This particular version of Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 is a port of the 2011 fighting game favorite, but with slightly improved graphics on the PlayStation 4. The hype surrounding the game was real when released over 5 years ago, and the announcement of its sequel, Marvel vs Capcom Infinite, at Sony’s PlayStation Experience event on December 4, 2016 renewed many people’s interest in the franchise. Ultimately (pun intended), there’s not much to look forward to in this version if it’s not your first time, save for smoother visuals at 60 frames per second and 1080p resolution.

Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 includes all of the alternate costumes that players who purchased the original version were forced to buy, as well as DLC characters Jill Valentine and Shuma-Gorath. The rest of the 3-on-3 frantic fighting experience has slid on over to this port, but there’s still really not much else offered in this re-release 5 years later on a more powerful console. It’s a shame, really, as something as simple as a new tutorial mode could have made new players feel even more welcome. What they’re forced to do instead is jump into arcade mode and practice with no real direction before they take a chance online. As some players have now had 5 years to practice, the scene is more merciless than ever before. Just like your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, though, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3’s personality is its saving grace.

Final thoughts on Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 video game:

Newcomers to Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 will be thrilled with the game’s flashy moves performed by some of their (now) favorite characters in the Marvel and Capcom universes. It wasn’t too long ago that the idea of playing as Rocket Raccoon was laughable and Doctor Strange was a relic of decades ago, but their inclusion in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has given them a new lease on life. The online experience is still a bit laggy, and the learning curve for anyone playing on Operation Modes other than Simple presents a steep learning curve. That being said, if you want to get some practice in before Marvel vs, Capcom Infinite releases sometime in 2017, there’s no better time to jump in.