Capcom Classics Collection review

  • Great price
  • Old school goodness
  • Doesn't eat quarters
  • Missing some classics
  • Some games don't play well
  • Really, really hard

Classic compilations appeal to two types of gamer: the old-school, roughly 30-something player who waxes nostalgic about when these games were new, and the less discerning, volume-conscious gamer who quickly deduces, "$20? That’s less than a dollar a game!" If you don’t fit into either category, move along.

For those still here, after moving on from the obvious choices (Street Fighter II and a Final Fight that's still fun despite being ravaged by age) and exploring the rest of this sprawling 22-game compilation, two things occur to you. The first is that Capcom arcade games of old are really freakin' hard.

Yep, in the Eighties, videogames were small on memory and big on stealing your quarters by the fistful, so there's no room for namby-pamby "introduction levels" or tutorials here. Right from the word go, 1943 hates your guts, while Super Ghouls & Ghosts is rightfully renowned for being one of the most unforgiving games ever. Even cute shooter Son Son isn't the type of game you'd like to meet in a dark back alley.

The second thing you notice is that the games in this formidable roster, all play almost perfectly. Street Fighter ultra-purists might notice a few slight differences, and some games don't play ideally with a modern console controller (Forgotten Worlds, for example), but overall, this is an admirably faithful recreation.

It's about this time that the third thought hammers on your skull. As great as this lineup of games is, it’s missing some good stuff: Strider, The Punisher, and Last Duel, for instance.

Here's the complete roster of games you will find in Capcom Classics Collection:

1943 Kai
Street Fighter II
Street Fighter II Hyper Fighting
Street Fighter II Champion Edition
Ghosts N Goblins
Ghouls N Ghosts
Super Ghouls N Ghosts
Son Son
Exed Exes
Pirate Ship Higemaru
Section Z
Bionic Commando
Forgotten Worlds
Legendary Wings
Final Fight

Which leaves you where? Well, if you're after a decent copy of Street Fighter II or Ghosts & Goblins, then here it is, and for a great price, too. If you've any love at all for old games, this is for you. But in this day of Final Fantasy and Grand Theft Auto, old-fashioned arcade games are definitely not for everyone - and these are some of the most old-fashioned, most arcade-like games you'll ever find.

More Info

Release date: Sep 27 2005 - PS2, Xbox (US)
Sep 27 2005 - PS2, Xbox (UK)
Available Platforms: PS2, Xbox
Genre: Other Games/Compilations
Published by: Capcom
Developed by: Digital Eclipse
ESRB Rating:
Teen: Suggestive Themes, Violence


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