The past 12 months have been pretty good for fighting game enthusiasts. MKvsDC, Garou,Battle Fantasia, Blazblue, MvC2, KoF13, Tekken 6 and of course the mighty Street Fighter 4 all showing there is still life left in the beat em up genre. However, while the PS3 and 360 has enjoyed all these titles, the Wii has been lacking in decent fighting game action. Maybe the beat em up is to gaming hardcore for the point and waggle Wii audience. Well, if that is the case , they are in for a suprise…TvC:UA is the latest installment in the (previously thought dead) Vs series from Capcom. Unlike Xmen Vs Street Fighter or Marvel Vs Capcom, Tatsunoko Vs Capcom hasn’t the same ‘Star Power’ outside Japan as it’s comic book inspired predecessors and as such was thought to remain inside its country of origin. Couple this with a variety of legal issues surrounding ownership of Animation studio Tatsunoko’s characters outside Japan the possibility of release was slim. Thankfully, all the issues have be ironed out at the expense of only a few Japanese only characters and the Ultimate Allstars edition was born. Bringing NEW characters to make up the roster and highly anticipated Online play.
Faithful recreations of all the characters and rich, exciting backgrounds make for a good-looking game, but by simply being on underpowered hardware it can’t hope to come close to Street Fighter 4 or Tekken 6.
The game itself is fast and furious like other VS. titles and returning to 2 on 2 tag format works to make the game a little less frantic and out of control as Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 can be for newcomers. Capcom legends Ryu, Morrigan and Megaman are joined by a new breed of classic Capcom heroes such as Viewtiful Joe and Dead Rising’s Frank West. The star caliber from the Capcom side is strong enough that i don’t mind not knowing ANYBODY from the Tatsunoko side of the roster.
Eurogamer Expo gave DPAD Dependency our 2nd chance to play TvC:UA. Here at DPAD Dependency we love our fighting games, and just the existence of this game gives us hope for the future of the series. It has the names and depth to make an impact on the fighting game scene and we want more.