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Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes (Dreamcast)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.

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Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 4.0
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.2
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.1
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.1
Overall MobyScore (28 votes) 4.1

The Press Says

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Lens of Truth
Marvel vs Capcom is the epitome of how an amazing cast of characters with no real balancing issues can make an incredible fighting game. All types of character combinations can be seen when playing in the arcades. There is no real super team or heavily favored character. Some may be a little better than others but no real drastic advantages. Capcom has shown again why they are the king of 2D fighting games. The only real downfall is that they did not bring back the announcer from MSH vs SF.
If you’re looking for a top-notch, no-frills fighting game then you’d be a fool to overlook one of Capcom’s finest titles yet!
OK, let's bypass the intro to this review and make one thing perfectly clear. The gameplay score in this review is based on playing the game with Sega's arcade-style joystick, which is sold by Agetec here in the States. If this joystick didn't exist, and the only option was the standard Dreamcast controller, it's likely the gameplay would have gotten a lower score.
Taking everything into consideration, Marvel vs. Capcom is an excellent post-launch purchase. And with a mini-glut of fighting titles available for the system by the end of October, this is definitely one of the better ones to pick up. And certainly the best 2D title on the system until King of Fighters '99 rolls into town. Don't pass this one up.
17, la note n'est assurément pas trop forte, et ce, malgré le fait que le jeu ne soit "qu'en 2D" ! :) Marvel vs. Capcom est un feu d'artifice permanent, où les explosions en tous genres se font omniprésentes. Les graphismes et animations sont redoutables d'efficacité, et la bande son est à la hauteur d'un jeu de castagne pour la nouvelle console japonaise. Seul véritable bémol, la jouabilité est loin d'être exemplaire. Au finish, on peut aisément considérer Marvel vs Capcom comme étant une nouvelle référence du jeu de combat, loin d'un Soul Calibur, ok, mais ça n'est pas non plus la même catégorie.
Power Unlimited
Marvel Vs. Capcom: te snel voor controller en oogbal. Voor wie binnenkort met bloeddoorlopen irissen naar zijn Dreamcast zit te staren, hier nog een tip: sluit controllers 2, 3 en 4 aan en ga voor de four-player mode. Marvel vs Capcom en de Dreamcast zullen jou en je vrienden laten sidderen van genot.
For the casual fan all the way to someone actively playing it competitively, this is the way to go. If you insist on having either of the game for the Dreamcast platform, you’ll probably have a much harder time getting a hold of the sequel, as it was produced in limited quantities thanks to the Marvel licensing deal expiring with Capcom at that time. I had a roommate after college who bought a Dreamcast specifically to play Marvel vs. Capcom. His obsession didn’t last long, but it was a game that we could play together at any time and it would satisfy that competitive urge. Scoring this game is difficult since I am not any sort of expert at playing it, but based on what it offers to the different levels of gamers, it’s a solid choice and a must-have for the Dreamcast. The only knock against it is that the sequel has so many more characters, options and the addition of online play.
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
What can I say? Marvel vs Capcom was an excellent game when it was in arcades and it still proves to be an excellent game now that it’s enjoyable in your living room. Unfortunately, although it is perhaps the ultimate evolution of the 2D fighting genre, the visuals and gameplay system are beginning to show their signs of age, especially when stacked up against the other fighting titles available for the Dreamcast. That’s no reason to pass up what is an otherwise excellent offering, however, especially if you’ve been a fan of the Street Fighter series (and its spin-offs) for years. Anyone that’s not too busy with Soul Calibur or PowerStone would do well to spare this one a glance, if only for nostalgia’s sake.
Even with the minor control issues, Marvel Vs. Capcom is still a fun game and a must have for any 2D fighting fan. Even better, it’s a wonderful comic book experience that just never seems to get old. Do you remember those special comic book issues where two super heroes would finally get to duke it out? They usually came out in the summertime and cost about triple what the average comic did. Inevitably the fight ended in a draw of some sort, which of course kept me buying the comic to see what happened next. Playing Marvel Vs. Capcom has been like being a kid again and having a new one of those issue everyday, only this time the fights hardly ever end in a draw. Best of all, if anyone starts talking smack and tells you that Captain America can take Spiderman, you can slap in Marvel Vs. Capcom and settle the issue once and for all-- or at least until the rematch.
Defunct Games
In fact, Capcom has done nothing more here than port the game exactly from the arcade. The problem is that the game took too long to convert to a home system, and Marvel vs. Capcom 2 was already out in arcades. Outside of that, Capcom didn't make anything for one players, so there really isn't much fun to be had for any solo players.
Planet Dreamcast
If you're a fan of the Capcom Vs. series and you own a Dreamcast, you owe it to yourself to go pick up a copy of this game. Just be sure and pick up an Agetec Arcade Stick or MadCatz Dream Pad while you're at it, you'll thank me later. Then, grab a bunch of your friends and get set for a night of fun. Now, if Capcom could only make a Justice League of America vs. Street Fighter...
Game Revolution
While there is definitely nothing new to this game, there's nothing wrong with it either. Marvel vs. Capcom is a good game with nothing really new to offer. If you still love Street Fighter games or are just looking for a fun game, by all means play Marvel vs. Capcom. If, however, you're looking for something new, look someplace else. Come on, Capcom, don't rest on your laurels.
Mega Fun
Marvel vs. Capcom ist ein absoluter Top-Titel für 2D-Prügelspiel-Fans. Sowohl grafisch als auch spielerisch ist das Beat ‘em Up im 2D-Sektor ein absolutes Highlight. Wer sich für solche Games begeistert, sollte zuschlagen. Alle anderen finden auf diesem System genügend gute Alternativen (Soul Calibur, Virtua Fighter, Powerstone) und sollten diesem Titel vorsichtig gegenüberstehen.
Super Play
Visuellt håller Marvel vs Capcom hög klass och visar att Dreamcast är välförberedd på spel av den här sorten. Animationerna kanske inte är lika fulländade som i Street Fighter III: Double Impact, men snyggt är det. Balansen mellan de olika karaktärerna känns mestadels jämn, förutom Venom, som enligt mig är nästan för bra. De som vill bli nostalgiska finner även spelbara Strider Hiryu, och riddaren Artur från Ghost 'n Goblins som hjälpredor. Vad gäller själva striderna så är de bland de mest intensiva beat 'em up-upplevelserna jag har haft på läneg. När jag lyckas göra en 38-hitscombo med Morrigan så bekräftar texten marvelous på bildskärmen att någonting riktigt tufft har inträffat, och det var inte Dreamcast-maskinen som fick tuppjuck av alla flimrande bildspel. Kort sagt intensivt.
All Game Guide
Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes is almost an exact port of the Arcade game. While minor items, such as screen resolution, have been altered, more should have been added. With the combined universes of both Marvel and Capcom I expected more than fifteen playable characters. There are some unlockable characters but most of them turn out to be slight variations of the main characters. Don't get me wrong, the characters included are great, but why not double that when there are so many to choose from? Of course, 20 additional fighters are placed in the game in the form of guest characters but they are not playable.
The Video Game Critic
There seem to be a lot of cool moves, but the game is conducive to button mashing. The graphics are great, but the action is so fast that it's often hard to tell what's happening. It's still a good time though. In addition to the standard modes, there's even a "Cross Fever" mode that lets four players fight simultaneously. I'm sure that's not the least bit confusing.
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
The game does have it's high points (and it's fans), but the hectic gameplay isn't something die-hard fighting game fanatics can take. Strategy and deep gameplay is what made Capcom's fighters a success, not this. Mortal Kombat is deeper in this case. This is a definite low point for the Street Fighter series.