Marvel vs Capcom 2

a game by Capcom
Platforms: XBox, Playstation 2, Dreamcast
Editor Rating: 8.4/10, based on 4 reviews
User Rating: 7.6/10 - 19 votes
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Marvel vs Capcom 2
Marvel vs Capcom 2
Marvel vs Capcom 2

People say:

9

This game is something special. Despite the deluge of Street Fighter-related software Capcom has released up until now. Marvel vs Capcom 2 stands out as state-of-the-art in fighting games. Combining a simpler control scheme, gorgeous hi-res 2D/3D backgrounds and super-fast gameplay, MvC2 takes Capcom's "versus" series to a new level. Going for a four-button control setup was a great idea as it doesn't penalize Dreamcast owners because of the funky DC pad. The action can get kind of hectic though, making this a thumb-cruncher. The graphics really benefit from the move to the Dreamcast (and NAOMI) hardware. While the characters are still 2D sprites, comparable in animation quality to Capcom's CPS-II stuff, just about everything else, from background graphics to explosive effects are rendered in VGA box-worthy hi-resolutions, running at 60fps, all while showing off sexy transparencies with no slowdown. Whereas the first MvC pit you 2 vs. 2, the sequel triples the madness by making it a 3-on-3. Marvel vs Capcom 2 also nearly triples the roster of the previous version with characters like Jill Valentine (Resident Evil), Tron Bonne (Mega Man Legends), Captain Commando, Hayato (from Star Gladiator/ Plasma Sword), Cable and Marrow making their virgin appearances in a 2D fighting game. If you dig on a fighters, this is the cream of the crop. A must-buy for 2D fighting fans.

9

The first MvC on the Dreamcast was well-done, make no mistake. But it's safe to say that the sequel blows it out of the water in just about every respect. This game is to 2D fighters what Soul Calibur is to the 3D genre. The fact that you "buy" new characters and backgrounds through points earned during gameplay is a welcome addition. The 3D backgrounds are so well-done they look hand-drawn, and as you'd expect, the 2D characters animate flawlessly. The biggest improvement is the four-button control scheme, which makes for a perfect match with the DC controller. Fighting fans need look no further for their 2D fix.

8

Although I have never been a big fan of the series for some very basic reasons that don't change in MvC2 - the gameplay is just too frantic and unpredictable for my tastes-1 must say this is by far my favorite of Capcom's "versus" games. So what makes this one better? The new control scheme works great-especially for a more casual fighting game fan like myself--and the graphics (awesome backgrounds), animation and characters (especially Jill from Resident Evil and the Servbots from Tron Bonne) are topnotch. If you like your fighting fast and furious, with big number combos and screen-filling mayhem, look no further.

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XBox

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Playstation 2

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Dreamcast

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

Arguably one of the best 2D fighting games created, Capcom has brought their aged classic Marvel vs. Capcom 2 back from its Dreamcast beginnings. Kicking off a number of new concepts for 2D fighters like 4-buttons instead of 6 and three fighter teams, this is one of the few exceptions where a game that's over two years old is still worth playing. Although missing the anticipated online capability, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 still has some life in it.

Being a huge fan of its original release, I expected to be tired of it after a few matches as I played the original until there was little challenge left. A couple of hours later however I found that the game's qualities that hooked me the first time still worked years later. Being able to create multiple combos and unlocking numerous features including a large amount of characters still gives the game significant replay value. Even the graphics hold their own with the characters having respectable detail and 3D backgrounds that improved dramatically over the old 2D backgrounds. Although more recent 2D fighters have been smoother, it's smooth enough and isn't distracting.

Putting everything else aside, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is almost the exact same on the PS2 as it was on the Dreamcast. Those that played it on the Dreamcast will definitely want to take that into consideration before buying, but otherwise, it has aged well and is still competitive with newer 2D fighters. The inclusion of online play would have increased its value significantly but in spite of that, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is still a decent 2D fighter and those who haven't played it before won't be disappointed.

Just when I thought that 2d fighters were essentially over, Guilty Gear X came out on the PS2. At the time, I was still busy playing Capcom vs. SNK 2. I've always remained a fan of the genre, but even with great titles like those, it seems like 3d gameplay beats it out, even if they can add new stuff like groove techniques and tag team fighting.

That aside, I really enjoyed playing Marvel vs. Capcom 2. I'm a big fan of the cross over games, and I'm an even bigger fan of the original Marvel Vs. Capcom, so seeing this one show up was mighty cool. There's plenty to unlock, with something like 52 different characters in all, with galleries and extra costumes available for each of them. The moves are just the same as always, and they haven't changed the basic gameplay that keeps this title good.

While there are a few fighters that are rather obvious clones of one another, there's a good mix of different fighting types. Several of my favorite Marvel characters are featured, like The Incredible Hulk, Marrow, and Captain America. On the Capcom side, you've got a good choice of characters, some from Plasma Sword, others from Street Fighter, and yet even more waiting to be unlocked.

With simple arcade style gameplay, a few extra modes, and plenty of secret unlockables, you could choke down this title for quite a while. However, you probably wouldn't want to, because the Xbox controller, even if you're using the S-type controller, isn't suited for a game like this, which really needs six thumb buttons. You can compensate with the trigger sticks, but not well.

People say:

6

When it comes to 2D Capcom fighters, fans prefer either the methodical, slower-paced battles of Street Fighter III or the twitchy superhero spaz-a-thon that is the Marvel vs. Capcom series. Even though I'm more of a strategic fighting fan myself, I like the way MMC2 brings out my relentless offensive side. Its frenetic pace demands that you bust out moves with impunity, and with a roster of 50-plus heroes, it's easy to find a combatant who suits your style. Plus, among Capcom's off-the-leash Street Fighter offspring, MVC2 has the best characters. Love or loathe the loony airborne sparring, you gotta admit that Resident Evil Jill Valentine siccing roadkill on Spidey is awesome. Yet, a lot of us have been here already. Admittedly, some Xbox owners haven't played it, so I can't dock this relic for its age, but it is fair to compare MVC2 to the less pixilated, more balanced, online-enabled, and just plain superior Capcom vs. SNK 2. Against that heavyweight, this codger has no chance.

6

Street Fighters of the less insane variety, but MVC2 is still an enjoyable, silly fighter. It offers a ton of vastly different playable characters--some easily exploitable. A few are relatively harmless, while others (like a kung-fu-fighting Dr. Doom) are simply laughable on a conceptual level. Embarrassing characters aside, MVC2 is still a 2D visual tour-de-force, bursting with vivacious color, stylish humor, and fluid animations. Ultimately, though, the mysterious lack of Xbox Live support (Capcom vs. SNK 2 has it) makes this antiquated fighter feel irrelevant on Xbox. Been there, done that.

7

It may be a little dated, but I still can't hate: MVC2 showed me a lot of good times back in the day, and I have to say, I had fun playing it again on Xbox. Granted, I'm pretty sure 90 percent of anyone who wants to play it already has it on another console, but this game wrote the book on spastic 2D fighting and has yet to be topped in that regard. Lack of an online option is pretty weak, but frankly, would it have worked? It's soooo fast!

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