Along with the recently released Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure HD Ver., Capcom rounded out their gamescom beat-‘em-up showcase with Marvel vs. Capcom Origins, another retro flavoured fantasy fighting experience. However, while Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure HD Ver. is a modernisation of an underappreciated classic, Marvel vs. Capcom Origins is quite the opposite: a reflection of that which made the series so popular.
Anyone familiar with the Marvel vs. Capcom franchise will be immediately at home with Marvel vs. Capcom Origins. It’s a beat-‘em-up videogame that allows for both one-on-one and tag matches, playable both on- and offline. However, while Marvel vs. Capcom Origins is a homage to everything that has made Marvel vs. Capcom such an enduring series, this isn’t simply a port of a fourteen year old arcade videogame, this is the culmination of developer wishes and consumer demands.
The structure of Marvel vs. Capcom Origins is arguably its reason d’etre, giving the player ridiculous quantities of goals to complete however they see fit. You can simply play through the arcade mode as with any beat-‘em-up of the last twenty years, but there’s much more to it than that: landing a specific number of blows, special attacks, dodging, counter-attacks and dual attacks are all measured and rewarded at certain intervals.
From a visual standpoint, Marvel vs. Capcom Origins is a remarkable production. As a high-definition revision of a videogame never designed for such precision picture quality it could quite easily have ended-up as an awkward pixelated mess, but instead the videogame has been given a severe touch-up in all respects. It still looks dated, but not so much that it’s painful to see a classic rendered poorly against its modern successor. The extensive visual customisation aids this of course, but it doesn’t prevent the battlefield from feeling a little cramped at times.
Launching later this month, Marvel vs. Capcom Origins is a surprisingly well implemented downloadable title when it could just as easily have become a videogame seen as nothing more than a quick cash-in on the renewed popularity of the beat-‘em-up genre. If any videogame crossover were to eradicate the somewhat bitter taste Street Fight X Tekken has left many gamers with, Marvel vs. Capcom Origins would be the one to do it. Capcom has certainly delivered Marvel vs. Capcom Origins with respectable effort, as the question that remains not being about the quality of the production, but whether the audience remains keen to adopt a fourth Marvel vs. Capcom experience on a single generation of videogame consoles.