Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
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  1. The most beautifully balanced, well-crafted 2D beat-‘em-up to grace God’s fair Earth.
  2. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    90
    This time we're treated to 2D characters on top of 3D backgrounds - major improvement. [Dec 2001, p.160]
  3. You’ll know by now not to expect any radical changes, but a better game through slow refinement and evolution, and for this reason only purists will want this title if they own the original.
  4. 90
    Hardly a groundbreaking fighting game, but it delivers a massive lineup of classic characters coupled with a tried-and-true fighting engine. It’s rock-solid fighting, plain and simple.
  5. It seems that Capcom does listen to its followers, because CVS2 is light year ahead of its predecessor, in game play, options, and presentation.
  6. Like a large pot of soup. The soup makes a great dinner for the first few days, but by the end of the week, it isn't quite as appetizing as it was before.
  7. 84
    A very fine 2D fighter...The only disadvantage to its arrival on PS2 is the inevitable difficulty caused by the PS2 controller, and with luck that will be remedied by a decent fighting solution soon.
  8. 84
    Its depth is certainly daunting... it's only appealing in the long term for those who are willing to devote some time to learning its intricacies.
  9. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    82
    It’s like every aspect of 2D fighting history converging on a single screen, and it’s almost mind-boggling. [Dec 2001, p.236]
  10. One of the best 2D fighting games available, not just on the PlayStation 2, but on any system.
  11. 80
    A great modern anthology of 2D fighters. If you go gaga over every new Capcom or SNK fighter released, you’ll absolutely love this game.
  12. 80
    The largest problem with this game seems to be the difficulty. The end-game bosses are seriously some of the hardest I’ve ever seen in a fighting game.
  13. A wonderful showcase for those forgotten SNK fighters, but it’s also geared for highly knowledgeable players who know the difference between a cross-up and a deep cross.
  14. Retro fighting game fans, don’t pass this up.
  15. Given the graphics power of the PS2, the thing I found myself wanting the most were high quality character animations. CvS2 often looks just like the same old sprite fighters we’ve seen over the last few years.
  16. Game Informer
    78
    I love the color edit and backgrounds, and the character list can't be beat. [Dec 2001, p.95]
  17. Ultimately too much like many of the Capcom fighters that have come before it.
  18. As for sound, you'll probably feel the same way I do if you play this game frequently: Can the announcer please just shut up?! I mean, for just one second?
  19. Does what the first one did and ups the ante with more characters and grooves, but doesn’t do too much new from the first.
  20. A collaboration of love for gamers who have been fanatics of either or both series.
  21. Although Capcom vs. SNK 2 doesn’t break any new ground, there is enough depth here to keep any 2D fighting game fan happy.
  22. Those who haven't played a fighting game in a long time might also be impressed, but the weak visuals will be a major turnoff for the average gamer.

Awards & Rankings

#51 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2001
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Oct 6, 2016
    10
    Quite honestly one of Capcoms greatest fighting games, slick sprites, awesome backgrounds and great music paired with a diverse roster andQuite honestly one of Capcoms greatest fighting games, slick sprites, awesome backgrounds and great music paired with a diverse roster and multiple play styles. Its a few bucks on PSN go buy it now. Full Review »
  2. Nov 4, 2015
    10
    The greatest fighting game of all time. Or at least one of them, rivalling SFIII: 3rd Strike or SF Alpha 3. This game feels definitive. ThisThe greatest fighting game of all time. Or at least one of them, rivalling SFIII: 3rd Strike or SF Alpha 3. This game feels definitive. This game feels complete. Game play is epitome of smooth. Difficulty adjustments that actually make a difference and can get u learning in no time. Not to mention they included every single move in the pause menu for you to practice! A perfect arcade port and a fighting game that I still pull out often to this day! Full Review »
  3. ThiagoI.
    Sep 9, 2005
    9
    I really liked, it coud be better in my opinion, but stil being a great game.