this game is really hard to get into
this is a good guide to get a grasp of the basics
some of the information in this video is old or obsolete as UMVC3 is a different version than the one in the video, but also the players have grown to new speeds and higher damage
this game is different from other fighting games. it has easier “confirms” since the game is more free form, and allows for longer strings of attacks that allow the player to either confirm that the first attack hit, and go into a combo, or if it was blocked, go into a safe option. it’s up to you to decide what your combos on hit, and options on block, are going to be.
it has team based options, including assists, doing super moves with your first character but being able to chain them to your other team mates, and switching characters in other ways.
it has x factor, an extremely devastating mechanic that is really infamous and frustrating. it opens up a lot of possibilities, the most notable being that it allows for comebacks to be made more easily. in general it is used to punish mistakes, or to cover one’s own mistakes.
the sheer amount of possibilities that the game offers means that you have to have good pattern recognition and reflexes to deal with the “normal” stuff; fast movement, projectiles, multiple characters on screen, and just in general a bunch of options.
also, playing a lot will make it easier to see general patterns and predict gameplans.
good luck, this game is hard. despite some characters being easy to learn and use, the hard part comes when playing against opponents.
if you have no one to play with offline, and have a good enough online connection, certain characters could be practiced online.
it is a good place to see if your general strategy can work.
however, i definitely recommend spending a lot of time in training mode. make sure you can consistently land your combos (5 in a row) and have a combo for throws and off assists if your characters allow.