Monday, June 26, 2017

Game Catch Up -- Marvel vs. Capcom 2: Part Two

For the second installment of this game, I'm going to cover the combatants on the Capcom side and try to give a little background on each fighter.
As with the Marvel side, there are the returning characters from the first game: Chun-Li, Ryu, Zangief, Morrigan, Captain Commando, MegaMan, Strider, and Jin.
This game also adds in a slew of other fighters from multiple games in the Capcom library.

A human/cat hybrid from the Darkstalkers fighting game of horror characters.  She is quick and nimble and uses cat based moves in her bag of tricks including scratches, cat litter, and other cat helpers.

A sort of joke character in the Street Fighter games who wants to be like Ryu and Ken but is too silly.  He throws cards and is a lot weaker than the others even as far as wearing a pink outfit.  His inclusion is very curious.

Another from Street Fighter, he is a US army man with a serious head of hair.  He can throw sonic booms and is a sort of average fighter type like captain america.

He is a giant cactus creature from Mexico who uses various mexican dances and instruments in his moves.  He was created soley for this game with no other game association.  He is a larger character and a bit hard to use but fun.

From the Street Fighter games, Ken is just about the same as Ryu.  He can throw the same fireballs and all of his moves are pretty much the same but use fire.  He wears a red outfit and has long blonde hair to differenciate him from Ryu.

BB Hood
From the Darkstalkers game, she is a little girl based on little red riding hood who packs some serious heat.  She may look innocent but she has a ton of weaponry and guns and missles at her disposal.  She can also call upon the woodsmen to add some extra added firepower.  She is quick and has a lot of moves to constantly keep you on your toes.

A monkey type creature from the old SonSon games from way back.  He or She....not sure....uses a large staff in their attacks and comes into battle on a flying cloud.

Almost a Guile clone from Street Fighter, Charlie has almost the same moves and isn't much different from Guile, there really isn't anything that makes him stand out.

An evil boss from previous Street Fighter games.  He is a bitter rival and enemy of Ryu and Ken and has the same moves as them except more powerful and quicker.

Ruby Heart
A pirate woman made soley for this game.  Her moves include treasure chests with ghosts and a large ship coming into battle for a charge attack, she can also provide moves involving water and a large anchor in her moves.

An indian character from Street Fighter who can stretch his limbs and blow fire from his mouth.  He is a good character to use long range.

A mummy character from the darkstalkers game who uses various mummy-like moves to wrap the opponent up or use sarcophagus moves to crush or harm the opponent.

A character from a game called Star Gladiator.  He uses a beam sword almost like a lightsaber and is rather quick with it.  His moves revolve around the sword and is good to use as a weapon character.

M. Bison
The boss character from Street Fighter who is always responsible for all the wrong doings in those games.  He is larger than usual in muscle mass and has powerful magic attacks, he looks like a general and has always tried to stop Ryu.

A schoolgirl who is a big fan of Ryu from the Street Fighter games.  She is a physical fighter with not many magic moves and the ones she does have are almost like the ones that Ryu has.  She's another quicker character and is a more standard average fighter to use to get used to things.

Tron Bonne
A girl who sits inside a large robot to do all of her fighting.  She does everything she can do attack with the suit and what she can't do she has little Lego men do for her.  She comes from the MegaMan series and has helped him out in the past.

My personal favorite from the Street Fighter games.  She is a leg heavy fighter using lots of kick and trip moves with little punching.  She used to work for M.Bison under mind control but has since been on her own.  The outfit in the game is different from what she usually wears but she controls just as good as in Street Fighter.

Jill Valentine
One of the main characters of the Resident Evil series, Jill arrives being able to use a lot of the weapons from the game including her gun and missile launcher.  She can also call out various enemies from the Resident Evil game for an extra added assist such as a crow, zombie dog, or a zombie itself.  Her special power move can call out the final boss of Resident Evil for help, the Tyrant.

A little robot girl from the MegaMan series who is weak and small and not capable of a lot.  Her moves are a lot like megaman even to the point of copying them but she isn't much of a character and rarely used.

The little lego guy that helps out Tron Bonne is used by his lonesome.  He is very small and fast but because he is so small, his attacks don't hurt as much.  He is hard to hit due to his size and his special moves involve calling out other lego guys and growing in size to a huge lego man.

That takes care of the Capcom side of things, in the final installment, we take a look at the gameplay, the changes, the backgrounds, and the legacy that is Marvel vs. Capcom 2.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Game Catch Up -- Marvel vs. Capcom 2

The big one.

This game came out in arcades first and there wasn't a big internet movement at the time so what I was able to see of it was from magazines and when I saw it in the arcade at Ocean City and my mind still couldn't fathom what and who were all in the game.
A couple of changes were made to the gameplay for the second go around for these two powerhouses.  The first of the changes was that now it was 3 on 3 instead of the 2 on 2 from the previous game.  This made the fights a lot more hectic but you always felt like you had a chance if one of your team members died.  For this one, the assist characters were taken away so you no longer had a seperate character come out to lend a one hit hand.
The size of the roster this time around was expanded to a huge 56 characters.  With 28 characters per side, you had a great selection to pick from and a much higher chance of finding a team that worked for you.

In this installment we will tackle the Marvel side first.
The roster brings back everyone from the first game ala Wolverine, War Machine, Gambit, Captain America, Spider-Man, Venom, Hulk.  With the returning characters we gain many more from the comic universe which includes:

Shuma Gorath
A tentacled monster from the Dr.Strange universe that attacks with all of its tentacles and can shoot beams out of its big main eye.

The big huge boss of the cosmos who wields the Infinity Gauntlet on his hand and can use the power of the infinity stones to deal many different special attacks.

Leader of the X-men who can shoot beams of optic energy from his eyes and a good standard character to start with to learn the ropes.

An X-Men universe resident who can grow her bones out of her skin and use them as weapons.  She is greatly designed and animated and a very quick and nimble character.

Another from the X-Men team who is a ninja trained woman who can created a knife of pure energy from her hand.  She is recognized by her outfit and her purple hair.  A stronger and still quick on her feet fighter.

Silver Samurai
An enemy of wolverine, he is a samurai decked out in super shiny armor and his main attacks use a sword and energy blasts.  He is a bit slow but can deal good damage with his weaponry.

Lifelong enemy of wolverine, Sabretooth is a tall brute character who uses his claws and a helper side character named Birdie to help him out during the fight.  He was in the same training program as wolverine called Weapon X.

A man from the future who is the future son of Jean Grey and Cyclops.  A few parts of his body are cybernetic and his main attacks use a lot of guns.  He is able to teleport and is one of the characters that is used a lot cheaply in the game.

A younger x-man, he uses his ice powers to form ice boulders, shoot ice beams and can use an ice shield to block attacks.  He was one of the very first x-men and is a bit cocky but likes to be the joker of the team.

Enemy of Ghost Rider can control demons and other hellish creatures to help him in battle and generally uses dark magic in his moveset.  He is a very tall character that moves slow and has a low jump radius but makes up for it with special moves.

One of the largest in the game and enemy of the x-men, Juggernaut got his powers from a crystal he found in a cave that granted him superhuman strength, making him almost unstoppable.  His size is notable and is the stepbrother of Professor Xavier.  He moves very slowly but is very strong and can hit quite hard.

A 6 armed woman from another dimension who uses magic and swordplay to take down her opponents.  She comes from the Mojo world which is an entertainment based world and is usually chasing after an x-men character named Longshot.

Dr. Doom
Enemy of the fantastic four, his face and body were scarred in a lab accident and he become an evil ruler of the land of Latveria.  He uses all manner of gadgets and weaponry out of his suit of armor and is a tough character to master.

Enemy of the X-Men, he can use the power of magnetism and force fields and can fly.  His powers don't do a lot of damage but his flight ability is useful to get away from attacks.  He was a friend of charles xavier and has fought on the side of the x-men many times.

A member of the x-men who can change his skin into unbreakable steel.  He is a stronger character who moves a bit slower and doesn't have many special moves in his arsenal.  His tough skin does lessen the amount of damage he receives.

Another X-man who has the power to steal abilities from whoever touches skin to skin, she wears a full body suit and gloves to prevent accidentally touching someone.  She permenantly absorbed Ms. Marvel's powers which give her the power of flight, super strength, and is the constant love of Gambit.

Iron Man
Pretty much a copy of war machine from marvel vs capcom 1 with only a special move or two being changed.

Omega Red
A powerful enemy of the x-men who has tendrils that come out of his hands that can do a few attacks with.  He can use them as weapons or suck energy from someone adding to his life.

Another member of the X-men who can control the weather.  She can also fly and uses her many types of weather related powers as attacks.  She was considered a god in Africa because of her powers until she was recruited by Xavier to join the x-men.

The giant robots that attack the x-men.  The sentinel is very slow but can be cheaply used and is considered annoying in the marvel vs capcom games.

The Marvel team is all ready and with the next installment we will look at the Capcom Side and end with the gameplay, backgrounds, additions, and details with screens and video.  Until next post!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Game Catch Up -- Marvel vs Capcom: Part Two

Now on to the mechanics and overall how it plays and works side of the game.
The game like said before is a 2 on 2 fighting game where you choose 2 characters to fight with and can switch back and forth between them during a fight.  Whichever one is not out fighting can regain some of the life they lost during the fight that they were out for.  The characters all have special moves that are either references from their games or parts of their own movesets.
You could also choose to have a partner come out to assist with a one move attack to help in battle.
These characters were all from other games or from other Marvel comics.  They were never playable but it was neat to see a lot of them at the time.

A few examples were Jubilee, Psylocke, Rogue, Storm, Juggernaut, Iceman, and Colossus, Magneto, and Cyclops from x-men and Thor.

The main game had you fight through a few teams of 2 until you reached the final boss of Onslaught who in the comics was the combination of Professor Xavier and Magneto bonded together in the most evil way possible by the son of Mr and Mrs Fantastic of the Fantastic Four.  He had two forms, the first being his full self on screen fighting like normal and once defeated, an entire screen filling giant form.

Once defeated, an ending screen with a little end story for each character was shown that told what happened to that character after the battles.

The game was a big hit for Capcom in the arcades and eventually was ported to home consoles including the Dreamcast and Playstation 1.  The playstation didn't have the amount of horsepower to handle all the features of the arcade game so the Playstation port was downgraded to a 1 on 1 fighter and lost the team switching 2 on 2 battle mechanic.
The game used drawn sprites as the character art and animations.  A sprite is what's normally used for anything 2D for games.  The animations were amazing and had tons of little touches.  When Venom would get hurt you would see Eddie Brock underneath, Gambit's coat would blow in the wind, and little bats would hover around Morrigan.  The game also used voice actors for each character, most notably on the marvel side they used a lot of the actors that were voicing the character at the time on the x-men animated series such as wolverine.  The acting was great and every line was quotable and used for so long with my friends.  The characters would verbally announce the move they were doing and taunted before and in the middle of matches as well.
The game was most recently remastered in HD and released on current consoles and I have it downloaded onto my xbox 360 and it still holds up.
The backgrounds were all made from lands that were either from or inspired by the characters in the game with all sorts of animated touches in them from other characters to people cheering you on.

The game has lasted in popularity and was such a big hit at the time, a sequel was inevitable.  Our minds could barely fathom who would be chosen and added to the roster of the next installment.  We had our dream teams and wish lists but we were in no way ready to hear just how many characters would be in the next one.
Marvel vs Capcom 2 was announced and with it came the number of playable characters.


Next time on Game Catch Up, we tackle the monster hit that was and still is king of the series, Marvel vs Capcom 2.

We end this chapter with some screens and video of the first in the series and hope this inspired to do some research or at least catch you up.

This video perfectly shows the game, select screen, and battles.

Happy fighting and good night!