Marvel vs. Capcom 2

aka: MVC2
Moby ID: 3680
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Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is the sequel to the 2D fighting game Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes.

The game allows you to tag in all three players (instead of two, while the third is only used for special attacks, in the predecessor).

There are now up to 56 characters to use (most you have to unlock), including new characters like Jill Valentine from Resident Evil and Tron Bonn from Mega Man Legends.

Another new gameplay feature allows your teammates to come in during battle and give you a little health boost. This helps in lasting the distance in Survival mode, but they can also be hit by oncoming attacks from the enemy.

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  • 마블 VS. 캡콤 2 - Korean spelling (Hangul)

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Critics

Average score: 83% (based on 64 ratings)

Players

Average score: 3.9 out of 5 (based on 140 ratings with 8 reviews)

Capcom delivers another good 2D fighter

The Good
What I liked about this game is the number and variety of fighters. There is a character in here for everyone. I like the super combos that can be easily executed by pushing just two buttons and being able bring your whole team out to do a super combo. I like the three team tag battle because of the strategy that involves and having to adjust to your opponents three characters styles of fighting.

The Bad
I would like to have seen more fighting mode options like a one on one battle. The game is limited to a team of three tag battle.

The Bottom Line
You select a team of three fighters. Each fighter has three attributes that can be selected for when you call them out to assist you in a fight. There are characters from the Marvel comic universe such as Spiderman, The Hulk and X-Men such as Cyclops, Wolverine, Storm and more. Characters from the Capcom universe include fighters from the Street Fighter Series such as Ryu, Guile, Chun Li and other Capcom games like Megaman, Jill Valentine from Resident Evil and more. You can combine fighters from Marvel and Capcom on one team.

PlayStation 2 · by Mike Fink (2) · 2003

Addictive yet repetitive

The Good
3-on-3 battles are great fun, and last a good few minutes. The controls are great: assists, character switches, even triple hyper combos are just two button presses away. Plenty of eye candy, especially now that hyper moves are a dime a dozen. This game is just addictive.

The Bad
There may be 56 characters, but only 10 are any good. Gameplay gets repetitive: since everything is so showy, it's more about filling the screen with your characters/projectiles than it's about choosing the right move. Balance is horrible (Cable and Magneto and particular are way too powerful); there's practically an infinite combo for every character. The boss is disappointingly easy.

The Bottom Line
It may not be as complex as Virtua Fighter 3 or as good-looking as Soul Calibur, but it certainly is a whole lot of fun.

Dreamcast · by Robyrt (46) · 2002

Fun and flashy — the pinnacle of fighters

The Good
Really, there's one thing to like about Marvel: winning. Ain't nothing about this game to consol you if you come up second. All the action goes down in an upbeat, fun environment with jazzy music playing, but it's a deadly serious affair for competitive players. I'm a grizzled veteran myself but I still get butterflies going into a match. It may seem odd that I'd get so worked up over a mere videogame, but that's because it's so good.

The wonderful thing about Marvel is that there's so many widely disparate characters to choose from. Everyone can settle on a few personal favorites. Sentinel means serious business, being a gigantic robot that can utterly dominate the playing field when played judiciously. Cable just tosses grenades and shoots lasers at you, but god help you if a savvy player catches you in an air Hyper Viper Beam. He'll chain three of them and your character is dead.

But then there's another two characters on your team, so even after losing a man, you can still pull yourself together a mount a comeback. Miracles can and do happen in this game, and the feeling when you accomplish one is hard to match.

The Bad
For a time I was anxious about a sequel, but with its release on the 360, I can wait another decade if need be. This version is so complete, so expansive, so well-executed, that to hanker for a sequel is to take what we already have here for granted.

The Bottom Line
Pulse-pounding action that can be played strategically, frenetically, or a mix of both. A single hard-fought match can be a draining affair that can take hours to recover from fully. All-in-all, one of the best games ever made. If you have the passion to get good at it, of course.

Xbox 360 · by Chris Wright (85) · 2015

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Marvel vs. Capcom 2 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Cameos

Some of the Capcom roster of characters are taken from old or obscure Capcom games such as SonSon or Amingo (who is rumored to be from a canceled Capcom game), or from Japanese games never released anywhere else at the time of this game's original release (such as Jin). The only character that doesn't originate from any previous Capcom game, however, is Ruby Heart, the female pirate character who was created specifically for Marvel vs. Capcom 2.

Sales

According to publisher Capcom, the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of Marvel vs. Capcom 2 have sold 1.4 million copies worldwide since their initial release (as of September 30, 2018).

Xbox version

The Xbox release of this game was originally going to have online play. However, it was scrapped at the last minute.

Information also contributed by Alexander Michel

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Game added by Kartanym.

iPhone, iPad added by Sciere. PlayStation 3 added by Doppelgamer. Arcade added by The cranky hermit. Xbox 360 added by Ben K.

Additional contributors: SAGA_, Alexander Michel, CalaisianMindthief, Starbuck the Third, Rik Hideto, FatherJack.

Game added April 3, 2001. Last modified March 22, 2024.