The latest iteration of the “Marvel vs.” series released on September 19th with Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite. Unlike Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, MvC:I features 2v2 combat, akin to Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes. New changes include the implementation of Infinity Stones. There are six Infinite Stones in the game, each one granting the player different abilities and buffs. These range from an increase to attack damage to adding elemental damage with each attack. Other changes include the replacement of the assist method. A new system called “Active Switch” replaces the assist method, calling in and giving you full control of your second character while your first character completes a maneuver before backing away. Current Echo Fox player and former EVO Champion in Marvel vs. Capcom 2 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Justin Wong gives us his thoughts about MvC:I.
Compared to previous entries, MvC:I is a more fluid game, granting players to be more creative with combos and mixing characters. Concerning how MvC:I differs from previous entries, Justin states, “The difference is that you are able to tag at any given time to continue your offense. Mvci also has Stones which allows characters to enhance their offense even more which makes it very crazy fun.”
Many players and streamers share the same thought as Justin expressing how fun MvC:I is. “The game is very fun because you are allowed to freestyle at no end,” Justin stated. “When I think about something that could work it usually doesn’t but in this game, 90% of the time it works.” For the players, this could mean endless combinations with team compositions, what stone is compatible with their team, and an infinite number of combinations that can be performed. For the spectators, this means a lot of hype in every game.
Currently, there are 21 characters to choose from. For someone new to fighting games or the Marvel vs. Capcom series, this may feel overwhelming. A common question is, “What pair of characters should I start out to get a feel of the game?” Justin gives his advice, “I think a good duo for anyone can be anyone. The game mechanics works so well you can make any team work but if I have to choose it would be Ultron/Nova.” As a new player to the Marvel vs. Capcom series, I followed Justin’s advice and practiced Ultron/Nova. After a few hours in Mission and Training Modes, I firmly agree with Justin. Ultron pulls off combos that are not difficult to execute; however, difficult to master. When you tag in as Nova, you are able to continue a combo left off from Ultron which compliments each other.
For the former EVO Champion, Justin seeks another EVO championship in MvC:I. The next EVO is a long time from now, but Justin continues to work hard in achieving that goal. “I want to win MvC:I at EVO,” says Justin. “For me to do that will require learning all the characters, all the Stones, and match up knowledge with many different team combinations.” From past experiences, Justin will devote time into Practice Mode, learn from any mistakes at tournaments, and in turn, become a better player.
Capcom announced a new event upon the release of MvC:I called “Battle for the Stones”. This event features the previous seven EVO champions in UMvC3, six Infinity Stone bearers through various tournaments around the world, and three online tournament winners. What’s unique about this event is if you are a bearer of one of the Infinity Stones, you can use it during the “Battle for the Stones” Finals in Anaheim, CA on December 9-10, 2017. These stones grant a special ability that will give them an advantage over their opponent during the finals. Its power will be revealed at each stone’s respective tournament. For the former EVO champ, Justin gives us his thoughts, “Capcom Battle for the Stones event looks really awesome. I am scared of what a real life infinity stone can do. So I hope I get a weak gem opponent that would be nice.”
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite has the potential to be another classic Capcom game. With the game released this week, many players will explore and experiment different strategies. SoCal Regionals looms in the background with new tech to be unleashed. It will take place on September 22 to 24 at the Anaheim Convention Center featuring Justin Wong and other Echo Fox players.