MvC 3 Jill Valentine And Shuma Gorath Impressions

by Tim Turi on Mar 18, 2011 at 12:33 PM

One is a former S.T.A.R.S. member. The other is a tentacled, inter-dimensional cyclops. Together they make up the new DLC characters for Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds. I recently downloaded said add-on and went a few rounds with the intriguing new contenders.

Being the Resident Evil fan I am, I immediately checked out Jill Valentine. She’s sporting her latex jumpsuit from Resident Evil 5, and the all the feline-like abilities Wesker bestowed upon her. Jill specializes in a series of lightning-quick kick attacks along with several advanced throws, making her an up-close-and-personal pugilist. Her most unique power allows her to crouch like a feral cat and teleport around the screen, which is perfect for slipping under jumping enemies and retaliating from behind. Her hyper-combos include spinning machine gun jump and a flurry of devastating kicks. Overall, Jill is a great addition to the MvC 3 roster, but I would have preferred moves with more personality like her old zombie summoning and rocket launcher.

Shuma Gorath is the other new DLC newbie begging to be downloaded. His fluid animations and spiky attacks hark back to his Marvel vs. Capcom 2 days, giving longtime fans a nostalgic treat. I love that he can shoot sticky eyeballs onto foes, which then detonate to lengthen combos. His lack of speed is compensated for by a lengthy eye laser beam and the ability to transform into a spike ball and sail through the air. His extended eyebeam hyper-combo delivers a double dose of pain, and the other turns him into a venus flytrap-like creature which sends the victim through a damaging dimensional vortex. Shuma Gorath is a wacky fighting game character, and I’m glad Capcom chose to bring him back.

If I had to choose only one of these characters to download, I’d have to go with Shuma Gorath, despite my love for Resident Evil. He has crazy animations, a more varied move set, and a MODOK-like WTF factor. These two fighters are good additions to any seasoned MvC player, but the existing roster is so diverse that you wouldn’t miss out on much by passing on this DLC. Each character is $4.99 (400 MS points), and available on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live.