|Marvel vs. Capcom 2|
|Series:||Marvel vs. Capcom|
|Number of players||1-2 Players|
|Input methods||8-Way joystick, 6 buttons|
|Platforms||Arcade, Dreamcast, Playstation 2, Xbox, Playstation 3 (PSN), Xbox 360 (Xbox Live Arcade)|
Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes (sometimes shortened to Marvel vs. Capcom 2 or MvC2) is a fighting game developed by Capcom in cooperation with Marvel, and is considered a crossover game because of this. There are 56 playable characters from both the Marvel and Capcom franchises, and each character has their own unique moves. It was recreated in High-Definition, becoming available on Playstation Network and Xbox Live in addition to originally being available on the Playstation 2, Sega Dreamcast, and Xbox. There are four main buttons and two assist buttons for easier gameplay, and three-on-three tag compared to its prequel's two-on-two tag. Different game modes include arcade mode and versus mode against another player.
Playable characters included come from games like Mega Man, Resident Evil, Street Fighter, and many other Capcom franchises as well as the Marvel comic characters such as Spider-Man, Hulk, Venom, Wolverine, and Juggernaut. They each execute their own unique moves based on their usual abilities, but, unlike in the other games in the Marvel vs. Capcom series, they do not have individual stories or different endings. There are also three new characters newly introduced in Marvel vs. Capcom 2: Ruby Heart, Sonson, and Amingo.
The basic gameplay involves two different buttons to call in characters for assist and four buttons that lets your character fight. You can choose an assist type (types range from health to projectile to anti-air to dash) before the match starts. When your second or third character comes in for assist, this is the type of assist move they will use. The game also involves tech hits and air combos to boost up your opponent's health loss percentage. You can play as the other characters on your team if you switch them during battle or if your character gets beat (loses all of their health) by the opponent. Mostly a basic game, it was also designed to be easier than the other games in the series with unlockable characters in the Xbox, Playstation 2, arcade, and Dreamcast versions. You have to finish all of the stages to get to the final boss, Abyss, and unlock more characters. In the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 versions, however, no characters or costumes have to be unlocked, and everything is available from the start. In the 360 and PS3 port, you can also play online with others and spectate while waiting for your match to start.