has a large and varied body of work. Due to high level
of quality control - or self-consciousness - the company's
product is almost beyond reproach. Sure there are
companys with bigger blockbusters but few can match
the level of consistency that Capcom has with producing
such high quality games in their body of work.
Capcom to any self-respecting gamer and they're liable
to think of fighting games. And who could blame them?
With titles such as Street Fighter, Final Fight and
Capcom Vs SNK, Capcom virtually wrote the book on
the fighting genre. But Capcom is synonymous with
more than just fighting games. In this compilation
you can expect shooting, puzzles, platformers, racing
and action adventure games. There are more than 20
titles that showcase Capcom's diversity; some are
classics and some are just old. There are bound to
be some games that you've never heard of or at least
never played before. I can't say that they're all
excellent but they are certainly worth playing. Obviously
you'll find favor with a handful of them and probably
ignore the rest - just like in a real arcade. Even
if you only manage to get an hour out of each game
that's probably more than you would have spent with
each one at the arcade.
of the games featured are Street Fighter I & II,
Final Fight, Merc, Bionic Commando, Attack of the
Savage Bees, Son Son, Trojan, Gun Smoke, Vulgas and
the 1942 series. There are no horror survival games
in the vein of Resident Evil but how about Ghosts
N' Goblins? How about Ghouls N' Ghosts? How about
Super Ghouls N' Ghosts? These are all included and
offer countless hours of frustration.
all of the games are identical ports of the original.
Some graphics are a little more low-res than I remember
them but for the most part they have been ported as
good as can be expected. Each game comes with some
background information that you should find useful
and interesting. You'll learn who came up with the
idea and what inspired it in the first place. Original
artwork is included as well as some tips and tricks
on how to better master the game. Some of the games
have remixed tunes that you can access. Most of the
music is original but some of those older games suffer
from some really sappy and repetitive tunes so it's
nice to have an alternative.
gameplay hasn't been tinkered with on any games that
I am aware of but some new features have been added
to games to make them more interesting and challenging.
For instance, you can import some fighting characters
from other games and access more difficulty levels
in others. New challenges have been established to
unlock some of the above-mentioned goodies. It gives
you something more to aim at than just beating the
game or attaining high score. The multi-player modes
manage to keep the arcade simulation in high gear.
Your old pals will beat a path to your door just to
try to kick your ass at a favorite game once again.
compilations can be a crap shoot since there are a
few good games but also a lot of filler that you will
never play twice. There are few duds in this collection
but which ones are duds will likely differ from person
to person. There are more good quality games in this
compilation than in most others so if you see a handful
of games that interest you, by all means get your
hands on this as you'll likely be exposed to another
handful of great games.
you've never heard of the arcade emulation software
MAME then you'll probably freak out when you read
what games Capcom is including in their upcoming Classics
compilation disk available for PS2 and Xbox (sorry
GC owners) features 22 games, 99% of which are EXTREME
videogame classics in the truest sense of the word
which encompass a variety of genres including fighting,
beat-em-up, side-scrolling, vertical shooter and just
games included are the actual arcade games, not console
renditions from the early 90's found on the Nes, SNES
and Genesis. These are the real deal.
out what you'll get for $19.99: 1942,1943, 1943 Kai,
Bionic Commando (yes!), Commando, Ghosts & Goblins,
Ghouls & Ghosts, Super Ghouls & Ghosts, Exed
Exes, Gun.Smoke, Street Fighter II, Street Fighter
II Hyper Fighting, Street Fighter II Champion Edition,
Trojan, Pirate Ship Higemaru, Vulgus (Capcom's very
first game!), Section Z, Forgotten Worlds, Legendary
Wings, Son son, Mercs and Final Fight.
to say we're pretty excited about getting our hands
on these treasures. Sure I can play them anytime on
my PC with MAME, but it will be nice having everything
all one disk that I can play on the Xbox or PS2. The
Ghosts & Goblins series are some of the most difficult
side-scrolling affairs ever created and if you're
even thinking that you're an uber-gamer, beat these
first and then come and talk to us. You haven't paid
your dues until you've reached the final boss in any
of the Ghost games and then....oh, why ruin the fun
by telling you? Let me just say that in my youth,
I hurled a joystick across the room after a certain
something....play it to find out it's devilish dark
classic arcade compilations are your thing, watch
for Midway Arcade Treasures 3 and an upcoming collection
from Taito entitled Taito Legends.