Retro: Marvel Vs Capcom 2 – Dreamcast

Marvel vs capcom 2

As you may have read else where, in the past couple of days the previously rumored XBLA port of Marvel Vs Capcom 2 was confirmed by Capcom and given a ‘Summer’ release date. This announced filled me with nostalgia and excitement as a I am sure it did many of you. A re-release of the ultimate nerd fighting game (comic book and video game characters fighting each other!) with achievements and online play is quite the event.

Inspired by this announcement I dug out my Dreamcast and put in the original game (well, sequel to the original game), in order to refresh my memory and prepare for the many Xbox Live matches I intend to play.

For anyone that hasn’t played this game before (shame on you), Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 is a 2d fighter featuring the most popular characters from across the many Marvel and Capcom franchises. Instead of fighting one on one, the game has a 3 person tag team format that can be found in other Capcom fighting games (like Capcom Vs SNK, off the top of my head), this is a great feature as it makes you develop certain strategies and makes you think about making your ideal teams.

After playing this game again and reading the press-release, there was something that disappointed me slightly. It has been announced that the games cast of 56 characters will be unlocked from the get go. This seems to be removing a large part of the gameplay, as in the original you earn points for completing fights and these points can be spent in an in-game shop to purchase new characters and costumes. Whilst this will make jumping into the online portion much more appealing, it will limit the fun that is available from the single player mode. I believe that the XBLA port of Soul Calibur suffered the same problem, which is one of the reasons why I made the tough decision not to buy it.

I will continue to play this game right up until the xbla release and may post about it again in the future, but until then I recommend that you play it anyway you can. Its available on Dreamcast, PS2 and Xbox. Although thinking about it, the game demands a high price on the secondhand game market, so maybe holding out the re-release might be the better option.


~ by rusted3572 on April 28, 2009.

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