Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (XBLA)


By: Morgan Bates    On: Xbox 360
Published: Friday 28 Aug 2009 10:00 AM
 
 
 
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Marvel vs. Capcom 2 was one of the best games of the last generation and it’s not hard to see why: it had popular characters such as Wolverine, Ryu, Morrigan and Captain America going at it and a ton of characters to unlock. Now it’s back on the PlayStation Store and Xbox Live Arcade.

For those unfamiliar with Marvel vs. Capcom 2, it’s a tag-team fighting game with up to three fighters on each team. Players can swap fighters and use all three in a super combo at the push of two buttons. You begin by picking three of the 40-odd characters and play through the list of teams until you get to the final boss: Abyss.

Players of the previous releases will notice two differences immediately. The first is the visuals: they have had been enhanced with a coat of HD paint. Developer Backbone Entertainment has included three graphical options: crisp (the default), smooth, and classic. The ‘crisp’ visuals look the best by far, with smoothed out textures and high resolution-seeming characters, while the original versions are pixelated - looking like a widescreen version of the Dreamcast release - and the smooth version sits in between, not pixelated like the original, but not as sharp as the crisp.

Secondly, the entire roster is available from the start. It’s great for getting into multiplayer games straight away and shows this is geared towards the online play. Adversely, for the single player it’s a missed opportunity because in previous releases bonus characters and stages took a while to unlock and added a lot of replay value.

On the control side of things, the Xbox 360’s controller doesn't do players any favors. To be fair, we won’t hold a poorly designed controller against the game - suffice to say, if you want to play on Xbox Live, you should buy a fight pad (such as the Street Fighter 4 pad) or an arcade stick. Despite these issues, it’s still as easy as ever to pull off super combos; simply push both bumpers with your assist meter charged sufficiently - time these well and you can win the fight or, at least, knock out one of the opponents.

The style of your super-combo moves will depend on the character and assist types selected before the fight. There are three of six to choose from: projectile, variety, expansion, anti-air, balanced, launcher and throw. Selections are determined by the selected fighter; Akuma, for example, will always have projectile, anti-air and expansion moves. There are hundreds of variations possible with the fighters on hand. That said, for every varied combination - such as, say, Morrigan, Ken and Wolverine - there will be the hundreds of “Ryu, Akuma and Ken”, all doing the same projectile move.

Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is as great today as it was nine years ago. Now it’s back in semi-HD and, best of all, they have saved you hours of fun unlocking every character and scene; now you can play as any team you want from the start, online or off. Every self-respecting 2D fighting fan should own this title.


The Score

"Best 2D fighter ever?"
9.0
Excellent
Rating: PG   Difficulty: Hard   Learning Curve: 15 Min

 

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thejuror84
On Friday 28 Aug 2009 11:00 AM Posted by thejuror84
Beating the game several time for unlocks sounds like a chore not as you say, "hours of fun"

Beating it on the easiest setting is challenging (frustrating) enough
 
 
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stupidlikeafox NZGamer.com VIP VIP Gold
On Friday 28 Aug 2009 12:14 PM Posted by stupidlikeafox
yeah, i hated playing through three times just to unlock shuma gorath or some equally stink character...
 
 
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Munkah NZGamer.com VIP VIP Gold
On Friday 28 Aug 2009 12:41 PM Posted by Munkah
28 August 2009, 11:00 AM Reply to thejuror84
Beating the game several time for unlocks sounds like a chore not as you say, "hours of fun"

Beating it on the easiest setting is challenging (frustrating) enough
You didn't have to beat the game, just win enough money to unlock someone. ;)
 
 
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lexcalibur NZGamer.com VIP VIP Silver
On Friday 28 Aug 2009 4:18 PM Posted by lexcalibur
This game is insanely hard to play online...People are ridiculously awesome. Honestly, I used to play it a bit and watch at the arcades a little but I have never seen anything like what guys online are doing to me.

I can beat the game quite easily on the hardest difficulty but I get stomped all over in online matches. Still awesome fun though.
 
 
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Munkah NZGamer.com VIP VIP Gold
On Friday 28 Aug 2009 7:21 PM Posted by Munkah
28 August 2009, 04:18 PM Reply to lexcalibur
This game is insanely hard to play online...People are ridiculously awesome. Honestly, I used to play it a bit and watch at the arcades a little but I have never seen anything like what guys online are doing to me.

I can beat the game quite easily on the hardest difficulty but I get stomped all over in online matches. Still awesome fun though.
Yeah, you really don't stand a chance online with the regular 360 controller.
 
 
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SpawnSeekSlay NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Saturday 29 Aug 2009 12:51 PM Posted by SpawnSeekSlay
Played the trial last night w mates, was funny watching them go into a button mashing spaz lol
 
 
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The Host of Chaos NZGamer.com VIP VIP Gold
On Saturday 29 Aug 2009 7:49 PM Posted by The Host of Chaos
It's a bummer that they murdered the single player game by making all characters available. Still fun though.
 
 
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p1nkm15t NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Sunday 30 Aug 2009 4:17 AM Posted by p1nkm15t
I remember seeing some one play the first one, once, in an Arcade.
All he did was was run his fingers over the buttons, left to right. Since that day, I have never had any respect for an arcade beat 'em up what-so ever.
The arcade Beat 'em up needs to die. Kill it now. Fight with your wallet. As Public Enemy said: FIGHT THE POwER!!!
 
 
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Oliver
On Sunday 30 Aug 2009 10:14 PM Posted by Oliver
30 August 2009, 04:17 AM Reply to p1nkm15t
I remember seeing some one play the first one, once, in an Arcade.
All he did was was run his fingers over the buttons, left to right. Since that day, I have never had any respect for an arcade beat 'em up what-so ever.
The arcade Beat 'em up needs to die. Kill it now. Fight with your wallet. As Public Enemy said: FIGHT THE POwER!!!
Or, you know, we could just continue not sharing the same opinion as you.
 
 
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Oliver
On Sunday 30 Aug 2009 10:15 PM Posted by Oliver
BTW, this game and the original are still huge in arcade. We got rid of our cabinet at my work unfortunately, but people still come in and ask for it. Even though it's been gone nearly 2 years!
 
 
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PotatoLegs NZGamer.com VIP VIP Silver
On Monday 31 Aug 2009 2:14 PM Posted by PotatoLegs
it was downright fun to play at the arcade, and want to look into nabbing this for my flatmate's xbox

what the heck is p1nkm15t on?
 
 
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Sp3kt0r NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Wednesday 2 Sep 2009 5:20 PM Posted by Sp3kt0r
I got it and I'm over it already :(
 
 
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itachi
On Sunday 6 Sep 2009 2:22 PM Posted by itachi
I love the challenge and once you know a few counter moves online is a good place to battle.
 
 
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GayMan3000
On Sunday 11 Oct 2009 4:21 PM Posted by GayMan3000
love the game
 
 
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