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Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded PSP

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

Those publishers and developers who have a long history in the game industry have all seen fit to pile some of their greatest works from the 1980s and 1990s into collections. Few can boast as many ‘classic’ games as Capcom. We’ve already seen one such collection from Capcom, Capcom Classics Collection Remixed and we were sufficiently impressed enough to give the game 8.5/10. In fact our only real complaint with it was that we wished there had been support for infrastructure multiplayer gaming (something a lot of developers seem loathe to implement into their PSP titles). Here we have Capcom’s second classics compilation on the PSP, Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded.

Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded features 19 of Capcom’s back catalogue and there are some real crackers here. The included games are as follows:

1943 Kei
Eco Fighters
Exed Exes
Ghosts ‘n Goblins!*
Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
Gun Smoke
The King of Dragons*
Knights of The Round
Pirate Ship Higemaru*
Son Son*
Street Fighter II
Street Fighter II: World Championship Edition
Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting

All of these games are arcade-perfect and offer a range of display modes to choose from. You can even have the games displaying vertically if you want to. You’ll notice an asterisk by six of the above titles. The asterisk is to denote the six titles that support game sharing. Some of these titles also support co-operative play via an ad hoc connection.

Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded is an impressive collection to be sure. It’s worth the asking price for Commando, the Street Fighter II games and Ghosts ‘n Goblins (and its sequels) alone and the rest are simply icing on the cake. To make it even better though, Capcom have presented the games in a nice and inviting fashion. There are no awkward menus here and the games are easily accessible. Your performance in the games is rewarded by issuing you with tokens and you can use these to play a slot machine which will give you a chance to win artwork and cheats etc.

All things considered it’s an absolute gem of a collection. Deaf gamers won’t have to worry about the game’s here because, to be blunt, they are old games from a time when sound in games was almost an afterthought. I suppose if we had to pick fault it would be that the infrastructure multiplayer mode again isn’t supported and there’s a rather heavy bias towards vertical scrolling shooters and fighting games here. Still Capcom can’t help being utterly brilliant in those genres can they?

Overall Game Rating 9.0/10

Deaf Gamers Classification

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It's a short review but we could have described it just as well by saying 'it's a superb collection containing some of Capcom's finest titles' because that's exactly what it is and it's a must purchase for those who enjoy playing the classic games of yesteryear.