Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 80
    Although it’s essentially a port of an arcade game that’s two years old, this is one matchup that’s a pleasure to kill hours with at home.
  2. 84
    Only slightly slower on the draw in terms of load times compared to its arcade and Dreamcast counterparts, it's an otherwise perfect conversion.
  3. There are easily better fighters on the PS2 though, and so this feels more like an exercise in retro gaming than an essential and accessible purchase.
  4. Bringing 56 well-known characters to the screen in tag-team combat, while maintaining the general animation style of the original characters is terrific.
  5. 76
    The only new feature in the PS2 version is an art gallery, so when you factor in the worse sound and lack of VGA, I'd have to say that the Dreamcast version is still the best.
  6. It represents the first major set of changes the series had ever seen. That said, this game has been surpassed on nearly every front since its original release.
  7. The PS2 port is an excellent adaptation of a classic fighter.
  8. It's essentially a pre-chewed bone that has long since been digested by most fans. So come on Capcom - throw us fans a new bone and stop repackaging your hits over and over again.
  9. Old school fans, however, will probably feel that MvC2 is a bit too hectic and find themselves hoping for an online PS2 version of "Street Fighter III" instead. [Holiday 2002, p.50]
  10. If you happened to miss this in arcades or for DC, MVC 2 is a sweet 2D fighter worthy of purchase. [Dec 2002, p.122]
  11. If you haven't played Marvel versus Capcom to death on the Dreamcast, or need to get in touch with your inner 2D child, you can't go wrong with either Marvel versus Capcom 2 or "Guilty Gear XX."
  12. Fast, frenetic, and most importantly fun.
  13. Games such as "Guilty Gear X" have shown what true next-gen 2D titles can look like, whilst other titles have more depth and a sufficiently more detailed fighting system for fighting fanatics.
  14. Learn to live with the darn “Tonight Show”-type BGM tunes, and Marvel vs. Capcom 2’s over-the-top madness will win you over as well.
  15. The tactical thought and reaction process is basically thrown out the window with the any notion of just WHAT THE HELL IS GOIND ON as characters attacks become ever more extreme and impossible to predict.
  16. It's over-the-top for sure, but surprising playable, and even possible to effectively master. [Oct 2002, p.148]
  17. You will never finish the game by random button mashing. If you're not going to spend the time don't buy this game. I'm warning you right now.
  18. The only big downside to all this is a dated engine that shows wear in the animation, which may have passed the test on Dreamcast but loses appeal in today's arena. [Dec 2002, p.88]
  19. At some parts of the game, you have great sound effects blasting through your speakers but at other parts, you have very sloppy sound effects. What I mean by this having sloppy sound effects is that you sometimes can’t hear what your character is saying.

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