Marvel vs Capcom 3 Leaked Roster?

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Here is the supposed leaked roster for Marvel vs Capcom 3. Note that this is not confirmed. I REPEAT, NOT CONFIRMED. Take the following with a grain of salt.

Capcom

Akuma
Albert Wesker
Amaterasu
Arthur
Chuck (Frank West Alt Outfit)
Chris Redfield
Chun-Li
Dante
Felicia
Frank West
Hsien-Ko
Mike Haggar
Morrigan
Ryu
Spencer (Bionic Commando)
Trish
Tron Bonne
Viewtiful Joe
Zero

Marvel

Captain America
Deadpool
Dr. Doom
Elektra
Emma Frost
Hulk
Iron Man
Juggernaut
Magneto
Mr. Fantastic
She-Hulk
Shuma-Gorath
Spider-Man
Super Skrull
Taskmaster
Thor
War Machine (Iron Man Alt Outfit)
Wolverine
X-23

So there you have it. I personally find this to be a bit of an unusual line-up with far too many new entries into the MvC series. The number of returning characters is questionable, and a few names listed raise alarms. Mr. Fantastic’s name jumps to mind, since Capcom said that the Fantastic Four would not be playable characters.

The lack of memorable MvC characters such as Captain Commando, Gambit, Mega Man, Strider Hiryu and Venom is somewhat odd. What we see here is hardly an all-star line up. Frank West? Hsien-Ko? She-Hulk? Trish?

I don’t know about this roster, and the jury is still out on whether or not it’s real. Whatever you do, don’t jump to any conclusions just yet.

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The Decline of Need for Speed

The Need for Speed series has been respected and revered as one of the best arcade racing franchises ever developed. It has the numbers to back it up as well, as Need for Speed is the fifth best selling video game franchise of all time, behind only Mario, Pokemon, Tetris, and The Sims.

Despite achieving such success, the series has developed a bit of a bad reputation among reviewers and the general public alike over the past few years by repeatedly releasing games in the series which share very few common similarities except rushed development times and generally poor reviews.

Generally, the Need for Speed franchise is losing more steam as it continues to evolve into the unstoppable beast of the racing game genre, pumping out at least two games a year now. To reflect the decline in the games’ quality, here are the metascores for each Need for Speed game in chronological order, oldest to newest.

The Need for Speed – N/A (8.3 from Gamespot)
Need for Speed II – 71
Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit – 88
Need for Speed: High Stakes – 86
Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed – 78
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit II – 89
Need for Speed: Underground – 85
Need for Speed: Underground 2 – 82
Need for Speed: Most Wanted – 82
Need for Speed: Carbon – 74
Need for Speed: ProStreet – 62
Need for Speed: Undercover – 59
Need for Speed: Nitro – 68
Need for Speed: SHIFT – 84

With the exception of SHIFT’s success, the Need for Speed series has almost been in a steady decline since 2002. That is eight years of Need for Speed titles being consistently worse, barely even ranking above “average” since ProStreet in 2007.

Two more games in the Need for Speed franchise will be released this year. The first, due out next month, is Need for Speed World, a PC MMO. From what I understand, a beta began quite recently and the general consensus is that the game is unfortunately very bad. A low metascore is pretty much a sure thing with NFS World, unfortunately.

The second game coming this year may help get the staggering series back strongly on two feet (or four wheels?). Currently titled Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, it is the third game in the Hot Pursuit sub-series. The previous two Hot Pursuit titles scored 88 and 89 on Metacritic, the two highest scores that the series has received on the ranking and scoring website.

Electronic Arts is playing it smart with Hot Pursuit III. They know what works and what the core fans of the series enjoys most, and that’s the Hot Pursuit aspect of the franchise. While Carbon, ProStreet, Undercover and Nitro were interesting experiments, they can be considered failures due to being the lowest scoring games in the series since Need for Speed II, a thirteen year old game that hadn’t even found it’s footing or decided yet what it wanted to be.

Hot Pursuit III, ultimately, will be the game that decides whether or not Need for Speed will continue to be successful in the long term. NFS World will inevitably bomb judging by the comments by beta testers, and if Hot Pursuit III follows suit, then I’m afraid that Need for Speed’s time will almost be over.

If the new Hot Pursuit works out and happens to be a success, I truly hope that Electronic Arts will see the light and base all future Need for Speed games on the Hot Pursuit formula. After all, it has worked pretty darn well for the two games based around it.

To conclude the post, here are videos of Hot Pursuit, Hot Pursuit II, and what I assume will be named Hot Pursuit III. It’s quite cool to play them all at the same time and check out how the series has evolved in terms of gameplay and graphics.

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