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Best beat'-em'up yet!
on 19 February 2003
Being used to 3D PS2 beat-'em-ups, I was interested to see what it would be like to go back to 2D for a change. With MvC2 I was not disappointed at all. This game is genuine fun, and sometimes even blows you away!
There are no fewer than 56 characters you can pick from (half of them are locked at the start) - all featuring from the likes of Capcom's Street Fighter or Marvel superhero comics. Game modes are the usual arcade, practice or multiplayer. To unlock your characters, you earn points based on how well you do during your fights. Use these points to 'buy' hidden characters, although you can also buy full-screen artwork or different colours for all the fighters. This extends the game's life considerably.
At fight level, there are three people per team. One fights at a time, but you can call in each one for an 'assist' where they perform a special move (decided by you at the start of the game).
There are plenty of moves per fighter - each one being different and unique. For example Street Fighter's Dhalsim still has his "Yoga Fire", while the Incredible Hulk likes to tear the earth from beneath his rival's feet. There are usually five to eight special moves per fighter, along with punches, kicks, throws, and other unique moves sprinkled in for good measure.
The best bit, however, is the Hyper Combos, where all three characters come on-screen at the same time and use their special moves - resulting in a colourful and action-packed display of fists, claws, fireballs, rockets and lasers - again, all unique to the fighters in question.
The graphics, although 2D, are good (cartoon-style, obviously). The backgrounds, however, are nicely rendered and beautifully-animated. Sound effects are good, though the speech sounds like it was recorded with a 10-year-old tape recorder. Playability is fun, and as frantic or calm as you decide with the options.
This is an all-round excellent fighting game, with very few flaws. Get it!