Capcom has been on the rise when it comes to releasing new games or even remastering older games from their catalogue. Their latest work is the Capcom Fighting Collection, which offers fans a chance to experience some lost treasures from the amazing collection of fighting games. Among them are titles that have never seen the light of day in the West, meaning fans will be able to experience them for the first time.
This collection contains ten fighting games, five of which are related to Darkstalkers, making it a must-buy collection if you’re a fan of this dormant franchise. If you’re not satisfied with the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection, there are three other titles in the series to choose from. Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, Hyper Street Fighter II: The Anniversary Edition and Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix are all included. Finally, there are two new IPs that most Western fans have probably never heard of. They are Red Earth and Cyberbots: Full Metal Madness.
I only remember some of the Red Earth characters being in a Capcom crossover fighting game and the same goes for Cyberbots where I know Jin Saotome from Marvel vs. Capcom 2. It was a pleasant surprise to finally play the games in which these characters first appeared. Both games are a lot of fun and have a new take on typical fighting games.
Red Earth plays more like an action RPG with a story focus. It lacks the niceties of a standard fighting game, but makes up for it with a solid combat system and some minor RPG mechanics. Compared to Red Earth, Cyberbots is more of a fighting game with an emphasis on mech-vs-mech combat as well as conventional conflict. Both are completely localized in English and, as far as I know, can also be played outside of arcades for the first time.
While it’s great to see so many new titles in this bundle, there are a few omissions. Capcom had the opportunity to include some of its iconic games as well as some crossovers like Tatsunoko vs. Capcom. You can be restricted here by license agreements. That being said, there’s the Capcom Fighting Evolution that’s best avoided. Capcom seems to have the perfect opportunity to work on a collection of Marvel crossover games that would be awesome in one package. That leaves us with Capcom vs. SNK games that can’t even be played on modern consoles.
The Darkstalkers games are fun if you’re a fan, but two of them are duplicate versions of the same game, which feels like a missed opportunity. They only occupy one place in the collection and offer only tiny differences, such as slightly different characters. If I’m not mistaken these versions were only available in Japan so it makes sense to include them but they could appear as a submenu in the Night Warriors select menu. They also cause a small inconvenience when browsing the game selection menu, as the UI immediately switches to the Japanese version for all other titles.
Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix was one of the more enjoyable games in the bundle for me. Not only does it offer a beautiful graphic style that incorporates some of the legendary Street Fighter casts, but the combat mechanics are also quite inventive, making it a fun game to play. I hadn’t played Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, but while it has a distinctly chibi art style, it’s a Street Fighter-centric take on the gem-matching genre, which I don’t like.
If you already own the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection, here’s some more fun for you thanks to two classic Street Fighter games with their unique twists. Apart from that we have Hyper Street Fighter II: The Anniversary Edition which is the original Street Fighter 2 with additional features like turbo mode and other characters that were later introduced to the game. It feels like a title that was unnecessary for this bundle and could have been replaced with something else, especially since Capcom recently released another Street Fighter bundle.
To say the least, the porting work here is impressive. Each of these games has saves, tons of bonuses, and the ability to play both the English and Japanese versions. The art style is maintained via a scanlines filter that runs by default, but we also have the option to switch between a number of additional filters that either leave the image untouched or upscale it a bit. The aspect ratio is maintained, but margins are placed on the sides to give the impression of playing in an arcade.
Overall, despite a few minor disappointments and the issue of Darkstalker actually having duplicates, this pack is definitely worth the price even at launch. Red Earth and Cyberbots are two excellent titles, while the Darkstalkers series has a lot going for it, including some very creative character designs. If you like the genre overall, I recommend giving Capcom Fighting Collection a try.
Capcom Fighting Collection Game Information
- Price: $39.99
- Publisher: Capcom
- Developer: Capcom
- Platform: PS4 (verified)
- Disclaimer: A rating code was assigned by the publisher