Marvel vs. Capcom 2

Game review by
Brett Molina, Common Sense Media
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Familiar comic and video game heroes battle in fun brawler.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

This is a simple fighting game where players win by pummeling their opponent.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Fighters include comic book superheroes such as Captain America, Iron Man, and Spider-Man.

Ease of Play

The basic controls are pretty simple to pick up.  Controls consist of two punch and two kick buttons.  With the press of a button, players can also call on teammates to assist them. Putting together these moves into effective combinations does require time to learn and master, since some of them can be quite complicated to pull off.  While there is no tutorial, there is a training mode where players can learn moves.


Players string together a series of punches, kicks, throws, and special powers to pummel opponents.  Some brawlers use weapons like a sword or gun.  Occassionally, blood is shown following an attack, but it's nothing graphic.


A handful of the female fighters wear tight or revealing clothing, but nothing too outlandish.


This game promotes Marvel and Capcom characters and brands.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bynuenjins November 1, 2017

Old school game 'still the best' in the series.

First it was just Xmen Vs Street Fighter and then they opened it up to this. with one of the biggest rosters in fighting games ever and easy pick up and play St... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old August 11, 2010
Nice game. It's a great sequal to a very great game. Can't wait til' 3 comes out.
Teen, 13 years old Written bymelted831 August 19, 2009

Perfect for teens and grown ups not for children under 13

This is a fun brawler game however there is some blood and you are fighting with an other person so the message of that is not the best. But the super hereos do... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • What do you think of games featuring comic book superheroes?  Are they usually fun or boring?

  • What makes fighting games so entertaining?

Game details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • Price: $14.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Release date: July 28, 2009
  • Genre: Fighting
  • Topics: Superheroes
  • ESRB rating: T for Blood, Suggestive Themes, Violence
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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