In anticipation of the February 15 release of "Marvel vs. Capcom 3" on Xbox 360 and PS3, we're bringing you daily showdown spotlights pitting a Marvel character against a Capcom character. Each entry features game artwork and screenshots, character bios, gameplay videos, our officially unofficial character play style commentary and polls to so you can tell us who you think would win if these two characters clashed!
Today we’re pitting Sentinel--a mutant-hunting mechanical monstrosity--against Hsien-Ko, the weapon-wielding night warrior! Enjoy today's Sentinel vs. Hsien-Ko spotlight, make sure to vote in the poll, check out all our MvC3 images and videos and come back tomorrow for our next throwdown, right here on Marvel.com!
By Ben Chabala
|Sentinel character art from "Marvel vs. Capcom 3"|
Universe: Marvel, X-Men
First Appearance: UNCANNY X-MEN #14
Real Name: Sentinel
Brief Bio: Designed by the mutant-hating bigot Bolivar Trask to hunt down and destroy those possessing the X-gene, Sentinels have terrorized mutants for years. Since their creation they have caused nothing but pain and suffering for homo superior, and are responsible for countless mutant deaths. Like all forms of technology, Sentinels have evolved, becoming more efficient and more deadly with each passing generation.
Abilities: Sentinel’s armored bodies hold a host of hidden weapons such as blades and firearms, along with a selection of the non-lethal combat tools. It can also fly to catch aerial enemies.
Play Style: Sentinel’s normals are very interesting; his medium attacks have armor and his heavy attacks are high and low laser blasts. He has the largest hit box in the game, so he can seem like a big punching bag at times but if you use him right you can easily keep opponents away with his Sentinel Force specials, Rocket Punch and heavy normals. Flight Mode helps him to extend his air combos and you can even combo out of Hyper Sentinel Force for some extra damage!
|Hsien-Ko character art from "Marvel vs. Capcom 3"|
Universe: Capcom, Darkstalkers
First Appearance: "Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors"
Real Name: Hsien-Ko and Mei-Ling
Brief Bio: The two sisters grew up trained as Senjutsu priestesses by their mother until demons, ghosts and evil spirits attacked their village. Their mother lost her soul while defending the villagers. Hsien-Ko and her sister Mei-Ling, after using a forbidden martial art, became the strange ghost girl and ward-paper you see today, all to rescue their mother’s soul.
Abilities: Due to her supernatural origins, Hsien-Ko has enhanced strength and hides many different weapons within her sleeves, most of them razor-sharp blades.
Play Style: Hsien-Ko has some very interesting qualities, but first, her normals are top notch. They do great damage, have great range and she can combo all six of her standing and crouching attacks. Her Senpu Bu swing specials helps her get close to her opponent while dealing damage and her Henkyo Ki gong special reflects projectiles back at their sender. Both of her damage-dealing hypers OTG, making her a real threat once she's got you on the ground. While she seems a little unwieldy at first, if you can overcome her slow movement speed, Hsien-Ko offers a lot of fun and damaging options for the creative player.
Don't forget to pick up your copy of "Marvel vs. Capcom 3" for Xbox 360 or PS3 on February 15, and come back tomorrow for our next throwdown, right here on Marvel.com!
Previous Showdown Spotlights: Hulk vs. Haggar | Iron Man vs. Ryu | Super-Skrull vs. Viewtiful Joe | M.O.D.O.K. vs. Tron Bonne | Wolverine vs. Akuma | Dormammu vs. Morrigan | Spider-Man vs. Zero | Shuma-Gorath vs. Chris Redfield | She-Hulk vs. Spencer | Dr. Doom vs. Jill | Storm vs. Trish | X-23 vs. Felicia | Captain America vs. Wesker | Deadpool vs. Dante | Taskmaster vs. C. Viper | Magneto vs. Arthur | Phoenix vs. Chun-Li