It’s amazing how Marvel vs Capcom Infinite went from highly anticipated to utterly despised after the most recent E3 trailer. Fans were weary about the game’s bland visual style and the removal of three-on-three battles, so this trailer and a playable demo didn’t help. While the game is still in it’s alpha stage, there is no denying how ugly the Story Mode cutscenes looked.
All these factors lessened the hype for a game fans were once excited for, so Capcom needs to fix this. Simply put, the game looks uninspired, especially compared to Dragon Ball FighterZ from Arc System Works, the Guilty Gear developers. Compared to Infinite, FighterZ is beautiful, chaotic, and packed with features fans want from a Marvel vs Capcom game.
This Isn’t Even My Final Version….
During fights, Marvel vs Capcom Infinite doesn’t look half bad, with some flashy special moves that look fun to execute. Compare it to the energy Dragon Ball FighterZ however, it’s clear that the anime fighter has an advantage. The three-on-three fights look amazing, with the gameplay seen thus far looking smoother than a gentleman in a nice suit.
Making the comparison sadder is that Infinite will be out in September, while FighterZ is only 20% finished. This was confirmed by Bandai Namco in an interview, which was translated by NeoGAF user raven777, so it can look even better. With FighterZ looking better than September’s Infinite, it’s clear that Capcom has to polish the final product really well.
Leftovers That Aren’t So Sloppy
Capcom removing the three-on-three fights from Marvel vs Capcom Infinite was a death knell for many hardcore fighting games. Admittedly, the system in Infinite is fun, as the recent Story Demo had some fun fights, despite the clunky cinematics. The tag system is fast-paced, and the Infinity Stones adds some layers to the combat, bringing more strategies to fights. While the constant tag switching could be an interesting system, it looks really tame compared to the insane Dragon Ball FighterZ.
Removing the three-on-three battles was an unpopular move, so having an alternative that freely embraces it has attracted those fans. While Infinite will appeal to the more casual fans looking to try it out, hardcore fans will prefer FighterZ. Capcom has promised that their latest crossover is more complex than it seems, but the tamer fights are losing fans.
What Happened To Capcom?
Marvel vs Capcom Infinite might end up being a decent fighter, but compared to games like Injustice 2, it’s disappointing. Admittedly, the game has learned from the mistakes made by Street Fighter 5 by adding an Arcade Mode and Story Mode. However, lauding Capcom for including staple game modes in fighting games is pitiful.
Infinite also lacks the visual prowess of Dragon Ball FighterZ or the replayability of Tekken 7 and Injustice 2. Simply put, it feels like Capcom is behind on a genre they helped create and this new game isn’t enough. While it could still be fun, Capcom will need to step up if they ever want to compete with these fighters.
The Work Of The Dragon Balls?
If you had told me that a Dragon Ball game would look better than a new Marvel vs Capcom game, I wouldn’t believe you. However, that is the reality fans are facing right now, with many dubbing Dragon Ball FighterZ the “real” Marvel game. The future for Dragon Ball games looks bright post-Xenoverse.
Marvel vs Capcom Infinite is slated for a September 19 release on PS4, Xbox One and Windows PC. Fans that pre-order the Deluxe Edition can get access to special costumes and DLC characters like Sigma and Black Panther. Dragon Ball FighterZ will come out on the same systems and is slated for an early 2018 release.
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