Do you suck at fighting games?  So do we. However, thanks to Marvel vs. Capcom 3’s new simple mode – now you too can beat the crap out of Capcom at their own press events!!

When I arrived at Capcom’s suite at the Aria hotel/casino is Las Vegas yesterday, I had one thing on my mind – Marvel vs. Capcom 3.  Mayor Haggar and Phoenix had just been revealed as members of the cast – but sadly they were not available to play.  :-(

However, some new characters that I hadn’t yet played with were available for me to try out such as Wesker and Tron Bonne.  For the record, Wesker felt totally overpowered (But what the hell do I know?)  Yet, that’s not what this story is about.

Capcom Unity Was in Full Effect in Las Vegas

I’ve played MvC3 many many times this year.  Every time, Capcom has kicked my ass.  It’s not surprising – I suck at fighting games.  Ok, well I don’t totally suck – I’m half decent … but Capcom doesn’t take it easy on the gaming press and they certainly don’t let us win.  In fact, I’ve even had Capcom CM Seth Killian let me take out two of his fighters and get his last one near death, only to sadistically own all three of mine seconds later.

It’s worth noting that I did not play Seth yesterday, (he wasn’t there) but another member of the Capcom PR team who shall remain nameless to avoid shame!!

So Easy, A Caveman (Or I) Could Do It

Today, I decided to try out simple mode.  For those of you who don’t know – Marvel vs. Capcom 3 will feature a new “Simple” control mode that makes performing combos and supers so easy a caveman (or a reporter) can do it.

The light attack button will auto chain your attacks for you.  Medium attack will work your special moves, and hard attack will perform  your supers.  The bottom row of buttons, launch, assist 1, and assist 2, do not change in simple mode.  So you pretty much need to mash three buttons in order to play decently.  Word.

Now, while this may sound a bit cheap (and it is) what it allows noobish players like me to do is concentrate on the flow of the game without having to struggle to learn the moves.  Simple mode is extremely effective in teaching you the ins and outs of a fighting game as complex as MvC3 while taking away the learning curve and making it fun for players new to the series.  For guys like me – It is an extremely welcome addition.

Not So Intimidating Anymore

So, with simple mode underway – I took down Capcom – not one, not two, not three, but FOUR times in a row.  Booyah!! But I digress . . . the wins felt good.  Even though I was in simple mode and Capcom was in normal mode, we were both still playing hard.  I quickly learned my fighter’s moves and how to use them, even if I didn’t know how to execute them in normal mode.  So it was all about strategy for me.  Once I learned how and when to use my moves – it was all about execution and kicking ass.  If you ask me, simple mode does exactly what it’s supposed to do.

Now, when it comes to tournament and online play – I’m willing to bet simple mode will not be allowed.  If it is allowed in online play – I get the feeling it will only be against other players who are using simple mode.

*Our readers (as well as the pros over at seem to disagree about whether or not Simple Mode will be allowed in tournament play.  It will definitely be interesting to see the final verdict.*

That being said, it’s obvious that we’re excited about Marvel vs. Capcom 3 finally being released.  It is one of the most seriously fun fighting franchises of all time – and this iteration is clearly the best yet.

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  1. Easy mode or normal mode is not the concern!

    the damn concern is the use of spam attack!

    a lot of gamers who were let down by MvC2 are demanding for a No Assist Attack mode or Limited Assist Attack like MvC1 (the superior game!)

  2. If MvC1 was such the superior game, why is it that no one really plays it anymore, and yet MvC2 still has huge draw all around the world?

    More importantly, if you’re so concerned about ‘spammed’ attacks, have you ever thought about playing a different kind of game? Maybe Pokémon.

    • I actually prefer MvC1 over MvC2 like xino above. Being more popular over another doesn’t make it more superior. This applies to everything in life. (for example: iOS vs Android vs WP7)

      • Just because you like MvC1 more doesn’t make it superior to MvC2, it just means that your preferences lean towards that particular game’s play style.

  3. By ” alot of players who were left down” maybe you mean “a lot of bad players?”

    None of those players ever realize how much worse the game would be without assists, none of them can comprehend that the tactics that you can’t beat will become 100x worse without assists.

  4. so by beating some capcom reps makes you think that simple mode is broken.. did you even play against any players that actually knew what they where doing(Justin Wong, Marn, Keits) at the event? I’m sure you realize that simple mode limits you from a lot of advanced techniques. it will not be banned in tournament or online play. a person using simple mode against a person using normal mode will lose 99% of the time in higher play. i’ve noticed that you are looking for a fighting game reporter. thank jeebus. you obviously don’t have a good grasp on this kind of thing. no offense. it seems like any game reporting website or show doesn’t know what the hell they are talking about when it comes to fighting games.

    mvc2 does not have a huge draw around the world.. wth. it’s pretty big in the states and from what i’ve gathered there is a bit of a follwing in Europe but thats it. it’s no where near the following of Tekken or KOF. mvc1 was not the “superior game”. it’s like saying madden is superior to cod.. mvc1 and mvc2 are two different games. xmenvssf was a lot better over mvc1 imo.

    • I didn’t say simple mode was broken, in fact I think it’s awesome and stated it does exactly what it sets out to do for inexperienced players like me. I also stated that Capcom has kicked my ass thoroughly at every other press event. :-)

      As far as simple mode in tournament and online play – how can it be fair for one player to have to actually execute their moves when another can just press 3 buttons? Obviously a skilled player in normal mode will own a person in simple mode – but that still doesn’t mean it makes any sense for the playing field not to be equal so I have to disagree with you there.

      As far as us looking for a fighting games reporter – you are absolutely right. We suck at fighting games and it’s a niche gaming demographic that is not covered properly by most gaming sites. (Us included) We’ve already had a few inquiries.

      Thanks for the feedback!

      • Great write up, though I disagree with your assumption on Easy Mode being Banned. Only because, while easy modes lets you spam moves it also strips you of a lot of essential supers and tactics that I guarantee you would need to win at Major Tourneys.

        It may seem like simple mode gives a player and advantage, I can guarantee it doesn’t it does the exact opposite actually.

        It won’t be banned simply because the truth of the mater is they would be handicapping themselves. If anything it’ll be used in tournaments for smack talk.

      • after reading
        “Now, when it comes to tournament and online play – you can bet simple mode will not be allowed. If it is allowed in online play – you can bet it will only be against other players who are using simple mode. Quote me on that.”

        i just assumed you thought simple mode was broken. my bad. using one button vs an input is pretty much the same. my friends are nothing but spammers and pick projectile characters in mvc2. i’ve gone through the gauntlet to get in on them to start my rush down. what i’m pretty much saying is regardless of if it is one button vs inputs your going to still deal with the same scrubby tactics of spamming assists and projectiles from people new to the series. it’s not going to be that different other than move restrictions simple mode is going to have. simple mode helps anyone to get in and enjoy the game. simple mode is basically casual mode.

  5. Yeah, there isn’t any way in hell simple mode is going to be banned at any tournaments unless someone finds something really broken (like unblockables or instant punishes only simple mode can do). When playing simple mode you cut down the number of special moves you have (for Dante it’s from around 40 to 4). They also mentioned throwing around the idea of not allowing people to xFactor or use lv3 supers in simple mode, which would be laughable.

    But yeah man, if your so confident. Let’s have a money match when the game comes out. FT5, $50 sound good? I’ll even let you use simple mode. ;P

    Hit me up.

    • haha, you talking to me or the guy above? I’m not that confident – and there’s no way in hell you’re going to take my hard earned $50 :-p

  6. wow thats some interesting stuff in the article 1st off wesker OP wow thats great i bet you never played MVC2 where a LOT of people play storm sentinel magneto thats OP you cant fix MVC2 but MVC3 is a different thing where moves can be fixed nerfed or changed #2 simple mode is a great way to get people who dont normally play fighting games to buy the game this then make the fighting games community bigger better its not broken i actually holds the player back from their true potential