Seth talks Felicia in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, other stuff

Posted by Jonathan 'Catalyst' Grey • January 4, 2011 at 3:21 a.m. PST
Seth talks Felicia in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, other stuff Capcom's Seth Killian talked a lot about Felicia in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 recently on the Unity Boards, saying that the character is a lot stronger than some people have thought after playing her in pre-release builds of the game. Here's the rundown.
Is there going to be one more Darkstalker in Marvel vs. Capcom 3?

Seth: No way you're getting that one out of me :-*

Why has Capcom made Felicia weak and have a horrible English voice actor and the lowest heath in the game?

Seth: Felicia is, in my opinion, much stronger in MvC3 than she has ever been in any game before. She might seem a bit obvious so far, but she definitely has the tools to win. Right now probably the most under-appreciated character in the game (in fairness, that's mostly by people who haven't had a chance to play much). [...]
Seth, you're talking about Felicia as though she's the most awesome, deadly, unappreciated god tier character ever is really getting out of hand. — Al

Seth: ???

I don't think I've really ever talked about Felicia in depth before, but I called her underappreciated because she is, and said she was, in my opinion, stronger in MvC3 than in any game before. That's true. I don't know how you translated that to what you've written above ("god-tier"?).

Your constant implications that those who say she's bad or simply decent are fools who don't know how to play her (which, by the way, is extremely insulting to people like me who have mained Felicia in every game she's been in so far). She is not better in this game than in all the others she's appeared in, she was vastly superior in Darkstalkers 3 and MvC2. — Al

Seth: Let's take the crazy-talk down a notch here. Not sure where you're coming from, but I didn't call anybody a fool (how can I insult someone's ability to play a character in a game that hasn't even been released?). I said that nobody that I've seen in videos or playing at the various location tests, etc. has come close to tapping her potential. That's also very true.

As for Felicia's stamina, it's below average (it's not the lowest in the game), but low stamina is true for a lot of the strongest "rush" characters in terms of health, and she has a very strong rush-down game. Beyond her movelist, there are a lot of features of the MvC3 engine that she is particularly good at exploiting. I won't be able to describe her extremely fast high/low mixups in a convincing way, but here's a few other Felicia fun-facts that make her strong:
1) Being able to OTG the opponent without the use of an assist is a very valuable ability in MvC3, and Felicia's Down-Toward + Medium Attack is one of the best in that department, meaning she can easily hit-confirm into a lethal combo from virtually any situation.

2) She can also combo from a throw as well as from her command throw. Because Down-Toward + Medium Attack is also jump-cancellable, in the corner, this is particularly dangerous.

3) She has a low-hitting assist, meaning she's not just dangerous as a point character, she's also one of the most dangerous assists in the game (you can set up unblockable high/low situations).

Those aren't even the top reasons she's strong, which are better seen than talked about. Her "Helper Kitty" super is also extremely dangerous, and sets up more potential unblockables while she's on point.

Did you know those things about Felicia? I'm guessing "no" because nobody without a copy of the game would know them, and if you DID have a copy of the game, I wouldn't have to tell you that Felicia is legit, because you would know it for yourself :P I'm not trying to go, "I have the game and you don't! Neener neener neener!" I'm just pointing them out to illustrate that there's a lot more to these characters than meets the eye, or that you would necessarily discover after a few minutes of playtime. You're going to want to go hands-on and spend some time playing before you make pronouncements about who sucks, who doesn't — there are an unbelievable amount of possibilities in here.

Anyway, enough Felicia chat — let's have this argument again after the MvC3 release. If you still think Felicia is so worse than she's been in other games (and can find a rankings chart or two that agrees), I'll be happy to apologize.

P.S.: To the original poster, regarding the voice, if you don't like the English voice actor, you'll have the option to select her Japanese voice instead!

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