Tuesday, April 21, 2009

This Either Proves God’s Existence or His Glaring Absence

If you are old enough to remember arcades that weren’t prefixed with the word “Live” then you’re probably familiar with Marvel vs. Capcom and its aptly-named sequel, Marvel vs. Capcom 2. If not, allow me to explain the premise: Marvel characters are awesome. Capcom characters are awesome. They all fight each other.

Okay, it’s a little more sophisticated than that, but not much. The series’ claim to fame was its over-the-top special and super moves. With a simple quarter circle forward and punch, a player could launch a full-scale psychic/robotic/nuclear attack right in an opponent’s face. While not particularly original (the series was born from different, earlier iterations of the same idea), Marvel vs. Capcom endeared itself to players by being larger: the original MvC had dozens of characters, side characters, and special combos. MvC 2 was more of the same, only prettier and crazier.

All this coupled with a shallow difficulty curve makes it easy to see why these games have remained in the collective subconscious of fighting gamers for the better part of a decade. Ironically, that’s also why this news* seems so…bittersweet.

Don’t get me wrong, I would absolutely love to see Marvel vs. Capcom 2 get the HD treatment like its grandpappy -- or even just achievements that confirm exactly how awesome I am at the game (and I am QUITE awesome) -- but I’d love an entirely new game even more. I’ve played MvC 2 on no fewer than three consoles in my lifetime, and while I’ve enjoyed the hell out of each experience I’m ready for a fresh one. It’s been nearly ten years since the game first hit market, so let’s take the plunge and get a new game going!

Ah well. I’ll take what I can get.

*The website www.tu4ar.com is thought to be an abbreviation of the lyrics on the character select screen in Marvel vs. Capcom 2, hence the speculation that the game in question is simply a rerelease. Also, the big “2” in the background.