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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this a fighting game featuring characters from the Marvel Comics and Capcom universe. Some familiar faces appear, including Spider-Man, Wolverine, and Iron Man. Players use a variety of punches, kicks, throws and special powers to beat up opponents. Some will spew blood after being hit, but nothing gory. The game is playable online, a feature Common Sense Media does not recommend to children under the age of 12.
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What's it about?
MARVEL VS. CAPCOM 2 is a re-release of the fighting game that first debuted in 2000 in arcades and on the Sega Dreamcast. It features 56 characters from both Marvel Comics (including Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Wolverine) as well as Capcom games such as Street Fighter, Resident Evil and Mega Man. Unlike most fighting games which are fought one-on-one, this game features 3-on-3 brawls. While two fighters battle at once on screen, players can seek assisting attacks from teammates to give them the upper hand. Players can also substitute fighters in and out depending on the health of their character. Beside a standard Arcade mode where players battle a series of computer-controlled fighters, the game also includes a Training mode for novices and an online multiplayer mode complete with leaderboards.
Is it any good?
While the game can feel frantic and slightly complicated at times, it's still incredibly fun. The cel-shaded graphics have been polished to give the game a bright, vibrant look. Much of the fun stems from using the broad selection of characters from both the Marvel and Capcom universes, such as watching Spider-Man take on Mega Man.
Although some of the attack combinations are complex, nothing feels more gratifying during the experience than delivering a staggering, multi-hit strike against a foe. Online multiplayer mode is one of the game's highlights and finding a match is pretty easy. Most matches run smoothly, suffering from only a little slowdown, which is important for fighting games since they require precision to play
Online interaction: Players can chat to others during matches which may lead to colorful language. However, they can also opt to search for matches against players who aren't engaged in chat.
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