Capcom Classics Collection Remixed for the PSP is Capcom’s attempt to try to capitalize on the success of classic franchises and luckily, this is a solid collection that players who have any appreciation for the games of yesteryear will love.
Developers that have been in the video game industry for some time often try to capitalize on the success of classic franchises with the release of compilations. Capcom Classics Remixed for the PlayStation Portable is Capcom’s attempt to do that in portable form and for the most part, this is a solid collection that players who have any appreciation for classic games like Street Fighter, Bionic Commando, Strider, 1942 and Final Fight, among many others will love.
Before moving on, here’s a complete list of the 20 titles that are part of this compilations in alphabetical order: 1941: Counter Attack, Avengers, 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: Hyper Dyne, The Speed Rumbler, Street Fighter, Strider, Three Wonders and Varth. As you can see, not every title in this collection is an immediate winner, but being able to play all these games as part of the same package is terrific, since tracking down copies of the original versions would be really difficult not to mention expensive. Pretty much every genre Capcom’s famous for is somehow represented in this compilation, since there are shooters, fighting games, platformers and even quiz games.
As most of you probably know, it’s hard to play most these games due to their hard difficulty and inaccessibility, but Capcom Classics Collection Remixed tries to mitigate that with new options and settings. These settings allow you to adjust the number of lives you start with, set the game’s difficulty, set the score amounts that will grant you extra lives and select the number of continues. You can also map the controls however you prefer, toggle rapid fire on and off, save and load, change the size of the screen and you can even play with friends. Apart from a slew of new settings, there’s also a bunch of extra content that you unlock as you progress through the different games, such as artwork, a history recount, tips and strategies, music tracks and so on.
The best part about the bonus settings is that you can finish most games without having to spend a lot of time recognizing patterns, struggle with a harsh difficulty, die over and over, learn the layout of the environments or pound on the attack button like a maniac. Of course, if you think you’re up to the task, you can always change the settings so that the games are more unforgiving.
One of the most welcome features is the possibility of playing with other people. As it’s usually the case for most PlayStation Portable games that have multiplayer options, this works locally, so you need a friend that has a PSP and a copy of the game. If you manage to play under those specific conditions though, you’ll have a blast since most games offer both competitive and cooperative options.
As it’s usually the case with classic titles, some games from this compilation are still fun to play in this day and age and others have aged poorly. For the most part, the selection of games is really solid, but games like Street Fighter or The Avengers are hard to play. While it’s great to see some of the more obscure franchises represented in this compilation, some games are simply not fun to play (such as Quiz & Dragons that requires a cultural understanding of what was happening in the 90s to play it.)
In the end, people who were around in the arcade era and have nostalgia for Capcom games or those who are fond of classic games will have a terrific time with Capcom Classics Collection Remixed. On top of that, the multiplayer options and bonus settings add life to this collection and will certainly make your commute shorter. It may not be for everyone, but this compilation will satisfy seasoned players who have been playing video games for a while.