For Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, we wanted someone seasoned in the game, and no one knows UMVC3 better than the current EVO champion, EG|Justin Wong.
We've conducted a short interview with Justin to get his thoughts on both the state of the game's longevity on the EVO line up, and how he feels the competition will stack up this year.
Raptor: What's changed in the game since last year? Have there been any major discoveries that have altered the meta?
Justin: I think a lot of people have gotten so much better in Marvel and results are showing. In terms of major discoveries, I think a lot more unique teams are making past the top 8 threshold which makes the game more awesome to watch!
Raptor: You won last year, how confident are you that you'll be able to take home the title again this year?
Justin: I think my results this year leading up to EVO have been very consistent so I feel pretty confident in general.
Raptor: How much longer do you think UMVC3 has on the EVO line up?
Justin: I think UMVC3 will always be at EVO because no matter what, it has always been one of the most hype finals ever!
Raptor: Anything else you'd like to say or add?
Justin: Can't wait to play some Marvel because this year will have so many killers and I think everyone is trying to make sure that one of the "Gods" won't win. Who doesn't like underdogs right?
A special thanks to Justin for taking the time to talk with us. We'd like to hear your feedback as well.
I think the issue is that this generation is all about what's "NEW"....They don't have a loyal following to any specific title. They're main comments or arguments are "Nobody plays that anymore" or they get bored very easy after only spending time spamming high tiers or complaining about high level strategies/tech that they are not willing to put in work to overcome or learn themselves, and in the end they're just itching for the next game or DLC or Balance Patch to come out to feed the next faze for the next 6 months before they cry for another sequel or new fighting game to keep them entertained.
I feel that the older generation (People in their late 20's and over) who grew up with Marvel, Third Strike, Tekken, Mortal Kombat series...etc learned how to appreciate a game AS IS (post DLC era) and is more willing to put in that work to master it or adapt to non balance or OP mechanics. Not like it is now where as soon as the game comes out they WAIT for someone else to mention who's High Tier, who's broken, who will find something that will save them time in the lab and scour the internet to teach them new tech, Blogs with character tutorials, combo vids and high level strategies or frame data information posted on forums. Or if all else fails...start moaning and groaning crying for a balance change until a pending DLC comes along. (I noticed that the minute a game becomes a FINAL version with no more balance or patches to follow....THEN the game becomes "old" or "dead" and casual players then cry that "nobody plays it anymore".
To me, Marvel was always a fan based game for the devoted players and FGC purists that came up in the spirit of the Arcades and high energy tournament scene.. Think about it: Crazy, loud and hilarious commentary, Blow ups, Popoffs, Crazy comebacks with crowd popoffs, Fan trolling banners, the Marvel villains like Chris G, F.Champ...etc, the underdogs, the salty closeup cams.....No other game had that kind of history especially on that consistent level.
SF4 had a couple of gems and had a great run...but seriously, the commentary is just not as hype and has become pretty bland and less passionate as the Marvel scene..It's become more professional looking these days like it's a StarCraft Tournament with suit and tie commentary with PG vocabulary and detailed and informational dialogue (nothing wrong with that, It's good to see now and then) HOWEVER with that said, it's safe to say that isn't NEVER going to hold up in an argument about hype compared to the gritty raw commentary and uncensored hyped up yells of "HOOKS IN AAASSSS!!!!".
Maybe it's a generation gap between the older arcade generation and the now PC era of viewers that find a problem and have a say with everything that THEY feel offensive or makes them feel awkward where they just can't relate....oh well.