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  • Platform: Xbox
  • ESRB: Teen
  • Genre: Fighting
  • Players: 1-2
  • Online: Yes
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Suggested Retail: $39.99
  • Graphics: B
  • Sound: B-
  • Gameplay: B+
  • Replay: A
  • Fun Factor: A-
  • Reviewer's Wild Card: A-


2D fighting at its finest

By Troy Roberts     March 06, 2003

I've been playing Capcom's STREET FIGHTER series for almost as long as I can remember. Okay, not really but it really has been a long time. And while there have been a lot of incarnations of the series, I'll never think twice about pumping a couple of quarters into the newest one at the arcade.

The VS series has been a popular thing for Capcom, whether it is with X-Men, Marvel or, more recently, SNK. The series has really revitalized the fading genre because many fans have gotten tired of the classic "one-on-one" fighting engines. The VS games do something that most other games don't: give you the ability for two-on-two, or even three-on-three battles.

The way Capcom goes about this is, at the beginning of each game, you'll select either one to three characters that you want to use, and you'll be pitched against a number that is the same of computer opponents. If one of your characters beats one of the others, the next round starts with your character with his remaining life battling the next guy. If one of your characters gets beaten, the same thing happens.

The game has really been oversimplified on certain aspects. When starting, you have two options for the fighting controls: the EO-ISM and the AC-ISM. For anyone who has ever played a fighting game before, go for the AC-ISM. Basically what the EO-ISM does is simplify the game for three year olds. There are two attack buttons, and the rest either do nothing or pull off these great super attacks.

After this, you get into the Groove System. It really is too explanatory to go into detail here, so if you like this type of game, just buy it and read the instruction manual to figure out what all of this is about.

CAPCOM VS SNK 2 EO has three different fighting modes and a training mode. In this, you have the standard vs. mode and the arcade mode (which features one-on-one, three-on-three, or ratio where you set how many you want to fight against), and then you have the survival mode where you square off against all opponents with limited life.

Featured in CAPCOM VS SNK 2 EO are 44 different fighters from the numerous Capcom and SNK fighting games. So, combine the casts of STREET FIGHTER, FATAL FURY and SAMURAI SHOWDOWN and you'll get the picture.

One thing that is different for the Xbox version of this game than the others is that it is online. Using Xbox Live, you can log onto the server and do a quick match against a random opponent, or you can search for a match against someone that may be more around your "skill level". Oh yeah, the headset is supported so be prepared to talk trash.

While there really is no comparing the arcade version of a game to the console port, CAPCOM VS SNK 2 EO really holds its own. The Xbox Live support really adds to the lifespan of the game, so if you're ever in need of opponent, it feels good to know there is one only a few button presses away.


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