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Marvel vs. Capcom Origins Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . This is yet another Capcom collection that pits two similar fighting games together for one cheap price. The good news is that both Marvel vs. Capcom and Marvel Super Heroes are great games that hold up well. Unfortunately, the bad news is that you're going to get stomped online. With its creative use of filtering and goals to complete, Marvel vs. Capcom Origins is a must-buy for anybody with an interest in fighting games! Rating: 78%
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Back when the original Marvel vs. Capcom fist hit arcades, Sam Raimi was years away from rebooting Spider-Man, Bryan Singer's X-Men was merely in the planning stages and Joss Whedon was too busy helming Buffy the Vampire Slayer to even consider writing and directing The Avengers. It was a point in time before Marvel had really broken out into the mainstream media; a time before everybody and their grandmothers knew that Tony Stark was Iron Man.

It's hard to believe that so much has changed in the last fourteen years. Thanks to a steady string of top grossing superhero movies, popular video games, an expensive Broadway musical and television shows, Marvel can finally say that they are the comic book kings of all media. Marvel vs. Capcom Origins for the Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network takes us back to a time before all the mainstream success; back to a time when Iron Man and Thor were just B-tier heroes.

Marvel vs. Capcom Origins (XBLA)

Marvel vs. Capcom Origins is an endlessly addictive compilation featuring two Capcom arcade hits. As the title suggests, the first game is none other than Marvel vs. Capcom. For the first time ever, fans of both Vega and Wolverine will be able to own all three Marvel vs. Capcom installments on one home console. Along for the ride is Marvel Super Heroes, the 1995 arcade hit that helped lay a lot of the fundamentals that would later be used in Capcom's versus series.

Of course, neither of these games are the real origins of Marvel vs. Capcom. For that you would need to go back to X-Men: Children of the Atom in 1994. Also missing is X-Men vs. Street Fighter and Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, two arcade hits that would have fit in perfectly next to the original Marvel vs. Capcom. While purists might grumble about the selection, the two games in the package are the best of the bunch. Although the subject matter is the same, their differences help complement the other.

Marvel vs. Capcom Origins (XBLA)

Compared to Marvel vs. Capcom 2's staggering 56 playable characters, the first installment is downright quaint. There are 22 characters in total, evenly spread out between Marvel and Capcom. You get the usual suspects, including Ryu, Chun Li, Zangief and Morrigan on Capcom's side, and Wolverine, Hulk, Iron Man and Captain America over at Marvel.

Capcom could have stopped right there and everybody would have been happy, but they took the extra step needed to make this 1998 tag team fighter truly special. You don't just get the regular characters; you also get brawlers pulled from the archive. Strider's Hiryu makes a surprise appearance, as does Captain Commando. Mega Man and Roll bring some pint-sized power, and Gambit wins a spot over a whole host of more popular X-Men characters. This is a delightful cast that is fun to pair up.

Marvel vs. Capcom Origins (XBLA)

Unlike Marvel vs. Capcom 2, this game is only two-on-two. You can bring out a third computer-controlled helper from time to time, but you will only ever select two different fighters. Considering how frantic and crazy the sequels became, the slower pace of the original is a welcome treat. While all kinds of chaotic special moves happen throughout the round, I almost always had enough time to plan ahead. Learning each character is also easier when there are only 22 to choose from.

On the other side of the collection sits Marvel Super Heroes, a one-on-one fighter starring twelve of your favorite comic book characters. Capcom effortlessly brings together X-Men characters (Wolverine, Magneto, Psylocke), assembled Avengers (Captain America, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk) and convinces Spider-Man to take part in this blockbuster fighting game.
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