Musing on Ghost Rider in 55 Words [Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Review]

By Rich Shivener in Reviews
Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 2:00 pm

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Look into his awesomeness.
Preface:
As an upgrade to Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 features 12 new characters, including Rocket Raccoon (Marvel Comics), Frank West (Dead Rising series) and Ghost Rider (Marvel).

That trio comprises my ultimate team. A photojournalist/zombie basher. A rock'n'roll raccoon. A hell of wheels. With these guys, I have a decent chance defeating such additions as Iron Fist and Phoenix Wright, both of whom have a penchant for jarring ground and aerial combos. The 12 newcomers are powerful, if not more powerful than such long-standing fighters as Ryu and Wolverine. (Read JD's notes on Marvel vs. Capcom 3 here. Ultimate is very similar, save for new characters and maps, if you care about those.)

But I have a hunch that Ghost Rider is the most powerful character of them all. I can tell you why in 55 words, not in a poem.
Ghost Rider rides in as if exploding from the darkest hells.
"I would pray now ... a lot," he says, burning.
The fight begins; he unleashes a Conviction Slam.
"You are guilty," he concludes. Dante winces.
The Hellfire Maelstrom almost kills him.
Suddenly, Dante's in "Danger."
"Look into my eyes."
Ghost Rider stares.
Dante screams.
"Down!"

The Official Verdict: 4 out of 5

This weird review is based on an Xbox 360 copy provided by the publisher.

Writer's Note: I like new ideas, or ways to challenge my writing. I stole this idea from the book What If?, a collection of exercises for fiction writers. The exercise, a testament of brevity, is called "Ten to One."  It suggests: "Write a complete story in fifty-five words. Your first sentence should have ten words, your second nine, your third eight, and so on until your final sentence consists of a single word." The objective is "to illustrate that writing's power can often be found in its economy; that precision can lead to surprisingly original results."

Maybe that worked here? Maybe it didn't?

Either way, I'd like to note that
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is an outstanding game, a whirlwind of battle cries, gunfire, magic, martial arts and cosmic destruction, all thanks to Galactus. To me, he is impossible. After an hour of battling, I still couldn't beat him with Ghost Rider and company; I even looked up tutorials, but to no avail. Galactus is an ass.

In other matches, Ghost Rider, Rocket Raccoon and Frank West were on fire. There's something evil about coupling Ghost Rider's Hellfire with West's "Shopping Cart," an assist type. Raccoon, the smallest and fastest of the three, has a Pendulum swing perfect for dispatching air attacks, as well as a "Rock'n'roll" hyper combo that involves a gattling gun and plasma bursts.

Still, Ghost Rider is the strongest of the three, wielding a deadly hyper combo called "Penance Stare." It's a strange attack - so strange that some fans have prodded it on YouTube.


Actual:




Fake yet funny:



Anyway, I've worshipped Ghost Rider enough. This note is much longer than my review. 

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