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Five Reasons to Play ‘Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3’

With the classic game back available, find out why it rocks!

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Do you crave 3v3 fighting game action that pits Marvel heroes and villains versus the most iconic characters in the Capcom universe? Look no further friend: “Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3” finds its way to next-gen systems this week on both Xbox One and PS4 as well as Steam. If the fact that Captain America can punch Resident Evil’s Albert Wesker doesn’t get you hyped for “UMvC3,” we have more five reasons why you definitely need to get your hands on this game.

Avengers, Guardians, Defenders, X-Men Assemble!

Fancy slinging shields, calling lightning, and repulsor blasting enemies? Or maybe riding a hellfire motorcycle while enlisting the aid of the Vishanti and smashing everything in sight more suits your style? “UMvC3” lets you create your own three-character team from 50 Marvel and Capcom heroes and villains to duke it out in glorious melee. You can create a team consisting of any number of Avengers, or former Raccoon City police officers, or even old school Capcom classics like Arthur and Firebrand from “Ghosts and Goblins.”

With 50 playable characters, your team-up options have virtually no limits! Explore awesome synergies, brutal assist combos, and ridiculous super moves to create the perfect team to fit your play style. My personal favorite crew consists of The Hulk, Thor, and She-Hulk. Sure it can be a little tough getting in, but those big bodies bring the pain!

Giant beams of death plus hitting people with a falling meteor equals fun

Ah the Triple Hyper Combo, known to the fighting game community as the THC. For those of you unfamiliar, triggering a THC brings all three of your characters onto the screen, each cutting loose with one of their devastating super moves simultaneously. While not incredibly useful in every situation, given the right opportunity you can unleash Ryu’s Shinu Hadouken and Iron Man’s Repulsor Cannon while Hulk grabs a passing meteor and slams it down onto your enemy’s head. It’s truly a sight to behold.

Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat

You’re down to your last character who clings to life by a single pixel of health. Your opponent banks on one last hit of chip damage to take the round but you play your trap card: X-Factor. Activating X-Factor transforms any single character into a force of nature capable of taking out an entire enemy team on their lonesome. Granting enhanced movement and attack speed as well as a hefty damage increase, and immunity from chip damage, X-Factor can pull your butt out of the fire like nothing else, but activating it early to take advantage of its bonuses can leave you limited at the end of a hard fought match.

Do you pop X-Factor early to guarantee a kill on a tough enemy, or save it knowing it may mean the difference between life and death? The choice is yours.

Test your might against the cosmic power of Galactus

If you want to take a break from online battles, or maybe Vs. Mode doesn’t do it for you, you can always test your skills against the computer-controlled arcade ladder. If you best the AI competition and a couple of silver-clad heralds, you get to face the Devourer of Worlds, Galactus himself. And you better be prepared. Galactus has enough super armor to shrug off the most powerful of your character’s attacks and he burns with enough cosmic energy to turn your team to cinders. Think you can take him down and save the Earth?

Challenge incredible players from across the globe

When challenging the computer loses its luster, a whole host of capable combatants await online, ready to push your skills and reflexes to the limit. Test out new team strategies, learn your opponent’s strengths and weaknesses, and prove you have what it takes to go toe-to-toe with the best. There’s a reason you spent all that time in training mode keeping your combos crisp.

Download “Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3” right now on Xbox One, PS4, and Steam, and stay tuned to Marvel.com for more Marvel games news and interviews.