Capcom polished up their "ratio" and "groove" systems to come up with one hell of a configurable and fun fighting game here. You can choose from six "grooves" for your team, from something like Samurai Shodown's "Rage" meter to one of Street Fighter Alpha's "Isms"; or you can design your own in the Groove Editor. As for ratios, they aren't baked into characters now: you can set any of the tons of Capcom and SNK characters to whatever ratio you like, adding up to four points. Take a juggernaut four-point Eagle against four one-point whimps? Why not?
Like the previous one (see entry 813) you've also got a Color Edit mode here. In addition, there's a replay mode and a Network mode: I think you could play online via dialup service in Japan or something.
I like the happy-go-lucky style of the announcer here, although I know he annoys some folks. I also like the techno-pop music ("This is the true love we're makin'--True love we're makin', true love we're makin'...") and the highly-animated 3D backdrops--I still have a fondness for the high-res 2D backgrounds of the first game, but ah well, such is the inevitable march of what they call "progress." As with the first, the presentation is gorgeous, and what with the increased content, the game reaches a level of richness to which few fighting games can aspire.
Single-player Arcade mode is a little lengthier this time around, thankfully, but there's still nothing in the way of story or whatever. And, as with the previous one, the AI is sometimes a little suspect. With the beefed-up character roster and groove/ratio stuff to play with, though, you probably won't run out of variety any time soon.
Oh yeah, and instead of going down to four button SNK-style, this time they bumped everyone up to six button Capcom-style, which works nicely.
Oh yeah, there's a Survival mode this time around, nice to have when you tire of the Arcade mode, which you probably will pretty quick. Speaking of which, I seem to recall that the Arcade-mode bosses are pretty nasty beasts, in contrast to the bosses in the prequel, who were actually not much more fearsome than the regular fights--I rather liked that.
Note to myself: all I gotta do to unlock the things I want (Akuma, Rugal, their rainy stage, and Groove Edit Mode) is get through Arcade while scoring between 1000 and 1500 Groove Points (use ratio 4 King's Trap Shot--but not too much). Easy-peasy. : )
I'd been thinking I'd stick with VERSUS (CPU) mode, but the difficulty level doesn't go all that high, and anyway it's kind of a pain to have to set up both teams for each match. And I'd thought I kind of hated Arcade Mode, but I'm not sure why--possibly because the boss battles are kind of ridiculous, but actually if you're bad at combos like me, and thus don't get many Groove Points, there isn't necessarily much danger Arcade Mode will even end at a boss! : D
Characters in CvS2 have 8 colors: the 6 action buttons, plus ABC and XYZ--normally those would be 3 punches/kicks each, but of course the game doesn't adjust to use your remapped buttons (grr Capcom why did you always, always fail to do this???), so for me it's LP,MP,MK and LK,HP,HK. And it seems like you may have to hold them for a split second--so don't try to peck all three at once quickly, but instead press and hold all three for a few seconds, maybe. (At any rate, with Iori/Terry/Rock for instance I had tried a 3-button color, quick-press-stylee, and had managed to fluff it on both Iori and Rock, leaving them with default colors. ; P)
Someone else put together an alphabetical character color chart: https://imgur.com/a/gBjR2OL . The colors in this game are quite well done. : )
It's an unusual Survival mode; usually they're set up to chip health away from you gradually, match after match; in this one, you gain back sometimes 80% of a life bar between matches, so matches are more of an all-or-nothing affair--which I kind of like! Not so much of the creeping inevitable doom feel of standard Survival modes. ; )
The difficulty ramps up quickly (which is also good; too many Survival modes just waste your time for 10 or 20 matches :P), and it's way tougher than Arcade Mode. I've got a lot of work to do to get better at it!
I wonder how tough the 10th match (mini?)boss is; if they're much tougher than the regular opponents I might not have much hope of clearing them for a long time--probably I should be doing "All Survival" instead of 8 Survival; I guess I'll know if and when I ever get that far, but I suppose for now it's nicer to see a smaller breakdown of foes. ; )
- In the middle-ish of the video I went into Options to look at the difficulty setting, but eh usually those don't matter in Survival modes, which tend to have a fixed difficulty level--not sure if CvS2's does or not
- I also turned Autosave on, because I was getting prompted to save (or not) after each Survival session--but then I still got prompted; went back to check after stopping the recording and found Autosave ON had somehow *not* saved via its own autosave--so now I've manually saved Autosave. Will it stick? : oo
Hah the music in this game is so loud you can't really hear my blathering, which is just as well since I'm just confused about how the heck to use Kyosuke's special moves. (Next time I'll take the volume down by about -5 dB; no this game does not have a separate music volume slider, heck it doesn't have any volume adjustment at all: Dreamcast was LOUD and you were GOING TO LIKE IT.)
Anyway here I was trying out Kyosuke Kagami in Infinite Survival mode of Capcom vs. SNK 2: Millionaire Fighting 2001 on Dreamcast! And not really getting very far, but for some reason that didn't bother me and I kept going back for more!
I'd managed to forget that this Survival mode is an unusual one: you get almost ALL your health back after each match at first, then it's slightly less that you get back, and slightly less, and slightly less... The difficulty is easy in the first two matches, then gets sickeningly difficult. Yet somehow this all works for me! : D
Not sure if I can make Kyosuke really work for me. I'm pretty okay with his regular moves, except I keep forgetting his upward-thrusting down-forward (or just down?) heavy kick is short range, probably for use as an anti-air.
Speaking of anti-airs, he has not one but TWO uppercut-style special moves: his forward-down-df-Punch--classic Street Fighter shoto character dragon punch motion--whips an electrical charge almost full screen height, but has very low horizontal range, and comes out so slowly you'd have to have better reflexes than I do to do it as a reaction to the faster jump-in attacks that will come at you; his NOT dragon punch input but rather quarter-circle-forward-Kick attack flip kick covers space much more like a standard uppercut move--it's just such an unusual input for a move like that I'm having trouble getting used to it. ; )
And if that one is more like a regular uppercut, what is his harder-to-use regular-uppercut-input move for? Hitting exceptionally high jump-in attacks?
His classic fireball motion quarter-circle-forward-Punch sends two energy butterflies sine-waving across the screen: "Cross Cutter" covers an unusually tall height range for a fireball, but *not* quite a full screen horizontal range. Against certain fireballs, such as Ryo's, one butterfly will cancel his fireball and the other will go on to hit him, which is awesome--but a taller fireball like Terry's will take out both of them, or so it seemed. So again, a quirky twist on a standard shoto move.
Instead of a "tatsu" spin kick shoto thing as his "third" special, Kyosuke's got qcbP, a slow, looping flight through the air with an electrical fist; it looks like it might hit against airborne characters, but doesn't; it's far too slow to catch the AI if they're just standing around, since they see it coming a mile away; it seems intended to be used as a reaction counter to enemy fireballs--as I managed to use it once to loop over Terry's fireball and hit him. But the max range heavy punch version only covers maybe a little over half the screen, so you have to be standing uncomfortably close to the enemy fireballer to threaten them with it. Another kind of tricky to use move!
He doesn't feel like an outright bad character to me, and I particularly like his jumping medium kick, with its long down-thrust leg that seems to catch the AI out more than usual--but his specials are quirky, and probably meant as fast reaction counter-moves, which is definitely not my speciality. ; )
Kyosuke's color palettes are all pretty samey; the craziest he gets is that his three-punches color has white hair instead of blond, and three-kicks Kyosuke is slightly purple.