Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. The best PS One fighting game to come along in a while, and probably the last great fighting game for the PS One.
  2. The improvements are great and make the game closer to the vision of a great 3D X-Men fighter but it’s hard to recommend a game that is so lacking in depth that it becomes quickly tiresome.
  3. Fairly impressive. It may be rough around the edges, but it's currently the best Marvel Comics-inspired fighting game available on a Sony video game console.
  4. 83
    By no means innovative or new in concept, but as with all good sequels, it’s better in all the right places, and for X-Men fans it’s great fun.
  5. This game is a good, solid beat-’em-up, but it’s no Street Fighter or Tekken. Despite the fact that the fighters are in 3D, the game is really a 2D experience.
  6. It's also challenging enough and offers 16 different characters to play as for an incredible amount of replayability. It is, however, a tough game to finesse and therefore people who aren’t sure if they like the genre itself might do well to give it a rent first.
  7. If you haven't played MA, then grab this one for all the bonus items. If you already have the first MA, then you'll only need this if you want 6 extra characters.
  8. The actual gameplay has changed imperceptibly in Mutant Academy 2, but six new characters and six new stages make it feel like a much more complete fighting game.
  9. The game just lacks the depth to keep hardcore fighting-game fans interested. [Nov 2001, p.167]
  10. Die hard X-Men fans should enjoy the game, if only because the characters remain faithful to their comic book origins...As a fighting game, though, MA2 is nothing special, as all the features have been done before and in fact better in other games.
  11. The AI is so completely non-existent that the old "whack one button and win" strategy still works wonders. [Nov 2001, p.220]
  12. 50
    The controls are still the most frustrating part of the game: They’re sloppy, inexact, and derivative of Street Fighter's with a dash of Tekken's thrown in.

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