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Backbone really helped make this game great, and because of that I can't think of anything bad to say about it. I could go down a list but that would just me being a little more nitpicky than I need to be. And with a price point of only $15 it is really a bargain, seeing as a disc based version of this game for the original Xbox sells for more than $85 dollars on EBay. If you enjoy the Street Fighter series, or the Marvel fighting games that Capcom made back in the day then this is one you shouldn't miss.
When all is said and done, if you’re a fighting game fan MvC2 is an essential purchase. It won’t be for everybody – it’s at times bewildering, even though button mashing and repeated quarter circle forward motions often result in spectacular combos. Underneath, one hell of a fighting game system is there for those of you who wish to unravel it – the game wouldn’t still be played by the pros on the tournament circuit if it didn’t require genuine skill to master. But really, the big draw is online play. That and the prospect of a trip down a Dreamcast-coloured memory lane.
Ultimately, this is the same Marvel vs. Capcom 2 we already know. Opinions of the gameplay won't be swayed by any of the mild changes made to the HD port. Character balance is still an issue of contention; even though the game has fifty-six playable fighters, only a handful are actually competitive. I've personally no problem with the balance. The team system sort of evens things out and gives matches plenty of variety. In my eyes, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is among the best fighting games ever crafted and I'm thrilled to have it on a modern platform. I judge this port--especially the PS3 version--"worthy."
Ignore what it doesn't have and embrace what it does: excellent gameplay that anyone can enjoy, but a very deep game that can frustrate many. A fighting classic that is truly worthy of your hard-earned cash!
It may not be the most diverse package and it certainly won’t convert the non-believers, but for those who have fond memories of insane Wolverine and Spiderman and Ryu v. Cyclops and Cable and Sentinel bouts, it’s the same great taste you’ve enjoyed for years. And on top of that, it’s way cheaper to buy a copy of this download than any other method of picking up this game. And if you already picked up an arcade stick for Street Fighter IV, King of Fighters XII, BlazBlue or any of the other arcade fighters that have come out this year, this download is a no brainer. It’s more noob friendly than many of the other core fighters but has enough depth to rope in the most hardcore of fans.
For a mere $15, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is a game no fan of the genre, no fan of anything Capcom, and no fan of anything Marvel should be without. It is the ultimate fighting game experience packed with the most insane and awesome gameplay a fighter has ever seen. I'd say it's better played with a friend nearby, as the online is suffering from issues on the PS3. And for the best experience, I recommend an arcade stick.
Taking the 2D online brawlers in the marketplace into account, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is easily the friendlier of the bunch in terms of new players jumping in. Hopefully, the game's online community will remain strong and will provide everyone with a variety of opponents, even with the non-existent skill-based match-making system. There's a strong possibility it will remain popular online, as this game is a blast to play, whether you have a buddy sitting next to you or your most hated foe waiting for you online. If the character selection menu music is any indication, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 will take you for a nostalgic and exciting ride... just be sure not to let it punch your ticket.
Street Fighter IV fans be advised: Marvel vs. Capcom 2, produced by the same company, is about as far removed from that game as you could conceivably get and still be in the same genre. Rather than focusing on timing and control of space, as in SF4, MvC2 is an unlikely blend of macro (there are 50+ characters to choose from, with three on a "tag team" per fight) and micro (there are only four attack buttons: light/heavy punch and kick) elements that somehow come together to form a marvelously entertaining whole.
At $14.99, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 represents good value for those who missed out on playing the game the first time around or those who want to play it again without dusting off an old console. Though it's a little rough around the edges in the implementation of its biggest new feature, online play, 2D fighter fans will find that Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is well worth adding, or re-adding, to their collection.