Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter

Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter

Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter

Today’s gameplay footage continues my trek through the Capcom versus games featuring Marvel characters. Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter came after X-Men versus Street Fighter and reintroduced some fan favorites like Iron Man, Spider-Man and Captain America. Personally, I really liked X vs. SF better, perhaps it was because I had a better winning record at it.

Captain America & The Avengers

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The game itself is fairly short, similar to the X-Men Arcade game, but in our case it was a good thing because we were popping in quarters until the game was finished. As someone lost all his lives, someone else was cranking them in so we could complete it. ~Matt McKee

Captain America & The Avengers

This review is based on the 1991 Data East arcade game involving the Marvel Comics superhero group.

I was always a huge comic book fan, with Captain America being one of my favorites, and by proxy…The Avengers. Combining my love of comics and games, it seems I would like nothing more than to play a superhero-based game. This game is a traditional side-scrolling beat-em-up that alternates between that and some shooting screens, just enough diversity to make things interesting without taking too much away from the arcadey action.

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I remember (what I think) was the first time I played it. My older brother was away at college and a buddy and I went to visit him for the weekend. While we were there, the three of us and a friend of my brother (another comic geek) went to the the mall arcade. Now, there were a lot of heroes present; A man saving a woman from a giant monkey, another flying his spaceship defending the Earth, a third eating ghosts…Okay, the last one is not really a “hero”, but the point is there was no one around to stop the Red Skull and his lackeys, and they needed stopping…. ’cause as the great sports hero, Mark McGwire, once said, “Nazis….is bad.”

The game itself is fairly short, similar to the X-Men Arcade game, but in our case it was a good thing because we were popping in quarters until the game was finished. As someone lost all his lives, someone else was cranking them in so we could complete it.

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You play as any one of 4 Avengers who have close-up and long-range battle attacks. Captain America slings his mighty shield, Iron Man shoots his repulsor beams, Hawkeye’s bow and arrows, or Vision…with his……visiony-like thing that he does. You’ll fight through lesser villains like Klaw, The Living LaserWhirlwindSentinelsWizard, TheGrim Reaper, The MandarinUltron, and Crossbones. That’s a lot of sweet Marvel-villain action. Fighting through the levels, you will gain assistance from hero friends like NamorWonder Man, and the Wasp, who will drop power-ups, health, and give you moral support.

Graphically, everybody is bright and comic-book perfect. Even when there’s a lot of action going on at once, there’s no slowdown and it easy to see what’s going on amongst the chaos. Some fun, loud, energetic music accompanies the heroes throughout the mission, and is a welcome addition.

The plot of the game is pretty unimportant sadly, but all you need to know is Red Skull is a bad guy, so give me someone to hit.

Although this game is known for the crazy English translations (you have to play it to appreciate it), it’s truly a fun beat-em-up with 4 people using superpowers, and that’ll always get a thumbs-up in my book. I also owned the Sega Genesisversion, and played that to death…a very fine port. But, if you have a chance to play this on MAME, you won’t be disappointed.

Iron Man Suit in the Avengers Movie

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Here are some more candid shots from the upcoming Avengers movie. These shots show Iron Man in a motion capture suit, but it appears it was only a stunt double as Robert Downey Jr. was not present. We are not sure how much of Iron Man will be motion capture, but the other picture shows people carrying another full Iron Man suit and a bunch of Iron Men helmets.

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Iron Man

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Iron Man (2008)
Director: Jon Favreau Starring: Robert Downey Jr.,Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow, Shaun Toub

Certificate: 12 Running Time: 121 Minutes

Tagline: “This Summer: Heroes Aren’t Born, They’re Built”

They’re gradually working their way down the popularity list of super-heroes, aren’t they? Whilst hardly an unknown, I doubt as many people know who Tony Stark is as Peter Parker or Bruce Wayne! That may have helped this film when it was first released though – I don’t think there was huge expectation, even from the fanboys. That combined with the fact that this is Marvel’s first self-financed feature made this quite a gamble. But did it pay off?

As with most films of this type, this is an ‘origins’ story. It has obviously been updated to make it easier to relate to, but the basics are the same as they were way back in the 60’s. It tells the story of how millionaire playboy and genius engineer, Tony Stark (Downey Jr.), suffers a fatal heart wound on a visit to Afghanistan, during an attack by kidnappers who want him to construct super-weapons for them. In the case of this film, the antagonists in question are, predictably enough, Middle-Eastern terrorists. Instead of building the ‘Jericho’ missile as ordered, however, he constructs, not only a device to keep himself alive, but also a powerful suit of armour which he uses to blast his way to freedom.

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The story is pretty well-known, and somewhat predictable even to those who don’t read comic-books, but that certainly doesn’t detract from the entertainment factor. In the wrong hands, this could be a fairly mundane movie, but luckily, with masterful helm-control from actor-turned-director, Favreau (Swingers), and top-notch casting, it’s anything but mundane. Whoever it was that decided to cast Robert Downey Jr as Stark was almost as much of a genuis as Stark himself! They were perhaps more of a gambler than Marvel too, given his somewhat ‘colourful’ past, but it was, however, a masterstroke – he’s a revelation, and elevates this film all by himself. It’s almost as if the role was made for him. His (apparently) natural charisma and charm are perfect for the role, and suit the confident, outgoing, extroverted,

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Stark to a tee, as does the decor of his updated, futuristic Malibu mansion – his workshop is full of super-advanced technology and watching him interact with it all is really enjoyable, especially his banter with his computer and robotic helpers!As you might imagine, after three months in captivity, in a cave, in fear of his life, Tony’s ordeal changes him. When he finally gets back home, he declares that the company he inherited from his father, Stark Industries, a major weapons manufacturer and military contractor, will no longer create death-dealing devices. Naturally, his father’s old partner, Obadiah Stane (Bridges), who effectively runs the company, is strongly opposed to this. Instead, Stark devotes his time to building an improved version of his suit while Stane plots to wrest control of the company from him, inevitably resulting in a confrontation between the two.

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Other casting is also of a high standard too. Stark’s loyal assistant, Pepper Potts, is nicely played by Paltrow, Jeff Bridges is almost unrecognisable as the imposing Obadiah Stane, and Terrence Howard is stern, but likeable as his friend and military liaison, Rhodey. Overall, it’s pretty much as good as it could’ve been. Does it best the first Spider Man? Possibly not (it’s close though), but Iron Man is a bit more of an unknown quantity. There’s something for everyone here – political and biblical references for those looking for a bit of depth, action and witty dialogue for those wanting to sit back with some popcorn and turn off their brain on a friday night. This has to rank among the best comic-book adaptions to date and you’ll almost certainly enjoy every minute. Oh, and don’t turn it off when the credits start rolling! 😉

RKS Score: 8/10

Games Coming Out May 2010 For Consoles

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May can bring many things, flowers, a step closer to summer break and your girlfriend getting the marriage itch. Let’s focus on games being released for consoles, after all, if you don’t get your girl flowers and marry her you will be spending your summer break alone.

Iron Man 2 (May 2nd)

The two is for double the action as you can select Iron Man or War Machine. Some of the major changes in the game are centered around Iron Man’s suit. In part 2 your suit A.I. (Jarvis) will automatically switch between power modes. For example, when you are flying more power will be given to boosters and when walking your weapons and shields will have more power. In addition the game has a lot more detail, Iron Man can destroy multiple parts of buildings and the environment before it comes crashing down. Finally the bosses are bigger than ever giving you a true comic book fighting experience. Overall, IM2 looks to be a great improvement over the first one.

Lost Planet 2 (May 9th)

It’s summertime on the Lost Planet, in part two of this shooter you move away from the ice and snow of part one and find yourself in a lush tropical paradise, well, maybe not a paradise unless you call being surrounded by huge hulking monsters and killer lizards paradise.

One of the coolest things about LP2 is the new four player co-op, now you and four of your buddies can venture out together to take down your enemies. Team work is key because you can kill each other with your weapons and general splash damage, but together you can also lay some real hurt on the local inhabitants.

In the co-op mode you have your own life bar and a team life bar. When you die you can spawn at specific points and rejoin your team, but as your time members die the team life bar drops as well. When the team life bar is empty its game over.

Lost Planet 2 has kept everything that the fans liked in the game including the various weapons, mech suits and vehicles. The grapple is still in the game and even more useful than ever as you can use it to climb on to the large bosses and ride them to death.

Alan Wake (May 16th)

Alan Wake is an adventure/horror/thriller/action game. The game looks and plays very much like a television series complete with recaps and cliffhangers between levels or “episodes”. In Alan Wake you play a struggling writer who takes a trip to the country with his wife (can you already see where this is heading?) His wife disappears and Alan begins his search for her believing she is being held for ransom.

Soon Alan discovers this sleepy little town is engulfed in an evil “darkness” that can not only posses anything it comes in contact with, but it can manifest itself into various shapes and creatures. For the most part the name of the game is to stay in the light. Light is not only used for protection, but offense as well as that is the only thing that hurts the darkness. However, you are not just running from shadows, as the body count rises the police will show up to investigate and guess who they will want to question first?

This game looks pretty cool and if you liked games like Silent Hill, Fatal Frame and Alone in the Dark then this is definitely a title to pick up.

[added by Honorabili] Red Dead Redemption, May 18th

This game looks like a much more modern and epic version of Gun, one of my favorite western games, ever. Hopefully it will also have the same kind of level of action and in-depth storyline, and incredible soundtrack.

Super Mario Galaxy 2 (May 23rd)

If you suffer from vertigo this game will kill you, in Super Mario Galaxy 2 Mario continues his planetary tour with his pal Yoshi and this time you can control his tongue and inhale pretty much anything in sight. A brand new move available to our favorite plumber is his drill that allows him to dig into and through planets to collect coins and traverse from one side to the other.

Now of course all the puzzles, jumps and characters are still there and the visuals are still as colorful and vibrant as ever. Simply put if you are a Mario fan you need to pick up this title.

So there you have it, there are more games being released in May but these are the ones we are most interested in. Feel a game should be on the list, let us know.