The game is overhyped. Way too much garbage on the screen at once, cannot tell who is winning or losing half the time. Why isn't there a one-on-one mode, instead of forcing three person teams? This game entertains my 7 and 8 year olds, but I think the only reason is because it is fast, pretty, and accommodating to button-mashers. Mortal Kombat beats this game, hands down. Rent first, the game is very shallow, unless you want to spend hours and hours learning each combo in the training mode. I've found that once you juggle another player, most of the contact takes place off-screen, making it difficult to see who is hitting whom, and also makes it impossible to block any attacks. The moveset appears to work at random, for instance, in simple mode, the L2 button triggers a character's super-power, but it only works half the time, with no explanation for why it isn't working. There is a meter at the bottom that drains as you use your super-powers, but even when it is at level 2 or 3 the L2 button will still do nothing on occasion. The frustration level with this game only grows with the fact that Gamefly for some reason does not include instruction manuals with the game, so if you want to know how to do even basic moves, you are going to need to spend a great deal of time in the training mode. The only really good thing I can say about this game is that it is pretty. Rent it first.
First let's put people who play this game into 2 groups. Those who have played part 2(group 1) and those who haven't(group 2).
Those who in group 1 will find give this game an 8-10. Some will like that the gameplay flows the same. Some will hate that the buttons have been simplified. Some will like that the buttons have been simplified. Light, medium, heavy and special attack. That's it. No specific punch button or kick button. Those who have played will find familiarity.
Those who haven't played. Those in group 2, will most likely curse at this game. Unlike those in group 1, group 2 people have no idea how unbalanced, cheap, and cheap this game is. It is not the cerebral fighting game of parry and look for and opening to attack. Nope, this game is all about the offense, as was part 2. It is memorizing one single combo and cobbering people with it over and over. There is no strategy those who hesitate are destroyed. It is the equialvent of two fighters swinging wildly. Entertaining but no finese.