I’ll be frank – Shuma-Gorath is so obscure, there’s almost nothing to inspire different color schemes. Here he is green, which is usually how he appears in the comics.
In his earliest days in the comics, Shuma was purple. Of course, most people know him better in this form courtesy of Capcom’s Marvel Super Heroes. How he was chosen to be one of only 10 playable characters in the game when the whole Marvel Universe was available to choose from, I’ll never know – but you have to respect Capcom’s love for the character, which is what led to his return in Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
Capcom even managed to fit Shuma into X-Men vs. Street Fighter, when he randomly interrupts Storm and Forge “rekindling their friendship” after Ororo defeats Apocalypse. As the game so eloquently notes, “It would seem that love would have to wait.”
And here’s where the reading gets really quick. We chose this blue variant ‘cause we thought it looked cool, based on a previous variant that we thought looked cool.
We chose this white variant ‘cause we thought it looked cool.
We chose this red variant ‘cause we thought it looked cool.
We chose this black variant ‘cause we thought it looked cool.
Actually, I feel like I owe you something more because these write-ups were so light in content. So here you have it -- possibly the greatest ending of any fighting game ever in its entirety:
And in case you missed GameSpot on Tuesday...
Do I really need to comment on Captain America’s core outfit? You know it. You love it. Let’s move on…
If you bought the Captain Steve Rogers DLC alternate costume for MvC3, this shield should look familiar. We lightened the blue on both the chevron-shaped shield and the costume itself to make it look all “let’s punch Hitler”-y, consistent with Cap’s first appearance way back in the ‘40s.
X-MEN LEGACY writer Mike Carey’s Age of X alternate universe presented us with a mutant-hunting Captain America with a heart of gold. It also inspired what is arguably the best-looking alternate color scheme in the entirety of UMvC3.
You’ve seen the “Avengers…In Space!” variants of Hawkeye and Thor already (based on a couple episodes of Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!, now airing on Disney XD). Now you’ve got a whole team of this look for use in UMvC3.
Time to eat some crow. Last time, I specifically pointed out Bucky Cap as looking too close to the core model to put in the game for gameplay-differentiation purposes. What do you know? Turns out I was wrong. The black makes all the difference. Sorry you didn’t have the chance to play this skin when he was…you know…pre-FEAR ITSELF #3…
Some people have asked why there’s no U.S.Agent variant. Quick answer: this Punisher one is much cooler and has basically the same colors. Fear not, though, U.S.Agent fans (who, previously unbeknownst to me, apparently exist) – the new star-free shield he wields against those who chose to oppose it should be more to your liking. (Though technically, Steve himself wielded it first as “The Captain.”)
Today on Capcom-Unity: Jill Valentine
This Tuesday on GameSpot: Sentinel
And now for the reminder you’ll see at the end of each blog entry:
As we count down the days until UMvC3 launches in November, Marvel.com, Capcom-Unity and GameSpot are all teaming up on Tuesdays and Fridays to show you the entire lineup of “fall fashions” for each of the 50 total playable characters. That’s six total looks per fighter – not just four like last time – that are all available as soon as you boot up the game. Outside of actually downloading the playable characters of Shuma-Gorath and Jill Valentine, no DLC is required (though there might just be some of that on the way as well…).
Just a couple things to remember, though (and the words to follow should be pretty familiar if you caught my similar write-ups the first time around):
1. Gameplay comes first, so the color scheme has to differ enough from the others to easily differentiate in the heat of battle.
2. The color scheme has to fit on the character model. For this reason, I hesitate to call these “alternate costumes” (although in some cases, they actually are).