Marvel vs Capcom 2
by CAPCOM EUROSOFT LTD
Let's be completely honest about this, nobody knows how to make a 2D beat 'em up quite like Capcom. Without even reading a review of their latest title, you know that it's going to hit all the right notes. I don't think that any other genre in console gaming is quite so dominated by one company in the same manner that Capcom dominates the 2D beat 'em up genre. Their latest title: Marvel Vs Capcom 2 is no exception to this. If you're a Xbox owner this will be the first title of this nature on the console (and I'm assuming it's identical to the PlayStation 2 version that we're about to look at) and you'll be impressed.
If you're familiar with any of Capcom's previous games you'll be pleased to know that the superb combo system and great gameplay has been retained for this game and if you have played any of their previous games you'll feel right at home with this one. The game modes on offer are Arcade - which is the exact same experience that you get in the arcade version of the game; VS mode - which is specially designed for 2 player combat; Training - where you can practise your moves against a passive opponent and Secret Factor where you can purchase unlockable items and characters with the points you've earned from playing the game.
Of course with Marvel characters in the game that only means one thing, super heroes. Initially there are only 24 out of the included 50+ characters available to play with. The initial Marvel line-up is Cable, Marrow, Cyclops, Captain America, Dr. Doom, Rogue, Psylocke, Wolverine, Iceman, Spider-Man, Hulf and Venom. For those of you that like the legendary Capcom characters you can initially choose from Jill, Tron, Rubyheart, Son Son, Amingo, Hayato, Sakura, Guile, Ryu, Zangief, Anakaris, and Strider. With more than half of the cast to unlock you're going to be playing a heck of long time before you see all the characters the game has to offer, which is very good as it significantly increases the replay value of the game.
You know what to expect visually from a 2D beat 'em up and Marvel Vs Capcom 2 is no exception to this. The characters are superbly coloured and their animations and combat moves are all of the highest calibre for this genre. Some people may argue that the charactesr are too aliased (a bit blocky around the edge) but the game has been created in the classic style for the genre and that's the way the characters have always looked. The backgrounds are on a par with previous titles and blend in well with the look of the game.
Deaf gamers can fully enjoy Marvel Vs Capcom 2. There are some announcer comments, which are not subtitled and you occasionally get some comments from the characters during a fight but these are only there to colour the atmosphere somewhat and have no bearing on gameplay. All information is displayed in text and there no problems at all for deaf gamers.
What more can we say? This isn't a long review because it doesn't have to be, Capcom have done it again and fans of the 2D beat 'em up genre will love this to bits. The sheer amount of characters to unlock will keep you coming back for more for a long while to come.
Game Rating: 9.2/10