This classic fighting game crossover series has been going strong ever since X-Men vs Street Fighter. However, does Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite take a bit too many steps back? Equip your Infinity Stone of choice and get ready to fight!
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite features some solid core gameplay that should appeal to both hardcore fans and casual gamers alike. The basic controls are easy to remember as you have both light and heavy punches and kicks as well as buttons that correspond to activating your Infinity Surge move and tagging in your current partner. Performing combos and throws is very intuitive although stringing together a series of attacks that'll keep your opponent on their toes is something that'll require a bit of practice. One element that adds a layer of strategy is the Infinity Stone system where you can equip one of six stones that alter your Infinity Surge attack and Infinity Storm effect. Speaking of which, unleashing an Infinity Storm will transform the stage to provide you with certain temporary boosts. Overall, it's a solid setup for fighting action that feels familiar yet fresh.
List of Marvel characters in MvC: Infinite
- Rocket Raccoon
- Doctor Strange
- Ghost Rider
- Iron Man
- Captain Marvel
- Captain America
- Black Panther [DLC]
- Black Widow [DLC]
- Venom [DLC]
- Winter Soldier [DLC]
Of course, the primary appeal to any fighting game crossover is the character roster. Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite contains 30 fighters that you can enjoy right off the bat with 6 more available as DLC. You'll encounter characters from franchises such as Guardians of the Galaxy, Mega Man X, Dead Rising, Resident Evil, and Street Fighter. Each fighter is enjoyable to experiment with and when you factor in the Infinity Stone system, you're looking at quite a lot of variables that may give you the upper-hand in battle.
Unfortunately, there are loads of characters missing from previous entries in the series. Even if you were to purchase the DLC, it's still disappointing how few characters are available when you compare the selection to other crossover fighters. Off the top of my head, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is missing Akuma, Tron Bonne, Amaterasu, Viewtiful Joe, Magneto, Wolverine, Doctor Doom, Deadpool, Felicia, Captain Commando, and Jill Valentine. There could be licensing issues at play but the fact that the character roster pales in comparison to previous games means that fans will almost definitely be disappointed in the less than ideal collection featured here.
List of Capcom characters in MvC: Infinite
- Strider Hiryu
- Arthur (Ghosts 'n Goblins)
- Frank West (Dead Rising)
- Chris (Resident Evil)
- Mega Man X
- Dante (Devil May Cry)
- Ryu (Street Fighter)
- Spencer (Bionic Commando)
- Morrigan (Darkstalkers)
- Firebrand (Gargoyle's Quest)
- Haggar (Final Fight)
- Sigma [DLC]
- Monster Hunter [DLC]
When it comes to single player modes, you can play through a somewhat lengthy Story mode (it lasts about a few hours), a generic Arcade mode, and a Mission mode where you try and master both general and character-specific moves. There's also a Collection mode where you can admire unlocked movies, character models, artwork, music, and voice clips. There's no denying that this is a decent collection of single player content but the story mode falls flat. For starters, it's completely linear which limits its replay value. Also, the plot itself is boring and stereotypical. That being said, it is fun watching all these characters interact but only for a short while.
Obviously, not many gamers buy fighting games just for their single player content so let's discuss the multiplayer component. For starters, you can play both online or locally. Online, you can jump right into a Ranked or Casual Match, enter a Beginners League, and join or create a Lobby. The local multiplayer is far less robust as it's just basic fights without many options. Playing online is where Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite shines brightest as you'll face plenty of challenging opponents and put your skills as a fighter to the test. On the other hand, I wish there was an option to play 3 vs. 3 so long-time fans can enjoy a more classic and chaotic gameplay dynamic.
Finally, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite fails to impress both in its visuals and audio. For starters, when you compare the graphics to a game like Injustice 2, the characters here look far more generic and lack personality. The same thing could be said about the music. A lot of the tracks are new interpretations of character themes but I can't help but feel that they butchered a lot of these songs. The result is a soundtrack that not only isn't catchy; it also doesn't seem to fit in a fighting game. Along the same lines, the voice acting is acceptable albeit unenthusiastic and often out of place. It's too bad because there are so many better looking and sounding fighters out there.
Even though Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is disappointing in a lot of ways, the combination of classic fighting and new gameplay mechanics results in some exhilarating battles, especially online. However, don't expect an epic story or an impressive roster.
- + Solid fighting gameplay with new systems that are mostly well-implemented
- + Decent amount of single player content
- + Enjoyable multiplayer component
- - Graphics and sound aren't as impressive as other recent fighters
- - Story is very linear and uninspired
- - Missing plenty of characters