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Capcom Classics Collection Remixed PSP

Published by Capcom
Developed by Digital Eclipse
Release Date: Out Now
Price: £29.99

Capcom Classics Collection Remixed, an introduction.

One of the better compilations we've reviewed recently was the Capcom Classics Collection. The compilation contained 22 games, some great, some merely good, for the rather low price of £19.99. Games such as Street Fighter II, Bionic Commando, Final Fight and 1942 amongst others made the collection exceptional value for money. Here we have the PSP version of Capcom Classics Collection entitled Capcom Classics Collection Remixed.

What's the game about?

Capcom Classics Collection Remixed contains 20 games from the Capcom catalogue. The games are:

Bionic Commando
Black Tiger
Block Block
Captain Commando
Final Fight
Forgotten Worlds
Last Duel
Legendary Wings
Magic Sword
Mega Twins
Quiz & Dragons
Section Z
Side Arms
The Speed Rumbler
Street Fighter
Three Wonders

That's a pretty extensive list for a handheld game and there's sure to be a few games at least that most gamers will enjoy. You can find more details on each of the games here.

What's good about the game?

Perhaps the most pleasing aspect of this compilation is that the games haven't just been thrown onto the PSP in a sloppy fashion. In fact it's obvious the games have been tailored (without being spoilt) to suit the PSP rather nicely. The games run in their correct aspect ratio by default which means they don't fill the screen. However, if you press the select button you can choose to make the game run in enhanced mode and fill the screen. In some games you can even have the game playing vertically instead of horizontally and you'll have to turn the PSP around to play the game in this fashion. The customisation options don't end there though. Each game allows you to configure the controls so if the default control layout for a specific game isn't to your liking you can change the controls to suit yourself, which is an excellent inclusion. Another nice inclusion is the ability to play ad hoc multiplayer gamers with a friend. High score data can be transferred too.

What's not so good about the game?

Whilst it's great to have a multiplayer option it's a shame the game only supports ad hoc multiplayer gaming. With a price tag of £29.99 it means you're paying £10 more than the PlayStation 2 version and are actually receiving two games less. Of course the purpose of the PSP and handheld gaming is that you can play the games on the move so for most this won't be an issue. It's rather unfortunate the analogue stick isn't up to the task with several of the games although this is hardly any one's fault other than Sony's. Thankfully though you can use the directional buttons instead.

How does it look?

Digital Eclipse has done a great job in making these games look at home on the PSP. I suspect most will want to play these games in their correct aspect ratio but if you make them full screen they still look great. Of course the games in this compilation don’t look anything special by today's standards (even when compared to other PSP titles) but you could argue that many of these games of yesteryear have a lot more visual charm than many of today's games.

How deaf gamer friendly is the game?

As with most classic game compilations there are no problems for deaf gamers. Several games have snippets of synthesised speech that aren't subtitled but it's not going to cause any problems whatsoever.

Final thoughts.

If you're looking for a classic gaming compilation to play on your PSP when you're on your travels then Capcom Classics Collection Remixed comes highly recommended. The ability to play wirelessly against a friend is a nice inclusion; although we would have preferred to have had an infrastructure multiplayer option too, but that's only a minor niggle. All things considered this is a great compilation and even though it's £10 more than the Capcom Classics Collection that you can buy for the PlayStation 2, it's much better value for money than most PSP games that are available.

Overall Game Rating: 8.5/10

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If you've got a hankering to play some classic games of yesteryear whilst you're on the move then the Capcom Classics Collection Remixed is an ideal choice. The games have all been bought to the PSP with the greatest of care and the sheer variety of the games on offer here means that there's something for everyone.