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Marvel vs Capcom 2 was one of the best fighting games and it's still used at fighting tournaments to this day! With 55 heroes (including Wolverine before and after getting Adamnatium claws) or villains to pick from! This is the 4th battle with Marvel and Capcom teaming up with each other. Many comic book fans will enjoy playing as 'Your friendly neighbourhood Spider-man' or playing as a member of the X-Men. Leading the Marvel team we have newcomer Cable, leader of X-Force. Leading the Capcom side we also have a newcomer Ruby Heart. This is her 1st appearance and has the backing of the Street Fighters and Dark Stalkers. And like I like to be clear this game is a what if. It's not canon, meanings it's not going to affect either Marvel's or Capcom's universe

Gameplay 7/10

The gameplay is similar to other street fighter games you may have played. Never played one? Well okay it's not so bad! Your attacks include light, medium and hard punches, as well as kicks. The game is a 3 on 3 tag match where you can change your team member to either change with you or help you do a finisher. The combos you can do is pretty crazy where you can reach a 999 hit combo if you're a real pro. If you're not, don't worry, it's very basic and not to hard to do. It's just about finding who is right for you. The end boss Abyss has 3 different forms. The 1st version of him is an armoured looking warrior with his green ooze keeping the body together. While in this form he can either blast you with a super beam from his chest or make it rain with ooze. The 2nd form is his complete ooze form which shots out bubbles that can trap you. His next annoying power here is him spinning around causing him to send out spikes to hit you. The final form is a giant red/orange monster that can shoot out lava. Abyss is not a playable character, which is a smart move, especially for online players as Abyss would be too overpowered.

Graphics 5/10

This is where the downfall comes in. Capcom was really lazy and didn't really update the sprites for the older roster. A good example is the Darkstalkers which is a real shame. Capcom seem to of just copied and paste them into the game alone with everyone else they had from the previous versus games. The backgrounds look really cool with either fighting in front of a clock (which tells you the right time!) or just having it out in a circus. Some may find the stages weird. Example wise one of these more weird stages involves fighting on a boat. As I said of Abyss earlier, he does look pretty good and seeing his form change with the stage breaking apart is a nice feature.





Sound 4/10

Sound wise this is your traditional street fighter type sound effects. While Marvel side will speak in English, Capcom side will speak in Japanese. It's great that Capcom was able to use the voiceovers from the 90's Marvel shows to replay their roles! Music wise, it's very different indeed. Instead of the normal hard hitting music, MVC2 brings out relaxing jazz music. To some fans this was off putting to them while for myself, I enjoyed it. The music hasn't change a bit and it's great to hear I wanna take you for an ride again in the background!

Difficulty 6/10

It can be a nightmare when fighting someone like Ryu or sometimes even Venom who can do some serious damage to your health. Like all fighting games it is about finding out who you work best with for a 3 person team. The game has 4 difficulty settings and they are Easy, Medium, Hard or Expert. Each character has their own pro's and cons so it's down to skill more than anything else. The closer to the boss you get the harder they are. Be warned the computer will not go easy on you and may just do hyper combo's to kill you off. Get ready to see some amazing combos from the computer or cheap moves. Another complaint about the game is how hard it is to perform moves on the 360 d-pad. If you have an arcade stick then you will be fine. If not then I suggest you either get used to doing moves on the d-pad or try the analog stick.





Achievements 5/10

Anyone new to the street fighter series may find this pretty hard. However with a little bit of practice you can get these. And yes this game has online ones as well! Online is still alive and shouldn't take long to find someone to battle with. Just so you know, some of the guys on there maybe really good. If you want to finish this game 100% you better get your skills and combo working! 4 Achievements ask you to finish the game as a certain team. What it doesn't tell you is that you need to this without losing a match. Practice with the team in training mode if need be to whip these one out.

Summary 5/10

Anyone who used to love playing this on their older consoles, this is pretty much an okay port. It's sad to see the shop not been there so you can buy everything yourself instead of everything been unlocked. The one good thing is lag isn't as bad compared to back in the day. One of the major setbacks is the price. 1200 MSP for a classic game like this is a hard pill to swallow. If your a new to the series or a fan of either side, this is a great chance to do it. For the hardcore fans this is just for you guys who want to duke it out online with your team. Newcomers, enjoy the ride and have fun playing one of the best Capcom fighting games.

Review was undertaken by a Xbox Resource Review Inductee, If you see a problem please feel free to point it out, they need your help to improve
 

Comments
GrumpyOlGamer
Member
8 years ago
My only real issue is that there doesn't seem to be a realistic scale on some of the categories. I mean, okay reviews are meant to be mainly opinion based but you'd have to highlight what you expect more of if a score is low, or why you rate something so highly. For a few examples;

SOUND : 4 seems a bit low, what could be done to make it higher. I mean, the audio quality was fine - the characters VO is good and the music is great too. You even admit to how great the I'm gonna take you for a ride track is. So why such a low rating? Unless there's something like terrible VO's or jarringly annoying music, it should be towards the other end of the scale.

GRAPHICS : 5, to me, means bland and unimpressive. Whether they're taken from a previous game or not shouldn't affect the score, just if they're good or bad. From what I recall they're a bit blocky by today's standards, but they're colorful and great artistically. Capcom often gets praise for their character designs and this would be a shining example. The one downfall I would say is that it screams 90's (what with Cable, et all!) More praise should go into the number of frames (smoothness of animation) each character has too. Overall, the game looks anything but bland and unimpressive.

Whilst DIFFICULTY is usually subjective, I can understand why you added it as a category. Some games can lose all appeal by making it frustratingly difficult, or childishly easy. Just remember to keep it balanced, games that are easy to some may be difficult to others, vice-versa, and some games are praised for the challenge the difficulty gives (Trials HD, Ms Splosionman, etc) - unless it's particularly jarring, it may not warrant it's own category.

ACHIEVEMENTS - I don't know if this is reflected or not in your OVERALL score, as I don't think it should be. If a crap game has amazing achievements, or an awesome game has crap achievements shouldn't really matter to the player. (Unless they're a major cheevo whore! :P) Though I do appreciate you covering them.

Overall, not a bad review - just needs some polish. And I know the guys here don't want epic 4-page reviews, so this is a good start. Just maybe think what you'd expect from the genre or what has gone before. Other than that, as this is a nostalgic review you could bring your own personal experiences with the game too. Hearing about yourself and what you like/dislike adds a bit more flavor to it and lets people know what you do and don't like. EG : If you really enjoyed beat-em-ups, but didn't like this, we'd want to know why. Then again, if you hated FPS's but rated the next COD as amazing, we'd be REALLY interested in it too. :D

Sheesh, I've managed to go for a while. So much for not having the time to write anything, eh? :P ANYHOOO, As always, I don't mean this to be too harsh, just constructive. Keep writing and I look forward to seeing you improve. :D
Pepz
Member
8 years ago
Yeah this was my 1st shot at one so yeah I'm learning from my mistakes either way! Thanks for pointing stuff out to me! Achievements are not effected in the overall score at all. To be honest I didn't want to bring my feelings too deep into the review and I did cut some stuff out.

5 for Graphics means it's in the middle. I'm not putting the game down as bland at all. I said why I pick that score. Capcom just reused the old spites and it shows with the Dark Stalkers.

As for I wrote out the review, I been looking at Darkwings and DJ's type and did it like that. Would like to hear more from you GOG!
Z4M0
Member
8 years ago
@ GrumpyOlGamer

QFT !

I'm with you for the most part so just being brief and agreeing w/ you is the most constructive stuff I possibly could come with.

Keyword; Scale.

MvC2 being a fiver, RF; battlegrounds a 2 and Deus Ex a 10... wow!

I should repeat]one of the best CAPCOM fighting games[/u] Rating = 5. If one of their best (being campcom the godfather of fighting games) just scores 5 don't wanna see how the worst does ;)

I own the game, but If I didn't I'd be rather confused by now.

Yeah, I'm being brief my ass, I know ;) yadda yadda
GrumpyOlGamer
Member
8 years ago
Heh - For a second there I thought that QFT meant Quit F'in Trollin' - shows how old I'm gettin' eh? :P (I actually had to google what it meant.)
Darkwings18
Member
8 years ago
MvC2 being a fiver, RF; battlegrounds a 2 and Deus Ex a 10... wow!


Both Pepz and Maniac are Reviewer INDUCTEES. While constructive critism is always helpful, trolling them as if they are dead wrong is unfair. Both are Inductees, which means both are learning. To you, those scores might be off, but it is their own opinions on what the game deserves based on its content. Deus Ex: Hr is a solid game, RF: Battlegrounds is something THQ should pay people to play, instead of the other way around. As for MvC2, it's the one in the list I haven't tried.

I'm only pointing this out as recently you seem to troll more than help.
Z4M0
Member
8 years ago
(off topic)

Trolling is something made on purpose to piss of people. Those of mine are just my humble opinions.

Hell I even participate in the forums, not just the front page to see stuff previously posted on the forums getting frontpage later on from someone else like it was ultra fresh and pointing it out looks like annoying to some.

If agreeing with someone and pointing out an example of something looking out of scale, or asking for further info is trolling I better stop right now.

That includes comenting and all, since the problem seems to be that my opinions feels like trolling. Maybe I don't get myself clear when I comment cause hey, guess what, english is not my default language but who am I to tell?

Anyhow I just post this here (a bit out of place-topic) to reply you, as you did in public not PM.

Sorry for the inconvenience of my previous posts and hope you won't read this in an angry tone or like I was throwing a tantrum. Look's like Pepz wasn't offended at all (I'd be glad if so) so it all might be right I suppose.

I guess I'd better take some time off this site.

Cheers

Fin
Darkwings18
Member
8 years ago
I didn't say to leave, just cut these guys some slack. The scoring issue you had with the three reviews, fair enough, your opinion, but to make it sound like they know nothing, or that they are wrong etc, going bit too far on them. Take the Deus Ex one, the mix of the comment on that and the comment here about the 10 made that reviewer inductee feel that he was written off, purely for giving a game a score it does deserve. The whole of that review was spot on. As for the Red Faction one, it's sometimes hard to build a review around a game that is that shockingly broken.

I never said to leave the site, just give them a break and don't be too harsh. If it were you in their place, then I would be defending you too as it would mean you are an inductee.
nyall97
Member
8 years ago
off topic: pepz must have a sense of humor as he did change his gamertag to F OFF NYALL...