Marvel vs. Capcom 2
Ben goes all retro on us with this 2D beat 'em up.
What the..? A 2D fighting game? Where am I? 1995? Agh! I’ve slipped into a time paradox! I’ll never get back I’ll…(stop blathering on and get to the point? – Ed) Hold on… It’s new? They STILL make these things? Well, I’d better take a look then… Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is a game that requires little explanation. You pick characters from either the Marvel universe (Wolverine, Spiderman, etc.) or from the Capcom universe (Ryu, Ken, Megaman, etc.) and then you get them to scrap like drunks after a can of Special Brew. To make it even simpler, it’s all in wonderful 2D. Great. Well, actually, it’s not all that bad. For a start, I used to love Street fighter, and this is essentially the same game, just in a prettier package. The idea of Wolverine beating The Hulk to a pulp is quite good too, but I can’t help but feel that these types of game have had their day; after all there is only so much you can do with a sprite. The graphics, although 2D, are rather nice. They hurtle along at a great speed and hardly ever slow down, even when you unleash a flurry of super attacks that fill the screen with over the top effects. The characters all look good, especially the Marvel ones (Spidey looks awesome) and there is even a bit of pseudo 3D in the backgrounds… more like 2.5D. This is about as good as a 2D fighting game can get and it’s pretty damn good. As for the way MvsC2 plays, its best described as hectic. Take your eyes off of that screen for an instant and your ass will be ‘whupped’ well and truly. In turbo mode you’ll find yourself frantically pushing buttons to unleash combos and switching partners like there’s no tomorrow. It’ actually rather good fun, if you like your action pure and simple. This game makes a perfect after pub title as you and your mates put those old ‘which superhero is harder’ arguments to rest. It’s fun, plain and simple. One thing that actually puts me off the game more than anything is the music. The tunes aren’t exactly fighting material. But then again, neither are the musical scores in most fighting games. Perhaps it’s time to put heavy metal into fighting games? Or perhaps the bad music is a ploy to make you feel like you don’t want to fight, so that the on screen battle doesn’t spill into your living room? Whatever, it’s bloody annoying, so just turn it down or off! Most of the time, these games have a long lifespan, as you and your mates battle it out time and time again, but MvsC2 has more to offer than that, too. Within this game, you will find a huge amount of playable secret characters hidden away; giving you plenty of reason to have another go, just so you can uncover them all. It’s always a nice feature and Capcom rarely disappoint! So, have 2D fighters had their day? Well, no, not just yet, if they keep producing games of this standard, I will be playing them for a while yet. Still, it would be nice to see something a little more original…. 3D? Who needs it…