Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds

Common Sense Media says

Classic fighting game glamorizes violence, sexualizes women.

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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.

Violence

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).

Sex

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.

Language

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

Consumerism

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
Not applicable

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.

 

Parents say

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?

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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
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Capcom
Release date:February 15, 2011
Genre:Fighting
Topics:Superheroes
ESRB rating:T for Mild Language, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Violence (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Parent of a 11 and 14 year old Written byCaroline Sheehan March 14, 2013
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Commonsense is full of over protective parents. Let me explain..

This game is NOT only fighting. Common sense has failed to mention that you and the characters are fighting to save the earth from the super villain named "Galactus" and an evil character from Resident Evil 5 named "Wesker" Common sense barely even plays the games and over exaggerates even the smallest drop of blood. The characters do swear but is rarely heard and in the options you can turn it off. This game is full of many comic super heroes such as Hulk, Wolverine, Iron man, Captain America,and Thor. Great game play and the game is greatly detailed.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Teen, 15 years old Written byJohn S. March 6, 2013
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10
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LEARNING

This is not a very violent game.

There is fighting but there is no blood and the characters are fighting to protect earth.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent Written byasjklas March 5, 2013
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12
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In general, fun; mild violence, however, very suggestive content.

Despite its lack of single player value, characters, and innovation, Marvel vs Capcom 3 (and its special edition) should be very exciting for multiplayer events. It is a fighter, so it does contain some violence (although mild). Several female fighters appear sexually suggestive (the Darkstalker characters, to be specific) and it contains mild language and suggestive themes. But otherwise, should be just fine for teens. Maybe even kids if you can get passed the aforementioned.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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