This review is primarily for people who have heard alot of hype and are wondering if they should buy it or if they should see elsewhere. I am a casual gamer so this review is mostly for people who are not super hardcore fighting game fans. I didnt like this game and here is why:
I have other hobbies and I have friends and a social life. So I dont play videogames 20+ hours a week. I especially dont like if a game is more of a chore than fun, and makes you practice tedious comboes for hours and hours and you have to learn the framerates of all the moves in order to enjoy the game on the most basic plan. And if you STILL dont get significantally better than a buttonmashing n00b, then the game is epic fail.
This game is like that.
All the Marvel vs Capcom 3 hype got to me and I bought this game. After spending a week with it, I am regretting. I played for 4 hours straight the day I got it and didn't understand anything! I have played everyday for one week now (totally 20+ hours!) and I am still not into the game or (the most important part) having the slightest fun.
I have read all the info in the booklet and read for 10 hours on Shoryuken.com and read other giudes at IGN.com to get the knowledge of the workings of this game and I have been in the practice mode a lot, but still I am not able to fully understand how to play it. You can buttonmash to victory a lot but there is no enjoyment at all. If a game is this much work to enjoy then it is nothing for me. This game is too much of a chore!
The game is an epic fail for casuals because its so fast and furious and everybody is all over the place and everything is so frantic, its not fun nor understandable at all! The over-the-top cartoonish visuals and flashy special effects are just plain confusing and seizure-causing.
And the Simple Mode is totally useless! Whats the point of that?!
The booklet says its for newcomers so you dont have to learn hard combos and such. It's not like you'll be better on normal mode or understand the game more. If anything, it confuses you and you don't know how or when to connect which moves. And besides, what is the fun in just pressing one button (yes ONE button for all regular moves and ONE button for all special moves) and the game playes out all the moves and connects them perfectly. But half of the moves are unavaileble so a pro in normal mode can easily beat a n00b who is palying in simple mode.
The gameplay is a bit broken too. You can kill someone in one combo!! Yes, ONE combo is all you have to do and the damage is so big that you can kill opponent before they even get to do anything! This goes for every character, not only Sentinel. When x-factor is activated (you press all four buttons and the character will glow making him stronger faster, jump higher etc) so you can combine attacks where comboes before were not possible. Sentinel can then kill you in three hits!! Bad choice from developers to include this.
Capcom really held back alot of content, because everybody knows they will make you pay for DLC to get some more costumes and some more playable characters. As matter of fact, only one day after releasing the game, Capcom announced such a pay-for-DLC pack with a shadow mode and some costumes. They will surely milk all the suckers that buy this game!
I gave it two stars because the production value of what is on the disc is good and I know the hardcore community seems to like this game, but for casuals this game is nothing special.
Dont buy this game if you are not hardcore fighting fan. I suggest you rather get Tekken 6 or wait for the new Mortal Kombat Kombat or Tekken Tag Tournament 2.