Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds

Common Sense Media says

Classic fighting game glamorizes violence, sexualizes women.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

The sole focus of this game is over-the-top fighting. Plus, players control male characters that punch and kick women (though the women in the game are equally capable fighters). 

Positive role models

There is no main protagonist in this game, but rather a wide range of playable characters. The fighters' personalities aren't developed well enough to ascertain whether they're good people, though many players will have a pretty good idea as to whether they're good or evil based on their previous appearances in games, comics, and movies. Regardless, all they do in the game is fight, making all of them poor role models for kids.


Ease of play

The game's controls are scalable. Therefore if you're a novice gamer, you can opt for the streamlined controls for a simplified button layout, while advanced gamers can learn sophisticated moves and combos to tackle opponents.


Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds is a fighting game, therefore the game revolves around violence -- in this case, between Marvel and Capcom's characters. While there is no blood and environments are over-the-top (including in space), players will engage in hand-to-hand combat, use weapons (swords, pistols and throwing knives) as well as magical attacks (fireballs, lightning strikes, and so on).


The game's female fighters are dressed provocatively. Players see a plenty of skin, including (almost) bare buttocks and deep cleavage. One woman's breasts are barely covered by thin strips of material.


Some characters use mild language, including "hell," "damn," "ass" and "bitch."


This game features not just well-known video game characters but also several popular personalities from the Marvel Comics universe, including Hulk, Iron Man, and Wolverine.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds is an over-the-top fighting game featuring provocatively clad female fighters. Gameplay focuses on characters battling one another in a number of different ways and with various attacks, including punches, kicks, guns, throwing knives, explosions, lightning strikes, fireballs, and so forth. There isn't any blood, and the animated characters don't look real, but this game clearly glamorizes violence and depicts women as sex objects. Note, too, that online multiplayer supports open voice chat. Common Sense Media does not recommend non-moderated online communication for pre-teens.


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Kids say

What's it about?

It's been an entire decade since we last saw a new Marvel vs. Capcom fighting game -- 2000's Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes for the Sega Dreamcast -- but the once-popular series is back after a long hiatus in MARVEL VS. CAPCOM 3: FATE OF TWO WORLDS. This fast-paced, colorful brawler includes classic fighters -- such as Hulk, Wolverine, and Iron Man from the Marvel universe and Ryu and Morrigan from Capcom's Street Fighter and Darkstalkers franchises, respectively -- as well as new characters like Resident Evil's Chris Redfield, Thor, and Viewtiful Joe. Some characters have undergone a makeover, such as the uber-muscular Hulk, while others have a more retro look, such as the classic design of Iron Man's shiny red and gold suit. Capcom says they've gone for "living comic book art style" powered by a tweaked version of the advanced graphics engine used for Resident Evil 5.

Is it any good?


Whether you're partial to fighting games in general, a fan of this series specifically, or have a soft spot for characters from the Marvel and/or Capcom universes, this reimagined classic brawler will please. It features wild, over-the-top action, mid-air battles, terrific special effects, and multilayered combos designed to inflict as much damage on your opponents as possible. Gamers can also create their dream team of fighters for 3-on-3 tag team duels, which include "assist attacks" where one character helps out another. Online play is smooth and fast, and delivers five different modes from which to choose.

Capcom also spent a lot of time creating depth, offering many dozens of moves for hardcore players to master. Newbies, meanwhile, can use a simplified controls option to help them get into the swing of things. The story is shallow (hey, it's a fighting game) and we noticed some minor balancing issues, but there's very little to complain about in this thrilling fighter. Note: the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game are the same.

Online interaction: Up to eight players can battle it out online and talk freely with one another via an optional headset microphone. That means players can easily share personal information and may be exposed to unsuitable language and subjects of discussion.


Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how fighting games can help hone a player's reflexes and hand/eye coordination. How might these skills help gamers in the real world?

  • Families can also discuss the depiction of female characters in video games. Fighting games tend to sexualize women. How do you think male players interpret these unrealistic images? How about female players? Can you think of other genres in which women tend to be portrayed in a more lifelike manner?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Available online?Not available online
Release date:February 15, 2011
ESRB rating:T for Mild Language, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Violence (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Teen, 14 years old Written byFreebieguy March 31, 2011

great game!

If your one of those fighting game fans this is a game you need to have plus if you really want it you can get it for free personally I think this is one of the best fighting games so far. P.S To get your free stuff sign up here
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old February 16, 2011
I love this game its one of the best fighting games period. While i don't advise young children watch kids will love seeing their favorite heroes like Spider-man, The Incredible hulk, and Captain America, And if you're a hardcore gamer like me you'll love to know you're favorites are here like Okami people, DMC people, and the resident evil franchise favorites. You'll have to be more sour than the grinch not to have a good time in this game.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Kid, 9 years old May 22, 2011

fun but watch your kids play.

Marvel vs Capcom 3 is fun but watch for some stuff.Like the women are dressed impropriety.In one ending it takes place in a bar etc. So this game is an iffy choice for 13-15.Here is why.the game is not appropriate because the girls are dressed not kid friendly,violence may be intense to some viewers, and some very bad role models like wesker and others.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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