What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is no standard superhero game. It is a fighting game loaded with not only violence, but also loads of crass language and highly sexualized female characters in skimpy clothing. Online play is a highlight of the game, too, so be aware that children may be engaging in online bouts (complete with live voice chat) with random strangers. Common Sense Media does not recommend open online play for pre-teens.
What's it about?
ULTIMATE MARVEL VS. CAPCOM 3 allows players to engage in three-on-three tag-team battles featuring a slew of Marvel Comics heroes (like Wolverine, Iron Man, Ghost Rider, and more) mixed in with the protagonists from an array of Capcom games (like Resident Evil, Devil May Cry, and Dead Rising). While each character has his or her own ending in the story mode, there's no real plot to the game.
Is it any good?
The series has a lot of fans, so there are people out there who will definitely enjoy what Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 has to offer. But casual players who are looking for a cool superhero experience are likely to get frustrated by the byzantine control scheme and overly chaotic action onscreen. When there are so many explosions that you literally can't see where your fighter is, that's too much. The harsh language feels gratuitous and the levels of cleavage are not just distracting, they're also verging on silly.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about violence in games. How does it make you feel to play a game that is all about fighting? Is it cathartic? Does it agitate you? Do you think it makes you take violence less seriously when you see it in other types of media?
Parents can also talk to their kids about the depiction of women in the game. What kind of message does it send when characters talk about being strong, capable women, but are dressed like sex objects?