Generally favorable reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. Anyone that loves Marvel, Capcom, fighting games or games in general needs to pick up this game. At around £12 it's much easier than having to dig around bargain bins or eBay to find a Dreamcast copy.
  2. 95
    If you enjoy the Street Fighter series, or the Marvel fighting games that Capcom made back in the day then this is one you shouldn't miss.
  3. Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is a true classic in the realm of fighting games, and Capcom has put together a faithful, fun port at a reasonable $15 price point, and has included just enough modern features to make you feel satisfied - even if you already own an older copy.
  4. Capcom’s called it “the best fighting game net code ever created for consoles”. We’re inclined to agree. When all is said and done, if you’re a fighting game fan MvC2 is an essential purchase.
  5. This really is the fighting game evolved to the level of artform, and while mastery can be a long, tough slog, it's also its own reward. There are few fighting games better.
  6. 90
    Overall, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is pretty much a picture-perfect port that won't disappoint fans or newcomers to the series.
  7. Pure and addictive fighting gameplay in a digital videogame for a few Microsoft Points. If you want 56 charismatic characters, high resolution, online fun and you're a old school gamer, Marvel VS Capcom 2 should be now on your personal digital games collection.
  8. This is a must-own game for fans of Marvel, Capcom, or fighting games in general. I bought it on XBLA, and I plan to buy it again when it drops on PSN in a few weeks, and I'd buy the damn thing again if it ever came to the Wii. It's just that good.
  9. Although primitive-looking at the surface, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 really delivers everything a fighting fan could want. Buy it and enjoy it, no questions asked.
  10. It’s affordable, but also a very rewarding experience when properly explored.
  11. 90
    Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is as great today as it was nine years ago. Now it’s back in semi-HD and, best of all, they have saved you hours of fun unlocking every character and scene; now you can play as any team you want from the start, online or off.
  12. 87
    In my eyes, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is among the best fighting games ever crafted and I'm thrilled to have it on a modern platform. I judge this port--especially the PS3 version--"worthy."
  13. Solid, and worth a look by both the experienced fighting game fan as well as those brawling neophytes.
  14. MvC2 rewards hardcore fighters; we just wish Capcom had better rewarded hardcore fans. [Sept 2009, p.84]
  15. This is one game that has most certainly stood the test of time.
  16. 85
    Although there are things to be improved in the online game of Marvel vs Capcom 2, this title is as fun as it was in 2000, and that's quite a thing to say about a videogame.
  17. Marvel Vs Capcom 2 delivers the retro arcade fighting style that many adore and successfully integrates modern features through XBLA. If you are a fan of the classics, and love a good ol’ button mash, you are in for a treat.
  18. For fans of the original game, this is easily the best version of Marvel vs. Capcom 2. The improved visuals help make it feel like a 2-year-old game instead of a 9-year-old game, the online play is phenomenal, and the price ($15) an excellent value for a game that costs at least $90 for a used Dreamcast copy.
  19. It’s no secret that MvC2 is not a very accessible game and doesn’t bring anything new to the fighting game table like Street Fighter IV and BlazeBlu, but if you are looking to hone your MvC2 skills on more than those in your immediate vicinity, or just think that Wolverine vs. Megaman would be a dream match, there is little reason not to pick this game up the next time you log online.
  20. It may not be the most diverse package and it certainly won’t convert the non-believers, but for those who have fond memories of insane Wolverine and Spiderman and Ryu v. Cyclops and Cable and Sentinel bouts, it’s the same great taste you’ve enjoyed for years. And on top of that, it’s way cheaper to buy a copy of this download than any other method of picking up this game.
  21. Believe it or not, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is different enough from all of the other fighting games on the Xbox Live Arcade to warrant a purchase.
  22. It's a pretty over-the-top fighter, with a heavy emphasis on flashy supers and specials more than a complex combo/counter system, so it's not going to be for everyone to enjoy. If you're an old fan of the game though, you'll know what to expect.
  23. Taking the 2D online brawlers in the marketplace into account, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is easily the friendlier of the bunch in terms of new players jumping in.
  24. Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 delivers on the most important level: giving fans what they want.
  25. It's wild, intense, and sometimes broken, but within the madness there's an undeniable charm. If you're finding yourself weary of all the Street Fighter in your world, this is a great game to tag out to.
  26. Marvel Vs Capcom 2 may not be on the cutting edge of console fighters at this time, but it's stylized combat and charm delivers something for everyone.
  27. It doesn't redraw the graphics and it doesn't rebalance the gameplay. If you love Marvel vs. Capcom 2, and you want to play it online, this is a good value at $15.00.
  28. As a prime slice of pure gaming cheese we only hope a new sequel is imminent.
  29. 80
    My only serious complaint is that the music utterly sucks in every way and is an affront to mankind that should be excised from the universe by the vengeful spirits of J.S. Bach, Duke Ellington and Hank Williams.
  30. Overall Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is still a fantastic fighter.
  31. The reason it works is it's so damn accessible.
  32. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    A huge game for a tidy price. [Oct 2009, p.104]
  33. The rerelease of this classic brawler will gladly take you for a ride, but the trip isn't without its share of potholes.
  34. MvC2 isn’t an enhanced version of the original, nor does it usher anything new for old gamers to toy around with. In fact, it’s pretty much a port for the die-hard and dedicated fighting fans who want the game on their shiny, new Xbox 360.
  35. At the increasingly regular price point of 1200 points it’s hard to recommend Marvel Vs Capcom 2 to everyone. People who live, sleep and breathe fighting games will snap it straight up, others should be a bit more cautious. This isn’t the friendliest fighter around.
  36. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Please make a sequel soon, Capcom. [Nov 2009, p.104]
  37. 67
    Beyond the bugs/glitches, the online matchmaking feels lacking compared to, say, Super Street Fighter 2 HD Remix or Street Fighter 4.
  38. This is truly a disappointment for fans of the arcade or Dreamcast versions of the original game.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Sep 23, 2011
    A fun and frantic fighting game with a huge roster of memorable characters and a lot of charm and personality. The game is only let down byA fun and frantic fighting game with a huge roster of memorable characters and a lot of charm and personality. The game is only let down by its small number of game modes. Full Review »
  2. ApocalypseBrown
    Sep 12, 2009
    Still a classic game, but just doesn't feel right on xbox live. I've been playing it for a while now, and there for me is delay Still a classic game, but just doesn't feel right on xbox live. I've been playing it for a while now, and there for me is delay when you execute moves. What was good though is all the characters are unlocked straight away, and for nostalgia it's worth a go. But Street Fighter 2 Hyper Fighting and Soul Calibur are classics that still play like they did last decade, this feels tired. Full Review »
  3. DanL.
    Aug 1, 2009
    Still the best fighting game ever made. Now I can play over the internet like I have always dreamed of. The best thing on earth that you can Still the best fighting game ever made. Now I can play over the internet like I have always dreamed of. The best thing on earth that you can buy for 15 dollars in my opinion. Full Review »