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Capcom Classics Collection PlayStation 2

Published by Capcom
Developed by Capcom
Release Date: Out Now
Price: £19.99

Capcom Classics Collection, an introduction.

Over the last year or so it's been the trend to re-release the golden games of yesteryear in compilations. Quite a few companies such as Midway, Atari and Taito have already released some of their finest works and here we have some of Capcom's classic games of yesteryear in the aptly named Capcom Classic Collection.

What's the game about?

The Capcom Classic Collection offers 22 classic games from Capcom that were released between the years of 1984 to 1992. The games included in the collection are 1942, 1943, 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, Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts, Street Fighter II, Street Fighter II Champion Edition, Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting, Trojan and Vulgus.

What's good about the game?

What we have here is 22 'arcade-perfect' games, quite a few of which are all time classics. Even gamers who won't remember these games from the 1980's and early 1990's will be amazed at how enjoyable these games are. Titles such as 1942, Commando and Ghosts 'n Goblins are absolutely superb and when you add to this 3 Street Fighter II games and the likes of Bionic Commando, you have an overall package that represents superb value for money.

What's not so good about the game?

What can possibly be bad about a collection that contains the likes of 1942, Commando, Ghosts' n Goblins, Final Fight and a couple of Street Fighter II games? The truth is there's very little to fault this compilation for. Yes there may be some 'lesser' titles here that you may not be interested in but there are enough classic games here to make this excellent value for money. There have been some alterations here and there to accommodate today's controllers but it's nothing major and certainly nothing that spoils any of the games. It's a bit strange there are load times for games that are ancient (by the gaming world standards anyway) but thankfully these aren't too long.

How does it look?

Like other compilations of this nature we can hardly expect anything special when it comes to graphics, or can we? For those of us who remember playing these games the first time around, seeing the graphics in their original state is very pleasing. In fact my memories of Commando are from the Spectrum 48K version, so the arcade version of the game actually seems like playing an upgraded version. Really though it's all we can ask that the games appear in their original form and on this score we have no complaints. There's an option to resize the screen if you feel the need to, as some of the games simply take up the middle of the screen (in their correct aspect ratio).

How deaf gamer friendly is the game?

All of these games are from a time when technological restrictions meant speech wasn't really an option (except for the odd snippet of digitized speech here and there) so these games should be perfectly fine for deaf gamers. Any information in the games is given visually via text. Our review code didn't come with a manual so we can't comment on its quality. However, even without a manual, it was pretty straightforward figuring out what needs to be done in each game and the controls for each game are displayed on screen meaning that if you're the kind of gamer who doesn't read the manual, you'll still be aware of what the controls are.

Final thoughts.

Few gaming companies have a history as rich as Capcom. For years they've been providing us with unique gaming experiences which for the most part have been top class experiences. Capcom Classics Collection gives younger gamers an opportunity to experience some of Capcom's early work as well as giving us older gamers a chance to walk down memory lane as well as being able to enjoy these absolute classics on a modern console. For just under £20, this package is an absolute bargain and one that any gamer worth his or her salt should definitely have on their Christmas wish list.


Overall Game Rating: 9.0/10

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Capcom Classics Collection is an absolute gem offering more than enough classic titles to make the asking price an amazing bargain. You couldn't wish for a better stocking filler this Christmas.