Akuma and Taskmaster confirmed for Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Akuma and Taskmaster have been revealed as the next batch of character to join the Marvel vs. Capcom 3 roster. But players won’t get to enjoy them straight away as they are also the first of hidden characters with players unlocking them by accumulating Player Points – gained by playing through Arcade, multiplayer, character challenges and training mode.
Akuma – unlocked after earning 2000 PP – will be familiar to fighting fans. The brother of Gouken, he is the man who has given into the Satsui no Hado (Killing Intent) and mastered it, giving him demonic-like fighting skills at the cost of his humanity. He searches the world for worthy competition and sees Ryu as such a person, constantly goading him into releasing his Satsui no Hado so he can fight at his fullest.
Akuma brings with him many familiar moves, including his infamous Shun Goku Satsu/Ranging Demon attack, which seems to be a super that counters other supers, as an unfortunate Doctor Doom finds out.
Taskmaster on the other hand is a human with the (debated) super-power of being able to mimic anyone’s fighting style (as long as it is humanly possible and not unpredictable) thanks to having an enhanced version of a photographic memory called “photographic reflexes”, Taskmaster has used this to his advantage to not just have relatively successful career as a mercenary but to give many heroes and villains – including Deadpool who he shares a history with – a run for their money.
His ability transfers into Marvel vs. Capcom 3 by being able to use moves such as Spider-Man’s web swing and Captain America’s Stars & Stripes and Charging Star while having his “own” set of moves (he uses Hawkeye’s, Black Knight and Deadpool’s fighting style). Just like Akuma, he has a super move which is seemingly a counter for the opponent’s supers.
IGN have posted videos of Akuma and Taskmaster showcasing their fighting style and specials in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 which you can view below.
Akuma gameplay video
Taskmaster gameplay video