Capcom Classics Collection Review

PlayStation 2

November 20, 2005 by

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Classic compilation games are somewhat of a gimmick. They often feel like nothing more than a quick cash-in on titles made many years ago, in an era when gamers were less common and games were considerably harder. Many a hardcore gamer believe that the 1980’s and early 90’s were the golden age of video games, when developers seemed to understand gamers better and delivered titles that were not only unique but also long lasting. It’s an era that many gamers look back on fondly – the key reason why compilation titles such as Capcom Classics Collection sell so well.

A simple moneymaking gimmick or not, there’s no denying the fun and memories that can be sparked when we venture into past video games. Games that are simple in design, execution and appearance. Gamers that require nothing more than the tapping of two buttons as you dodge blurry 2D creatures as they come flying at you, only for them to be decimated with your machine gun that pumps out blocky 2D bullets at the dangerous creatures.

While Sega and Atari have both had a stab at reworking their classic titles and delivering them to today’s gamers, neither has really managed to transfer the games into today’s standards. Was it because of the developers unable to effectively port the games onto a current generation system? Or was it due to the simple fact that the games are, in today’s standards, a poor experience?

Capcom’s attempt at bringing gamers a collection of their classic titles, which arrives in the form of Capcom Classics Collection, offers a solid lineup of twenty-two games. These games include:
1943 Kai
Bionic Commando
Final Fight
Forgotten Worlds
Ghosts ‘n Goblins
Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
Legendary Wings
Pirate Ship Higemaru
Section Z
Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
Street Fighter II
Street Fighter II: Champion Edition
Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting

There’s certainly a solid collection of classic games on offer, all of which have been successfully ported onto the Playstation 2 and Xbox. Managing to get each individual game’s controls correctly mapped onto current generation controllers is certainly quite a feat when you consider the extreme difference between the controllers that the game was originally designed for as opposed to what they are now running on.

Obviously, Capcom Classics Collection is targeted towards gamers who greatly enjoyed the classic games that were released in the early life of video games. Fans of such titles will be thoroughly pleased with Capcom’s classic game compilation offering, as the title manages to deliver a number of pure classics to the current generation.

Disclosure: We are provided copies of games from the game companies for some games that we review.