Heroes VS Street Fighter is the sequel
to the first ever Marvel/Capcom cross-over game, X-Men VS Street
Fighter. As a whole, it isn't a whole lot different from the prequel, but it does
offer a variety of new content. The main differences
include a slightly altered character roster, some new moves for returning
characters, and the most prominent addition is the Assist Attack mechanic,
which enables partner characters to jump in during gameplay for a quick attack... adding new strategy
and combo possibilities to the fast-paced gameplay!
Never before seen match-ups!
Much like X-Men VS Street
Fighter, the gameplay is fluid and fast. Character balance is a little bit
better this time around, as many of those pesky infinites from X-Men VS Street Fighter
were removed (but top players found some new ones, of course).
The quality presentation of MSH VS SF is comparable to the prequel, but stands out
on its own with a unique art style & soundtrack (all brand new). The game's announcer is also
new, and this time, the announcer enthusiastically yells out the entire name
of every character'ssuper move upon a super combo finish (with the
exception of the secret characters). Honestly, I never got tired of listening to the announcer
from this game. "Shinkuu-Tatsumaki-Senpuu-Kyaku!!!! ... "Hyper
Stars&Stripes!!!!" ... "Crawler Assault!!!"
(see featured video). Are you kidding me? The announcer was totally
hype... simply EPIC stuff
for the time.
Along with a catchy new character selection BGM,
characters were given all new theme songs. Many of them have a sort of
"jazzy" tone to them, but they're definitely catchy and manage to suit
the pace of the game quite well. Just as in the prequel, as one character is
KO'ed, their partner's theme song kicks
in right as they jump into the fight! ...Still such a cool effect. The
hand-drawn backgrounds from the prequel have returned, but were tweaked quite a
bit, visually. The artists added some key
details to give the game a fresh look, and even included a variety of cool character cameos
from both Capcom and Marvel! In a nutshell, Marvel Super Heroes VS Street
Fighter looks, sounds, and plays differently enough from X-Men VS Street
Fighter to make if feel like a completely new game.
So who wouldn't want to team up Ryu
& Spider Man and duke it out with Hulk & Zangief?! The updated character roster
brings in many of the faces from the original Marvel Super Heroes (minus the gem
powers), but unfortunately a lot of the crew from X-Men VS Street
Fighter have gone missing... s'pose they're on a beach vacation or
Heh, some of them are actually
seen in the background slacking off. While any fan of the first crossover would've liked
to see all previous characters return, at least this installment left something to be
desired. Those of us who played this in the arcade at the time just knew Capcom would
eventually make another sequel.
Even though it took out a few fan-favorite characters from
the prequel, I enjoyed Marvel Super Heroes VS Street Fighter just as much as X-men VS Street Fighter. At
first it seemed like a complete rehash, but I learned to appreciate
the small differences that made it a substantial sequel. The character roster,
music, announcer, and gameplay are all particularly memorable! I had some good times
with MSH VS SF. ~TFG