There was a time when it seemed like the Marvel vs. Capcom franchise will never be revived, made worse by the fact that Capcom losing the videogame license to Marvel characters also meant that all of the games were pulled out of digital marketplaces.
Fast-forward a few years and not only did Capcom regain the license for a new iteration of the Marvel vs. Capcom game, they also decided to bring back Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and port it to current gen platforms – including PC.
The Steam port of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 launched today and you can get it for a measly $25 USD (you’ll have to pay less or more, depending on where you live due to Steam’s regional pricing system). It’s just a slightly updated port so don’t expect current gen visuals and through-the-roof production values, but the PC does come with a few bells and whistles – including the guaranteed 1080p resolution at crisp 60 FPS.
There’s also the option to lower or increase the anti-aliasing quality and the texture quality. You wouldn’t need to fiddle with this much because the combination of being an old game and the use of Capcom’s optimization-friendly MT framework engine means you can pretty much run the game without any performance issues even on toasters (we have tested it to run smooth as butter on a system sporting an aging Core 2 Duo e8400 running at stock 3.0 ghz, with an nVidia GT 630 and 4GB of DDR3 RAM.)
One thing you have to look out for is that this is a straight port, which means it comes with everything that the original UmvsC came with – both good and bad. It comes with all the DLCs, for one thing, but it also comes in the state Capcom originally left it, which means unbalanced roster that will heavily favor hardcore players. This is something you have to keep in mind if you want to play online now – you’ll find matches, as expected of a new game, but you’ll have to deal with hardcore players who already cut their teeth on the original. So prepare to be destroyed if you’re new to the game or a filthy casual like us. If you’re leery of getting your butt handed to you online, milling around and duking it out with the CPU should still provide hours of fun.
But basically, for $25 bucks, the Steam port of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 should be a worthy purchase and should tide you over until the release of Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite later this year.