Marvel vs. Capcom 2
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Game Reviewed: Marvel vs. Capcom 2
Developer: Backbone Entertainment
Platform: Xbox 360 (also PS3 and PS2)
ESRB Rating: T
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Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is considered a fighting classic by many gamers. Having been first released in 2000 at arcades and at home on the Sega Dreamcast, the game combined two fan-favorite universes in a fast-paced fighting game, giving it a lasting power that still grabs the attention of gamers today. This fighting game includes a massive character list with 56 favorites from classic Capcom game titles and Marvel comics. The game features an easy to pick-up fighting system based on only four primary buttons and a simple combo series that works with nearly every character. Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is played competitively across the nation, having been a featured game at America’s largest fighting game tournament, the Evolution Series, every year since 2003.
This game is certainly not for those who like to play games alone. The only single player modes in Marvel vs. Capcom 2 are the Arcade mode, which is a brief series of computer opponent battles, and the Training mode, which is really only used for players to practice and learn the ins and outs of the fighters. The main selling point of this game comes with the offline and online Versus modes where players can choose to compete with friends at home or with random players from around the world.
What Parents Need to Know
Fighting and defeating your opponent is the main point of this game, so violence is central to the gameplay. Despite this, there is no blood or gore in the game, but rather flashes of color when fighters land attacks. The attacks are widely varied, including the use of swords, knives, fighting staffs, lasers, missiles, explosives, guns, bones, fire, ice, water, lightning, magic, and, of course, super powers.
There is not any objectionable language in this game.
Some of the female characters wear revealing costumes. One character named Felicia is a cat woman with almost no clothing whatsoever; there are white stripes that cover up her extremities. Another character named Morrigan shows off a lot of cleavage in a bat-styled dress. Yet another, B.B. Hood, wears a skirt that flies up during some of her attacks. The other characters with revealing outfits are Cammy, Sakura, and Pslocke, all who show off thighs and legs. The other ten female characters wear relatively modest costumes that reveal very little or nothing at all.
Two of the characters, Blackheart and Shuma-Gorath, are demons from the Marvel comics’ universe. Anakaris, from Capcom’s “Darkstalkers” series, is a 5000 year old mummy with supernatural powers. Another character, Spiral, is a woman with six arms and magical powers. The character Morrigan, who also comes from Capcom’s “Darkstalkers” series, is a demon succubus, which in ancient mythology and fairy tales were said to seduce men in their dreams. Most characters in this game have some kind of supernatural abilities, whether by magic or super powers. I should point out that there is no way of knowing in the game that Morrigan, Blackheart, and Shuma-Gorath are demons except by reading Marvel comics or by researching the characters.
In comparison to other fighting games, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is pretty tame. Overall, the violence is no worse than what is found in most action cartoon shows. There is some sexual content and spiritual content, however, which some parents will want to be aware of.