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Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes Review

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Let me be clear: this game might contain too much crazy to be any fun for players who aren't already into it.


In some cases, all six characters might be on the screen at the same time. 
The 2009 digital re-release of Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is a no-nonsense version of a beloved fighting game. It's the same game you may have played in arcades or on the Dreamcast back in 2000, but now it has online play. Nicely functional online play, I might add. Also, it sidesteps all of the character-unlocking steps you had to take in previous versions of the game by giving you everything there is to get, right off the bat. It doesn't redraw the graphics and it doesn't rebalance the gameplay. If you love Marvel vs. Capcom 2, and you want to play it online, this is a good value at $15.00.

Of course, if you're not already familiar with the game, you'll probably want to know a bit more about this Marvel and Capcom thing. As the name indicates, this game brings together characters from the Marvel Comics universe and characters from Capcom's lengthy history in the world of video gaming. This 2D fighter is a three-on-three tag battle game that follows in the footsteps of Capcom's previous Versus games. The Versus games are differentiated from the company's other 2D fighters by being... totally crazy. While it starts with the basics of Street Fighter at its core, it quickly goes off the rails in ways you may find amazing or totally baffling. Stoic, measured Ryu can now throw fireballs as tall as he is, and he can throw them in the air. In fact, most moves can be done in the air, and everyone can jump something like twice the height of the screen.

The super moves are ridiculous, screen-filling maneuvers that can be chained together with the other characters in your party. Combos numbering in the hundreds are fairly common, and combos numbering in the thousands are certainly possible, too. It's kind of a lot to take in, and if you aren't up on it, the game can get a little overwhelming. Heck, even the character select screen can be hard to deal with when you're first getting started. With 56 characters to choose from, you'll have plenty of dudes to sift through as you figure out your ideal team. But let me be clear: this game might contain too much crazy to be any fun for players who aren't already into it. At the very least, new players should strive to find other groups of new players to fight against, because playing against seasoned players only results in frustration of the "well I'm just going to set my controller down while you finish this combo" variety.

She's a member of STARS! 
As far as modes go, it has the standard arcade mode and a training mode, but multiplayer is, of course, where you'll find the real action. You can play ranked one-on-one matches or unranked games that hold up to six players, who rotate through as matches finish while the non-active players spectate. The online seems to be of the same quality as Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix's, which is to say that it's great and seems to work perfectly more often than not. Of course, this is the Internet we're talking about here, so don't be surprised to see some less-than-ideal matches here and there.

The graphics in Marvel vs. Capcom 2 haven't been updated, but there are a few sprite-filtering options to choose from. Additionally, the game defaults to a zoomed-in perspective that fills 16:9 screens. The original game ran in 4:3, and if you like, you can force it to that aspect ratio. Considering the verticality of MvC2, I think I prefer the original screen size, but that's more a matter of preference. It's a nice option to have, either way. It's also worth noting that the music in Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is awful. Actually, I appreciate its awfulness in some cases, like the character select screen's short loop that repeats that it's going to "take you for a ride." But most of the tracks are pseudo-jazzy tunes that really don't fit with the action very well at all.

So if you're a fan of the game, you've probably already purchased it. But if you haven't gotten into a previous version of MvC2, it's going to be a steep climb, especially if you hope to compete online. As someone who understands the basics of the game but doesn't always apply them in the most intelligent way, I was getting absolutely stomped in most of the ranked games I played. Don't expect to be able to take any skills you've picked up in other recent fighting games, like Street Fighter IV or BlazBlue, and apply them here to any great effect. Yes, you're still making fireball and dragon punch motions for specials, but the mentality is certainly different. You may want to check out the demo first. Jeff Gerstmann on Google+
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Posted by Koof

i'm a member of stars

Posted by JJOR64

IT'S MAHVEL BAYBEE!  I'm not to bad at this game.  I want to get better though.

Posted by ArclightBorealis

This game wants to take me for a ride, and you bet I'm gonna go for a ride. Loved this game back in arcades, and I'm definetely gonna get it. Just sucks PSN users have to wait while 360 gets it first.

Posted by Scooper

Yep, confirmed. This game isn't for me.

Posted by GnaTSoL

this gets a 4 but Blazblue gets a even lower score? I thought Jeff hated these types of fighters.

Posted by Metal_Mills

I like the game but the online is insane. Some people do 50 hit combos and kill a character being I can even swing my first punch. Also, this game is painfully unbalanced. I thought MK games were bad, wow, not even close to this! You want a chance at winning you MUST be certain characters and never pick others.

One other thing. WHY CAN'T ALL GAMES HAVE THIS TYPE OF ONLINE? Quick match, custom server list, ping...PING! No lag because I can see the ping! Hallelujah! This type of online should be a requirement for games.

Posted by Nasar7

It's MvC2, and it's online. What more could you want? Well besides MvC3...

Posted by JoelTGM

so many fighting games this year, new and old...  bleh

Posted by gannon16

SUPERIOR  ATTACK!

Posted by Dolphin_Butter
@GnaTSoL: He just wasn't into BlazBlue's aethetic. It's strange he recommended this more than BlazBlue, but if you consider the price point and the roster, it's hard not to agree.
Posted by Crono

Not worth $15 imo, although I have always enjoyed the game.

Posted by ch13696

Yep confirmed. These people are bias. PSN version is being released in 2 weeks and they can't wait to review then. Kick me off, don't care. If they want to wait to review Battlefield 1943 when the online portion is fixed then why not wait for this game when the PSn version is released on Aug. 13th.

All I can say is fuck GiantBomb. But...I will still listen to the podcast. Funny as hell.

Edited by Jeffsekai

Oh common Jeff, this game is not as hard to get into as you make it to be its fine when you joke about that stuff on a podcast  but putting it in a review? wth? I've never played MvC2 or any VS games and I picked this up this morning and I'm fine im not overwhelmed at all. The combo system is really forgiving with links, assists are easy and the screen never gets so crazy where you don't have any idea whats going on. The review is fine, but it seems every time there's something out of the norm Jeff docks points off it cuz its " sooooooo crazy and impossible to get into ", that can be said for any game...just sit down with it for an hr and you'll be fine dear god...I love you Jeff but common man....

Also, my friend who has never played a Street Fighter game before picked this up today and is having fun and isn't overwhelmed at all...hes fine.

Posted by TriangleHard

I don't understand Jeff's standards...

BlazBlue is too flashy and messy, but THIS game is ok? The amount of stuff going on the screen for this game is just absurd.

Quick thought here that I probably shouldn't say.... Capcom has been treating Giantbomb really well....  Coming on their podcast, showing some good love, and looking like close friends, becoming drinking buddiess....

Posted by YoungBuck

It's not perfect, especially when you're in the character select screen while playing online. It's choppy and you can lose track which character you are picking. The online play is spot on, but you will need an arcade stick, because the xbox d-pad is awful.

Posted by TheBigBopper
@Alaska_Gamer said:
" This game wants to take me for a ride, and you bet I'm gonna go for a ride. Loved this game back in arcades, and I'm definetely gonna get it. Just sucks PSN users have to wait while 360 gets it first. "
yeah but we get fat princess so im not 2 disappointed.
Posted by dagas

Had this one the XBOX1 and it was a pretty good game, but I doubt it would be as fun today.

Posted by Heartagram
@ch13696 said:
" Yep confirmed. These people are bias. PSN version is being released in 2 weeks and they can't wait to review then. Kick me off, don't care. If they want to wait to review Battlefield 1943 when the online portion is fixed then why not wait for this game when the PSn version is released on Aug. 13th.All I can say is fuck GiantBomb. But...I will still listen to the podcast. Funny as hell. "
So are you saying that that PSN Version is going to suck and they should wait i dont understand your point? It's the same game that was released almost 10 years ago why will it be different on PSN?
Posted by spazmaster666
@ch13696 said:
" Yep confirmed. These people are bias. PSN version is being released in 2 weeks and they can't wait to review then. Kick me off, don't care. If they want to wait to review Battlefield 1943 when the online portion is fixed then why not wait for this game when the PSn version is released on Aug. 13th. "
Considering other press already have reviews up for the PS3 version, that means Capcom has already sent out review copies/codes for the PS3 version as well which means the only reason why this review is only for XBLM is probably because the PSN version hasn't been released yet.
Posted by Hemlock

Fuck the Knicks.

Posted by Babble
@ch13696 said:
" Yep confirmed. These people are bias. PSN version is being released in 2 weeks and they can't wait to review then. Kick me off, don't care. If they want to wait to review Battlefield 1943 when the online portion is fixed then why not wait for this game when the PSn version is released on Aug. 13th.All I can say is fuck GiantBomb. But...I will still listen to the podcast. Funny as hell. "
Confirmed, you sir are an idiot. I would attempt to tell you why this is not a form of bias, and why saying 'bias' is involved in a review is insane in the first place, but it's not worth my time.
Posted by BaconGames
@Jeffsekai: As a person who never played SF and got overwhelmed by SFIV and obtained no motivation to learn it, I listen to Jeff when he says that a game isn't friendly to newcomers, just like he did in his review of SFIV.

@TriangleHard: And somehow still being professional in giving a proper criticism of the one game they had coming out (Bionic Commando)

I actually was thinking about their relationship with Capcom and I don't see a problem there given the evidence.

Unfortunately I have to give this game a pass, but since it's just a relaunching of the same game from back in the days, I think I can live without it like I've always have.  It seems like a lot of fighting games are being released of all kinds and I'm okay with waiting to see what's next.
Posted by DavidSnakes

This game is for crazy people

Posted by Skillface

I'll buy the game, because I played the demo and it was fun as hell learning all the different mechanics, and I'm eager to explore further.

Posted by Druminator

Got this today and now there's finally a fighting game I like a lot.

Posted by kagekage

maybe this got 4 stars caz jeff is good friends with capcom?.... OR...
this game is just awesome.
we'll NEVER KNOWWWW wooooo~~~

Posted by Enigma2099

I hate this game with the burning power of a thousand exploding suns...

Posted by Enigma2099

I hate this game with the burning power of a thousand exploding suns...

Posted by Jayzilla

I just remember the reviewer from this site for BlazBlue saying that it was too much flash. This game looks like that times five. I don't want to go overboard with any exaggerations, and I feel like this got the review it got because of the characters. There is just way too much going on on the screen. I said it before: I don't have ADD so this game ain't for me.

Posted by HatKing
@Babble said:
"@ch13696 said:
" Yep confirmed. These people are bias. PSN version is being released in 2 weeks and they can't wait to review then. Kick me off, don't care. If they want to wait to review Battlefield 1943 when the online portion is fixed then why not wait for this game when the PSn version is released on Aug. 13th.All I can say is fuck GiantBomb. But...I will still listen to the podcast. Funny as hell. "
Confirmed, you sir are an idiot. I would attempt to tell you why this is not a form of bias, and why saying 'bias' is involved in a review is insane in the first place, but it's not worth my time.
"

lol agreed babble.
Posted by Spiral_Stars

Dude, my favorite part of MvC2 was the music.

Posted by Spiral_Stars
@TriangleHard said:
" I don't understand Jeff's standards...BlazBlue is too flashy and messy, but THIS game is ok? The amount of stuff going on the screen for this game is just absurd. Quick thought here that I probably shouldn't say.... Capcom has been treating Giantbomb really well....  Coming on their podcast, showing some good love, and looking like close friends, becoming drinking buddiess.... "
You do realize that the guy reviewing this is the same one who got fired from Gamespot for giving a negative review for a game advertising on the site? Yeah, he's totally one to be bought.
Posted by Ferginator4k

if only there was a pc version...

Edited by Gump

When I played this game way back in 2002, it was fucking incredible. This brings back some good ol' memories.

Posted by Linkyshinks

Sounds like I'm not missing much owning the DC original. I agree with your thoughts on the 4;3 aspect ratio being more suited to this game.  I kinda like that lame music also.

Thanks.

Posted by Undeadpool

Gotta say, I loved this game when it was just me and my buds screwing around, but when I saw this in arcades where almost everyone chose some combo of Storm, Magneto and Cable, I was saddened because I knew I could never play like that.

Posted by ez123

CAPCOM360MARVELBIASAAHHHHHHH

Posted by Shadow

This game is fun as hell...against people you know.  I've personally gotten laid the fuck out by infinite combos online that are mind you, fairly easy to do if you want to spend an hour memorizing a single button combination.  However, all matches I've played against my friends online has been fantastic fun

Posted by The_A_Drain

You can set the 4:3 aspect ratio in the menu, I have it set to that ad it's working pretty well.

Overall i'd agree, it's certainly not for people who don't already know they will like it. And it's totally off the wall fucking crizazy.

Posted by LightGaia

My gripe with this game is the lack of balance. Some characters in this game like Juggernaut and Sentinial are ban-worthy. I prefer the first game because the roster is more balanced. It also had better modes, frenzy ability, and better music.

Posted by Metal_Mills
@Jeffsekai said:
" Oh common Jeff, this game is not as hard to get into as you make it to be its fine when you joke about that stuff on a podcast  but putting it in a review? wth? I've never played MvC2 or any VS games and I picked this up this morning and I'm fine im not overwhelmed at all. The combo system is really forgiving with links, assists are easy and the screen never gets so crazy where you don't have any idea whats going on. The review is fine, but it seems every time there's something out of the norm Jeff docks points off it cuz its " sooooooo crazy and impossible to get into ", that can be said for any game...just sit down with it for an hr and you'll be fine dear god...I love you Jeff but common man....Also, my friend who has never played a Street Fighter game before picked this up today and is having fun and isn't overwhelmed at all...hes fine. "
I've heard a ton of people say this is a hard fighting game and I agree with them. It's not just Jeff.
Posted by Mouth

If I had a 360, I would already have this.

Posted by SunKing

From just playing the trial version, I'd say that it's only worth buying if a) you've got an arcade stick; and b) you like to play online. Sadly, I don't have an arcade stick for my 360, so unless it comes out on the PC anytime soon, I won't be purchasing. Also, it's a shame that the demo is such a poor preview of the game, only offering local multiplayer; would a limited singleplayer mode be so hard to implement for those without a second controller?

That said, it's a good review, Jeff. It certainly mirrors some of my thoughts from my very limited play of the game. Only curly-mustaches need apply here.

Posted by The_A_Drain
@Jeffsekai said:
"Oh common Jeff, this game is not as hard to get into as you make it to be its fine when you joke about that stuff on a podcast  but putting it in a review? wth? I've never played MvC2 or any VS games and I picked this up this morning and I'm fine im not overwhelmed at all. The combo system is really forgiving with links, assists are easy and the screen never gets so crazy where you don't have any idea whats going on. The review is fine, but it seems every time there's something out of the norm Jeff docks points off it cuz its " sooooooo crazy and impossible to get into ", that can be said for any game...just sit down with it for an hr and you'll be fine dear god...I love you Jeff but common man....Also, my friend who has never played a Street Fighter game before picked this up today and is having fun and isn't overwhelmed at all...hes fine."

I disagree. Even as someone who has a fair amount of experience with the game, sometimes there really is just so much shit going on that unless you have cognitive superpowers, you have to take a stp ep back for a couple of seconds and work out who's who and what's going on. Especially when two people are playing a similar (or even the same) team, or when characters like Dr Doom, Silver Samurai or Storm are sending projectiles literally everywhere, or when assists are flying in from all directions.

It's pretty hairy and for new players it's a legitimate point to throw out there. Besides, it's not like they start from 5 and 'dock' points, that's just ridiculous. 4 is a decent score given how old the game is, how crazy it is, and how unfriendly it is for new players and people who don't want to pick from any of the 10 or so higher tier characters.
Posted by Media_Master

This is THE fighting game to get!!

Posted by Hockeymask27

this game is so cool to watch. its a little hard even on easy i get my but whooped at fight 7 but still a great game.

Posted by vhold

Street Fighter 3 also had the weird totally inappropriate jazzy lounge music.  I wonder what Capcom's musicians were smoking at the time.  It's almost like they were going out of their way to make the most ill fitting music possible, which works in a charming screwed up way.

Posted by vhold
@LightGaia: Yea, this game was definitely not balanced.  I sort of feel like they were purposefully making a sort of retarded game, kinda as if they were making a parody of themselves, but that doesn't mean it's not fun.
Posted by SumDeus

i've never played this game, but i decided to get it anyway and i have to say despite how much there is to learn its totally worth buying if you're new.

Posted by Lind_L_Taylor

I guess it's time to call it quits before I get this game. Don't want to have my ass handed to me everytime I try the game AND pay $15. They should discount it to $5 for us nOObs.

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