Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Hands-On

We just received a near-complete version of Marvel vs. Capcom 2 and wasted no time donning a cape and leaping into the ring.

Capcom may have announced Marvel vs. Capcom 2 only two short weeks ago, but already a fully playable build of the game has landed on our desks. Despite being clearly labelled as a "preview build," the game seems to be feature-complete, and we're happy to report that we didn't notice a single bit of slowdown in what we played. Given the late-June release, which was recently confirmed in a Marvel financial report, the game is looking in good shape at this stage. We thought that we'd mark the occasion with an in-depth play test while also trying to answer some of the questions that you guys posted on the site.

First off, this is a top-notch conversion of the Dreamcast classic. That may be something that we've come to expect from Capcom rereleases and updates, but it's still no less impressive to see one of the company's flashiest 2D fighters re-created with such attention to detail. It also has enough to make it worth reinvesting for fans, considering the online multiplayer, smoother sprites, and new widescreen support, in addition to having all 56 characters unlocked from the beginning.

We're also impressed with how well the game plays on the standard PlayStation 3 pad. It helps that MVC2 uses a four-button setup for punches and kicks, rather than six, which makes it much easier to pull off combos and special moves. One of the hallmarks of the series is the multicharacter tag-team setup, this time using three characters, and we found it very easy to pull in these extra characters using the standard shoulder-button configuration. We weren't sent the Xbox 360 version--presumably the D pad won't be quite as good as Sony's--but we're impressed with how the setup works, and those who don't own sticks won't be quite as handicapped as they were in Street Fighter IV.

All of the original over-the-top specials, characters, and effects transfer really well.

The conversion to the PS3 has also seen the development team at Foundation 9 clearly try to pander to hardcore and casual audiences alike. You can choose from three different sets of character graphics; crisp new sprites are set as default, but the classic sprites from the original are available along with smoothed-out hybrids. The game does this by using 3X bilinear filtering for the crisp sprites and 2X bilinear filtering for the smooth ones, with a number of tweaks used to perfect the look of each. The results are great, adding a new visual sheen for people used to HD graphics and original sprites for those who can still remember every move from the Dreamcast. The final tweak has been to adapt the game for widescreen displays, which offers you a greater view of the background, but purists can enable a 4:3 display mode to match the arcade original.

One area that we didn't get to test thanks to the debug hardware was the online mode, although the options were all there in our build. The game will offer friendly and ranked matches, the latter of which are called scoreboard matches. Scoreboard matches will count toward your worldwide ranking, which you can check from the main screen itself. Then there's also a Training mode in which you can try out specific moves and combos, and a Points mode, wherein you play through the arcade game to earn points. It's worth noting that all 56 characters are available from the get-go, so there's not much point playing through the Arcade mode alone, and unlike the Dreamcast and PlayStation 2 versions of the game, we couldn't see the shop feature to buy new costumes.

Excuse me, but have you got something caught in your teeth?

We're really impressed with this conversion of Marvel vs. Capcom 2, and though people might have hoped for another HD remix from Capcom, they can be assured that this is a Dreamcast-perfect port. Capcom has stated that the game will cost $15 on the PSN in the States and 1,200 Microsoft points on Xbox Live Arcade, and there's a demo out on the PlayStation 3 right now. We'll have more in the run-up to release, but in the meantime check out the game in action by watching the exclusive video above.

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43 comments
SUPEReeeGO
SUPEReeeGO

Wonder if it will have online versus????

Bio-G
Bio-G

a know this is off topic.. but i think Capcom should bring CAPCOM vs SNK 2, i played the firs one and love it.. i played CVS2 once and WOW what a cool game!..

cloud121
cloud121

uhmm personally i dont like the ost. im guna use guilty gear x ost. i havent played but my team is jin , iron man , and good old captain america.

FinalDuo1886
FinalDuo1886

Why would you want too custom the music lol? The ost is perfect :D.

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

Jeez whats with people dissing teams? Try fighting me when i use Blackheart,Jin, and Silver Samurai. You WILL lose.

keyroon
keyroon

You can use custom music on the ps3 version

keyroon
keyroon

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SSS1989
SSS1989

I miss this game a lot, so this should be a must get.

SkinnZero
SkinnZero

Sounds great! but i would like it even more if the characters weren´t unlocked from the beginning! to unlock them is part of the charm! the shop loss will be sad, as well. But everithing else will surely rock!

nexttre123
nexttre123

looks xciting loved this game when it originally came out and was one of the games that really got me hooked on fighting games in general. Cant wait to get this and play some XBL

nerd_assassin
nerd_assassin

@xOhDamnItsJrx With the classic controller perhaps. I think there's a game called Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom on the Wii. If that plays well, and if that game is similar to MVC2, then Wii people should have no problem with MVC2... Unfortunately, it's only for the X360 and PS3. Pow.

Rizer
Rizer

Man, this games was one of my favorites! It's not exactly a Marvel vs Capcom 3, but I'm glad it's been updated for sale on the PS3 so I can't fight people online now.

xOhDamnItsJrx
xOhDamnItsJrx

fudawg45 lol was that a joke? how r u gunna play it on the wii.. with what controller?

Sir3tt
Sir3tt

Hayato, ken and gambit thats all i need lol glad to see a classic make a comeback!

RyuRanVII
RyuRanVII

A pity Capcom doesn't release those classic games for PC. At least we can play with a Dreamcast emulator...

fudawg45
fudawg45

Why not the Wii too? Frikkin shafted.

samhellbringer
samhellbringer

@cry0fth3carr0ts The DC version had customizable soundtracks, and I read somewhere that this one will too. So hopefully you can cut out the tracks you don't like and put in your own tunes.

cry0fth3carr0ts
cry0fth3carr0ts

i downloaded the demo and the music is TERRIBLE!! I don't know if I'll be able to tolerate it.

oldhead666
oldhead666

i cant wait for this, i still play it on my ps2 and i never turn on my ps2 anymore, online will make this so sweet, sure people will use the same combination of characters as theyre all there from the outset but some wont and those people will be the fun ones to fight. hell i use jill valentine

Neo-Skyte
Neo-Skyte

I remeber playing this on the Dreamcast. I can't wait till this comes out.

Uriachi
Uriachi

i use to have this game on the ps2 version, i sold it for 40 or 20 dollars, i never like it. snk vs capcom 2 is away better then this, 100x better, i know gamespot will erase my opinion, but i just don't care, i will write it again.

neno2480
neno2480

@Jono No...deadpool is not in this game. This game is awesome. I still have the PS2 version and I guess I'll have to get this one for the HD and online play. It is true that most people will choose the same characters but I have seen the oddest combination of characters win just because someone knew how to use them. So don't call them "weak".

Jono789
Jono789

Anyone have any idea if Deadpool will be in this?

55592
55592

Great game, worth every penny, and keep in mind this game factory sealed can go for $138.

hatfea03
hatfea03

@Muzik187 which 7 characters are the badass ones? I never played this one much back in the day but may pick it up on XBLA when it comes out.

TalonZzz
TalonZzz

Because It's fun to play other characters. Absolutely no one will consider playing this competitively, but that's not what all video games are about.

Muzik187
Muzik187

What good is it to have such a large cast of fighters if most of them suck or are weak? I was hoping that if they did re-release it, that they would go back and balance the game out. I can see it now, the same 7 characters being used over and over online. . .

Kai0nTheMoon
Kai0nTheMoon

The classic 2D fighter shall never be surpassed

spacer69
spacer69

You can download the demo off PSN I did two days ago. Its multiplayer only though.

Banefury
Banefury

This game will be fantastic, but I'm actually a little disappointed that all the characters are unlocked from the beginning. I like having a reason to play through arcade mode, and like they say, there isn't much of one now. Too bad.

guy_cocker
guy_cocker

@Tikicobra you're right, definitely needs more cowbell!

Leegamespot
Leegamespot

I can't wait until this game comes out. I'll be downloading it ASAP after they post it in the PS Store. Now Capcom has to re-release Capcom VS SNK 2 next...

ash83
ash83

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ash83
ash83

meridian, that was sensationally stupid. You sound like someone who has never played the game. Too much 3-D style would have slowed the game down. PLus, one can always hope for Marvel Vs Capcom 3.... you should see all the 3-D goodness you would want there. This is a re-release....

meridianhawkins
meridianhawkins

I think it looks like a very fun game. Especially the bit where the two venoms are fighting. But there is one BIG problem. The 2D graphics are in no way appealing and the animations look "Glitchy and Scratchy". I assure you guys this game would've been much better in modern 3D style.

rollmonster
rollmonster

omg. this is awesome. i played x-men vs street fighter on my ps1 and now this for the ps3. this is so worth $15.00

skillz191
skillz191

i wanted a MvsC 3 with some new features but i guess i'll settle for this and hope for the best

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Even though I love the VS franchise there doesn't seem to be enough reason for me to pay for this port of the DC version, which I already own and played to death. Fingers crossed for Marvel VS Capcom 3: Ultimate Battle for the Universe! instead. (I made that last part up)