PAX West 2017: Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite Aims to Reach All Audiences

There’s a certain stigma that has stuck with fighting games over the years, that they’re incredibly hard to get into and especially difficult for new players. This is true of many fighting titles that aim to be almost exclusively for more dedicated players, which includes the online gameplay where being new to the game will usually result in being used as a mop to clean the floor. Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, meanwhile, is working to ensure it makes room for new players to ease into the ranks, while also bringing the challenge to those already initiated.

These days, looking up button combinations for attacks in fighting titles is a fairly easy feat. It’s usually presented in some form in the game menus, while looking it up online is just as quick and simple. For new players, however, these can be hard to memorize complex combos and end up with players who rely on one or two combos in order to make their way through fights. Marvel vs. Capcom introduces a few easy button combos to allow even beginners to do some more difficult moves without having to master the setup. That doesn’t mean they’ll have the upper hand in fights, but it does a good job of easing players into the basics. These easy buttons are also able to be turned off for those ready to take on the challenge more traditionally.

When starting up a fight, players select two characters to take into battle. Once a character is defeated the second will jump in and take their place to continue the fight, or players can take it in the new direction and swap whenever they like during a fight. The new mechanic lets players actively swap characters whenever they like, even in the midst of an attack chain to keep it going. This is of course advantageous in various ways while going into a fight and brings further strategy to fights for planning character combinations to take into battle.

One of the biggest new additions to Infinite is the inclusion of infinity stones. One of the six are selected after choosing characters for battle and grant the player the ability to use the Infinity Surge and Infinity Storm specials. These abilities can range from attacks that damage or drain enemies, cages to keep the opponent locked in place and even the ability to revive a defeated character. Choosing the right combination could mean the difference between winning a fight and falling just short, so players will need to think wisely about which they choose for each match.

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite’s goal is simple: it invites players to have a fun time whether they’re just joining or returning from the last big battle. Even the online matches will have modes that allow beginners to fight those on a similar level, so they won’t be stuck against high level players when they’re just trying to have fun fighting against other people. With the game just two weeks away from its September 19 release, players will soon be able to jump into the brawl as their favorite characters from both huge universes and take on the fight however they like inĀ Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.