Capcom Fighting Collection

Capcom Fighting Collection

It's exactly what it says on the box.

Capcom Fighting Collection

Street Fighter is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, which makes some of us feel more than a little bit old.  Besides that, to mark the passing of this milestone, Capcom have released the Capcom Fighting Collection.  A compilation of beat ’em ups that includes arcade versions of ten fighting games, that were originally released by the Japanese developer between 1994 and 2003.  This is a bit special for fighting fans, as it includes all five Darkstalkers games as well.  For a title created to celebrate the legacy of Street Fighter, it’s oddly light on titles from that series  as it includes (deep breath)…

  • Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors
  • Night Warriors: Darkstalkers’ Revenge
  • Vampire Savior: The Lord of Vampire
  • Vampire Hunter 2: Darkstalkers’ Revenge
  • Vampire Savior 2: The Lord of Vampire (and this marks the first time all of the Darkstalkers franchise has been made available outside of Japan)
  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo,
  • Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix
  • Cyberbots: Full Metal Madness
  • Hyper Street Fighter II: The Anniversary Edition
  • and Red Earth (which is playable for the first time ever outside of the arcades).

So it’s safe to say there are more than a few outstanding titles in that list.  If you are as old as Street Fighter, odds are when you think Capcom you don’t think Monster Hunter or Resident Evil, but your mind goes to classic arcade coin-ops and brawlers and that’s just where this games shines.

Like other compilation titles you are given a portal in Capcom Fighting Collection, where you pick what build of the game you want to play – English or Japanese – as well as being able to dial the games into your own taste, as button layout changes from title to title.  Thankfully once you have the settings you want, each title saves them independently.  You also get a few modern quality of life options before launching the game, like being able to set difficulty, power levels, lives and times, for example.  There is also a feature that lets you save your game where and how you like.  Although… it’s a bit hit and miss, as we did get a few fail errors sometimes when trying to save mid-game.  As is also the case with most modern retro collections there are a number of screen effects, you can play around with to get the look you want, ranging from CRT scan lines, to having a clean and crisp HD pixel look.  You can also change the screen ratio, going from a stretched look to bordered, which includes custom art work.  So odds are you’ll spend a fair bit of time tweaking and dialling all of the above into your own taste, and to be honest it’s a substantial suite of options beyond just having the classic titles themselves.

As for the games they are truly outstanding and a tour de force of a bygone era of fighting titles, with the Darkstalkers’ games truly stealing the show.  Although Red Earth and mech-brawler Cyberbots are well worth your time too, with each being ported perfectly.  They are packed with colour, design and have next to zero input lag across the titles.  If you’re looking to dust off your skills after you have defeated each title, you can head online or throw down the challenge for a bit of couch brawling.  There is also a rich almost museum-like area, where you can see artworks and concept art for each title, as well as listening to each game’s soundtrack.  Capcom Fighting Collection may pitch itself as a celebration of Street Fighter, but it’s much much more than that.  It brings together some of the studios best brawlers, as well as long forgotten gems that haven’t been seen for years and gives them all a freshen up, for a new fighting audience.  If you enjoy a good beat ‘em up then this is a must.

An Xbox review copy of Capcom Fighting Collection was provided by Capcom’s PR team, and the collection is available now on PC, PlayStation, Switch and Xbox for around £40.

The Verdict

10Perfect

The Good: Amazing selection of games | Modern options | Perfect ports

The Bad: A little light on the Street Fighter content

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