Originally Posted by BowB4Me
Damn. Must be a age or ease of play thing. MVC 3 is one of the worse fighting games of all time IMO. The combo system was made for the 4-10 age group. SF4 is cool but just a step backwards gameplay wise. 99% of SF4 players couldn't win in 3rd Strike competitively. No shortcut inputs or auto correct, in other words no cpu hand holding.
It's clearly nostalgia that has Marvel 2 so high on its pedestal. In terms of age, I grew up with The capcom arcade scene and the titles they produced for Marvel from the punisher beat em up to Xmen children of the atom. My love for street fighter simultaneously occurred for my love of marvel in the early to mid 90's because of these games capcom made. I purchased MVC2 the day it came out for my dreamcast from Funcoland and I still own this game as well as my dreamcast in perfect working condition. I'm also ranked by iPlaywinner as semi-pro in Alpha 3, as well as MVC2 and SSF2 Turbo HD remix.
Now that I've made my opinion just a tad but more valid, IMO marvel 3 is one of the greatest fighting games ever. The control scheme created by Niitsuma came about from tatsunoku vs. Capcom and is relatively simple to use but IMPOSSIBLE to master. Marvel 3 came out of nowhere and had been 10 years since marvel 2 dropped when Marvel 3 came on the scene. The game is special because of all it took for it to become a reality. The time that had passed since Marvel and capcom collaborated and the new titles and characters that had came into prominence between that time. There was also a ton of foreshadowing in that game as to what characters marvel would be focusing on for their movie universe...regardless gameplay wise that game is so in depth and x-factor gives it to where even the best player has to give their all in a match. Look at the high level play in Marvel 3 and then watch marvel 2. Marvel 2 is street fighter alpha with no rules and a tag system. Sprites and all. Marvel 3? The production value, the wink and nods to capcom and marvels history, spiderman calling Magneto "Ericccc!!!" When you tag him out, Iron man calling Captain America "Steve!" when you tag, deadpool's launcher being a dragon punch and screaming "shoryuken!" I can go on forever about how tongue and cheek is but eh, to each it's own. And J. Wong is a prominent SF player and one of the greatest Marvel 2 players and he played A LOT of Marvel 3.
J. Wong also played a lot of SF3 and plays a ton of SF4. Daigo as well. SF3 didn't gain notoriety until SF anniversary collection. Nobody wanted to play 3rd strike in '99....everyone was playing alpha 3 and Marvel 1 in the arcades.
Excuse my wall of text but I have one more point to add in terms of Marvel and capcom's history as well as their future. They have a good relationship but the Marvel vs. Capcom series is built off of Xmen vs. SF. Marvel wants all their properties from here on out to reflect their successful movie universe being put together. Because they don't have the film rights to xmen, they don't want to feature them in prominent advertisement outside of comic crossover events and their ongoing series'. What I urge you to consider is that Sony is funding Capcom for SF 5....Sony also has a great relationship with Square Enix who has a very anticipated 3rd installment of Kingdom Hearts. A game that's popularity is fueled by Disney characters. Marvel characters are Disney characters....kingdom hearts will only appear on the PS4. So Sony has a great relationship with capcom and Disney....hmm............