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Marvel vs. Capcom 2 – The PS3 Attitude Review

Submitted by on Friday, 21 August 2009One Comment

Marvel Vs. Capcom 2Before the Street Fighter IVs and the BlazBlues, there was a little game on the Dreamcast called Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes.

Even to this day, MvC2 is still played in tournaments across the country, and copies are sold on eBay for ridiculous amounts.

Thankfully you no longer have to give an arm and a leg to play this wonderful game…

For the downloadable port (the better Dreamcast version of the game no less), a few changes have been made. The first thing you will notice is the upgraded menus. Navigating through the selections brings up single and multiplayer modes where you can put your fighting skills to the test. With 56 playable characters to choose from, all unlocked straight from the get go, you’re bound to find a team for your liking.

For the few of you who are unaware of the gameplay, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is 3-on-3 team matches where players may swap out teammates instantaneously. That being said, the game is extremely fast paced. From learning air combos and assists to performing flashy HyperCombos, there isn’t much room for error.


Single player mode pits you through seven stages against a variety of characters from the Marvel and Capcom universe. You’ll see the familiar (Wolverine, Mega Man, Ryu) as well as the more unknown (SonSon, Marrow). Not only can you play Arcade mode as how it was presented in previous versions, but you can also try your hands in achieving the highest score. This means you’ll have to get the biggest combos and defeat your opponents in the fastest time possible to be considered the best.

With both local and online multiplayer, there isn’t a dull moment to be had. Finding a competitor is easier than ever with various search options and lobbies. You can even watch a match while you’re waiting and pick up a few tips. While fighting online, we found there to be practically no lag at all between matching and in the many we played, not once did we get disconnected. It’s a very solid experience.

Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is not for the weak. You simply can’t jump in, button mashing the controller and expect to get very far. Even on the easiest difficulty, the game can be quite challenging. This is just facing AI controlled opponents too. Humans can be much more brutal. Unless you’re amazing at chaining special attacks and utilizing the assist buttons at the start, you’ll want to practice a lot before working your way online. Thankfully, there’s a mode for that too.

Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Assist

The game is not without its flaws though. Even with its massive cast of characters, you’re going to be seeing a bunch of the same while online. Cable, Sentinel, Storm, Magneto; you better get used to playing against all these top tier characters. While fighting match after match can be exciting, it’d be nice if there were some other options available. Unfortunately there isn’t so you’re stuck with the punches and kicks.

If Marvel vs. Capcom were to be described in one word, it would be ‘hardcore.’ Its challenging difficulty and fast paced, sometimes chaotic, action are more for the experienced rather than the casual pick-up-and-play type people. That’s not saying it’s a bad game. It’s actually quite solid, but just not for everyone.