Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Hands-On

Capcom brings its beloved fighter to the PS3 and Xbox 360, and we bust some heads to see how it holds up.

One of the most welcome announcements at Capcom's recent press event was the news that the publisher will release Marvel vs. Capcom 2 on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The game was originally released in arcades in 2000 and was quickly followed by a release on the Sega Dreamcast console. The game later made its way to the PlayStation 2 and the Xbox in 2002 and 2003, respectively, but purists have always favored the Dreamcast version, given that it was based on hardware that was similar to the NAOMI system--the same system that the original arcade version was released on. Thankfully, the Dreamcast/Naomi code is what is being used for the upcoming PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, which will appear as downloadable games this summer. Capcom had a playable version of the game running on the PlayStation 3 at the event, and we promptly tore right into it.

If you're unfamiliar with MVC2, here's a quick primer: The game features the largest roster of fighters assembled in a Capcom game, a staggering 56 in total, divided between Marvel comic characters and characters from various Capcom games. The game was the last in Capcom's "Versus" series, which pitted the publisher's various game characters against Marvel characters, such as the X-Men. And though MVC2 used 2D sprites for its characters, the game was also the only Capcom fighter to feature fully 3D backgrounds and effects, courtesy of NAOMI. From a gameplay standpoint, the game also featured some heavy tweaks to the Versus series' fighting system. It also switched format to a three-on-three tag-team system and pared down the standard six-button layout to four attack buttons, with the remaining two buttons being used to call in your teammates for tag-in "assist" attacks.

The PS3 version seems faithful to the Dreamcast version and offers the same array of modes, with the welcome addition of online multiplayer. Playing the game in single-player will let you tackle the Arcade mode, hone your skills in the Training mode, and test your fighting prowess in the Score Attack mode. The game's multiplayer options include offline one-on-one local matches, plus two online match types, scoreboard and friendly, which are ranked and unranked matches, respectively.

Get ready for aerial juggle attacks and superheroes fighting martial artists. Marvel Versus Capcom 2 is back in town.

The PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game will also have some other new options. In terms of visual presentation, you'll find options to switch your characters' graphics to one of three settings: classic, crisp, and smooth. Classic keeps it good and real, offering the original sprites in all of their chunky, aliased glory. Crisp cleans the sprites up a little but still has an old-school, clunky quality. Finally, smooth enhances the aged sprites to something a little less chunky on an HD display. A widescreen gameplay option lets you toggle between automatic, which sets the display based on your system settings, or a manual setting for 4:3 and 16:9 displays. Finally, an input-delay option lets you tweak the sensitivity of how quickly the game will read your button presses, with a higher setting ideal for higher-ping, lower-speed conditions.

In terms of controls, the game seems to play fine on the PS3 controller, although it will also support Mad Catz's fan-favorite Street Fighter IV pads and arcade sticks. The game will also offer a fully customizable control setup and seems to handle just like you'd want it to. The work-in-progress version of the game that we played ran pretty smoothly, so we don't expect it to have any performance issues when it's finally released.

Otherwise, the game looks sharp and seems faithful to the Dreamcast version. The 3D backgrounds look smooth, and the sprites are as, let's say, "varied" as we remember them to be. The characters pulled from the previous Versus games benefit from a refreshed art style, whereas the older sprites, most notably Morrigan (who first appeared in 1994's Darkstalkers), are considerably chunkier. But the various superattacks and 3D effects are still as flashy and appealing as ever.

Yes, that's Iron Man fighting Capcom's Strider. Like we said, Marvel Versus Capcom 2 is back.

It should go without saying that fighting fans who loved the wild and high-flying action of the Versus series should look forward to this one. The game seems to stand the test of time quite nicely, even if the character sprites haven't gotten a full-on makeover. Ultimately, MVC2 still seems like a blast to play, and we're happy to see it on the PS3 and 360. Anyone looking to brawl should keep an eye out for a demo this week on the PlayStation Network, with a 360 demo to follow in the weeks to come. Marvel Versus Capcom 2 should be out this summer in the PS3 and Xbox 360 online stores.

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273 comments
Evilnator
Evilnator

did this get canceled? or are they gonna ramake this with disney characters?! or did this actually get released?

heytito
heytito

oh yeah just letting u ps3 guys know i'm enjoying playing this game on xbox haah 11 more days for the release on ps3 but i'm already enjoying :D

Dugan1982
Dugan1982

Still waiting but super stoked to play this classic!!

beak1313
beak1313

@ im-a-roustabout.. that would be awesome!! I would get fired from work cause i would never go in until the electrcity gets shut off.

never-named
never-named

Due to the lack of a current gen system I spent five hours scouring shops for the PS2 version today and finally hit pay dirt; and after just a few matches I must say, its a roller-coaster ride of a fighter! A PSP version through PSN wouldn't hurt anyone either now would it?

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

I would love for them to make M.Vs.C 3 with the SF4 graphics! That would be too cool!

TUROK44
TUROK44

where's marvel vs capcom! T_T

rckildare
rckildare

So... When's it coming out? It saids 7/1/09 but that KoF crap is all that came out!

Sacapalpavo
Sacapalpavo

@ beak1313 call microsoft, tell them is the 3 red lights, dont tell them about the 2 lights, send the console, and they ill send you another one, or fix that, is the same procedure, but if you tell them is the 2 lights , they will charge you :S

beak1313
beak1313

i got the warrenty so i just sent it in. any time i try to play a game ill play for like 15 min then it just shuts off and i get the 2 red lights

beak1313
beak1313

I almost bought this game for 80 bucks for the orginal x box about a year ago.

Sacapalpavo
Sacapalpavo

@ beak1313, why dont you use the microsoft guarantee?

beak1313
beak1313

yeah capcom do be lame!!

Sacapalpavo
Sacapalpavo

Damn it capcom, no one is gonna buy a ps3 just to play this game and you are just loosing sales deliying it realese to the 360 live arcade, i want it now!!! ¬¬

beak1313
beak1313

Even if i could get it right now my 360 keeps turning off and pulling up to red lights on the ring. =/

Sacapalpavo
Sacapalpavo

yeah where is it? i want to revive my high school arcade times ^^ i used to be so good at this game, dunno now though xD

beak1313
beak1313

yeah man i want it! But its not there and its july 3rd now.

Wooien
Wooien

Well, we all know that it's a great game, but yeah, you're right. When is this game gonna come out???????? It was supposed to come out for the 360 on July 1....

frank3o5
frank3o5

why is evry 1 rating the game if it hasnt even kum out yet for the 360? kuz im checkin xbox live an its not on here???

Anti-Venom
Anti-Venom

where the hell is the 360's demo?!?

donsnypa
donsnypa

@bloodnumber funnly enough it owuld be mvc 2 i havnt brought street fighter 4 and i already have my points for marvel vs capcom 2 XD

donsnypa
donsnypa

with less than a month to go i think i should mark the occasion with some potty talk XD i am gonna pwon this game XD just throw that warnig out there world

stoopiddog
stoopiddog

I've been patiently waiting for this. In all its glory too!! I think its better that it has no unlockable characters. I would rather have a wide selection from the get go as oppose to wasting hours trying to get one favorite. Props to the Dev's for that

Testament
Testament

I HOPE THERE'S AN OPTION TO ADD YOU OWN BACKGROUND MUSIC!!!!!! and why couldn't we get SFIV granphics, come on capcom ya'll have the tecnology to do it!!!!!!!

_TheJoker_
_TheJoker_

Did I miss something or are we getting a DC game with online and no unlockable characters?

GearhardBanger
GearhardBanger

Great game, but I prefer Capcom Vs SNK 2 personally. If they brought CVS2 to download that would be sweet. If this is a sucess maybe they will. I know I'll be buying this one though (Thursday in the UK it's out I think)

thekey
thekey

I can't wait for this game. But I'm a little concerned with the animation. In this film footage it doesn't look as smooth as I remember it. But I think they'll fix it before release.

bloodnumber
bloodnumber

you should buy both Totalpckge Posted May 4, 2009 1:02 am GMT Ok here is the big question. MVC2 or SF4, which one would you buy?

true_hurdler
true_hurdler

Glad everything's the same...well, except for the MUSIC! Definitely think they shoulda added better music, although it is kinda nostalgic...

Totalpckge
Totalpckge

Ok here is the big question. MVC2 or SF4, which one would you buy?

deannatrois
deannatrois

ha i rember playing this in ze arcade definete buy

diggyman
diggyman

If you've never played the game before and you're still not sure on whether or not you should buy this one... BUY IT. Trust me.

Wardrift
Wardrift

I'm disappointed they didn't do the HD Remix treatment though, very odd decision. Still, I'll definitely get it when it comes out.

neoand12
neoand12

MVC + online = greatness. need I say more?

valbejin
valbejin

i was about to re buy it but this game was super rare for like 90 bucks thank god i was pataint because i always said to myself that this was comming to XBLA. (i think the XBLA and PSN release is gonna make the orignal copys cheaper)

Ver_Guitarman
Ver_Guitarman

I'm buying this. I downloaded the demo, and I can't believe I'm saying this, but I liked it even when losing.

lawzie
lawzie

Wait when they say Xbox... do they mean Xbox live originals or Xbox live arcade? If its originals then i'm fine with my copy on the PS2. -_-"

toritofine
toritofine

same graphics as the first one? ooh, come oooooooon...

maaly81
maaly81

ill get it just so I dont have to start the dreamcast up, and for th higher res. Classic game....MVC3???? please

EmporioLove
EmporioLove

Can't wait! Now whats the release DATE????

Phya52
Phya52

Capcom better give us something being that we don't get to experience the awesomeness that is Tatsunoko vs Capcom. I really hope they do something about that boring, out of place music though. Man that music is horrible, especially for a game like this. I wish they would add the new features from T vs C like the ability to switch characters in the middle of an air combo and continue the air combo with the new character. With that said, me and my friends are really excited that this is coming to XBLA. I can't wait to get online with this game and whoop them! I still wish they would've put Demitri from Darkstalkers in this game. Oh well. Alright Capcom, keep 'em coming and make Capcom vs SNK 2 for XBLA! My Fight Stick yearns for more!