Marvel vs. Capcom 2

Common Sense Media says

Familiar comic and video game heroes battle in fun brawler.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Positive role models

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.

Violence

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.

Sex

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

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

This game promotes Marvel and Capcom characters and brands.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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?

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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.

Families can talk 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:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Price:$14.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Capcom
Release date:July 28, 2009
Genre:Fighting
Topics:Superheroes
ESRB rating:T for Blood, Suggestive Themes, Violence (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Teen, 13 years old Written bymelted831 August 19, 2009
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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 give good role models and the controls are very simple just press a button and you do some sort of move.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old August 11, 2010
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13
QUALITY
 
Nice game. It's a great sequal to a very great game. Can't wait til' 3 comes out.
What other families should know
Great role models

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