Capcom Classics Collection Vol.2 PlayStation 2
Published by: Capcom
Developed by: Backbone
Release Date: Out Now
There have been that many collections of golden oldies over the last few years that it's safe to say that they have formed a genre for themselves, and why not? Why shouldn't those who enjoyed these arcade games around 15 years ago be able to enjoy them again on their home consoles? You could also suggest that it's only fair that those gamers who weren't old enough (and in some cases, born) to enjoy the games at the first time of asking should be able not only to enjoy these games but also gain an understanding for the way gaming has evolved over the years.
Capcom Classics Collection Vol. 2 is a well balanced collection and offers 20 titles. The compilation includes:
- Black Tiger
- Block Block
- Captain Commando
- Eco Fighters
- Knights of the Round
- The King of Dragons
- Last Duel
- Mega Twins
- Magic Sword
- Quiz & Dragons
- Side Arms
- The Speed Rumbler
- Street Fighter
- Super Street Fighter II Turbo
- Three Wonders
- Tiger Road
The compilation also includes some bonus material in the form of original artwork and remixed music (of course the music isn't of much concern to us). Whether you're into 2D fighting games, platform games, vertical scrolling air-combat games, side-scrolling action games or puzzle games that offer challenging questions about the games of yesteryear, there's something here for everyone.
There can be little doubt as to which title stands out. Super Street Fighter II Turbo has long been a favourite for 2D fighting game enthusiasts and they will be delighted to learn that the game is arcade perfect. In fact all of the games here are arcade perfect, which is excellent and enhances the value of the collection no end. Of course it's a fair bet that most gamers will have played a Street Fighter game and will know what to expect with both Street Fighter and Super Street Fighter II Turbo but there are other enjoyable titles here. I hadn't played titles such as Varth and Strider before but I was surprised by how enjoyable there are. What really adds to the experience is that some nice bonuses have been included and there is even support for four players to give you the authentic arcade experience.
It's rather difficult to talk about the quality of the graphics with compilations such as this because you're taking games from different periods that each had their own technological limitations. What most will be concerned with is how accurate the games are in terms of appearance and as we've already mentioned, the games are arcade perfect. You do have a few options in how the games are displayed. I was impressed to see that progressive scan and 60Hz support have been included which is something you might not expect in a compilation such as this. The general presentation of the game is quite good too. There are no flashy, unwieldy menus to negotiate. Load times are actually quite nippy and the game takes a matter of seconds to load which is excellent. On the whole I was pleased with the presentation and appreciated the no fuss approach.
There's not a lot you can say about the deaf gamer friendliness of the games in the Capcom Classics Collection Vol. 2. These games come from a time when it simply wasn't possible to rely on sound as a key element of the game and as such deaf gamers shouldn't have any problems. Some games do have snippets of digitized speech here and there which aren't subtitled but they are of little importance and don't do anything to improve the game. Quiz & Dragons uses speech to read the questions out but seeing as the questions are also displayed in text at the same time, it causes no problems. During a game you can recall the control instructions should you ever need to.
Those who like to collect these games of yesteryear collections should definitely make sure to add Capcom Classics Collection Vol. 2 to their library. The quality of the games on the whole is good even though some of the games on offer here aren't that well known. They have been presented in a pleasant fashion with clean menus and support for progressive scan. Support for four-player gaming and the addition of bonuses for each game is also very welcome. At the fairly low asking price of £14.99, Capcom Classics Collection Vol. 2 is excellent value for money and will be enjoyed by anyone who has an interest in games from the arcade's golden age.
Capcom Classics Collection Volume 2 might not contain as many big name games as some of the classic collections out there but it's a nicely presented package that offers some great and plenty of good arcade perfect games with some nice bonuses and of course support for four players.