Review by AnantP

Reviewed: 09/15/01 | Updated: 09/15/01

Can this game squash out the errors of the old one?

When the original Capcom Vs. SNK 2 came out, many people were disappointed. They expected something more. Then rumors of a sequel to this game started coming out, which promised to fix all the errors of the original. Now its come out, and has everyone’s expectations been fulfilled? Lets take a look at this newcomer, and find out!

Gameplay: 9/10

The gameplay, the deciding factor in a fighting game, where even If the graphics arent that great, the game can still succeed, with a good fighting system. Mixing two games fighting systems is extremely tricky, IMHO. Capcom seems to have finally pulled off the perfect mix. The only reason I don’t give this a 10, is because there will always be a better fighting game…. Starting off, the game has the usual modes, Arcade, Survival, Training, but the most noticeable newcomer, and the first for a DC fighting game, is the network play option. This looks to be most promising; playing with competitors from all around the world is a rare experience! This game is NOT shoryukened ruled. Shoto uppercuts are still a force to be dealt with, but they have also been toned down a lot. They can be stuffed very easily now. Moving on, the whole system has been given an overhaul, with the addition of SIX WHOLE “GROOVES”!!! Instead of just choosing the Capcom groove, or the SNK groove, you can now choose from C groove, A groove, P groove, or S groove, N groove, or K groove. Wait a second.. CAP, SNK? What does that remind me of?! Bad jokes aside, the grooves are a welcome addition, giving you more familiar choices, if you’re a fan of one of the many “sub branches” of fighting games from each company. These include the Street Fighter Alpha Series, and the Third Strike Series, or The King Of Fighters, or Fatal Fury. In addition to giving you different ways of doing your super special moves, each groove now comes with a set of different moves you can do, such as rolling, parrying, low jumping, or dodging. Choosing your right groove is now even more important that before! The ratio system is also modified, acting much like the versus mode in the Dreamcast version of Capcom Vs SNK. Each character does now not a have set ratio, so you can choose which person in your team you want to be the strongest, and which one the weakest. However, once you choose each persons ratios, it’s locked in, and cannot be changed. Also before each battle, you cannot change the order of your people as easily as the original, CVS2 now requiring you to hold down kick or punch buttons before the battle if you want to change your order, much like Marvel Vs. Capcom 2. The character select screen is huge; often just choosing your character can be a daunting task. This gives the game a LOT of replayability. Finally, the annoying EX and normal versions of characters have been removed, each character now having access to all their original moves.

Story: 5/10

As is expected, the story in this game hasn’t been paid much attention to, although if you do beat the game with enough groove points, a nice special ending is waiting for you J. The whole game seems to be taken from the point of view of a news broadcast. Other than that its your usual tournament, fighters from all over the world garbage….

Graphics: 8/10

The graphics in this game are very VERY nice. Each character is perfectly detailed, and when you pull the big moves out, this games is beautiful eye candy. Talking of eye candy, the backgrounds are now TOTALLY 3D, which depending how you look at it, can be a good thing or a bad thing. Almost all of the backgrounds though, are totally distracting, making you pause the fight just to look at the many things happening!

Sound: 9/10

The music in this game is pretty average, just your usual medley. Where this game’s sound really shines, is the announcer. Now for almost everything you do(except while fighting itself)you can hear an announcer giving you encouraging tidbits, or propagandizing the game. To some this may be annoying, but I think it adds a nice touch, something which has been overlooked by fighting games for too long.

To Buy or to Rent, that is the Question!

To people who like 2D fighting games, and Capcom and SNK fans in particular, this game is a definite buy. However, for people not so interested in fighting games, this game is still worth a rental, and maybe even a buy. The game has many outstanding qualities, which so far put it above the competition!

Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

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