Sound: There’s relatively no music, even in the background for menus. The voice acting is minimal, consisting mainly of grunts, Ryu’s “HADOUKEN!!” and punching sound effects. They’re good sound effects, but there should be more than just that. Sound: 6.5/10
Presentation: The graphics almost feel like a step down from Marvel vs. Capcom 3, being less defined and less comic book-y, which was one of my favorite design elements of MvC3. There aren’t as many flashy combos either, with means less explosive laser beams that fill up the entire screen. It feels tame, to say the least. Presentation: 6.5/10
Gameplay: The gameplay is pretty much Street Fighter with a few Tekken characters thrown in. That means 2D strategic fighting with hundreds of combos and loads of different characters to master. The gameplay is brutal, and the term “casual fighter” does not exist. With that said, the game is pretty fun at its core but requires a lot of skill to get good at. There’s training, challenge and mission modes which help to brush up on your skills and I think are an extremely useful addition to the game. Gameplay: 7.5/10
Multiplayer: It never took more than thirty seconds for me to find an opponent online, and there was very little lag in any of my matches. One important thing to note is that the gameplay is such that an opponent can’t corner and trap you into an endless wall pummeling, which makes matches fun and way less cheap than MvC3. Multiplayer: 7/10
Length: The good stuff is that there’s loads of missions, trials, challenges and of course arcade mode to keep you entertained. Couple that with the thirty-something large character roster and great online play, and that’s a lot of content. The bad is that the PS3 exclusive characters (Megaman, Pac-Man, etc.) are on the Xbox 360 version’s disc, but are just blocked from usage! That’s like buying a book with pages stapled shut. C’mon Capcom. Length: 7/10
Overall: This game gets a 6.9/10. Not exactly the twitch reflex over-the-top fighter I’m used to seeing Capcom put forth, but this game is definitely worth a weekend rental (not a buy because we all know a newer updated version of this game will be released in a few months).