Marvel Super Heroes Vs. Street Fighter
Well, it had to happen. The sun V has finally set on Saturn. With the recent announcement by Sega of Japan that support for its 32-Bit system will cease in 1999. the Saturn's gradual decline in the Land of the Rising Sun has finally concluded. Sad as that may be, one third-party developer has decided to end their Saturn career with an explosive bang: Capcom, with the Oct. 23 release of Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, has delivered their best arcade-to-home conversion yet. Featuring all the animation of the arcade favorite (including the kaleidoscopic specials and eye-flaying background transformations) with none of the slowdown, Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter comes to the Saturn with every graphic element intact, unmarred by visible load times. Although the graphics suffer from dithering (a fault of the aging CPS2 arcade hardware from which the game was ported, not the Saturn), the game is so intensely hyperkinetic that you'll never notice. In fact, the over-the-top sunbursts and full-screen splash effects make it easy to lose track of your character in the heat of battle, lending credence to the belief that the game is "spazzy." The sonic package is as excellent in execution as the graphics-like recent previous arcade-to-Saturn conversions by Capcom, all of the extensive voice is present, undamaged by the heavy compression and cuts seen in older conversions.
The character roster is quite impressive, with 18 marquee characters and five secret ones. Notables include the fan favorites Dan and Sakura, Marvel bad boys Shuma-Gorath and Blackheart, as well as the Capcom-ized rendition of a popular Japanese comedian, dubbed Norimaro. As with the arcade version, some character animation has been toned down when compared to previous Marvel titles, presumably to allow for the flashier background and splash effects.
The same combo-driven play you've come to expect from the Versus series appears in full force for this title, save for some much-needed timing changes to the air combo engine and juggles.
These changes effectively prevent the infamous "infinite" combos that made X-Men vs. Street Fighter so notorious and allow for more technical play. Fans of the series generally agree that of the three Versus titles, MSH vs. SF is probably the most balanced, play-wise. Note that all this arcade excellence comes with a price--you'll need the 4-Meg RAM Expansion (or a 4-in-i cart) if you hope to play this title. Still, if you're fan of Capcom arcade titles and have the ability to play imports, you owe it to yourself to pick up MSH vs. SF, and witness some of the best 2D performance ever seen short of Radiant Silvergun and Princess Crown. The Saturn is dead; long live the Saturn!
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- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP