STAFF REVIEW of Capcom vs. SNK 2: EO (Xbox)

Friday, April 11, 2003.
by RudedogX

Capcom vs. SNK 2: EO Box art While the abundance of 2-D fighters has greatly diminished with the 3-D revolution, one constant has always been there?Capcom and the Street Fighter license. While many love and remain loyal to this franchise, others find it increasingly difficult to remain loyal when faced with the better graphics and depth of more recent 3-D games. With that, Capcom brought its franchise with its first endeavor onto the XBox in the form of a Live version of the popular title?Capcom vs SNK2 EO.

While the gameplay feels rough around the edges, especially with the use of an S-Type Controller, the gameplay becomes a little more fluid when using the original American XBox controller. The ability to choose the proper groove as it turns out, adds a lot to the strategy of the game, and can in the end, help to determine the winner. The gameplay can be fast and furious with non-stop fireballs, or a defensive with a lot of throws. Even with the addition of XBox Live to its repertoire, this game can not be saved from its obvious shortcomings. The game has obviously not been upgraded graphically or game-play wise from its predecessor on the Dreamcast. The inability to speak between rounds and long load times between rounds causes a lot of frustration if you are attempting to carry on a conversation, or carry on trash-talking with your opponent.

Visually, this game needs a lot of work. While the backgrounds are great for a 2-D fighter, many of the characters come out to appear extremely pixilated and rough around the edges. The only thing that makes up for this is some of the special effects from the moves. Though the colors are vibrant and impressive, the graphics associated with the colors, still cannot save this game from mediocrity in the visual aesthetics department. The ability to change your fighter?s colors and customize them to your preferences is nice, but not at the expense of quality looking fighters to begin with.

The sound quality is not too bad, but honestly, how many times can you hear the same things before you get tired of them? Also, the statements made by the announcer at the opening screen even seem to indicate that this game has not been updated dramatically from that of the original, since it is referring to a date well in the past.

Upgrade everything and make it run much smoother.

Overall: 8.0 / 10
Gameplay: 8.0 / 10
Visuals: 6.0 / 10
Sound: 7.0 / 10


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