After nine months, one $40 follow-up, and DLC for the $40 follow-up, Marvel vs. Capcom 3 will get something Mortal Kombat had the instant it was released. The downloadable Heroes and Heralds add-on, which will supposedly be available when Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is released in November, is a mode where you can earn special abilities for your team as you fight your way through a series of battles. In other words, a series of battles with nifty tweaks and modifiers to vary the challenge level. Capcom takes their sweet time, and when they finally get around to it, they come with their hand outstretched and asking for a few ducats more.
On a related note and against my better judgment, I bought a copy of Dead Rising 2: Off the Record over the weekend. I understood that it would recycle Fortune City, but I had no idea it would also recycle the missions, the bosses, and the survivors. As near as I can tell, I’m replaying Dead Rising 2 a fourth time, but with a $40 Frank West skin that can take pictures to earn xp. It takes real chutzpah to make Electronic Arts’ business practices look charitable, but Capcom manages.