The PlayStation Vita is finally out; YAY!! Even better is the fact that the Vita launched with a solid line-up of games, of which Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is a part. Now I could go into just how badass this game is, but I want to talk about the strategy guide for a bit. This is not a review of the guide, of which can be found here, but rather a look at how it holds up on this new gaming platform. Let’s get this show started so I can get back to kicking some Galactus ass!
No matter whether Capcom did a great job in translating the Vita game, or BradyGames kicked butt when they wrote this, the guide holds up well despite the fact that it focuses on the console versions. The basic walkthrough of fighting strategies, tips on how to better your skills, and even combos still hold true and are worth taking time to study. You can find you favorite character and read their strengths and weaknesses along with detailed instructions on their moves and combos. For the most part, this all translates to the Vita version well.
However, there is a bit of work that needs doing on your part to utilize this guide for the handheld game. Obviously, the controller mapping needs a Vita picture instead of a fighting stick or standard controller. Damage percentages need to be taken with a grain of salt as some tweaking to the fighting formula went on since this guide released. Lastly, a few new modes are not covered due to them being Vita specific, like the touch screen fighting or watching replays of online matches and seeing detailed hit boxes. Really, these are but minor issues when compared to the guide as a whole.
If this is the first copy of the game you own, the Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 strategy guide is a hard sell at full price and not totally worth the purchase. However, if you own the game on 360/PS3 and have yet to snag the guide, then this is still well worth the investment. This guide may not cover everything brand new to the Vita game, but boy, will it still help you in schooling the kids at lunch!