Didn’t talk about this much since I was doin’ stuff on the day he was revealed, but, man I love everything about how Rocket Raccoon ended up in UMvC3.
I was excited for him, but also kinda anxious, because he’s my favorite of the cosmic Marvel characters, and so I was a bit worried on how they’d portray him. One of the biggest things here was voice. He’s never had a voice before, this is his first appearance in non-comic media, if I remember correctly. I was worried that they’d overplay the “cute woodland animal” thing and give him something like you’d hear in a Disney film. Luckily, when I finally hit play on his trailer, I was greeted by a gritty, Australian voice threatening to make a fur coat out of a sun goddess. Needless to say, I giggled like a giddy school girl.
Appearance-wise, Rocket’s lookin’ really good, rockin’ the Guardians of the Galaxy uniform. Not much to say there beyond that, except the one alt color I got a good look at was the light blue and white variant of the outfit, which ended up looking quite nice.
Now, moveset. I will say, Rocket uses less guns than I expected: however, I am fine with that, because his arsenal’s still huge. His selection of traps, from mines to bear traps to swinging logs to huge ass springs lends itself well to the whole “tactical genius” thing, which is really awesome. He also has his rocket skates, which really surprised me, since I don’t think they’ve been seen since his miniseries back in the 80’s, but it was cool to see his current Guardians of the Galaxy self put ‘em back on. His mobility is helped even further by a burrowing move he has, which I’m particularly excited for because not only does it act like a teleport, but you seem to be able to stay underground for relatively extended periods of time, leaving you unhittable. He’s lookin’ like an extreme annoyance to fight and so I can’t wait to get my hands on him. The highlight of his moveset, however, is his level 3. Watching a raccoon bury someone up to their chest and call down a gigantic warhead is awesome enough. But then you see him hanging from a rope ladder, watching the explosion, as he quips “I love the smell of napalm in the morning!”
That, there, made me actually jump up and squeal with excitement. Wow, this got long! Sorry guys!