Last week, Capcom released the second Shadow Mode DLC pack for Marvel vs. Capcom 3
. Whereas the first pack was free, the latest batch costs users either 80 Microsoft points or $0.99, depending on their platform. I had gotten my hopes up with the mode’s announcement considering the possibilities that exist with the concept, but the new pack completely shoots down any optimism that I had for Capcom using this mode correctly.
The latest Shadow Mode pack adds three “themed” teams to the mode, representing Resident Evil, Street Fighter, and Darkstalkers. The teams consist of:
STARS: Chris Redfield, Albert Wesker, and Jill Valentine
Street Fighters: Ryu, Chin Li, and Akuma
Vampire Girls: Morrigan, Felicia, and Hsien-Ko
Maybe I am wrong, but can’t you face these teams by selecting the individual members within practice mode? Why are we being asked to pay for this? There is a world of opportunity available through this mode but Capcom is currently missing the point. I don’t mind paying for the packs, but at least make the content worthwhile. I also pose a question to anyone who has purchased this pack, can you play against the STARS / Resident Evil team even if you have not purchased Jill Valentine as a playable character? I am truly curious about the answer to that...
Capcom needs to work on releasing packs based on influential Street Fighter players such as their own Seth Killian, Daigo, and Justin Wong. Even celebrity based packs would be more worthwhile than the simple assembling of themed teams. What’s next, a Marvel pack with an Avengers team, the X-Men, and perhaps the Brotherhood? Color me dissapointed...