There once was a time when quality 2D fighting games were a dime a dozen, but these days it’s a whole different story. Especially if you are a PlayStation 2 owner. Outside of the Guilty Gear
series, Capcom is about your last refuge for high quality 2D fighting games.
Problem is, each year it seems that there are fewer enjoyable 2D fighters. If you are one of those disenchanted PlayStation 2 owners that feels left out, look no further than Marvel vs. Capcom 2
. Even though it is a port of a two-year-old Dreamcast game, which was in turn a port of an arcade game, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is still the best 2D fighter going.
It’s hard to believe, but the sprite-based graphics will likely turn many current gamers away. After all, these days the trend is overwhelmingly towards 3D fighters, be it Virtua Fighter or Dead or Alive. For me, though, it is difficult to imagine a game based on comic books looking any other way than how Capcom has captures it here.
Not only do the Marvel characters look astonishing, but the Capcom characters have never looked better. There are a whopping 56 characters to play as in all, 28 on each side of the aisle. Many of your favorite Marvel characters are represented, including Spider-Man, Cyclops, Captain America, the Incredible Hulk, Iceman, and even an extremely cool Storm.
But I have a confession to make. I never really read comic books growing up. Rather I spent most of my time, and money, at the arcade trying to make sure I could beat Street Fighter II with as few tokens as possible. And the Capcom side is jam packed with characters I devoted a lot of attention to.
It’s not just the staples from the Street Fighter franchise either. There is a lot more history here than most gamers will give it credit for. Franchises new and old, even some that haven’t been heard from in years, are represented, including Captain Commando, MegaMan Legends, Star Gladiator, Darkstalkers, Cyberbots, Resident Evil, and even Strider!
I promised myself I wouldn’t just spout out lists, but frankly with 56 characters it’s easy to fall into that trap. Needless to say, there is a character for just about everyone, be it a Mega Man, Spider-Man, or just plain old Dan. Any way you slice it, there are a lot of characters to take into this intense three-on-three battle royale.
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