Marvel vs. Capcom 2
As Brett Stone will tell you: "Marvel vs. Capcom 2" has the
worst intro music of all time.
But, there is a fighting game somewhere behind that, and that
game is a lot of fun, but only in Versus mode. The single
player game, like most fighting games, just doesn't have the same
level of interaction since the cold, calculating computer isn't up
to whooping you like a friend will be.
Brett and I played this a number of times at a local arcade near
our offices in San Francisco, and after Brett picked up the home
version, I had to check it out. The fun part about "MVC2", and
the worst part for fighting game enthusiasts, is that the game
really can be picked up quickly by novices, and combos can easily be
strung together. The game, essentially "Tekken Tag Tournament"
with 3-on-3 teams made up of superheroes, other comic characters and
characters from other Capcom videogames, is almost ridiculous in its
combos--there are times when you can have all three of your
characters on screen at the same time delivering the pain, and we
like that a bunch.
The characters make the game a ton of fun--over 50 in the home
version, from Captain America to Mega Man to Spider-Man to Ken/Ryu
from the "Street Fighter" games...hell, you could even play as the
lead female character from one of the "Resident Evil" games, which
of course is just ridicurrous. Sure, it doesn't make
sense that Wolverine would fight against Chun Li, but doesn't it
Like I said, the game can turn into a lot of button mashing, and
the single-player version isn't too sexy. But, for a fun
party-fighting game, "MVC2" works.
Feedback? Comments? Hot doughnut tip?
Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": Buy
this game right away, and don't ask me any questions as to why
that's a good move. A game experience that will almost
guarantee repeated controller abuse, lots of ManScreaming and high
resale value, you will assuredly play this bad boy for months on end.
after games have been out for a while, they drop in price slightly,
or can be bought for slightly cheaper in combination with other new
games. Usually, that's about $40. You'll feel good
getting the game for this price, since it isn't quite
run-out-and-get-it-right-now good, but it has enough game in the box
for a few weeks' worth of enjoyment.
game is not too bad, but you'd be better off buying it used from
either half.com or eBay. You also might let a friend buy this
game, let s/he beat it, and then try to buy it from them to make
them feel better. Yes, this does tend to feel like "Sloppy
"Rental": Like my
cousin Ron, you should always rent games that you aren't sure about
first, to make sure that your $50 is going towards something
worthwhile. For games in this category, this is the maximum
amount of money ($5) and/or time (3-5 days) you'll need to either
gain satisfaction from the game, or beat the game in its entirety.
Rental-rated games are also sometimes perfect for a weekend when you
are going to be at home on your ass, with some time to kill.
Games like this should have never been released. If you play
this game for any reason, you will regret every second of the
experience. Further, if you can get this game for free, don't
do it, because even for FREE, it will still be a negative experience