting the console game in the palm of your hand with a couple of new modes that take advantage of the Vita, and with the only real compromise being that a few of the backgrounds are static or feature fewer animated elements than in the console version. It's a ton of fun, the online play works well, any DLC purchased for the PS3 version carries over, and it controls like a dream. If you want a great version of the game on the go, it's well worth checking out.
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