Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium

Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium

At least you won't need 50p's for these...

capcom arcade 2nd stadium

If I am being honest the heydays of the arcade are a thing of the past.  From a cheeky game of Pac Man in the chippy on a Friday night, to spending a King’s ransom in 50p’s while on a seaside break, the rush of the arcade cab is gone.  Not for Capcom though as their Capcom Arcade Stadium was a bit of a hit… so much so that the Japanese developer is doing it all over again with the imaginatively titled Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium, and once again aims to deliver a number of the firm’s classic arcade games.

If you played the first offering you’ll have a good idea of what is to be found here as it takes the “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” approach for the most part.  There are 32 different games to play, but once again if you don’t want to buy all of the games, Capcom have split the 32 into different standalone packs so you can pick and choose as you like.  There is more to this package than just a number of ROMs though, as it’s packed with extras including a number of ways to change how the games display – like adding a frame or scan lines, being able to change control schemes, having infinite credits and being able to have save states, which are all welcome quality of life changes.

What will make or break this second outing is the list of games that are available.  If you’re a Capcom fan, you’re in for a real treat as Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium features everything from brawlers to puzzle titles, to platformers and there are more than a few hidden gems to be found.  The likes of Tiger Road, Mega Man: The Power Battle and Capcom Sports Club appear for the connoisseurs.  With this year being a milestone for Streetfighter, this is a bit of a celebration of its 35th Anniversary, and you get all three Street Fighter Alpha titles plus Hyper Street Fighter II: The Anniversary Edition and the original Street Fighter.

One of the most surprising things about the games on show is just how well they have held up over the years.  Even though things have moved on in the industry at no end, the core gameplay loops they offer are still as addictive and fun as they were some 30 years ago.  What you find is that every game in the collection has something interesting going for it, and that gives everything a real museum vibe in a way as you peer into yesteryear.  This is also backed up with the info and facts you can find by digging around before launching each game.

We really hope that Capcom will actually continue to support the game with new titles this time around, as there is no reason for them not to given the portal nature of the core title game.  The Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium is yet again another outstanding package that lets you play a lot of forgotten gems, as well as some real cult classics.  It brings back that rush of the arcade, as you jump from game to game, and the option to pick up the games you want, when you want, is a huge plus too.

An Xbox review copy of Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium was provided by Capcom’s PR team, and the collection is out now on Xbox, PC, PlayStation and Switch for around £30.

The Verdict

9Amazing

The Good: More of the shame | Strong Streetfighter offering | A blast from yesteryear

The Bad: Aimed at arcade fans | Selection of titles may not please everyone

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