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Mike Haggar and Phoenix Announced for MvC [CES 2011]

While CES tends to focus a little more on the hardware spectrum than the software, Capcom was kind enough to post their latest round of character confirmations this morning. Joining the fray come February 15th will be Mike Haggar (of Final Fight fame) and Jean Grey’s alter-ego: Phoenix. Along with the affirmation that both characters will be playable in the finale release of the game, a plethora of new images and a couple of new game-play videos were provided (attached below).

Most interesting of the two new characters is Phoenix (Jean Grey’s) final attack. If she happens to have a full super-meter and is knocked unconscious she returns as the “Dark Phoenix.” Check the video below to see it in action yourself!

Capcom was showcasing the latest release of MvC3 at their suite in Vegas during this year’s CES, which were fortunate enough to be invited to. The build we were presented with allowed a hands-on with pretty much every character already announced, with the exception of the two newest characters Phoenix and Haggar.

The game is incredibly easy to jump into. There are only three attack buttons (attack light, medium and heavy), it quickly because a button-masher’s paradise. For fans of finesse (myself included) it’s a harsh reminder why we originally moved on from the Versus series onto more complex and strategic fighters like Capcom’s other flag-ship Street Fighter.

Gameplay aside, the game is incredibly beautiful. While I was a little cautious of the darkened edges of the character models/locales at first, I can say that after having a couple rounds with it at E3, PAX and now CES it’s something that is definitely warming on me.

Capcom’s classic Versus franchise returns February 15th and includes (as of today’s date) fighters:  Haggar, Crimson Viper, Zero, Arthur, Nathan “Rad” Spencer, Wesker, Tron Bonne, Viewtiful Joe, Amaterasu, Dante, Ryu, Morrigan, Chris Redfield, Felicia, Trish, Chun-Li, Phoenix, Storm, She-Hulk, Magneto, M.O.D.O.K., Spider-Man, X-23, Dormammu, Thor, Deadpool, Hulk, Wolverine, Iron Man, Captain America, Doctor Doom and Super-Skrull.