Compilation Corner: Capcom Classics Collection Vol. 1

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Capcom, everyone hates them now, what with:

Their content being on a disk but need to pay additional money to unlock it.

• The neglect of some of their classic characters like Megaman.

• Developing a game that many people yearned for before cancelling it at the last minute for a stupid reason and refusing to release it despite fans pleading for it.

• Rebooting a game that was beloved and completely changing a character that angered fans and gamers alike (you know what I’m talking about).

• Making a sexist remark about the game Remember Me when they said it didn’t sell well because the main character was a woman (REALLY???)

• And the closure of a couple of game studios.

They’re not EA, but close, they’re not being favoured by many gamers at this point, but you still got to give them credit for the classics.

Whether it is platforming games, puzzle games, shooting games and their most famous, fighting games, they delivered some of the best games ever, and to celebrate their hard work over the years, they re-released their old games into compilations, first of which, Capcom Classics Collection (カプコン・クラシックスコレクショ ン Kapukon Kurashikkusu Korekushon?), developed by Digital Eclipse Software (now Backbone Entertainment) and published by Capcom in 2005 and 2006 in Japan.

Menu
The menu is literally going into a notebook and seeing notes or the list of games even and pictures of the games shown and various pictures of the Capcom characters. The menu is functional, easy to scroll, but while its look is memorable, it’s kind of dull. It gets a 3/5 for average but still has some appeal for others.

Options
This is fantastic, you can change the audio, video and control settings, and it’s easy to use and easy to change. It gets a 5/5 for great options.

Music
It has no music in the menu, but it has sound effects, N/A as I feel it doesn’t need it.

Amount of Games
It has 22 games which include:

1942
1943: The Battle of Midway
1943 Kai
Bionic Commando
Commando
Exed Exes
Final Fight
Forgotten Worlds
Ghosts’ n Goblins
Ghouls’ n Ghosts
Gun.Smoke
Legendary Wings
Mercs
Pirate Ship Higemaru
Section Z
SonSon
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior
Street Fighter II: Champion Edition
Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
Super Ghouls’ n Ghosts
Trojan
Vulgus

All great and all fantastically…HARD, well, most of them, whilst they have some challenge but I can still get a fair chance with them like 1943: The Battle of Midway, Bionic Commando, Final Fight and Mercs.

But then there are all the Ghosts ‘n Goblins games, these games are so hard I cannot get through any of the games’ first stage, these are games you need a whole lot of time for, they’re good but MAN they’re hard, it’s embarrassing for me being a gamer, I need to my critique license revoked, forget Call of Duty, this is a game you need to be professional at.

Other great games include Commando, Exed Exes, Forgotten Worlds and SonSon, but the meat of the compilation for most gamers are the Street Fighter 2 games, which include:

•Street Fighter II: The World Warrior
•Street Fighter II: Champion Edition
•Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting

I won’t talk much of them as I want to do a retrospective special on all of them. There are a lot of games and if you can find it cheap like I did (£5 on CeX), it worth the money. It gets a 5/5, 22 big games…22…CHALLENGING GAMES!!!

Playability on the console
You have a choice of how you want the controls set for each game which is perfect, but is you’re going default, then most of the games have great controls, but then there are games that use the PlayStation 2 controls to their advantage, Forgotten Worlds uses the right analog stick to shoot in different directions.

But I wished some controls for games were handled better, like Gun.Smoke, trying to use the default controls and using custom controls is still hard to play and Commando, I wished they’d use the same control method as Forgotten Worlds, but for the most part, nearly all of them have perfect controls. It gets a 4/5.

Process of emulation
The games have been emulated well, in fact for some games like the 19XX games and Gun.Smoke, they can change the screen to have a bar showing the scores rather than the top, making it feel like an arcade experience. It gets a 5/5.

Worth it?
Absolutely, you’re going to get the greatest golden age games in one disc, with special features like facts on the games, images, tips and even music, some have been remixed and remastered, my favourite soundtrack is from Exed Eyes. It’s a brilliant little package, I know there is a Vol.2, but it’s very hard to find.

You can get it on the PlayStation 2 and Xbox.

Rating: 4.5/5

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