Thursday, January 19, 2012

Too close for comfort... Marvel vs Capcom 3

The year of 2011 is over and what a year it was. We had spectacular games and incredible progress in the video game community. Franchises were lining up as players were treated with phenomenal debuts. Gamers certainly have a lot to talk about, as a result of both ground breaking or lackluster news. Needless to say, 2011 was a great year in gaming.

But that doesn't mean that there weren't a few bumps along the way. Granted there was a lot to praise in 2011, but there was quite a bit to complain about as well. One particular issue that gamers are still talking about now we’re in the new year is the short nine-month gap between Marvel vs Capcom 3 and Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3.

One of the main reasons I'm raising this subject is that this year marks the 25th Anniversary of Mega Man. Fans are wondering whether Capcom will actually do anything for Mega Man this year. Their scepticism branches from the fact that Mega Man Legends 3 and Mega Man Universe were both cancelled. Plus, Mega Man was not a featured character in either Marvel vs Capcom 3 or Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3.

Fans have been becoming increasingly agitated with Capcom's cold shoulder to Mega Man. Most argue that he’s one factor that helped build them into the company they are now. However, it isn't only the neglect of a popular character that is ruffling up the feathers of Capcom's audience...

Marvel vs Capcom 3 was released on February 15, 2011. Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 was announced on July 20 and was released on November 15. Fans already had a feeling that Capcom was going to release an expanded game or DLC in the future, they just didn't realize that it was going to be the near future. Hence, many people were upset by the announcement of Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 coming out soon just four months after the first one was released.

The fans wanted answers and the one they got was from Capcom's Seth Killian who stated that scheduling conflicts and time contraints between Marvel and Capcom's games only gave them a small window of opportunity to release Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3. There was the answer and fans still had plenty to say about it. I interviewed a few gamers who have their own opinions... (their initials differentiate their answers).

1. Is a nine month gap acceptable between the games?

GP - "No. The first game cost enough to get. I can barely get enough trade-in credit for the first one. If they waited longer, they could have had more stuff."

VB - "I'm pissed. It should have been an update. I already paid enough for the special edition."

PG - "It's a slap in the face. It's like a repeat of Street Fighter IV."

2. Is the new price reasonable?

GP - "Yeah, but the game came out too early for me to be interested in buying the same game."

VB - "The price is not fair. Those of us who bought the special edition should at least get compensation when getting the new game with a discount."

PG - "Yeah, it's okay. It beats having to pay for a full price game."

3. Should the new characters and stages have been downloadable?

GP - "The game would be more expensive like that. Wouldn't it be like five dollars per character? You'd end up paying more for characters than the actual game."

VB - "Yes, it would have been good to have DLC. Then I could choose who and what I want at my own convenience."

PG - "It should all have been DLC. If they have two characters for DLC, why not the others?"

4. Which three Marvel and Capcom characters should have been included?

GP - "For Capcom, Mega Man, Regina from Dino Crisis, and Samonoske from Onimusha. I would have liked to have seen Ms Marvel, Spider-Woman, and Venom, too."

VB - "My choices are Mega Man, Nero, and Masamune Date. Would have been nice if Marvel had Venom, Gambit, and Black Panther."

PG - "Jin, Samonoske, and Alex for sure. They would have been cool. Gambit, Nightcrawler, and Venom are awesome for Marvel's side."

5. Do you think "time constraints" is a good reason for the gap?

GP - "No, they could have waited. Again, they could have added so much more than what was put in Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3."

VB - "No. Time constraints shouldn't have been an issue. They could've taken their time."

PG - "In a way, but it would have been better if they took their time. More time leads to more content."

I acknowledge that everyone has their own opinion about the nine month gap; I have my own opinions. This was especially done for those who played the original Marvel vs Capcom 3 and possibly got the special edition. The general consensus that I got from gamers who bought the special edition is that they feel screwed over. They paid twenty dollars more than anyone else who got the standard edition. They then told me about how they will end up getting Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 for its new features, but that they basically paid over one hundred dollars for the same game.

I don't condemn anything about what happened with the nine month gap, but I will say that I understand from both ends how this looks. The developers felt rushed and wanted to get the game out soon or else they wouldn't be able to for awhile. The gamers felt that this was too soon and that they are getting ripped off by spending their money on an update. Gamers may feel even more resentment toward Capcom if they find out that nothing is actually being done with Mega Man's 25th Anniversary. Only time will tell what happens.