Get ready for the next battle!
Crossovers, Crossovers, and more Crossovers! The fighting genre is filled with them nowadays, but Capcom VS SNK 2 was quite a gem back in it’s day because it helped introduce the idea before it was really “a thing”. That, and you didn’t have to worry about the atrocity which is now also sweeping the fighting genre, on-disc DLC. For me, while I enjoy Injustice and Street Fighter X Tekken, I was sure to wait until the “Ultimate Editions” were out so I can get everything for a decent single price.
Capcom VS SNK 2 is old, over 10 years in fact, which probably will turn some of you off, but this game packs a lot of “punch” for it’s age, and seeing how it’s a ps2 classic on the PSN, you’re only being asked no more than 10 USD, but enough with the technicalities…onto the meat of this review!
GRAPHICS: The game is a 2D Fighter from 2001, which means…pixels. Sure the backgrounds are actually 3D, but the characters are your glorious old-school 2D pixel fighters. That said, the artists did a impressive job of still being able to get characters to express themselves regardless. The animation quality is quite stunning seeing how the artists had to deal with using pixels, nowadays the only time you see quality character animation in a fighter is if the characters are hand-drawn. Kudos to the developers for trying to max out what they were given over a decade ago.
GAMEPLAY: It’s fast, furious, and challenging. Pretty much the main three ingredients that make any 2D fighter great. Also since it’s a crossover, you have some decent breathing room as far as character selection goes, and also 3 different arcade modes to choose from: Ratio (which I haven’t really figured out yet), 3 on 3 (which is typical for crossovers), and the good ol’ single character/one on one(for those who want to play more like a traditional fighter). Of course, it wouldn’t be that great of a fighter if it was missing training, survival, or versus (just be warned this is a ps2 classic and not an HD remake which sometimes remakes introduce online functionality for stuff like versus, this game only has traditional versus/same console). Also, while the game does lack a story mode, this game came out before story modes were common in fighters, so take that into consideration as well.
MUSIC: It’s pretty catchy, to be honest, if not some of the best fighting music in my opinion. From the menus to the background music for stages, there’s a lot of rocking and groovy tunes to beat the snot out of opponents to, which is always good in a fighting game.
CLOSING COMMENTS: While it’s old, for the PS2 Classic asking price on PSN, and if you’re itching for some older-school 2D fighting cross-over action; Capcom VS SNK 2 could just be the answer to scratch that itch. Impressive visuals, decent gameplay options, and music that gets you ready for the next battle…Capcom VS SNK 2 has it where it counts, regardless of it’s age.
IN MY OPINION?